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Github builds war chest to fight copyright claims, reverses takedown decision

Peter Griffin. 17 November 2020, 10:05 am

A move by Github to support software developers fight copyright-infringement claims has been welcomed by the open-source software community.

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COVID-19 related scams on the rise…

Techblog Staff. 16 November 2020, 3:07 pm

It's Fraud Awareness Week which is timely because reports of fraudulent activity rose by 73% in the April-June period. The key driver seems to be COVID-19.

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Zoom settles with regulator over dodgy encryption claims

Peter Griffin. 10 November 2020, 11:16 am
Zoom settles with regulator over dodgy encryption claims

Videoconferencing platform has settled with the US Federal Trade Commission for deceiving users about the security of its platform and for installing software on Mac users' computers that made them vulnerable to hacking.

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CERT: Malicious computer virus targeting New Zealanders

Techblog Staff. 30 October 2020, 6:46 am

Kiwis are being warned about a surge in malware attacks that seem to be targeting New Zealanders and in particular financial data.

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Tech CEOs grilled again in "sham" hearing

Peter Griffin. 29 October 2020, 10:14 am

A senate hearing on the content moderation policies of the big tech companies has devolved into a shouty mess dominated by Republica senators accusing left-leaning tech executives of censoring their c…

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Brislen on Tech: End to the End-to-end encryption…

Paul Brislen. 16 October 2020, 10:08 am

The government would like to break the security protocols that hide terrorists and other ratbags from their surveillance but in order to do so your online purchases - from music to pizza delivery - wi…

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Risk of 'privacy fatigue' over home IoT devices

Peter Griffin. 15 October 2020, 7:08 am

Kiwis have become enthusiastic users of Internet of Things devices such as smart speakers and connected appliances but remained concerned about where their data goes and how it is used.

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Big push for breaking encryption

Paul Brislen. 12 October 2020, 2:58 pm

Should law enforcement agencies be granted access to encrypted communications? The Five Eyes consortium believes so, even if it weakens security for everyday services like watching television and usin…

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An intriguing experiment with digital currency is set to begin

Peter Griffin. 07 October 2020, 11:31 pm

A digital currency offered by an Auckland start-up and backed by real cash will launch next year to enable companies to transact with customers and offer loans. But an official central bank-issued dig…

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Clickbait mega-merger called off

Peter Griffin. 10 September 2020, 9:25 am

The pandemic has helped knock the merger of Taboola and Outbrain on the head, which will come as a relief to those who have come to loathe the clickbait stories they populate news websites with.

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Tread carefully when applying for jobs online, says CERT NZ

Techblog Staff. 09 September 2020, 4:29 pm

CERT NZ is urging job seekers to be cautious when applying for new employment following a raft of online recruitment scams.

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