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Wow, who saw that coming? Shocked
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Outgoing Defence Chief: China has breached its neighbours' trust


Defence chief Mark Binskin says Beijing’s broken promise not to militarise the South China Sea means it has squandered the trust of its neighbours and undermined its aspirations to regional leadership.

In his final interview before he hands over command of the 80,000-strong Australian Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Binskin also urged countries such as China that are moving into the South Pacific: “Don’t destabilise the region.”

The candid set of remarks by the top military commander follow a four-year stint at the helm during which Beijing has settled into a more forceful posture towards the region and strategic scholars overwhelmingly feel global stability has deteriorated.sked about China’s trajectory since he took over in 2014, Air Chief Marshal Binskin agreed “it has changed” and cited the “very, very concerning” militarisation of features as well as “the influence of some nations starting to come down into the south west Pacific”.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said during a 2015 visit to Washington that his country had “no intention to militarise” the artificial islands it had built in the strategically important South China Sea.Air Chief Marshal Binskin dismissed Beijing’s claims that its placement of weapons on built-up features in the Paracel and Spratly archipelagoes were purely defensive and said other countries around those waters were entitled to stand up for their legal and territorial rights.

“I don’t think there is trust there … because [according to] all the reports that you see, they are militarising,” he said. “They’ll put a spin on that and say it’s only for defensive reasons. But ... if you didn’t build an island, you wouldn’t need to defend it. If there are weapons on those islands, they are militarised.”

Asked what the militarisation was for, he said: “I think that they are looking to expand into there and I think it is quite obvious what their approach is.”

While not naming China, Air Chief Marshal Binskin said, “if you want to be a leader in a region, then you’ve got to be able to be trusted in your actions”.

He said Australia was helping through regular visits to the region to bolster other countries’ confidence and capacity to push back against territorial assertiveness.

“So if there is someone that starts to step into the area and quite firmly operate outside the rules-based order, [other countries have] got the confidence to be able to say, ‘No this is our territory and we’re looking to protect it’,” he said.

On the South Pacific, Air Chief Marshal Binskin said Australia welcomed investment from other nations provided it was transparent.China has become increasingly involved in Australia’s near neighbourhood. Air Chief Marshal Binskin stressed he was not singling out any country but said countries had no reason to establish a military presence in the region.

“If you’re looking to guarantee food security, warships are not the way to do that. You are better off working as part of the community, help the communities grow their ability to be able to provide food, make sure that fishing is sustainable in the waters,” he said.

“Don’t destabilise the region ... You will have a better chance of guaranteeing food security and all that rather than some of the other ways that might be more destabilising.”

Air Chief Marshal Binskin hands over command of the ADF on Friday to General Angus Campbell after a tumultuous period in which 27,000 ADF personnel have deployed on more than 30 operations.

The period has included the rise of the so-called Islamic State, Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the downing of MH17, the sharpened tensions with North Korea.

Major equipping decisions have also being made: a new fleet of submarines, new frigates, massive Triton surveillance drones and high-tech armoured vehicles.

Air Chief Marshal said under his leadership the ADF had worked on the “glue capabilities” that enabled the whole force to deploy quickly and operate effectively as a whole.

The unpredictability of world events seen in the past four years showed why “you don’t structure the force for the last operation, you structure it so that you’ve got the ability to cover a series of contingencies that may face the nation”.

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does aus have two dicatators pt?LOL

"No Fluffy, China's people serve the interests of China's governent; unlike us, they don't really have a choice about who their government is."


Well, Private Citizen, I guess you could say China runs under a single dictatorship, whereas Australia is run under a double dictatorship. At least the Chinese people don't have to put up with the sufferance of our two dictators continually bickering with one another."
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Ghost scam targeting elderly Chinese in Australia prompts warning

By Herlyn Kaur

Posted Wed at 5:02pm

Fraudsters who prey on elderly women of Chinese descent using what is known as a "blessing" or "ghost" scam to trick them into parting with their valuables have begun operating in Australia, according to WA Police.

The scam, which has reportedly existed in Chinese communities across the world since the early 2000s, relies heavily on cultural and traditional beliefs to instil fear in vulnerable people with an Asian background, making them believe their family members are at risk from spirits and need Eastern medicine from a healer to protect them.

It usually takes place in a public area, when someone approaches a victim, telling them a member of their family desperately needs medical assistance or healers, and requires eastern medicine to cure them.

Another woman then "overhears" and offers advice, then a third woman claiming to be a "healer" offers to assist.

Victims are tricked into supplying the scammers with jewellery or high-value items to be "treated in a ritual", which are switched out for cheaper items.

WA Police issued a statement saying they had at least one report of the scam taking place in the state in March.

Similar incidents were reported in New South Wales in February.

In that instance, victims were told to put valuable items and money into a bag.

During the blessing the fraudsters remove valuables and substitute bottles of mineral water, stones or scrap items.

Victims are commonly told not to open the bag for some time to avoid disrupting the blessing.

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A spokeswoman for a Perth Chinese cultural association said the scammers were likely targeting elderly Chinese women because of their traditional backgrounds and beliefs.

Chung Wah Association honorary secretary Sheila Rejek said Taoism and Buddhism were commonly practiced by people of Chinese descent.

She said culturally, Chinese people had beliefs rooted in Eastern medicine.

"The elderly are more superstitious and this group tends to have time to listen to cultural healings, (are) more interested in this sort of topic, as compared to the younger generation who may not have the time for scammers," Ms Rejek said.

