Charging your phone using a public USB port? Beware of ‘juice jacking’

Last Updated on 30 November 2022 by Daniel Ritesh Chugh, CQUniversity Australia Have you ever used a public charging station to charge your mobile phone when it runs out of battery? If so, watch out for “juice jacking”. Cybercriminals are on the prowl to infect your mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers and… Continue reading Charging your phone using a public USB port? Beware of ‘juice jacking’

Hackers could shut down satellites – or turn them into weapons

Last Updated on 29 November 2022 by Daniel William Akoto, University of Denver Last month, SpaceX became the operator of the world’s largest active satellite constellation. As of the end of January, the company had 242 satellites orbiting the planet with plans to launch 42,000 over the next decade. This is part of its ambitious… Continue reading Hackers could shut down satellites – or turn them into weapons

Vigilantes and private security are policing the internet where governments have failed

Last Updated on 28 November 2022 by Daniel Mark Button, University of Portsmouth The internet revolution of the past 20 years has opened up countless new ways for people to shop, bank, find love – and to commit crimes. Every time we switch on a computer, open an email, view a website or make an… Continue reading Vigilantes and private security are policing the internet where governments have failed

Deal with ransomware the way police deal with hostage situations

Last Updated on 27 November 2022 by Daniel Scott Shackelford, Indiana University and Megan Wade, Indiana University When faced with a ransomware attack, a person or company or government agency finds its digital data encrypted by an unknown person, and then gets a demand for a ransom. As that type of digital hijacking has become… Continue reading Deal with ransomware the way police deal with hostage situations

‘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