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Cybersecurity
How SSS Shared Managed Detection & Response Service helps secure Gisborne District Council
Last month
Gisborne District Council looked to SSS IT Security Specialists for a solution capable of improving its protective posture.
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Malware
Snake Keylogger credential stealer slithers back on the radar of A/NZ businesses
Last month
Snake Keylogger has re-emerged on the threat landscape with a brand new malspam campaign targeting IT decision-makers.
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Phishing
APAC accounts for 1/4 of global malicious emails in 2022
Last month
There are three main factors which cause the bulk of spam emails targeting APAC: population, high adoption of e-services, and pandemic lockdowns.
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Cybersecurity
Productivity wasted as employees sort out spam emails
June 2022
Employees who receive 30-60 external emails per day could be wasting 11 hours every year looking through and identifying spam messages.
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PIJF
Investigation: The NZ Govt is weakening its grip on nuisance spam
December 2021
The nuisance spam has decreased markedly in 2021, but in 2007, a widely-disseminated factoid, of unknown origin, suggested that up to 85% of email sent in that year was unwanted spam.
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Shopping
New Mastercard research focuses on safer shopping and spending habits
December 2021
According to new research initiated by Mastercard, with the country slowly starting to open up, NZ consumers are starting to spend less money at home on items and more on experiences.
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LinkedIn
600 million profiles for sale on hacker forum - Third LinkedIn scrape in four months
July 2021
LinkedIn has experienced another huge data scape, the third in four months, with 600 million profiles for sale online.
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Cybersecurity
A brief history of cyber-threats — from 2000 to 2020
January 2021
Many significant cybersecurity events have occurred since the year 2000 — not every one of them ‘firsts’, but all of them correlating with a change in security behaviour or protection.
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Cybersecurity
Security training and tech: Empowering staff in a hybrid work environment
September 2020
As employees travel back and forth between home and the workplace, are they walking through the door with cyber threats sitting on their devices?
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Malware
Trend Micro: COVID-19 related malware and spam on the rise
May 2020
“The shift to remote working has been a huge change for many businesses, as they have had to quickly adopt new technology and processes, which in turn has made many vulnerable to cyber-attacks."
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Cybersecurity
Number of spam emails drops, still accounts for 55% of traffic
December 2019
Significantly, spam messages account for more than half of 295 billion in 2019, making 55% of global email traffic in this year, the company states.
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Ransomware
Bin 'em: Those bomb threat emails are complete hoaxes
December 2018
A worldwide spate of spam emails claiming there is a bomb in the recipient’s building is almost certainly a hoax.
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Cybersecurity
Caught in the wild: A look at email scams and spam
August 2018
Every day cybercriminals come up with a wide variety of phishing tactics with the intent of scamming innocent users.
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Malware
Something old, nothing new: Cybercrims still rely on spam
August 2018
The probability of a recipient opening an email increases 12% if the email claims to come from a known individual.
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Spam
Singapore's PDPC vows to crack down on telemarketing and spam
May 2018
Singapore’s Personal Data Protection Commission (PDPC) is vowing to better protect consumers from spam and telemarketing messages.
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Email Security
New study shows email security systems not up to scratch as malicious emails pour in
April 2018
“Emails ranging from opportunistic spam, targeted impersonation attacks and unknown malware are getting through incumbent email security systems."
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Malware
Necurs botnet erupts from dormancy to churn out 100,000 spam emails over Easter
April 2018
One of the world’s largest spam botnets is back in action and this time it is spreading a Trojan downloader that can deliver nasty malware surprises.
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Encryption
GandCrab: The 'agile' ransomware that is updated in real time
March 2018
The GandCrab ransomware has been making headlines recently for being one of the few malware strains that developers update in real time.
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Ransomware
Kiwis 'paying for someone else's profit' as 2018 becomes the year of cryptomining
March 2018
Cryptomining might just be one of the biggest trends in cybercrime this year, and New Zealand is not immune from its reach.
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Phishing
Australia ranks 8th as a global target for cryptomining attacks
March 2018
“Cryptomining is a rising threat to cyber and personal security,” comments Symantec’s chief technology officer – Pacific region, Nick Savvides.
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Email Security
A guide to staying one step ahead of modern email attackers
March 2018
Email serves as an organisations’ communicative lifeblood, thus making it the most critical vector for an assortment of threats.
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Email Security
Scammers disguise ASIC spam campaigns through genuine email marketing firm
February 2018
Scammers abused an online email marketing company to send spam that appear to be from the Australian Securities and Investment Commission (ASIC).
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Email Security
New email spam campaign ditches traditional Office macro infection tactic
February 2018
A new wave of spam emails use Microsoft Office documents to download password stealers without having to activate Macros.
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Digital Marketing
When digital marketing crosses the line into spam territory
December 2017
Commercial messages can only be sent if businesses have express consent, inferred consent, or deemed consent.