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  • Three plead guilty over Mirai botnet attacks

    A former Rutgers University student and two other men pleaded guilty to computer crimes related to the creation, sale and use of the Mirai botnet, a network of infected electronics equipment used to knock major websites offline in massive 2016 cyber attacks.

    14 Dec. 17 09:00 Written by Reuters
  • Have a merry, insecure IoT Christmas

    The New Zealand IoT Alliance has talked up the potential for IoT enabled toys to enrich Christmas gift giving, with no mention of their notorious lack of security.

    08 Dec. 17 14:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Invoice scams on the rise, but ransomware down, says CERT NZ

    CERT NZ says cyber security issues reported to it in the three months to 30 September cost New Zealanders more than $1.1m, up from $700,00 in the previous quarter. In addition, online scams and other fraud reported to CERT NZ and NetSafe cost the victims $2.1m.

    08 Dec. 17 14:24 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Three Uber security managers resign

    Three senior managers in Uber's security unit resigned on Friday, an Uber spokesperson said, days after the company's new chief executive officer disclosed a massive data breach and criticized past security practices.

    04 Dec. 17 09:49 Written by Reuters
  • Waikato Uni team to research governments’ power to order decryption

    A team of University of Waikato academics has embarked on an investigation into the vexed question of whether governments should have the right to compel organisations to decrypt customer data in their pursuit of criminals and terrorists

    30 Nov. 17 09:30 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Kaspersky CEO says firm would exit Russia if it was asked to spy

    Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab has never been asked by Russian intelligence services to spy on targets in the West and the company's founder and the chief executive said he would move his company out of the country if he ever faced such a demand.

    29 Nov. 17 09:02 Written by Reuters
  • SMEs told to take out cyber insurance

    The Insurance Council of New Zealand has marked the start of Cyber Smart Week by calling on New Zealand’s small and medium businesses to take out cyber insurance. It says only six percent of SMEs in New Zealand have cyber insurance, compared with 14 percent in Australia.

    27 Nov. 17 19:25 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Man charged in Yahoo hacking case to plead guilty

    A Canadian accused by the United States of helping Russian intelligence agents break into email accounts as part of a massive 2014 breach of Yahoo accounts is expected to plead guilty next week, according to court records

    27 Nov. 17 09:17 Written by Reuters
  • NCSC’s advanced cyber threat protection saves organisations millions

    The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has estimated the advanced cyber defensive capabilities and services it provides to a range of New Zealand’s nationally significant organisations have provided benefits worth about $40m in the 12 months to June 2017.

    24 Nov. 17 15:17 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Privacy commission urges immediate law reform

    Privacy Commissioner John Edwards, in his briefing to the incoming minister of justice, has called for urgent reform of privacy legislation saying this is needed to prevent New Zealand falling further behind international standards.

    24 Nov. 17 15:04 Written by Stuart Corner
  • Uber breach cover-up triggers flurry of government probes

    Governments around the globe launched investigations into Uber after the company disclosed it had covered up a breach that exposed data on millions of customers and drivers, the latest scandal to rock the ride-hailing firm.

    23 Nov. 17 08:35 Written by Reuters
  • Uber confirms massive 2016 data breach

    Uber has confirmed that in October 2016 hackers gained access to the licence numbers of 600,000 of its US drivers and the personal information of 57 million Uber users from around the world.

    22 Nov. 17 10:29 Written by Rohan Pearce
  • Cylance debuts consumer version of its AI based antivirus software

    Cylance, one of a new breed of developers of antivirus software that relies on artificial intelligence and machine learning for its functionality, has begun offering a consumer version of its product in New Zealand and Australia.

    16 Nov. 17 13:13 Written by Stuart Corner
  • How to fool Face ID on the iPhone X

    ​A researcher in Vietnam has demonstrated how he apparently fooled Apple's face recognition ID software on its new iPhone X using a mask made with a 3D printer, silicone and paper tape.

    15 Nov. 17 08:19 Written by Reuters
  • Hacking costs hit Equifax

    Equifax has reported lower quarterly profit, and quarterly revenue missed estimates, as the credit bureau warned that its massive data breach had prompted some customers to hold back business.

    10 Nov. 17 16:50 Written by Reuters