The lack of women in cybersecurity leaves the online world at greater risk

Nir Kshetri, University of North Carolina – Greensboro Women are highly underrepresented in the field of cybersecurity. In 2017, women’s share in the U.S. cybersecurity field was 14%, compared to 48% in the general workforce. The problem is more acute outside the U.S. In 2018, women accounted for 10% of the cybersecurity workforce in the… Continue reading The lack of women in cybersecurity leaves the online world at greater risk

Zoom-bombings disrupt online events with racist and misogynist attacks

Greg Elmer, Toronto Metropolitan University; Anthony Glyn Burton, Toronto Metropolitan University, and Stephen J. Neville, York University, Canada As COVID-19 circulated the globe in March, reports emerged of another new, viral threat: “Zoom-bombing.” The term derives from photo-bombing, which is defined as appearing “behind or in front of someone when their photograph is being taken,… Continue reading Zoom-bombings disrupt online events with racist and misogynist attacks

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Morrison announces repurposing of defence money to fight increasing cyber threats

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra The federal government is repurposing $1.35 billion of its planned defence spending over a decade to meet the increasing threat of cyber attacks on Australia. The announcement follows Scott Morrison recently revealing “a sophisticated state-based cyber actor” was targeting “Australian organisations across a range of sectors including all levels of… Continue reading Morrison announces repurposing of defence money to fight increasing cyber threats

Morrison pursues tougher powers in fight against cyber attacks and criminals’ activity

Michelle Grattan, University of Canberra Scott Morrison will unveil on Thursday a cyber security package to give greater protection to critical Australian infrastructure and bolster the powers of the Australian Federal Police to pursue criminal networks on the dark web. The Australian Signals Directorate would be able to go into networks to block operations against… Continue reading Morrison pursues tougher powers in fight against cyber attacks and criminals’ activity

Our cybersecurity isn’t just under attack from foreign states. There are holes in the government’s approach

Damien Manuel, Deakin University Prime Minister Scott Morrison revealed last month Australia is actively being attacked by hostile foreign governments. An advisory note posted on the government’s Australian Cyber Security Centre website said the attackers were targeting various vulnerable networks and systems, potentially trying to damage or disable them. Governments – along with individuals and… Continue reading Our cybersecurity isn’t just under attack from foreign states. There are holes in the government’s approach

The Twitter hack targeted the rich and famous. But we all lose if trusted accounts can be hijacked

Kobi Leins, The University of Melbourne The list of US figures whose Twitter accounts were hijacked by scammers on Wednesday US time reads like a Who’s Who of the tech and celebrity worlds: Tesla boss Elon Musk, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, former president Barack Obama, current Democratic nominee Joe Biden, celebrities… Continue reading The Twitter hack targeted the rich and famous. But we all lose if trusted accounts can be hijacked

Australia is considering a ban on cyber ransom payments, but it could backfire. Here’s another idea

Jeffrey Foster, Macquarie University and Jennifer J. Williams, Macquarie University First Optus, now Medibank; in less than two months we’ve experienced two of the largest personal data breaches in Australia’s history. In both cases the hackers attempted, and failed, to extort a ransom in exchange for not releasing personal data. So far the Optus hackers… Continue reading Australia is considering a ban on cyber ransom payments, but it could backfire. Here’s another idea

Defending the 2020 election against hacking: 5 questions answered

Douglas W. Jones, University of Iowa Editor’s note: Journalist Bob Woodward reports in his new book, “Rage,” that the NSA and CIA have classified evidence that the Russian intelligence services placed malware in the election registration systems of at least two Florida counties in 2016, and that the malware was sophisticated and could erase voters.… Continue reading Defending the 2020 election against hacking: 5 questions answered

Africa’s largest democracy goes to the polls amid rising insecurity

Freedom C. Onuoha, University of Nigeria and Oluwole Ojewale, Institute for Security Studies Africa’s biggest election will be held in February 2023 in Nigeria. It’s the seventh successive general election in the country’s 23 years of unbroken democratic government. The election will be a massive operation. An estimated 95 million registered voters will go to… Continue reading Africa’s largest democracy goes to the polls amid rising insecurity

How to switch health insurers if you’re worried about cybersecurity, costs or claims

Anam Bilgrami, Macquarie University and Henry Cutler, Macquarie University More than half of Australians hold private health insurance. About one quarter, or almost four million people, are members of Medibank, Australia’s largest health insurer and the company at the centre of the current cybersecurity breach. Medibank has promised to support affected customers. However, such breaches… Continue reading How to switch health insurers if you’re worried about cybersecurity, costs or claims