Nothing new about Phishing emails

Nothing new about Phishing emails

As a follow up to my post yesterday highlighting October as Cyber Security Month, I thought I would share a bit of history. While we may think that Phishing emails, that is sending an email purporting to be from a senior executive to the finance or accounts department in the hope they will be fooled into transferring money, is something new, this is in reality […]

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October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month

Cyber security is without doubt one of the biggest risks facing individuals and businesses large and small. There will be a lot written on this topic this month but I just want to suggest that if you are not already using a password management system that you consider it. This has been a godsend to me with so many passwords to manage. The last thing […]

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Cyber Security and Insurance

Cyber Security and Insurance

In my reading over the last week, there has been 3 articles reinforcing the importance of cyber security and cyber insurance. Currently, one of the biggest costs to business is not ransomware, but rather phishing scams. So much so its now known with the acronym “BEC” which stands for Business Email Compromised. The latest report says US$26billion has been stolen through this ‘BEC’ scams. This […]

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Australian Government ‘Stay Safe Online’ Alert Service

Australian Government ‘Stay Safe Online’ Alert Service

I wanted to share with readers a free service that is offered by the Australian Government and the Australian Cyber Security Centre which I think is fantastic to assist internet users. This is a free service for Australian internet users, to explain recent online threats and how they can be managed.  Stay Smart Online Alerts provide easy to understand online safety and security information and […]

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Do not forget the cyber exposure facing us all

Do not forget the cyber exposure facing us all

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, […]

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Privacy International investigation finds a huge number of Android apps share data with Facebook — whether you have an account or not

Privacy International investigation finds a huge number of Android apps share data with Facebook — whether you have an account or not

During the past few years, Facebook has been in the news for breach of privacy issues. I therefore share with you an article prepared by Privacy International following an investigation they undertook that found that a huge number of Android apps share data with Facebook — whether you have an account or not. How Apps on Android Share Data with Facebook – Privacy International 2018 (1) […]

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New Zealand customs can now demand you unlock your digital devices

New Zealand customs can now demand you unlock your digital devices

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 […]

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A convincing scam to avoid – ATO

A convincing scam to avoid – ATO

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 […]

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Cyber Breaches the new norm

Cyber Breaches the new norm

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 […]

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Conveyancing Money Transfer System hacked

Conveyancing Money Transfer System hacked

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 […]

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