Cybersecurity report finds companies ill-prepared for attacks

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 13 July 2018 11:04:57 AEST

“As a small business, we find it challenging to identify threats and have measures in place to mitigate them with very limited time/resource.”

“I find the board’s posture is too relaxed, suggesting lack of acute awareness of the real risks.”

“Lack of concern and awareness around the risk and consequence. Directors and management are more concerned about accessibility than protection (until an event occurs, that is...)”

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Quote request email is actually a malware scam

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 12 June 2018 11:30:19 AEST


This scam message is meant to look like a quote request and is accompanied by an attachment containing malware.

MailGuard has detected this innocuous looking message which reads “we will like to know the price and availability of the following item in attach.”

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Cybersecurity: a quick-start guide for businesspeople

Posted by Craig McDonald on 04 June 2018 11:49:46 AEST


There’s a lot about online crime that’s ambiguous and confusing, but the damage it’s doing is all too clear. Recent research figures released by the FBI and reports from independent cybersecurity experts estimate that the damage bill from cybercrime in 2018 will reach more than
US$12 billion dollars.

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Bogus NSW Government "penalty notice" email is malware scam

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 21 May 2018 13:35:05 AEST


MailGuard has detected a new email scam attempting to deliver malware to victim’s computers.

This malicious email - see screenshot above - is designed to look like a NSW Government “penalty notice,” using a fake “revenue.nsw.gov.au” link to try and lure victims into opening a malware-infected .doc file.

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Cryptojacking scams: malware sent in email can hijack your devices

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 18 May 2018 11:02:30 AEST


Malware is one of the most common cybercrime attack methods because it’s so profitable for cybercriminals and it can be delivered via email or compromised websites.

Ransomware and spyware have long been the most common malware types but recently, with the surges in cryptocurrency value, a new malware pandemic is appearing: cryptojacking.

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Phishing scam aimed at stealing email login credentials

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 15 May 2018 10:48:53 AEST


MailGuard has detected an email phishing scam - see screenshot above - seeking to harvest victim’s email login data.

Cybercriminals use phished email credentials to perpetrate identity theft and steal victim’s personal data.

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AI vs AI: the new cybersecurity challenge

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 09 May 2018 10:26:24 AEST


"The imperative to do AI research is now not optional. We have to build better and better AI security systems because you can bet your life the criminal elements of the hacking world are busy developing AI weapons to attack us..." 
- Bill Rue.

Artificial Intelligence is one of those subjects that is constantly in the headlines at the moment; controversial, endlessly debated and widely misunderstood.

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Cybercriminals vs The World: together we can beat them

Posted by Craig McDonald on 02 May 2018 10:05:37 AEST


Why do the people working on the frontlines of cybersecurity feel that
collaboration is so important right now?

I think the answer lies in the staggering statistics on cybercrime growth that are appearing in every corporate survey released recently and stories like the Facebook and Equifax data breaches that are constantly in the headlines as well.

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Rubella Macro Builder: cheap DIY malware kits putting your business at risk

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 01 May 2018 12:42:39 AEST


What do crooks need to get into the cybercrime racket?

It’s a lot less complicated than you think these days. Wannabe online crims can just sign up for a $50 / month subscription to an online service like ‘Rubella Macro Builder’ and start churning out malware scams at the rate of dozens a week like they’re sending out Facebook memes.

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Cybersecurity - don’t learn about it the hard way

Posted by Craig McDonald on 18 April 2018 11:22:48 AEST


It’s my mission, both as an entrepreneur and a communicator, to help businesses protect themselves from cybercrime.

The cost to companies from cyber-attacks is growing at an alarming rate at the moment. Part of that problem is that there are still senior decision-makers in companies who don’t understand the devastating impact cybercrime can have on a business.

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Barclays brandjacked: email scam imitates bank

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 13 April 2018 14:23:19 AEST


As brandjacking scams go, there’s one category of trademark that is especially powerful for scammers to use: banks.

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Could AI produce the ultimate criminal mind?

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 12 April 2018 13:19:00 AEST


Will future artificial intelligence be a cybersecurity risk?

That’s the provocative question posed by a new report from Cambridge University’s Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER).  

Several think tanks including OpenAI, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation collaborated with CSER to publish the report warning that AI is set to redefine cybersecurity threats.

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Gaming the system - criminals move $ in online games

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 05 April 2018 11:17:58 AEST


If you’re an international criminal selling guns, trafficking dope or running
email scams, one of the big problems you’re going to encounter on a regular basis is how to move your money around. A few years ago Bitcoin was the cybercriminal’s favourite means of shifting funds but governments have started to monitor and regulate cryptocurrency now, so it’s not as easy as it used to be. But crooks can always be counted on to find creative ways of moving their money around and the latest racket they’ve come up with involves online computer games.

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Blockchain - the new DNA of cybersecurity?

Posted by Craig McDonald on 04 April 2018 15:01:16 AEST


A lot of people have heard the term “Blockchain” by now and know that it has something to do with Bitcoin and cryptocurrency but Blockchain is more than just crypto, it’s a versatile technology, the applications of which we are only starting to explore.

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'Free cryptocurrency' scams: Twitter users beware

Posted by Craig McDonald on 20 March 2018 10:24:05 AEDT


The persistent rise of cryptocurrency is changing the internet in a variety of ways, and although it’s relatively early days there's already been some high profile cryptocurrency fraud incidents. As soon as a new technology hits the www, scammers move in to grab what they can, and crypto is no different.

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