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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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Brislen on Tech: Coordinated cyber-attacks

Paul Brislen. 28 August 2020, 12:24 pm

Knock, knock. Who's there?

It's one of the oldest games in the world - ringing the door bell and running away - but for the New Zealand Stock Exchange the digital version has proven to be something…

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A stock market crash - literally

Peter Griffin. 27 August 2020, 9:40 am

The NZX is recovering from a denial of service attack and we may see more similar attacks as the move to remote working seems millions more insecure computers online that could be harnessed to launch …

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Will the Covid Card make its debut?

Peter Griffin. 13 August 2020, 8:03 am

Tech innovators are pushing for a release of a Bluetooth Covid card to get a better handle on contact tracing as a decision on extending lockdown looms.

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Schools gear up to deliver digital exams

Peter Griffin. 11 August 2020, 8:47 am

Schools are getting a free digital health check ahead of offering digital exams in November as the government spends $20 million to ensure two-thirds of NCEA exams go online by 2022.

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TikTok gets taken to the cleaner

Paul Brislen. 10 August 2020, 3:24 pm

Never mind COVID, global warming, Russian political interference, cybercrimes, 5G or the recession, the big issue of the day is TikTok and the risk it poses to US state security. Enter the Clean Netwo…

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Brislen on Tech: NZ's Cyber Spies

Paul Brislen. 07 August 2020, 10:00 am

The Government Communications Security Bureau used to be a badly kept secret, complete with Prime Ministerial denials in parliament and a spy base in the South Island.

Today it's much more grown up…

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Consultation opens on establishing a consumer data right

Techblog Staff. 06 August 2020, 6:42 am

MBIE wants to hear from you about options for establishing a consumer data right that would better meet the needs of consumers and allow them to harness the power of their data. 

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Commerce Commission releases independent reviews into security incident, details actions taken

Techblog Staff. 05 August 2020, 10:37 am

After having a laptop stolen, the Commerce Commission reviewed its processes and policies. Today the report is released.

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Secret questions not as good as you'd think

Paul Brislen. 03 August 2020, 9:49 am

From your mother's maiden name to your first car number plate to favourite food or first pet's name, these questions are supposed to add layers of complexity to any attempt to access your account with…

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Garmin offline - ransomware or maintenance failure?

Paul Brislen. 27 July 2020, 5:00 am

GPS service provider Garmin is offline, causing trouble for joggers and bikers, but also boaties and light aircraft users. But is the outage due to an update gone wrong or is it ransomware?

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Brislen on Tech: silent Cybersecurity war heats up

Paul Brislen. 24 July 2020, 2:27 pm

Australia is going to spend a billion dollars beefing up its cybersecurity regime and hiring an additional 500 cyber-spies to help take the fight to its enemies.

What does that mean for cybersecur…

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Social media meets social engineering

Paul Brislen. 22 July 2020, 7:23 am

As working remotely and connecting with teams both inside and outside our companies become the norm, spare a thought for our security teams who must cope with social media as a new attack vector.

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Apple users see serious ransomware attack

Paul Brislen. 08 July 2020, 8:39 am

Fake apps carrying an unwanted payload are the latest attack vector for cyber-criminals, but this time the target is Apple users. As Apple becomes more mainstream, is this the new playground for cyber…

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Aussie goes on the cyber offensive

Peter Griffin. 30 June 2020, 10:47 am

Australia will hire 500 additional spies and beef up its offensive cyber capabilities as it responds to a spate of cyber attacks on government departments and some of its biggest companies.

Who is …

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Brislen on Tech: What's the big deal with privacy?

Paul Brislen. 26 June 2020, 11:52 am

Privacy is one of those issues that means different things to different people. We value it and give it away freely without a second thought all at the same time.

Our data is important to us and i…

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Review could spur health IT shake up

Peter Griffin. 16 June 2020, 10:58 am

A call for action on technology in the health sector comes as a major review of the sector recommends a reduction in the number of district health boards, the establishment of a new health authority, …

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Why are cybersecurity investments failing?

Peter Griffin. 09 June 2020, 10:44 am

Look to the "leaders" when it comes to cybersecurity, says Accenture, as Aussie companies report they are fighting a losing battle on the cybersecurity front.

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UK says no to Huawei after all

Paul Brislen. 25 May 2020, 2:01 pm

The UK government has decided that actually it can't have Huawei equipment in its 5G networks after all, and will require telcos remove all components by 2023.

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Dear Diary: contact tracing goes digital

Paul Brislen. 20 May 2020, 9:51 am

The government's contact tracing app has hit the market and promises to be just what the Prime Minister called it - a digital diary.

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