John Hawkins, University of Canberra It is not just crypto tokens that have spectacular downfalls. So can crypto personalities. Sam Bankman-Fried founded FTX, one of the world’s largest exchanges for so-called cryptocurrencies, which collapsed last year owing billions of dollars. Now he has gone from being hailed as potentially the world’s first trillionaire to a… Continue reading Sam Bankman-Fried convicted for massive FTX fraud, in stark reminder of risks of crypto trading
Eli Gottlieb, George Washington University Big Ben was stolen from Palestine. So claimed an elderly woman, in Arabic, in a retweeted clip I received recently. Yes, that Big Ben: the great bell in the iconic clock tower of London’s Palace of Westminster. The British took it, she said, from a tower they demolished at Hebron… Continue reading I went down the ‘rabbit hole’ to debunk misinformation – here’s what I learned about Big Ben and online information overload
Erin Madden, University of Sydney; Katrina Prior, University of Sydney, and Louise Thornton, University of Sydney The debate on how to combat social media misinformation is as relevant as ever. In recent years, we’ve seen medical misinformation spreading alongside COVID, and political misinformation impacting the outcome of elections and national referendums. Experts have largely placed… Continue reading Even experts struggle to tell which social media posts are evidence-based. So, what do we do?
Sam Wineburg, Stanford University and Michael Caulfield, University of Washington Someone tracking the conflict raging in the Middle East could have seen the following two videos on social media. The first shows a little boy hovering over his father’s dead body, whimpering in Arabic, “Don’t leave me.” The second purports to show a pregnant woman… Continue reading No, you’re not that good at detecting fake videos − 2 misinformation experts explain why and how you can develop the power to resist these deceptions
Jennifer Medbury, Edith Cowan University and Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University While ransomware incidents have been occurring for more than 30 years, only in the last decade has the term “ransomware” appeared regularly in popular media. Ransomware is a type of malicious software that blocks access to computer systems or encrypts files until a ransom… Continue reading What is LockBit, the cybercrime gang hacking some of the world’s largest organisations?
Preventing hacking and enhancing cybersecurity within a company involves a combination of technology, policies, and employee training. Here are some key measures that companies can take with their employees to prevent hacking: By combining these measures and fostering a strong cybersecurity culture, companies can significantly reduce the risk of hacking and enhance the overall security… Continue reading How can companies prevent hacking and enhance cybersecurity?
Amy Dawel, Australian National University; Ben Albert Steward, Australian National University; Clare Sutherland, University of Aberdeen; Eva Krumhuber, UCL, and Zachary Witkower, University of Amsterdam Does ChatGPT ever give you the eerie sense you’re interacting with another human being? Artificial intelligence (AI) has reached an astounding level of realism, to the point that some tools… Continue reading Can you spot the AI impostors? We found AI faces can look more real than actual humans
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to the question of which Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) method is the most secure, as it depends on various factors and the specific use case. However, I can provide information on some common 2FA methods and their characteristics: It’s important to note that the security of 2FA also depends on the… Continue reading Which is the most secure Two Factor Authentication (2FA)?
Flavio Macau, Edith Cowan University and Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University Australians getting ready for Christmas this week had reason to believe even the best of preparations were not enough after a cyberattack hit all its major ports. DP World, which operates container ports in Australia and the region, first detected problems last Friday so… Continue reading Has the cyberattack on DP World put Australia’s trade at risk? Probably not … this time
David Tuffley, Griffith University A serious cyberattack has disrupted operations at several of Australia’s largest ports, causing delays and congestion. Late on Friday, port operator DP World detected an IT breach that affected critical systems used to coordinate shipping activity. DP World is one of Australia’s largest port operators, handling approximately 40% of the nation’s… Continue reading Major cyberattack on Australian ports suggests sabotage by a ‘foreign state actor’