CERT / Computer Emergency Response Team stories
New Zealand takes major step in cybersecurity with integrated agency formation
NZ integrates CERT NZ with NCSC to bolster cyber defenses, following a model similar to UK, Aus, and Canada
Claroty uncovers vulnerabilities in Akuvox intercom system
Claroty has uncovered 13 vulnerabilities in the Akuvox E11 smart intercom system, making the camera and microphone vulnerable and compromising video and images.
Establishment of ASEAN Regional Computer Emergency Response Team
Feasibility Study on the Establishment of an ASEAN Regional CERT as a key initiative in strengthening ASEAN cybersecurity.
NZ’s Cyber Resilience Framework to be evolving and potentially automated
The government's already putting $2.4 million into the Cyber Resilience Framework in its initial stages, what is it and why is it important?
CERT NZ helps open source community with upgrade of Samba
A collaboration between CERT NZ, Catalyst and the open source community has created a major update for Samba, making it more secure.
Could New Zealanders initiate a cyber attack from within?
The threat landscape is significantly increasing worldwide, and the opportunities it presents are a growing concern in Aotearoa.
CERT NZ releases first Cyber Security Insights for 2022
CERT NZ has released Quarter One: Cyber Security Insights 2022, which offers an overview of reports about cybersecurity incidents affecting New Zealanders.
NCSC advisory highlights poor security configurations
The GCSB's National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has released a cyber security advisory identifying commonly exploited controls and practices.
How prepared is Aotearoa for a major cybersecurity breach?
Because of the digital world we now live in, the risk of cyber attacks means that geography is no longer enough to distance ourselves from tensions overseas.
COVID-19 and cybersecurity: Technology and risk in Aotearoa
As New Zealand adapts to living with COVID-19, they are also having to deal with an increasing number of life-altering technologies, all of which have a substantial risk of creating cybersecurity issues for the public.
How safe is New Zealand’s disabled community online?
According to the Office for Disability Issues (ODI), those with disabilities account for 25% of Aotearoa's population, so what are we doing to ensure the safety of this community online?
Log4j actively exploited, serious complications can occur according to CERT NZ
The widely-used java logging library, log4j, has been actively exploited, according to an update from CERT NZ and Catalyst.
Flubot malware, botnets, phishing round out top security issues plaguing Kiwis in Q3
Malware and scams continue to plague thousands of New Zealanders, laying $3.3 million to waste in just three months.
Cybersecurity experts urge caution as phishing attacks surge
Phishing was one of the highest incident categories from October to December last year.
It's Fraud Awareness Week: How you can steer clear of scams and fraud
"If you control the amount of information you release, you can reduce the chance of someone stealing your identity.”
What is NZ’s Cyber Security Emergency Response Plan?
The Cyber Security Emergency Response Plan (CSERP) is the framework that the government will use in the event of a cyber-emergency.
Cyber Smart Week takes cybersecurity back to basics
Cyber Smart Week is a timely reminder that even small changes can make a big difference.
The who’s who of NZ’s government & public cybersecurity agencies
With every new technology-enabled path we forge, we must also defend ourselves from cyber threats and exploitation. Here we take a look at some of Aotearoa's main cyber defenders.
Ransomware, crypto scams & brute-forced passwords: Highlights from CERT NZ's Q2 report
The number of cybersecurity incidents in the second quarter of 2021 has risen to more than 1,350, accounting for $3.9 million in direct financial losses.
Only half of IT security teams optimally prepared for a security incident
"The security gaps in the case of outdated software at 65% of companies should also give pause for thought."
CERT NZ urges businesses to disable Remote Desktop Protocol due to cyber risks
According to CERT NZ, most ransomware attacks can be traced back, in part, to poorly configured remote access systems.
No more 'pawswords': Why pet names shouldn't unlock your online accounts
Jingles. Bubbles. Arlo. Frankie. Buttercup. They're all terrible password choices.
Security alert: Widespread exploitation on Microsoft Exchange
According to an advisory from CERT NZ, widespread exploitation activity has already occurred as a result of the vulnerabilities within the Microsoft Exchange.
DDoS campaigns, BEC scams & Emotet: CERT NZ reports top security threats
It has been yet another tumultuous quarter for New Zealanders and their wallets, with almost $6.4 million in reported financial losses due to cybersecurity incidents.