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Action stations: How to deal with the Log4j vulnerability exploit

By Eleanor Barlow, Priyanka Agarwal, Swapnill Bhosale and Chris Cheyne. 14 December 2021, 9:28 am

The Log4J vulnerability is a security nightmare. Here is how to deal with it.

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Log4J: When your tools turn against you

By Peter Membrey. 13 December 2021, 9:56 am

Organisations around the world are scrambling to address the Log4J vulnerability, which IT security experts suggest could be the most serious exploit uncovered in the last decade.

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Griffin on Tech: Tech's mixed bag of a year - ten trends that defined 2021

Peter Griffin. 10 December 2021, 12:52 pm

Before we flop onto a beach towel to recover from another exhausting year living in the shadow of Covid, it's worth reflecting on a remarkable year in the world of technology.

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UNESCO adopts a global agreement on the ethics of artificial intelligence

By Elizabeth Eastwood. 08 December 2021, 9:12 am

UNESCO has adopted a recommendation on the ethics of artificial intelligence which bans the use of AI systems for social scoring and mass surveillance.

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From deep fakes to crypto scams - six cybersecurity predictions for 2022

Peter Griffin. 07 December 2021, 9:07 am

As we approach the holiday season, it is worth remembering that hackers never sleep.

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2Degrees gets in on the 5G game

Peter Griffin. 01 December 2021, 9:07 am

Mobile operator 2Degrees has switched on its 5G network in Auckland and Wellington for testing and optimisation, ahead of a commercial launch in early 2022.

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Ending online anonymity won't make social media less toxic

By Shireen Morris and Andrew Ball. 29 November 2021, 11:25 am

Online bullying and misinformation are growing problems, and government action to address them is overdue.

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Digital Identity in New Zealand: technical choices have human impacts

By James Ting-Edwards. 26 November 2021, 9:35 am

People need a chance to engage on the good, bad, and ugly of digital IDs.

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Why has Meta delayed its end-to-end encryption plans?

Peter Griffin. 23 November 2021, 10:34 am

A plan to add end-to-end encryption to Instagram and Facebook Messenger has been pushed out a year as Meta faces strong opposition from child safety advocates and law enforcement agencies.

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Encryption keys can be stolen from Intel processors

Peter Membrey. 18 November 2021, 8:36 am

Intel is once again in the spotlight this week after announcing a security flaw in a number of their computer processors. Peter Membrey unpacks what it means.

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Are our phones really designed to slow down over time? Experts look at the evidence

By Michael Cowling and Amy Johnson. 17 November 2021, 3:00 pm

Do manufacturers really slow down our phones on purpose to nudge us towards shiny new ones, as has been claimed?

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From crypto-jacking to doxing - the trouble with gaming

Peter Griffin. 16 November 2021, 11:31 am

Video gamers are facing a wave of cyberattacks that is resulting in significant financial loss according to new research from Norton LifeLock.

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Twitter goes blue, but will people pay?

Peter Griffin. 11 November 2021, 8:25 am

New Zealand has become an early region to test Twitter users' appetite for a subscription service, with the social network launching Twitter Blue here.

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A cybersecurity researcher explains - how to trust your instincts to foil phishing attacks

By Rick Wash . 10 November 2021, 9:33 am

Most phishing training teaches people to look for problems in email. But for most people, the hard part about phishing isn’t noticing the weird things in an email message.

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Griffin on Tech: Powerpoint in the Metaverse?

Peter Griffin. 08 November 2021, 3:42 pm

Hard on the heels of Facebook's rebranding of Meta, comes Microsoft promising to give us digital avatars for Teams meetings and entire virtual worlds to hold our business meetings in.

The race is o…

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From Singapore to LA via Invercargill - Hawaiki's new subsea cable

Peter Griffin. 04 November 2021, 10:57 am

Cable consortium Hawaiki has confirmed its plans for a second cable, one that will span 22,000km connecting New Zealand to the US and Southeast Asia.

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Anti-money laundering start-up raises $30 million

Peter Griffin. 02 November 2021, 9:05 am

A record year for start-up capital raising looks set to end on a strong note with Auckland-based FirstAML raising $30 million in a Series B funding round.

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Griffin on Tech: Kiwis don't want to be monitored working from home

Peter Griffin. 29 October 2021, 2:01 pm

Here's the dilemma employers face as they look out over empty office cubicles because everyone is working from home - should they use monitoring tools to keep tabs on their employees?

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The US just hosted a major multinational cybersecurity summit - but will it help?

Peter Membrey. 27 October 2021, 3:44 pm

The attack on the US Colonial Pipeline company was simply too big for the government to ignore.

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Griffin on Tech: Put your thinking caps on - we need a decent digital strategy

Peter Griffin. 22 October 2021, 1:51 pm

We are one of the few countries in the OECD without a digital strategy.

That's all changing but it needs your input. Let's make the current effort to develop one count.

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