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Start your year with a massive security flaw

Paul Brislen. 08 January 2018, 7:33 am

While New Zealand holidayed in the sun (or torrential rain, depending) the IT world has suffered something of a quake with the discovery that almost all computers (using the widest possible definition of "computer") suffer from not one but two major security flaws that could expose private data to the world.

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CERT quarterly report - ransomware down but beware fake invoices

Paul Brislen. 11 December 2017, 8:36 am

The latest quarterly report from government cyber-safety agency CERT NZ shows over $1.1 million was lost to scammers in 390 reported incidences.

More than half of those reports came from individual users, with 43% of incident reports relating to businesses and organisations from a number of sectors.

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 01 December 2017, 5:33 pm

In which Sky fires a broadside at the telco industry (and the consumer)... Apple drops the ball security wise... and New Zealand's retail arm: is it getting into the swing of things yet?

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Got Root?

Paul Brislen. 30 November 2017, 6:46 am

Apple computer users are being urged to update their operating system after Apple discovered an easy to exploit security hole in macOS 10.13 (High Sierra).

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Be alert (your country needs lerts)

Paul Brislen. 27 November 2017, 7:29 am

Zombies beware - the Civil Defence Emergency Mobile Alert System has been tested and, a few niggles aside, will now give us all a head start should the worst happen.

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First IoT, now mesh networks (and who remembers Indranet?)

Paul Brislen. 22 November 2017, 7:12 am

Mesh networking is rearing its head again, this time as part of the future of the Internet of Things (IoT).

The idea, that devices in a single location can communicate with each other rather than h…

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US military spies on social media - is New Zealand involved?

Paul Brislen. 20 November 2017, 9:45 am

The US Pentagon is in damage control today following revelations that not only was the US Department of Defence collecting social media data from millions of users around the world but managed to expo…

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No. Holes barred.

Paul Brislen. 02 November 2017, 8:22 am

PowerbyProxi is one of those companies that has been destined for greatness for a long time and somehow managed to avoid it. Now, Apple has bought it which is great news for the company and for wirele…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 20 October 2017, 4:45 pm

Ten beeeeellion dollars no less.... Also, I do not like that hack on KRACK I do not like it there or back. And finally, are we nearly there yet?

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Don't panic: we're not all on KRACK

Paul Brislen. 18 October 2017, 7:20 am

The discovery of the KRACK security flaw in the world's most widely used wireless security protocol (WPA2) has resulted in an enormous amount of media coverage but security consultants have all said t…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 13 October 2017, 11:43 am

In which Domino's Pizza fails to fess up after a data breach ... why driverless cars are coming whether we're ready or not ... and the future, it's so close you can almost touch it.

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