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Email Security
3 in 5 New Zealanders report spike in attempted scams
August 2022
More than a third (35%) of New Zealanders encounter scams on a weekly basis, according to research commissioned by Avast.
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Microsoft
Avast reveals zero-day exploits targeting Chrome and Microsoft
August 2022
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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Malware
Avast One extends protection with Online Safety Score
August 2022
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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Digital
Cybersecurity disconnect between digitally free and unfree countries
July 2022
People in countries with more digital freedom face fewer cybersecurity risks and stronger privacy regulations.
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Malware
Minors using Discord servers to spread malware for cash
July 2022
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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Cybersecurity
NZ Windows users at risk of devastating cyber attacks
April 2022
"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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Digital Identity
Avast acquires SecureKey, extends digital identity security
March 2022
"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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Malware
Avast reveals top 10 malware types troubling Aussie users
March 2022
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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Ransomware
Older people targeted by ransomware while young adults fall for TikTok scams
January 2022
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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Firewall
Avast launches a new firewall in latest product updates
January 2022
Avast has announced a new firewall will be packaged with its latest free and premium product updates for Windows.
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Phishing
Cybersecurity experts urge caution as phishing attacks surge
November 2021
Phishing was one of the highest incident categories from October to December last year.
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Short Message Service
Global SMS scam uncovered on Google Play Store, promoted on Tik Tok and Instagram
November 2021
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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Appointments
Avast announces three new appointments to leadership team
October 2021
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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Android
Misconfiguration sees Android user data at risk of being exposed
September 2021
“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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Avast
New Zealanders are exposing themselves to cybercrime, study shows
August 2021
According to Avast, many New Zealanders are exposing themselves to unnecessary online risks and cyber threats through careless digital practices.
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Malware
NZ business facing higher risk of PC malware attacks
August 2021
There is an increased risk for cyberattacks on businesses since the start of the pandemic.
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Mergers and Acquisitions
NortonLifeLock and Avast to merge
August 2021
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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Cyber Threats
Chance of PC users encountering cyber threats increase
August 2021
"The risk ratio has increased worldwide for all malware attacks."
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Cloud
Avast and RiskIQ announce threat intelligence partnership
July 2021
Digital security and privacy company Avast, and RiskIQ, an internet security intelligence company, have announced a threat intelligence partnership.
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Cryptocurrency
Avast finds cybercriminals are targeting gamers with cryptomining malware
June 2021
Avast finds cybercriminals are targeting gamers using cracked games with cryptomining malware Crackonosh.
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Malware
Adware, fake apps and banking trojans targeting Android devices
June 2021
Adware continues to be the most significant threat on Android phones and tablets.
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Cloud Security
Avast launches new Business Hub platform for partners and businesses
May 2021
Avast has announced the official launch of its security platform Avast Business Hub for partners and businesses.
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Malware
Avast identifies new cryptocurrency malware Hackboss
April 2021
Researchers from Avast, the global digital security and privacy company, say they have identified new cryptocurrency-stealing malware.
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Cybersecurity
Top cyber threats for Australia in 2020
December 2020
COVID-19 scams, ransomware attacks, mobile adware and fleeceware, stalkerware and deepfakes were the top cyber threats that impacted Australian and global businesses in 2020.