Spot Light On Security


Cyber Security

What is Cyber Security? Cyber Security focuses on protecting computers, networks, programs and data from unauthorized access (originating from the internet), which could lead to: identity theft, loss of data, encrypted data, virus / malware infection or even leave your computer inoperable. What has this got to do with You? Today just about every piece of technology is able to access the internet. As a result you are then plugged into a very ...


A brief history Security software on our PC has been common practice since the mid 1990s. Back then we needed to protect against viruses passed around by floppy disks and it took months for a virus to propagate from its source to be on PCs around the world. The viruses were no less destructive than today but the rate at which they were created and spread meant it was easier to keep track of and deal with them. That all ...


Was Your Dropbox Password Hacked?

  On Monday, October 13, 2014, several sites like Ars Technica, VentureBeat, and The Verge reported that hackers claim to have stolen 7 million Dropbox passwords. Dropbox said that they were not hacked and that the passwords were stolen from other sites and tried on Dropbox since many people use the same password for multiple sites. Posts on Reddit suggest that some of the published passwords have already been used to login to unsuspecting Dropbox accounts. If ...


Russian hackers stole 1.2 billion internet credentials from major US companies and others around the world in what is likely the biggest data breach ever, security researchers say. The US firm Hold Security said the gang, which it dubbed "CyberVor", collected confidential user names and passwords stolen from 420,000 websites, ranging from household names to small internet sites. "As long as your data is somewhere on the World Wide Web, you may be affected by this ...


ANZ Hoax Email – Account restriction

Customers have recently been targeted with an email claiming to be from ANZ. The email suggests that the customer’s account has been restricted due to suspicious activities. To regain access to their account, the customer is asked to click on a link to verify their identity. Under no circumstances should you click on the link or reply to the email. Always ensure that you only log on to ANZ Internet Banking by typing into the address bar, rather than following the ...


Is your business secure enough?

Is my business secure enough to be on the web? Cyber Crime is on the rise. Every day businesses both large and small are being hacked and having data leaked to public sites, costing businesses billions of dollars a year. Unfortunately local businesses are an international target for hackers for two simple reasons: We are considered to be a very rich nation by global standards and so make for an attractive victim of cyber ...


7 habits of good security

The power to be safe is in your hands and at your fingertips. You might not think about it when you’re caught up browsing the web, shopping and interacting on social media, but you are the first line of defence to protect against cyber security risks. The power to be safe is in your hands and at your fingertips. Developing and maintaining good habits can make online activity much safer and more enjoyable for you and ...


Crypto Locker ransomware

Recently one of our clients  became infected with a new threat called Crypto Locker Ransomware. In this case the client received an email with an attached zipped file. The body of the email indicated there was an urgent report to be opened and read as soon as possible. As our client is a law firm, this was not an unexpected type of email to receive. So they opened the attachment and that ...