Elevating Security Awareness

Elevating Security Awareness: A Multi-Layered Approach in an Australian Context The phrase “human error” often makes an appearance in discussions around data breaches and cyber-attacks. It’s no surprise—according to Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report, 10,489 insider-related incidents were discovered in a single year, with 172 of those incidents resulting in full data disclosure. However,…

Trojan Horses

Unmasking Trojan Horses

The Silent Siege Engines of Cyberspace: Unmasking Trojan Horses In the modern battleground of cybersecurity, Trojan Horses have emerged as the elite stealth agents. These rogue programs, known for their deceptive allure, infiltrate systems to wreak havoc or perform espionage, often unbeknownst to users. According to the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report, Trojan Horses have now…

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Surfing the Public Waves

Surfing the Public Waves: How Not to Sink Your Company’s Data Ship in Australia Remember that iconic hack on ABC News where cybersecurity experts demonstrated a live hack on a journalist’s computer over public Wi-Fi? It happened faster than you could utter “Waltzing Matilda.” Ah, the joys of modern life! Your office is no longer…

Cyber Hacking

When Clicks Become Cyber Calamities in Australia

The Inconvenient Reality: When Clicks Become Cyber Calamities in Australia One of the most alarming cyber incidents to shake Australia wasn’t a complex, multi-layered attack; it was alarmingly simple. The 2017 malware attack on the Cadbury Chocolate factory in Tasmania wasn’t a high-tech thriller; rather, it was a standard ransomware attack. But it still managed…

16-Year-Old Teen Hacked Apple Servers, Stole 90GB of Secure Files

Well, there’s something quite embarrassing for Apple fans. Though Apple servers are widely believed to be unhackable, a 16-year-old high school student proved that nothing is impossible. The teenager from Melbourne, Australia, managed to break into Apple servers and downloaded some 90GB of secure files, including extremely secure authorized keys used to grant login access…

Data Breaches

The True Cost of Data Breaches

The True Cost of Data Breaches: Unpacking the Aussie Experience Navigating the financial ramifications of a data breach can be as perilous as steering through a cyclone. To provide some local context: the 2016 Red Cross Blood Service breach exposed the personal information of over 500,000 donors, and it’s estimated that the cleanup and reputation…

Social Engineering

The Digital Underbelly: Navigating Social Media Scams

The Digital Underbelly: Navigating Social Media Scams Down Under G’day, savvy netizens! Picture this: You’ve unwittingly funded a cybercriminal’s dream vacation to the Whitsundays. Sounds bonkers, right? Welcome to the dark underbelly of social media, where phishing is not just a weekend hobby but a lucrative scheme. In this age of ‘always-on’ connectivity, Australia has…