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Equifax and its 143m customers just the ‘first known victims’
“Once a case like this hits the news, it ignites the fire in the cybercrime community and hackers start poking around for new opportunities."
Experts comment: Behind the Bluetooth 'BlueBorne' zero-days
As news spreads of the Bluetooth zero-day that affects more than 5 billion devices, security experts are warning users to use Bluetooth with caution.
Windows 10 security solutions powerless against 'bashware'
Every security solution on the market may be completely powerless to stop a vulnerability that could allow any malware to bypass Windows 10 systems.
Samsung Mobile launches bug bounty program
Samsung is the latest vendor to jump into the world of bug bounties through the launch of Samsung Mobile Products Rewards Program.
Android 'Toast' overlay vulnerability affects all versions prior to 8.0
Android users are being urged to apply any security patches for their devices, after security researchers discovered a ‘high severity’ vulnerability.
State-sponsored election hacks are acts of cyber warfare - survey
78% of respondents said they would deem an act as cyber war if a nation-state was behind a successful or attempted hack of another country’s election.
Vodafone NZ customer finds major loophone in 'My Vodafone' system
Members of a New Zealand online tech community discovered a potential vulnerability in Vodafone New Zealand’s ‘My Vodafone’ platform yesterday.
Apache Struts users warned to upgrade now as 'matter of urgency'
The severe vulnerability, CVE-2017-9805, affects all versions of Apache Struts since 2008.
$500,000 zero-day prize pool for Mobile Pwn2Own contest in Japan
Trend Micro has put more than US$500,000 towards a prize pool that aims to find security vulnerabilities at the upcoming Mobile Pwn2Own contest.
Oracle's $60,000 gift to Kiwi bug researcher about sharing knowledge with the world
Traditionally organisations keep bug & vulnerability findings for themselves, but Oracle and Associate Professor Dietrich take a different approach.
$250,000 up for grabs in Microsoft's latest Windows Bounty Program
Microsoft is offering up to US$250,000 in a new bug bounty program focused exclusively on ironing out the kinks in Windows 10.
Center for Internet Security recognises Kiwi compliance firm
A New Zealand security assessment and compliance system has received recognition from the US-based Center for Internet Security (CIS).
DRS CEO: “There are 3 groups of hackers: black, grey and white.”
Most of us get a mental image of an anonymous, hooded figure, bent over a computer in some dark recess of the web when the word hacker is mentioned.
Four cyber security principles that withstand the test of time
Information security can be a noisy place. As a career security guy my experiences have given me a deep understanding of attackers & the enterprise.
Six practical steps you can take to avoid being hit by another WannaCry
You don’t hand the keys to the car, the liquor cabinet & the gun rack to a 16 year old. If all users have blanket local admin access it's just as bad.
Here's why WannaCry might be the tip of the iceberg
Much ink is still being expended trying to determine who was responsible for WannaCry and what their motives were. But there's a bigger lesson here.
Apple releases critical security updates for all products
If you put off installing the latest Apple security updates, now is the time to do it, according to Australian security watchdogs Stay Smart Online.
New Zealand Internet Task Force welcomes new CERT security team
The New Zealand Internet Task Force (NZITF) has welcomed New Zealand’s new Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) with open arms.
Strategy for cyber crime: own the routers, own the Internet
Mobile devices & smart TVs controlled by cyber criminals make scary headlines. There's something scarier – the possibility that routers can be owned.
Ransomware was 2016's hottest ticket as attacks spiked to whopping 752%
Ransomware has seen a 752% increase in use over 2016, resulting in $1 billion in losses for enterprises worldwide.
WordPress releases 4.7.3 update to address major security issues
WordPress is encouraging all users to upgrade to its new 4.7.3 version, saying that users of older versions may still be susceptible to cyber attacks.
Trustwave exposes backdoor in DblTek devices; vendor issues poor patch & goes silent
DblTek left vulnerabilities in its IoT devices, tried to hide the vulnerability, issued shoddy patches and cut off all contact with Trustwave.
The stats are in: Japanese PC users at risk of attack through old and unpatched software
The average private user has 63 programs on their PC from 21 different vendors. 7% of those are at the end of their life, meaning they're not patched.
Australia’s vulnerabilities unmasked as survey reveals top unpatched & old programs
The average private user has 77 programs on their PC and 7.1% of those are at the end of their life (EOL) and no longer patched by the vendor.