"The reason why the elderly Chinese are being targeted is possibly becasue this is the naive segment of the population."

Ms Rejek also believed they were targeted in part because they may not have easy access to the internet and social media.

"Somebody younger who has access to social media or media in general may be more savvy and may not have the time for scammers, so we are maybe more aware than the elderly," she said.

She urged younger people in the community to warn their elderly relatives about the scam, and tell them to be vigilant when approached by strangersThe three women on CCTV footage.
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Chinese hackers breach ANU, putting national security at risk

China-based hackers have successfully infiltrated the IT systems at the Australian National University, potentially compromising the home of Australia's leading national security college and key defence research projects.

Federal government cyber security officials have been working with the university since detecting the cyber attack, assessing the scale of any information theft and who in China could be responsible for it.

The ANU conducts research that has defence, strategic, scientific, technological and commercial applications.

National security sources said the Chinese government was suspected of directing the cyber attack, but proving this may be difficult because hackers typically aim to hide their tracks. However, it has been confirmed by federal government officials that the cyber attack was launched from China and that the ANU computer network was significantly compromised.

“We can assume this cyber intrusion has involved the theft of information. The question is ‘what was sucked out and how sensitive is it?'” said a national security official. The official said the “clean up” by university staff and cyber security officials would also aim to safeguard the ANU’s computer systems against future attacks.

Among the potentially sensitive defence research conducted by the ANU is a project being run with the Defence Materials Technology Centre to enhance the use of drones and small satellites.

The ANU also hosts the National Security College, which trains Australian defence and intelligence officials and often hosts meetings with senior national security officials in a secure room regularly swept for listening devices by ASIO.

A spokeswoman for the university confirmed the breach, saying the university had been "working to contain a threat to IT within the University".

"The university has been working in partnership with Australian Government agencies for several months to minimise the impact of this threat, and we continue to seek and take advice from Australian government agencies," she said.

"Current assessments indicate no staff, student or research information has been taken and counter-measures are being undertaken."Alex Joske, a China researcher for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre, said the cyber attack was a major wake-up call.

“ANU has involvement in important Australian government projects. This hack might have been aiming to steal information for commercial gain or for strategic or technological gain for the Chinese military,” Mr Joske said.

“There has been a lack of caution on the part of Australian universities in their dealings with China. Australian universities need to keep working closely with the Australian government on cyber policy.”

The attack raises questions about China’s compliance with an agreement Beijing struck with the Turnbull government in April last year.  The two countries promised not to hack one another for the purposes of stealing intellectual property, trade secrets or confidential information.

The accord, which was signed after Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull raised cybertheft directly with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, includes a mechanism for raising issues and incidents that could cause problems between the two countries.

The Turnbull government has been considering the role of government agencies such as the Australian Signals Directorate in protecting the nation's critical infrastructure. It is understood to be looking closely at Britain's National Cyber Security Centre, which plays an active role in blocking cyber attacks on organisations outside the British government.

Experts such as Dorothy Denning, a Professor of Defence Analysis at the US Naval Postgraduate School, have claimed that China has used hackers to steal “more secrets from businesses and governments than any other country”.In 2015, it was revealed that hackers directed by a foreign government had infiltrated the Australian Bureau of Meteorology's IT system using malicious software, known as “malware”. The intrusion led to the theft of information and potentially compromised the computer systems of other government agencies. Experts also blamed China for this attack.

A statement from the Minister for Law Enforcement and Cyber Security, Angus Taylor, said the Australian Cyber Security Centre had been working with the university for several months "to provide support on this matter".

"The Australian Government condemns any malicious activity that targets Australians and Australian networks.

"We know that nation states and criminal groups actively target research and tertiary institutions to steal the intellectual property of hardworking Australians."

Mr Taylor said "malicious cyber activity against Australia’s national interests, whether from criminal syndicates or foreign states, is increasing in frequency, sophistication and severity, and the Australian Government’s highest priority is ensuring Australians are safe and our interests are secure.”

Chinese hackers have previously been blamed for the Titan Rain cyber attacks in the US which involved the theft of sensitive defence information from private and public agencies. The number of cyber attacks dropped after the US and Chinese governments agreed in 2015 to stop government sponsored cyber hacking of commercial secrets.

President Donald Trump has also accused China of using hackers to steal US intellectual property.n October, there were calls from Australian cyber-security experts for the Australian government to "name and shame" countries behind state-sponsored hacking after a major breach of a defence subcontractor.

Thirty gigabytes of unclassified but commercially sensitive data were stolen by hackers who accessed the systems of a Department of Defence subcontractor with lacklustre security protocols. The data included information about the $14 billion Joint Strike Fighter program, Australia's next fleet of spy planes and several of its naval warships.

While the Australian government did not blame any country for the attack, a senior cyber-security official suggested it was carried out by state-sponsored hackers and that a tool popular with Chinese hackers was used to execute the breach.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Second Chance Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Jul 2018 at 6:46pm
Scammers have historically targeted their own, so to speak.

So the above post really adds nothing to that reality, or indeed the thread in general.


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my own personal critique. 

Thank you sc for readingLOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tlazolteotl Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jul 2018 at 9:47am
Chinese hackers are doing them a favour- lift your game.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Isaac soloman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07 Jul 2018 at 10:31am
doing who a favour? our chinese born australian citizens?  is a bit harsh t.

thanks for reading nonethelessThumbs Up

but i will endeavour to "lift my game".

plenty of material coming in, from all news media sites.
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right, left and in the middle.
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