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Five Eyes reports on hackers' tools

Paul Brislen. 15 October 2018, 7:59 am

The Five Eyes spy network (made up of New Zealand, Australia, the UK, Canada and the US) has issued a report which highlights the most commonly wielded hacking utilities available online.

Rather t…

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Brislen on Tech

Paul Brislen. 12 October 2018, 5:14 pm

News that almost all of the sub-contractors employed by the contractors employed by Chorus to build the Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) network are exploiting their workers in one form or another has tarni…

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The true cost of cyber-bullying

Paul Brislen. 10 October 2018, 7:12 am

One in ten New Zealanders has been cyber-bullied and the total cost each year runs to more than $400 million says a new report from Netsafe.

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Paul Brislen. 05 October 2018, 5:19 pm

Facebook falls foul of the EU... Cometh the hour, cometh the man... Cometh the hour again...

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Netsafe shines spotlight on safety

Sean Lyons. 02 October 2018, 7:39 am

Online safety is quickly coming to the forefront of conversations around digital services and products here in New Zealand and Netsafe is a key component in the battle to keep us all safe online.

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90 million reasons to unsubscribe

Paul Brislen. 01 October 2018, 5:00 am

Fifty million Facebook users have, apparently, woken to the news that their profiles have been breached and they have to change their passwords.

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CERT quarterly report: incidents up but losses down

Paul Brislen. 19 September 2018, 8:28 am

CERT has released its latest quarterly report and while the number of reported incidents is up from 506 to 736 in the quarter, financial losses are down by 24%.

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Paul Brislen. 07 September 2018, 3:55 pm

Privacy is usually treated as a fundamental human right, but in New Zealand at least it's not part of the Bill of Rights.

There isn't a single mention of the word "privacy" in the bill.

Yet most…

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Five Eyes calls on tech sector to 'do the right thing'

Paul Brislen. 03 September 2018, 7:05 am

The spy agencies of the so-called Five Eyes group (Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the US and UK) have called on IT companies to "voluntarily establish lawful access solutions to their products and se…

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Trump threatens to regulate search results

Paul Brislen. 29 August 2018, 7:19 am

Donald Trump has today lashed out at US tech giant Google for allegedly hiding the good news stories about his presidency and raised the spectre of regulating the search engine business, presumably to…

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Microsoft moves to shut down alleged Russian phishing sites

Paul Brislen. 22 August 2018, 7:10 am

Microsoft says it has blocked an attempted attack on the US Senate and a conservative think tank ahead of mid-term elections in November.

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iSANZ Awards open for nominations

Paul Brislen. 20 August 2018, 7:01 am

The security industry's big night out looms with calls for nominations in this year's iSANZ Awards.

iSANZ's goal is to "inspire, promote and reflect" on New Zealand's information security people an…

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Paul Brislen. 17 August 2018, 12:57 pm

Advance Australia Fair. Not really. Sadly, the Lucky Country is in the middle of a monster drought which shows no signs of letting up any time soon. It's also apparently willing to elect a man who can…

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Bias - a very wicked problem…

Victoria Maclennan. 17 August 2018, 10:49 am

Algorithms aren't always the most enticing subject to talk to a Humanities and Social Science course about, but as Victoria Maclennan found, when it comes to algorithmic bias, everyone needs to know.

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Fitness tracking watches now surplus to requirements

Paul Brislen. 08 August 2018, 6:51 am

Following revelations that US troops on deployment around the world were publishing their location data courtesy of their fitness trackers, the US Department of Defense (sic) has called time on the pr…

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Paul Brislen. 03 August 2018, 4:00 pm

Pop quiz: You open up your laptop and discover all your files are encrypted and a mysterious message says you're not getting your data back unless you give someone $5000 via an anonymised service. You…

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Fallout from health IT projects continues

Paul Brislen. 26 July 2018, 7:25 am

Both Australia and Singapore are reeling following privacy concerns raised in relation to online health records.

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Paul Brislen. 06 July 2018, 3:50 pm

International borders and the World Wide Web: Many years ago I received a phone call from a local pharmacy here in New Zealand. They'd been cheerfully selling goods in accordance with New Zealand law …

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Global Cyber Alliance comes to town

Paul Brislen. 05 July 2018, 7:43 am

The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) is an international, cross-sector effort dedicated to "eradicating cyber risk and improving our connected world" and its UK-based Executive Director, Andy Bates, is in …

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Dept of Homeland Security subpoenas Kiwi Twitter user

Paul Brislen. 03 July 2018, 6:58 am

The US Department of Homeland Security has served Twitter with a subpoena demanding information about one of its users - a Kiwi who goes by the user name Flash Gordon.

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