Cybercrime threat every eight minutes; Apple releases iPhone 13

A cyber security threat was reported to the national watchdog once every eight minutes in the past financial year, with large numbers of cybercrimes driven by the pandemic.

The Australian Cyber Security Centre's latest Annual Cyber Threat Report revealed more than 67,500 cybercrimes were reported in the 2020-21 financial year, an increase of 13 per cent from the year before.

Losses from cybercrimes totalled more than $33 billion during the 12-month period.

The report found cyber criminals exploited the COVID situation in Australia, with more than 18,000 cybercrimes related to the pandemic.

In Victoria today most of the state's regional trains are offline, following another COVID-19 case detected among rail staff.

Coaches will continue to replace the majority of V/Line services today after a seventh worker tested positive for the coronavirus, with up to 300 frontline staff continuing to isolate.

It's expected Melburnians will get an extra hour of outdoor activity on Friday and the five-kilometre travel radius will be expanded to 10km when 70 per cent of eligible Victorians have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

Premier Daniel Andrews confirmed the state's roadmap out of lockdown would be released on Sunday.

Four out of five NSW residents aged over 16 are likely to have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine today.

Under the NSW government's roadmap, vaccinated people will be released from lockdown when the state reaches 70 per cent double-dose coverage. More changes will be triggered at 80 per cent, including to international travel and large events.

Meanwhile as the state's hospital system braces for the impact of the worsening coronavirus crisis predicted to peak in October, a damning report has been released.

Visits to NSW hospital emergency departments in the months before this year's COVID-19 outbreak were the highest since records began and ambulance wait times the worst, new data shows.

Health Services Union NSW secretary Gerard Hayes said the data shows more staff are desperately needed, even without outbreaks.

Apple's iPhones go bionic

Apple has unveiled the iPhone 13 and a new iPad mini, expanding 5G connectivity and showing off faster chips and sharper cameras.

The iPhone 13 will have a new chip called the A15 Bionic that will power features like automatically detecting when the phone's camera is pointed at text.

Apple said the iPhone 13 will have custom 5G antennas and radio components for faster speeds and will come in five colours.

The phone will start at $A1349 in Australia.

- with AAP

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