Educating teams is a cybersecurity must-do

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 14 March 2018 15:50:12 AEDT

A well educated team is one of the most powerful security assets a company can have. A company can equip themselves with a suite of excellent security tools but they won’t be fully effective if the team members - from the boardroom to the shopfront - don’t understand their responsibility as individuals to support the company’s security culture. While people in management roles have no difficulty seeing the financial hazards that cybercrime presents, the technicalities are often a sticking point.

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Super-scammer who stole millions arrested in Europol case

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 08 March 2018 11:15:21 AEDT

A Ukrainian man, Gennadiy Kapkanov, is currently being held by Ukraine police, accused of internet scamming on a colossal scale. 

Kapkanov stands accused of masterminding the ‘Avalanche’ cybercrime syndicate. Europol reports indicate that at its height, Avalanche racked up cyber-attacks valued at hundreds of millions of dollars in the US and Europe.

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The NDB Scheme: Australia's new cybersecurity rules

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 07 March 2018 16:43:40 AEDT

In today’s global online marketplace, businesses can find customers, manage workforces and accept payments more easily than ever before and that’s great news, as long as everything works smoothly. 

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CEO fraud attacks up 2,370% since 2015

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 01 March 2018 16:30:55 AEDT

Friday afternoon at a typical office in Sydney, Australia. Most of the staff have left to start their weekends when a junior accountant sees an email appear in her inbox. She hesitates for a moment but then she notices that it’s from the company’s CEO.

‘Are you still in the office?’ the message reads. ‘Sorry to keep you back on a Friday night, but this is urgent: I need you to make a wire transfer for me immediately in the amount of $45,000 to my broker in London.

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Retina-X hacked - this is why data-security matters

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 22 February 2018 16:19:56 AEDT

The trending data breach story this week is about Retina-X Studios and the embarrassing invasion of their servers by hackers.

Motherboard broke the story 3 days ago about Retina-X losing a terabyte of data stored on cloud servers, and it spread rapidly across the blogosphere.

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Your antivirus software doesn’t stop email scams

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 08 February 2018 10:31:07 AEDT

“I have antivirus software installed but I’m still getting scam emails!”

Does that sound familiar?

Spam, phishing, criminal intent emails... inboxes are still the most useful tool for cybercriminals to steal sensitive data and access computer networks. Most companies use antivirus software of some sort but antivirus doesn’t stop new threats or advanced malicious-email attacks.

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Strava’s map & the security lessons it teaches us

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 01 February 2018 13:00:52 AEDT

On the scale of potential cyber-threats, who expected a fitness tracking app to create an international security headache?

Strava is a popular app that pairs with wearables like Fitbits and Apple Watches to aggregate exercise data. When you go jogging Strava uses GPS to keep track of where you go.

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Better Cybersecurity - Govt. Guide for Businesspeople

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 09 January 2018 16:50:55 AEDT

43% of cybercrime targets smaller businesses; that’s the warning issued in a newly released Australian Government pamphlet.

Published by the ASBFEO (Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman), the pamphlet is titled ‘Get Cyber Secure - Three Quick Steps to Serenity.’ The document is designed to raise awareness of cybercrime and help small businesses achieve better cybersecurity preparedness.

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Social Engineering: Hacking + Psychology = Fraud

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 08 January 2018 11:55:41 AEDT

The Brisbane Times broke a story about cybercriminals who stole millions of dollars from Queensland law firms in December. This story is interesting because the cybercriminals involved didn’t hack into the lawyer's network or infect their computers with a virus - they just sent them an email.

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‘Meltdown’ & ‘Spectre’ Bugs: PCs & Macs Vulnerable to Data Theft

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 05 January 2018 13:17:56 AEDT

Newly discovered security bugs in computer processors have been revealed that make almost all devices vulnerable to data theft.

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Mass Market Cybercrime - the Threat of MaaS

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 03 January 2018 09:52:34 AEDT

Cybercriminals are starting to behave like corporations and it’s not that surprising, considering cybercrime is a multi-billion dollar industry.

Hackers producing malware like trojans, ransomware and spyware don’t usually run solo scams anymore; they set up an online shopfront and lease their products to anybody who wants to use them.

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Cybercrime 2017: This Year's Big Stories

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 29 December 2017 15:45:04 AEDT

History may well remember the 20-teens as the decade of cybercrime. 

This year has seen an unprecedented level of new attacks; not only in number but also in intensity. The steep upward trend points to 2018 being worse still. Cybercrime is now the most economically damaging crime category, worldwide.

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2018: Can we Avoid a Cybercrime Storm?

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 22 December 2017 15:41:09 AEDT

Equifax, WannaCry, Russian hacking; there were weeks when 2017 was like a cybersecurity Twilight Zone. 

A lot of people are justifiably nervous about what might be in store for us next year. The absolute meshing of commerce and the internet creates new opportunities for criminals all the time and we’re seeing some trends in cybercrime right now that could make 2018 a bumpy ride for the ill-prepared.

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Cybersecurity Jargon Explained - A Glossary for Regular People

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 08 December 2017 15:07:22 AEDT

Cybersecurity, infosec, data-security; whatever you call it, this is an industry with enough jargon to make the average person’s head spin. Terms like phishing and ransomware are familiar to most of us, but what is a dropper? And what does a catfish do?

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MailGuard CEO Craig McDonald Mentoring Aussie Startups

Posted by Emmanuel Marshall on 27 November 2017 16:26:49 AEDT

Today, Craig McDonald - CEO and Founder of MailGuard - hosted a Q and A session for
Cyrise program participants at the MailGuard offices in Melbourne.

Cyrise is a venture accelerator focused on facilitating the development of Asia-Pacific based cybersecurity startups. Cyrise runs 6 month mentor-driven programs in Melbourne.

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