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Increased risk for detrimental damage caused by ransomware gangs
Thu, 15th Dec 2022
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data protection
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ransomware
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cybersecurity
There is an increased risk of ransomware attacks in 2023 threatening to leak people's and businesses’ valuable data if ransom demands aren’t paid. 
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Norton LifeLock now Gen Digital after Avast merger
Tue, 8th Nov 2022
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cybersecurity
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avast
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mergers and acquisitions
Norton LifeLock has changed its name to Gen Digital Inc following the merger of NortonLifeLock and Avast.
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Cybergangs are recruiting and rewarding supporters
Tue, 8th Nov 2022
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ransomware
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cybersecurity
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avast
“An interesting trend we observed this quarter was cyber gangs actively crowdsourcing and paying people to support their criminal activities."
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3 in 5 New Zealanders report spike in attempted scams
Fri, 26th Aug 2022
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cybersecurity
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email security
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scams
More than a third (35%) of New Zealanders encounter scams on a weekly basis, according to research commissioned by Avast.
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Avast reveals zero-day exploits targeting Chrome and Microsoft
Fri, 12th Aug 2022
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malware
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ransomware
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microsoft
Avast, released its Q2/2022 Threat Report today, revealing a significant increase in global ransomware attacks, up 24% from Q1/2022.
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Avast One extends protection with Online Safety Score
Tue, 9th Aug 2022
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apple
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smartphones
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malware
Avast One has extended its cross-platform support by adding its Online Safety Score feature to both the Mac and iOS platforms of Avast One.
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Cybersecurity disconnect between digitally free and unfree countries
Wed, 20th Jul 2022
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cybersecurity
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digital
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avast
People in countries with more digital freedom face fewer cybersecurity risks and stronger privacy regulations.
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Minors using Discord servers to spread malware for cash
Wed, 20th Jul 2022
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ransomware
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malware
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cybersecurity
Avast has discovered an online community of minors constructing, exchanging and spreading malware, including ransomware and a mix of information stealers and cryptominers.
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NZ Windows users at risk of devastating cyber attacks
Wed, 6th Apr 2022
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cybersecurity
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windows
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"While businesses are less at risk of encountering a threat than consumers, they more often than not have more to lose if they do fall victim."
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Avast acquires SecureKey, extends digital identity security
Wed, 30th Mar 2022
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avast
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mergers and acquisitions
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authentication
"SecureKey is highly complementary to Avast’s prior work in identity and together we will take our offer to the next level, accelerating innovation."
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Avast reveals top 10 malware types troubling Aussie users
Wed, 23rd Mar 2022
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smartphones
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apple
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malware
Avast has revealed the top 10 malware types putting Australian users at risk of having their personal data and money stolen and losing control of their devices.
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Older people targeted by ransomware while young adults fall for TikTok scams
Thu, 20th Jan 2022
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malware
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ransomware
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New research from Avast has revealed that older and younger generations are being targeted by different online threats based on the primary device that they use to go online.
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Avast launches a new firewall in latest product updates
Wed, 19th Jan 2022
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cybersecurity
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advanced persistent threat protection
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Avast has announced a new firewall will be packaged with its latest free and premium product updates for Windows.
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Cybersecurity experts urge caution as phishing attacks surge
Wed, 24th Nov 2021
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phishing
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email security
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online shopping
Phishing was one of the highest incident categories from October to December last year.
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Global SMS scam uncovered on Google Play Store, promoted on Tik Tok and Instagram
Tue, 2nd Nov 2021
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smartphones
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cybersecurity
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technology gifts
More than 150 premium SMS scam applications have been discovered as part of a campaign dubbed “UltimaSMS” using Instagram and Tik Tok.
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Avast announces three new appointments to leadership team
Fri, 15th Oct 2021
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avast
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appointments
Daria Loi will serve as head of innovation, Siggi Stefnisson as head of threat labs, and Andrew Gardner as vice president of research and AI.
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Misconfiguration sees Android user data at risk of being exposed
Wed, 8th Sep 2021
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smartphones
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malware
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technology gifts
“Each one of these open instances is a data breach event waiting to happen and can pose critical business, legal and regulatory risks if they happen."
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New Zealanders are exposing themselves to cybercrime, study shows
Mon, 30th Aug 2021
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cybersecurity
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scams
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According to Avast, many New Zealanders are exposing themselves to unnecessary online risks and cyber threats through careless digital practices.
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NZ business facing higher risk of PC malware attacks
Fri, 13th Aug 2021
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malware
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avast
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cyber attacks
There is an increased risk for cyberattacks on businesses since the start of the pandemic.
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NortonLifeLock and Avast to merge
Wed, 11th Aug 2021
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avast
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mergers and acquisitions
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nortonlifelock
The companies' boards believe the merger has ‘compelling strategic and financial rationale’, and creates an opportunity to create a new cyber-safety business.
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Chance of PC users encountering cyber threats increase
Wed, 4th Aug 2021
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malware
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avast
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cyber threats
"The risk ratio has increased worldwide for all malware attacks."
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Avast and RiskIQ announce threat intelligence partnership
Thu, 22nd Jul 2021
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cybersecurity
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avast
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threat intelligence
Digital security and privacy company Avast, and RiskIQ, an internet security intelligence company, have announced a threat intelligence partnership.
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Avast finds cybercriminals are targeting gamers with cryptomining malware
Wed, 30th Jun 2021
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gaming
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cryptocurrency
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blockchain
Avast finds cybercriminals are targeting gamers using cracked games with cryptomining malware Crackonosh.
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Adware, fake apps and banking trojans targeting Android devices
Fri, 18th Jun 2021
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malware
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smartphones
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technology gifts
Adware continues to be the most significant threat on Android phones and tablets.
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