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Phishing
Barracuda adds Zero Trust Access to enhance email security
Last month
The new capabilities allow customers to control access to email systems and Microsoft 365 applications on a need-to-know basis, enhancing email security.
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Cybercrime
The most common types of identity theft and top ten ways to avoid it
Last month
Put yourself ahead of today’s identity thieves by learning about five of the most common types of identity theft  and how to prevent that from happening to you.    
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Phishing
Online identity theft is rising in NZ - here’s what to do about it
June 2022
It may start with a few stolen details online, but it could end with thousands of dollars missing or worse, a reputation down the drain.
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Ransomware
Anniversaries remind us to review identity risks
May 2022
World Password Day provides a timely reminder for ordinary citizens and organisations to stop and think about the risks associated with digital identities.
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Cybersecurity
The future of digital identity: the need for systems reform
April 2022
Identity credentialing, proving you are who you say you are, needs to catch up to the technologies available. Currently, most organisations use simple means.
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Ransomware
5% of Kiwis experienced identity theft in 2021 - report
March 2022
Norton has found 5% of New Zealanders experienced identity theft in 2021, and 10% have clicked on a fraudulent package notification link in the past 12 months.
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Data Privacy
New research reveals data privacy still a big worry for Kiwis
February 2022
New Zealanders are becoming increasingly worried about their personal data privacy, according to a new InternetNZ survey.
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Fraud
Online payment fraud losses to exceed $206 billion, driven by identity theft
July 2021
The pandemic has led to a surge in synthetic identity and account takeover fraud, which threaten the security of entire accounts, alongside associated payment data.
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Cloud
Phishing emails harvest personal details from LinkedIn members
June 2021
MailGuard has intercepted phishing emails designed to harvest personal details from LinkedIn members.
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Cybersecurity
Data breaches enabling blackmail, extortion and intellectual property theft
May 2021
Data breaches and cyberattacks are no longer just an online issue.
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Cyber Criminal
New research by Netacea into digital fingerprint and identity thief
April 2021
Bot detection and mitigation company Netacea has published new research into the Genesis Market, an invite-only deep web marketplace that trades in digital fingerprints and enables buyers to impersonate victims online.
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Gaming
Gamers targeted as identity theft, bullying and cheating increases online
December 2020
More than a tenth of gamers have had their ID stolen – which could be worth as much as $347bn globally, according to new research.
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Dark web
Dark web monitoring and how it can help protect online identities
October 2020
As many as 1 in 6 New Zealanders have been a victim of identity theft, and the consequences can be disastrous - and it may lead to more than just financial loss.
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Cybersecurity
Trend Micro tackles identity theft with new security suite
September 2020
"The consequences of this malicious activity can have a significant impact on the lives of the victims for years to come."
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Data breach
KiwiSaver firm Generate hit by data breach
February 2020
Between 29 December 2019 and 29 January 2020, the company alleges that an ‘unidentified’ third party gained access to its online application system and captured personal information belonging to some of its members.
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Cybersecurity
Sephora hit by data breach; Asia & A/NZ user passwords cancelled
July 2019
The breach potentially exposed personal information such as names, dates of birth, genders, email addresses, and encrypted passwords, as well as users’ beauty preferences.
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Cybersecurity
Security breaches of great concern to consumers
May 2019
“These findings show many people are seeing the damage of cyber crime or identity theft firsthand.”
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Phishing
Identity theft is on the rise — users must respond
March 2018
Of course, identity theft isn’t a purely online phenomenon. Criminals can use details found in the post or from discarded documents.
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Chatbots
Interview: Unravelling the myths of chatbot security and identity theft in banking
March 2018
“People shouldn’t be worried about internet banking. They should be worried about what information they’re giving people who can impersonate them.
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Identity Theft
Out with credit cards & in with identity data: Cybercriminals take fraud to new levels
January 2018
Cybercriminals are ditching the ‘quick buck’ methods of stealing credit cards and are instead going after identity data.
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Identity and Access Management
How the future will blur the lines of authentication & identity management
November 2017
According to Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigation Report, 81% of hacking-related breaches leveraged stolen or weak passwords.
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Identity Theft
New Zealand Bankers' Association joins Fraud Awareness Week 2017
November 2017
“Fraudsters are always coming up with new ways to steal our money. They trick people into handing over personal information."
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Identity Theft
Smartphones are the new battleground for ID theft as hackers hone their craft
October 2017
The power of technology is awesome, yet it is important to understand that as this power continues to progress, people must make a tough decision .
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Malware
Interview: Sophos reveals the criminal underbelly of the dark web
August 2017
The dark web may be a place that most of us have heard of as a murky underworld for cybercriminals, but also where most internet users daren't tread.