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DARPA recruits intel and Microsoft for next-generation encryption push
The US military's advanced research department (DARPA) wants to develop new encryption technology to protect privacy as masses of personal data move to cloud computing platforms.
'Hafnium' attacks spreading alarm worldwide
The Hafnium cybersecurity attack is causing waves around the world. Here's the latest.
Consumer Data Right - start small and scale up, says industry
The banking and payments industry has largely come out in favour of the Government's plan to introduce a Consumer Data Right (CDR) that would allow people to take their data with them as they switch p…
What tech companies do Americans trust? Just Google it.
A survey of American internet users has shown a sharp divide between tech companies when it comes to trustworthiness, with Facebook and Tiktok ranking lowest and Google and Amazon coming out on top.
Microsoft secures BNZ as second Azure region customer
Microsoft has another anchor tenant lined up for the new data centre region it will open here, with BNZ moving in as part of a major cloud migration push at the bank.
Law change being considered over Covid tracing privacy
The Government is getting advice on a potential law change to clarify when Covid tracing app data can be used by agencies, including the Police and our intelligence services.
Aussie MPs unite to go after internet 'idiots and conspiracists'
Over 50 Australian MPs have joined a parliamentary group to examine ways to make social media platforms safer as the government seeks feedback on a bill to expand the eSafety Commissioner's powers.
Griffin on Tech: The social dilemma, duelling knights and Covid complacency
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 promise…
FTC sues Facebook, seeks to undo WhatsApp and Instagram acquisitions
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.
Trump's fired cybersecurity chief - "It's not how I wanted to go out"
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.
Govt hackers account for nearly one third of attacks: NCSC
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'.
Github builds war chest to fight copyright claims, reverses takedown decision
A move by Github to support software developers fight copyright-infringement claims has been welcomed by the open-source software community.
COVID-19 related scams on the rise…
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.
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 vu…
CERT: Malicious computer virus targeting New Zealanders
Kiwis are being warned about a surge in malware attacks that seem to be targeting New Zealanders and in particular financial data.
Tech CEOs grilled again in "sham" hearing
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…
Brislen on Tech: End to the End-to-end encryption…
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…
Risk of 'privacy fatigue' over home IoT devices
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.
Big push for breaking encryption
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…
An intriguing experiment with digital currency is set to begin
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…