‘Internet of things’ could be an unseen threat to elections

Last Updated on 25 November 2022 by Daniel Laura DeNardis, American University School of Communication The app failure that led to a chaotic 2020 Iowa caucus was a reminder of how vulnerable the democratic process is to technological problems – even without any malicious outside intervention. Far more sophisticated foreign hacking continues to try to… Continue reading ‘Internet of things’ could be an unseen threat to elections

Ransomware attack on sheep farmers shows there’s no room for woolly thinking in cyber security

Last Updated on 24 November 2022 by Daniel Roberto Musotto, Edith Cowan University and Mostafa Naser, Edith Cowan University While many Australians were preoccupied with panic-buying toilet paper, sales of another commodity encountered a very different sort of crisis. Wool sales were severely disrupted last week by a ransomware attack on IT company Talman Software,… Continue reading Ransomware attack on sheep farmers shows there’s no room for woolly thinking in cyber security

Working from home risks online security and privacy – how to stay protected

Last Updated on 23 November 2022 by Daniel Jason R.C. Nurse, University of Kent Remote working can be a blessing. More time with family, less commuting, and meetings from the comfort of your living room. But as millions across the world switch to working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they may be putting… Continue reading Working from home risks online security and privacy – how to stay protected

Crashing the party: beware the cyber risks of virtual meet-up apps like Houseparty

Last Updated on 22 November 2022 by Daniel Mohiuddin Ahmed, Edith Cowan University and Paul Haskell-Dowland, Edith Cowan University Social gatherings with friends and family are an essential part of being human. So it’s no surprise, with real-life gatherings limited to just two people, that people are flocking to apps that can keep us connected… Continue reading Crashing the party: beware the cyber risks of virtual meet-up apps like Houseparty

‘Zoombombers’ want to troll your online meetings. Here’s how to stop them

Last Updated on 21 November 2022 by Daniel David Tuffley, Griffith University “Zoombombing” in case you haven’t heard, is the unsavoury practice of posting distressing comments, pictures or videos after gatecrashing virtual meetings hosted by the videoconferencing app Zoom. With hundreds of millions around the world now reliant on the app for work, this unfortunate… Continue reading ‘Zoombombers’ want to troll your online meetings. Here’s how to stop them

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

Last Updated on 20 November 2022 by Daniel 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… 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

Last Updated on 19 November 2022 by Daniel 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… 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

Last Updated on 18 November 2022 by Daniel 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… 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

Last Updated on 17 November 2022 by Daniel 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… Continue reading Morrison pursues tougher powers in fight against cyber attacks and criminals’ activity