Look at the pretty lights over there… while we secretly install legislation over here
Dec 15, 2020
The festive season is being used to hide new surveillance laws in plain sightWell, Christmas is almost upon us and Home Affairs Minister, Peter Dutton is at it again.
Cybercrime by the numbers – don’t become a statistic
Nov 11, 2020
Criminals are having a field day under the cover of CovidCybercrime is thriving even as small to medium-size enterprises (SMEs) and corporations alike fight to get back to business as (new) normal. But the fact that more employees, businesspeople and individuals than ever, are getting fleeced, taken advantage of or simply having their data sold to highest or most manipulative bidders is hampering economic recovery. But that is today’s reality.
How to start protecting your personal privacy
Oct 14, 2020
Seeing clearly in an increasingly blurry digital worldIn a world so heavily reliant on the digital, how do we even begin going about putting privacy first? This post offers a few simple steps that you can take right now, without having to swear off all technology and escape to a woodland wi-fi free shack.
Could robots use ransomware to take over the world?
Sep 25, 2020
The good guys invented a highly effective weapon in the fight against ransomware, but what happens when it ends up in the hands of the bad guys?
Could your phone land you in prison for a crime you didn’t commit?
Sep 14, 2020
People are completely unaware that there’s a cop in their pocketIdentifying and catching a criminal follows a firmly established, basic procedure. You gather evidence in the hope that it points you towards a suspect and then prove to the court that a search or arrest warrant is, well, warranted. Around the world, both domestic and international law enforcement and prosecutors have been attempting to turn that procedure on its head with a practice that only sounds relatively unassuming. In the...
Game of Scams
Aug 26, 2020
Avoid these dirty online deceptions during these dark COVID timesDigital crime has continued to spike throughout the pandemic and too many of us are falling victim. Luckily, awareness wins. The point of this article is to help you get smarter about web deceptions that will cost you - before it’s too late.
Is my smartphone recording my private conversations?
Aug 12, 2020
The answer is almost certainly yes, but you can do something about it. In 1974, Francis Ford Coppola’s surveillance thriller The Conversation saw Harry Caul (Gene Hackman) utilise towers of oversized electronics to listen in on and record people’s private moments. Today, we willingly slip equally powerful surveillance technology into our pockets – in the form of mobile phones. And whether we like it or not, that technology is constantly ingesting and harvesting everything we say while in its ...
Is COVID-19 normalising mass surveillance?
Aug 05, 2020
The global pandemic is at the forefront of everyone’s mind, leaving the powers-that-be to do what they like in the backgroundCOVID-19 has us shaking in our boots. It’s been a long time since we’ve encountered such an all-encompassing medical emergency and it’s had a profound effect on not only the way we live, but the way we think about life itself. We’re not yet out of the woods but surely there’s a light at the end of the tunnel, even if it isn’t as large or as nearby as we’d like.
Is my login information for sale on the black market?
Jul 16, 2020
For all you know, your passwords for sites and services are currently available to buy on the dark webIt’s a well-known fact that corporations and government bodies are consistently inventing novel methods of legally’ siphoning our personal information. Even for those who’ve devoted their entire lives to exposing such questionable behaviour, staying ahead of the curve is almost impossible. