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PIJF
Investigation: The NZ Govt is weakening its grip on nuisance spam
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
“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
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
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
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
Commercial messages can only be sent if businesses have express consent, inferred consent, or deemed consent.
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Cybercrime
Report finds email is the go-to weapon in hackers’ arsenals
Symantec has revealed malicious emails are on the rise, racking up over US$5 billion and costing businesses more than $115,000 a year.
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Ransomware
New wave of Locky ransomware appears to come from Vietnam
An ‘aggressive’ Locky ransomware threat that appears to originate from primarily from Vietnam.
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Phishing
Kapiti Coast District Council sends spam to 'hundreds of people'
The Kāpiti Coast District Council accidentally sent spam email to hundreds of people last night.
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Malware
Spammers' work cycles: Mon-Fri with lazy weekends, says IBM X-Force
Attackers using tools such as Dridex and Qakbot spam employees through malicious mail at times when victims are most likely to open all incoming mail.