Sydney news: Major concern as cyber attacks increase by 50 per cent, NSW Government accused of ignoring warnings – ABC News

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NSW Government under fire for cyber attacks

The NSW Government “can’t be trusted” to protect the personal information of residents from cyber attacks, the Opposition says.

The number of cyber security incidents reported to Cyber Security NSW increased 50 per cent on the previous year, the Department of Customer Service’s annual report said.

Labor’s spokeswoman for Better Public Services, Sophie Cotsis, said the State Government “continued to ignore repeated warnings that it needs to take urgent action to protect departments and services against cyber attacks”.

The warning came ahead of today’s Parliamentary Inquiry into Cybersecurity.

Public transport costs rise

A new report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics says the cost of travelling on Sydney’s public transport has increased by 10.5 per cent.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) measures household inflation and includes statistics about price change for categories of household expenditure.

It found urban transport was up during September to December 2020, after discounts offered during off-peak times were reduced.

A spokesperson from Transport NSW said the rise in cost occurred when a “50 per cent off-peak discount promotion finished [and] the fares reverted to a 30 per cent off-peak discount”.

The cost of domestic holiday travel was up 8.2 per cent, while vegetables declined in cost by 6.5 per cent.

Historic house under threat

graffiti and abandoned furniture inside a dark house

Vandals have scrawled graffiti throughout the property and fires have been lit inside.(Supplied)

A historic house in Sydney’s north that was supposed to be protected by developers could now be demolished, after being targeted by vandals and squatters.

The Oaklands homestead dates to the 1920s, and is tucked into bush at Warriewood, on Sydney’s northern beaches.

Now it is under threat following an application to demolish the home made by a major developer, whose plans have already been denied once.

Job losses in uni sector

A female with black hair sits on a wall at Sydney University

Local students like Khuat Son Tra Nguyen are relieved to be back on campus, but international students have not yet returned.(ABC Sydney: Amanda Hoh)

More than 17,000 jobs were lost across Australian universities last year while revenue dropped by nearly $2 billion compared to 2019.

New figures released by Universities Australia reveal a mixture of casuals, part-time and full-time employees were told they no longer had work due to COVID-19.

Chief executive Catriona Jackson said international border closures were costing universities money.

“COVID-19 and the absolutely necessary border closures that have kept us safe as a nation mean that it’s impossible for international students to get into the country,” she said.

“International students have been a very important part of both funding the university system but also fundamental research.”

Infant death in Blacktown

A baby girl has died after being pulled unconscious from a bath at a home in Western Sydney.

Emergency services were called to Shalvey, near Blacktown, after reports the two-month-old was unresponsive.

Paramedics performed CPR on the child before she was rushed to The Children’s Hospital at Westmead where she later died.

Police are speaking with her 35-year-old mother.

Police officers bitten by dog

Police have asked the City of Canterbury-Bankstown Council to investigate whether a dog responsible for attacking two police officers during an arrest should be put down.

The two officers were attacked by the dog after going to a home in Revesby yesterday to arrest a man wanted on three outstanding warrants.

The male and female officers were bitten by the dog during a physical struggle with a woman at the house, who’s accused of trying to hinder the officers.

The officers suffered lacerations to the shin, thigh, chest and hands with both taken to hospital for treatment.

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