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Uh, oh - Facebook is actually building the Metaverse

Peter Griffin. 29 July 2021, 2:38 pm

As it basked in the glow of a massive quarterly profit announcement, Facebook this week revealed it would develop a massive virtual world - a metaverse.

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Outspoken privacy watchdog tipped to take on Big Tech in UK role

Peter Griffin. 27 July 2021, 10:59 am

Our outspoken privacy commissioner, John Edwards, appears to be destined for a big promotion with reports suggesting he has been selected as the UK's next "privacy tsar".

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Brislen on Tech: The fifth horseman might have wings

Paul Brislen. 23 July 2021, 1:54 pm

The new battleground appears to be a digital one, with nations fighting nations in a covert war for our bits. But sometimes this spills over into the real world and now we learn that one company is he…

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Is the age of anonymous crypto trading coming to an end?

Peter Griffin. 22 July 2021, 9:18 am

The European Union is proposing a law change for the region that would require companies transferring Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies to collect the details of sender and recipient.

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"Position of vulnerability"

Paul Brislen. 21 July 2021, 10:54 am

China has rejected claims it is behind a series of cyber-attacks and calls the accusations a "malicious smear". All of which leaves New Zealand somewhat exposed.

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Aussie forms taskforce to deal with ransomware attacks

Peter Griffin. 20 July 2021, 10:50 am

As New Zealand joins Australia and other allies in criticising China for its state-sponsored hacking, the Australian Government is mobilising to combat ransomware attacks.

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Microsoft debuts its Cloud PC taking Windows online

Peter Griffin. 15 July 2021, 11:20 am

Microsoft will begin offering business customers Windows as a subscription-based cloud service from August 2nd as it embraces the hybrid working trend accelerated by the pandemic.

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Football revealed how hopeless content moderation still is

Peter Griffin. 13 July 2021, 10:34 am

Yesterday's nail-biting penalty shootout that handed victory to the Italians over the English in the Euro 2020 final also triggered a torrent of hate speech on social media.

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Brislen on Tech: Kaseya is here - what comes next?

Paul Brislen. 09 July 2021, 2:00 pm

The latest ransomware attack has left thousands of businesses offline and demands for US$70 million are being made.

So how do you get ready for the next attack?

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Hacking gang's US$70 million ransom demand

Peter Griffin. 06 July 2021, 7:42 am

The REvil group behind what may be the largest worldwide ransomware attack to date, has changed tack with its ransom demands, asking for payment of US$70 million in Bitcoin to release decryption tools…

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No charges for Waikato DHB at this point

Paul Brislen. 30 June 2021, 3:44 pm

The data stolen in the ransomware attack on the Waikato DHB has begun showing up online.

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Demise of a tech maverick - RIP John McAfee

Peter Griffin. 24 June 2021, 10:25 am

John McAfee's death in a Spanish prison cell ends a wild ride for the tech visionary who in the late 1980s controlled the antivirus software market.

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Has digital contact tracing actually worked?

Peter Griffin. 22 June 2021, 11:33 am

Studies are beginning to show the result of dedicated campaigns all over the world to get citizens using Covid-19 digital contract tracing apps.

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Ransomware now bigger than online espionage - UK cybersecurity boss

Peter Griffin. 15 June 2021, 9:41 am

European leaders are now more worried about ransomware attacks than online espionage, with NATO today signing a new cybersecurity pact to try and stem the flood of attacks.

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Fastly - website outages show the importance of bug testing

Peter Griffin. 10 June 2021, 10:03 am

A software bug that went undetected during testing caused major website outages when a customer changed a configuration setting. Fastly is now undertaking a "full post mortem".

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Apple unveils iOS 15, privacy updates and extends FaceTime to non-iPhone users…

Peter Griffin. 08 June 2021, 9:52 am

Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference hosted virtually overnight in the US revealed more privacy improvements and a push to get non-iPhone users onto its FaceTime video calling service.

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Lessons from the RBNZ hack - update software and use it for its intended purpose

Peter Griffin. 01 June 2021, 10:14 am

 A report into the data breach at the Reserve Bank has revealed that the bank was using third-party file-sharing software as a data repository and collaboration tool, worsening the impact of the hack…

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Waikato DHB: Week two

Paul Brislen. 24 May 2021, 7:33 am

The Waikato DHB's ransomware attack is now stretching into its second week with no end in sight. What can we learn from this when building our new health system and what does it mean for other organis…

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Conti 'ransomware as a service' may be behind DHB attack

Paul Brislen. 19 May 2021, 9:52 am

Ransomware as a service is the latest threat on the cyber-security event horizon, as Waikato DHB appears to be finding out the hard way.

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Inspired by Clubhouse, Facebook is turning up the volume

Peter Griffin. 13 May 2021, 9:58 am

Facebook is embarking on a trial of live audio rooms and will release audio editing tools and a podcast platform as it joins its rivals in pursuing audio-only services.

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