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Griffin on Tech: The social dilemma, duelling knights and Covid complacency

Peter Griffin. 15 January 2021, 11:03 am

2021 gets off to a tumultuous start with Trump's de-platforming, plunging use of the Covid Tracer app and a fight over America's Cup graphics. Where's the peace, love and understanding we were promised?

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FTC sues Facebook, seeks to undo WhatsApp and Instagram acquisitions

Peter Griffin. 10 December 2020, 9:51 am

US regulators are ending the year as they intend to go on, with a flurry of anti-trust lawsuits that this time target social media giant Facebook.

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Trump's fired cybersecurity chief - "It's not how I wanted to go out"

Peter Griffin. 01 December 2020, 10:19 am

President Trump's cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs is a life-long Republican who was fired by the president for his efforts to preserve the integrity of the US election system.

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Govt hackers account for nearly one third of attacks: NCSC

Paul Brislen. 26 November 2020, 7:31 am

Cyber attacks are on the rise, say NZ's two government agencies responsible for our cybersecurity, and almost one third of those attacks come from 'state-level actors'.

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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

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 vu…

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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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