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Phishing: Safeguarding Yourself and Your Organisation’s Sensitive Data


Phishing is a type of social engineering, a way of getting into your private network that relies more on psychology and deception than traditional hacking that involves exploiting vulnerabilities in your security software. You can find a good introduction to phishing and social engineering on Wikipedia. If you need assistance with protecting your organization from nefarious phishing attacks, you could use the cyber security expertise of someone like Digital Defense. Continue reading Phishing: Safeguarding Yourself and Your Organisation’s Sensitive Data

Victoria Police Officers – Have Your Say On Police Pursuit Policy

Since Victoria Police released its restricted Pursuit Policy in July this year, The Police Association has received a steady stream of feedback from members. The feedback has been mixed but more recently it has focused on unintended consequences of the policy. Continue reading Victoria Police Officers – Have Your Say On Police Pursuit Policy

WA Police Union Renews Calls For Officers To Be Armed In Court


Existing security measures have been shown to be “working” through the response to a man who brought two knives into Perth Magistrates Court, WA’s attorney-general says.

The West Australian Police Union has used the incident on Tuesday afternoon to renew its call to overturn the ban on police carrying firearms, stun guns, pepper spray, batons and handcuffs in court.

“But there’s resistance from that occurring,” WAPU president George Tilbury told reporters. “We’ve been lobbying government for that change since January this year. The attorney-general and the premier will not be moved.”

“Things need to change for the safety of police officers and the community.” Mr Tilbury said a man brought a kitchen knife and a hunting knife through the security checkpoint on Tuesday and was chased by unarmed security guards into the toilet area.

Armed police were then called.

Read more in The Daily Telegraph.

Victoria Police Academy Builds Higher Perimeter Fence At Glen Waverley Site

The Police Academy in Glen Waverley is now ringed with black fencing several metres high.
Before the new installation. Picture: Google
Before the new installation. Picture: Google

Spokeswoman acting communications manager Catherine Allen said such measures were never discussed in detail and would not be providing further comment.

A senior police officer for the region said the change was a result of internal security changes and did not reflect a heightened security risk in the area.

Read more in Herald Sun.

British Transport Police Investigate ‘Cyber-flashing’ Case

Police are investigating a “new” crime of cyber-flashing after a commuter received an indecent image on her phone as she travelled to work.

The victim received two pictures of an unknown man’s penis on her phone via Apple’s Airdrop sharing function. She explained: “I declined the image, instinctively, and another image appeared, at which [point] I realised someone nearby must be sending them, and that concerned me. I felt violated, it was a very unpleasant thing to have forced upon my screen”. She then called the British Transport Police (BTP) as she was worried about the motives of the perpetrator.

British Transport Police are running a campaign to encourage people to report unwanted sexual behaviour
British Transport Police are running a campaign to encourage people to report unwanted sexual behaviour

Supt Gill Murray said this particular crime was new to her force and urged people to report any other incidents. The force had dealt with cases involving Bluetooth but an incident via Airdrop was “new”.

“We have a dedicated Cyber Crime Unit who can analyse mobile phones and track data transfers back to suspects’ devices. By linking this to physical evidence, such as CCTV footage or witness statements, we can catch offenders and bring them to justice through the courts”, Supt Gill Murray said.

Configuring AirDrop

Related: Learn how to configure the AirDrop function (note: the linked web page automatically starts a video with sound).

Sources: BBC News, MacWorld.

Police Fear for Their Own Safety As the Spread of Methamphetamine Soars

More than 80 per cent of police feel vulnerable or at risk while on the job, a new survey has revealed.

Three quarters of respondents to the Police Association of Victoria’s Priority Policing Issues Survey listed drugs – ice in particular – as a key crime issue facing police today.

Some 83 per cent of the 3000 respondents to the union’s survey also said they believed current levels of substance abuse had made their job different than it was three years ago.

Five Mildura police officers faced months of health tests for Hepatitis and AIDS after restraining a man covered in his own blood in May.

Read more in Sunraysia Daily.

WA Police Minister: Arming Police In Court Not Realistic In Immediate Future

West Australian Police Minister Liza Harvey says it is not realistic for police to be armed in court in the immediate future but that she is sympathetic to their plight.

The police union is fighting for officers to be able to wear their weapons in court and has upped the campaign since changes were made to NSW legislation earlier this month to allow it.

But Ms Harvey said it took time to make changes to long-standing conventions.

Premier Colin Barnett told Parliament this week he could see circumstances where a heightened level of security would be required.

“Terrorist acts, bikie gangs … those would be examples,” he said.

But he said he would prefer police not to carry weapons in court.

Read more at ABC News.

NSW Police Get An All-Clear On Guns In Courts


Police officers will be able to carry their guns into NSW courtrooms from next week, amid heightened terrorism fears.

Police Minister Troy Grant announced a new protocol on Tuesday that allows officers to wear their weapons while giving evidence or briefing prosecutors inside court complexes without having to seek special permission from the judiciary.

“This is a common sense approach at a time our nation faces a high terror alert and when we’ve seen police overseas become terror targets themselves,” Mr Grant said.

Read more in The Mercury.

Replica Police Toy Guns Found In Alice Springs Showbags

The Central Australian Show Society is ‘gunning’ for showbag safety commitments at next year’s Alice Springs Show after the national consumer protection agency failed to appear this year.

Toy guns resembling police weapons found in showbags at the show held earlier in July led the society to discover the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission had not completed product safety checks.

Central Australian Show Society president Rosie Gibbins said every year the ACCC attend the Alice Springs Show to inspect showbags — except this year.

“My initial inquiry was about replica toy guns, they looked similar to what police used, kids were running around with them,” she said.

After her inquiries on Saturday — day two of the show — she realised the commission had not checked the goodie bags.

“It was a shock to all of us including police,” she said.

Read more in NT News.

Source: www.ntnews.com.au