Karspersky publishes its advanced threat predictions for 2023

Kaspersky Security, a major security firm, has recently published its advanced threat predictions for 2023, identifying email servers and satellites as major cyberattack targets in the year 2023. The report states that 2023 will be characterised by destructive ‘cyberattacks of unprecedented gravity’ against governments, key industry providers, and high-profile civilian infrastructures. Another point of concern is the safety of underwater cables and fiber distribution hubs against physical attacks.

Support for Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment Projects reiterated at G20 Summit in Bali

During the 2022 G20 Summit hosted in Bali, Indonesia, the US President Biden, Indonesian President Widodo, and European Commission President Von der Leyen co-hosted a meeting of a group of G20 leaders to ‘demonstrate their shared commitment to deepen engagement under the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment (PGII) to accelerate investment in quality infrastructure in low and middle income countries around the world and strengthen the global economy’. PGII – formally launched at the G7 in June 2022 – aims to support inclusive and sustainable development and benefit the partner countries’ economic security and global supply chains, among other goals.

During the meeting, President Biden announced a series of new projects, including a Trilateral Support for Digital Infrastructure in the Pacific (United States, Australia, and Japan). The project aims at supporting digital projects that will improve access to digital services and strengthen their security in the Pacific region.

Australia’s three largest internet service providers fined for false statements about broadband speed

The Australian Federal Court fined Telstra Corporation Ltd (Telstra), Optus Internet Pty Limited (Optus), and TPG Internet Pty Ltd (TPG) a total of AUD$33.5 million for making false or misleading representations to consumers about certain internet plans under Australia’s national broadband network (NBN).

The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) headed the procedure. The court concluded the internet service providers breached the Australian Consumer Law by making false or misleading statements related to their 50Mbps or 100Mbps fibre to the node (FTTN) plans.

Telstra, Optus, and TPG admitted their false conduct to consumers and collaborated with the ACCC, making joint submissions to the court. The false or misleading statements affected about 120,000 consumers in 2019 and 2020.