This year has been dominated by a swag of natural disasters culminating most recently with Cyclone Oma and Bushfires in Western Australia. However, the ever present risk of cyber attacks continues. Here are three recently reported events. February 21, 2019 https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/toyota-cyber-attack-leaves-employees-unable-to-access-emails-for-days-20190221-p50z70.html Car manufacturing giant Toyota has been hit by a cyber attack in Australia, with employees locked out of their emails for days. February 18, […]
In a new law passed in New Zealand, customs officers have now been given the power to demand that travelers unlock their digital devices if suspected of criminal activity, or risk a NZ$5000 (AU$4580) fine. Previously, while they could confiscate the items they could not force the individual to unlock it. New Zealand Customs Minister, Kris Faafoi has been quoted as saying “Organised criminal activity is […]
Local accountants Mitchell Wilson shared this warning with me just now that I thought important enough to share with other readers. I appreciate that I post so many warnings but this is in line with the huge volume of scams that are uncovered every day. Forewarned is forearmed. ============================================== We’d like to warn you of an email scan that’s being sent to Taxpayers this tax […]
Further to my recent article (Click here) where Fairfax Media revealed two cases in which more than $1.25 million was stolen from vendors while their properties were being settled on Property Exchange Australia’s PEXA e-transfer system, I am pleased to see that they were able to recover a large proportion of any monies unlawfully taken, however not all. This news also breaks with the announcement […]
I have received phone calls and emails from several law firms following the interception and illegal transfer of clients’ money (I understand there have been at least two incidences). Thieves have managed to hack into the software system PEXA (Property Exchange Australia), the nation’s new online property transfer system. The fraudsters had gained access via the conveyancer’s email account, and diverted the money into their […]
These types of malicious emails are becoming more and more common, as well as trickier to pick up when they are real or not. I set out below an example of one which one of our employees received which was in fact a scam/hack email. Luckily, they knew to not click.
On the one hand as LMI builds our brand in the UK, I am being inundated by emails regarding the UK Legislation aimed at giving consumers more control over their personal data (General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)) and at the same time I am getting hit daily with emails pro-porting to be from legitimate companies such as Microsoft asking for me to change or confirm my password. This […]
As from 23rd February 2018 legislation now requires that Australian businesses report data breaches. I have heard that there have already been an average of 10 notifications a week but this figure was on social media and I have not been able to verify the number. I appreciate that we all have a duty to protect the personal data of our customers and employees but I […]