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Stairway to hell: Scams, ransomware, and $6.5m gone from Kiwis' pockets
In just a three month period this year, New Zealanders reported more than 1000 cybersecurity incidents and financial losses of $6.5 million to CERT NZ.
FintechNZ: Most NZ companies don't report cyber incidents
"There are some fundamental basics that a company can put in place with no or minimal cost. People and staff still pose a great risk, so cybersecurity issues need to be high on the management agenda.”
CERT NZ report: Unauthorised account access a growing problem
New Zealanders reported direct financial losses of $1.7 million. While that is still a substantial loss, the figure is a 71% drop from the previous quarter.
Govt invests $8m into refreshed Cyber Security Strategy
The Government has refreshed its approach to New Zealand’s cybersecurity, with more focus on partnerships, funding, and international participation.
Online attackers abusing Kiwis' generosity in wake of Chch tragedy
It doesn’t take some people long to abuse people’s kindness and generosity in a time of mourning.
CERT NZ: Email extortion & scams hit Kiwis hard in the pocket
Despite ongoing efforts to raise awareness about online scams and fraud, New Zealanders are still losing staggering amounts of money.
CERT NZ issues critical security controls for 2019
The annual list is designed to help businesses prioritise their security controls based on CERT NZ’s local and international threat intelligence.
CERT NZ highlights rise of unauthorised access incidents
“In one case, the attacker gained access and tracked the business’s emails for at least six months. They gathered extensive knowledge of the business’s billing cycles."
Computer Lounge online store hit by security breach
Auckland-based online computer parts store Computer Lounge has been affected by a security breach.
Quick tips for staying safe online - Cyber Smart Week 2018
With the Facebook data breach still fresh in everyone’s minds, Cyber Smart Week couldn’t come soon enough.
Cyber threat spotlight: Kiwis report more, lose less in Q2
CERT NZ’s April-June 2018 Quarterly Report suggests that cyber threats – and the amount of people who are reporting them – are once again on the rise, and fewer people are losing money.
Scammers intercepting business emails in fake invoice scams
CERT NZ is warning New Zealand businesses to be aware of an upsurge in fake invoices, which are often intercepting genuine payments.
National Party calls out Health Minister's 'dismissive' take on DHB security
“Clark has downplayed cybersecurity issues by saying he won’t deal in hypotheticals. There's nothing hypothetical about our DHBs being under attack."
Have your say: Govt extends feedback deadline for Cyber Security Strategy refresh
“There’s been strong interest in the Cyber Security Strategy refresh and we want to ensure we have a broad range of perspectives," says Clare Curran.
Domain Name Commission & CERT NZ to share information about .nz cyber threats
The two agencies have agreed to share certain domain registration information so that they can ‘enhance’ cybersecurity in New Zealand.
$2.9 million gone: Kiwis hit by more than 500 cybersecurity incidents
The first three months of 2018 were busier than ever for cybercriminals, who managed to steal $2.9 million from New Zealanders.
Budget 2018: NZ's cyber threat response gets $3.9m boost
The Government’s Budget 2018 will inject an extra $3.9 million for New Zealand’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) over the next four years.
CERT NZ honoured to chair new Pacific Cyber Security Operational Network
CERT NZ says it is a ‘huge honour’ to be voted in as the Pacific Cyber Security Operational Network’s inaugural chair.
CERT NZ's Advisory Board extended for another six months
“I’m pleased all existing Board members have agreed to stay on and advise CERT NZ as we work through the refresh of our cybersecurity action plan."
Clare Curran targeted in Facebook impersonation; warns Kiwis to be vigilant
“It’s frightening to think someone is impersonating you online and CERT NZ is there to help people sort out issues and feel safe again online."
CERT NZ issues security alert about Smart Install-enabled Cisco devices
CERT NZ has issued a bulletin about a cyber attack campaign that is targeting Cisco devices that have enabled Smart Install (SMI).
CERT NZ partners with Orange Business Services on comprehensive threat intelligence
"Leveraging our expertise at Orange Cyberdefense, our work with CERT NZ underscores our commitment to build a trusted & resilient cyber environment."
Government moves to revitalize NZ's Cyber Security and Action Plan
“We must work collectively to build New Zealand’s cyber security capability and resilience so I invite everyone to join the play a key role."
Control is critical to contain cyber attacks in New Zealand
As evident from CERT New Zealand’s security recommendations, mitigation and prevention of a data breach is a lot more cost-effective than recovery.