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80% of cyber threat landscape uses COVID-19 as leverage - report
A report released recently by Proofpoint reveals the extent to which cyber attackers are capitalising on fear and paranoia surrounding the pandemic, with instances of coronavirus-themed attacks increasing every day.
COVID-19: Surfshark joins growing list of companies offering free services
The VPN service has recently announced its intention to offer free six-month subscriptions for small businesses, as more countries tighten quarantine measures and finances become strained.
Internet infrastructure strained as demand for servers surges 30%
Internet service providers are extending data caps to meet the newfound reliance on the network, however, some experts express uncertainty concerning internet infrastructure’s ability to keep up with the rapidly growing demand.
Phishing cases explode as attackers prey on coronavirus fears
Attackers, ever the opportunists, are capitalising on COVID-19, pushing phishing lures and establishing newly-registered coronavirus-related domains.
Cybercriminals prey on healthcare panic to spread malware
Cybercriminals are now using fake HIV test results to spread their malicious phishing attacks, as they move quickly to cash in on healthcare scares in the wake of COVID-19 Coronavirus.
Security survey: The internet’s for porn… and gaming
"As well as being inappropriate use of a work device, these sites are more likely to harbour malware or other malicious threats that lead to a compromise."
Phishing URLs grew by 640% last year - report
“In the cybersecurity industry the only certainty is that there is no certainty, and there is no single silver bullet solution.”
FIDO: The word that could defeat phishing attacks once and for all
Attackers know that sometimes they don’t need to attack the technology – they just need to attack people instead.
IBM report projects evolution of phishing, ransomware and spoof tech
"The amount of exposed records that we're seeing today means that cybercriminals are getting their hands on more keys to our homes and businesses.”
Australian professionals high target for cyber crims, new study shows
More than half (54%) of surveyed Australian Infosec professionals faced phishing-triggered ransomware infections in 2019, according to a new report titled ‘State of the Phish’ by Proofpoint.
Google adds iPhone capability to Advanced Protection Program
iPhone users are now able to use their phones to sign up to Google’s Advanced Protection Program, using the iPhone’s built-in security key technology.
Five security risks faced in the modern workplace - Empired
According to the Australian Government Department of Communications, the average cost of an individual cybersecurity breach to a business is $276,000.
Five ways to ensure cyber-criminals don’t damage your business over Christmas break
The Christmas period creates a series of opportunities for threat actors to compromise business owners and steal credentials and data for illicit use, Watchguard finds.
EC-Council appoints distie to expand into A/NZ
It has appointed ACA Pacific to help roll out its cybersecurity solutions, including newly acquired OhPhish, to the Australia and New Zealand markets.
Cyberattacks becoming increasingly targeted in nature, research finds
The number of unique cyber incidents have increase for third quarter of 2019, according to a new report on the cybersecurity threatscape.
Nearly half of Aussies can’t identify fake NAB website - survey
Phishing continues to be one of the leading attack methods because it allows cybercriminals to target people at scale using social engineering.
ANZ Bank warns businesses and customers of phishing scam
"This sole purpose of this elaborate phishing scam is to harvest the login credentials of ANZ customers so the criminals behind this scam can break into their bank accounts."
Organisations' cybersecurity readiness for new regulations still low - ESET
Across all countries surveyed, prioritisation was identified as the biggest organisational cybersecurity challenge (20%).
Cybersecurity in New Zealand is not working, expert says
"Businesses and organisations must act to prevent future cyber hacks, which is now costing New Zealand vast sums annually."
Phishing leading cause of data breaches across Australia
This indicates hackers are targeting the weakest link in the security chain – end users.
WatchGuard releases cloud-based service to automatically block phishing attempts
DNSWatchGO aims to fill security gap beyond the network perimeter, as new research shows 64% of remote users have fallen victim to a cyber-attack.
Security flaw left Android phones open to SMS phishing attacks found
Check Point Research discovered the vulnerability impacts phones from Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Sony.
Southeast Asia a hotbed for phishing attacks
Kaspersky detects over 14 million phishing attempts in Southeast Asia for H1 2019.
Stairway to hell: Scams, ransomware, and $6.5m gone from Kiwis' pockets
In just a three month period this year, New Zealanders reported more than 1000 cybersecurity incidents and financial losses of $6.5 million to CERT NZ.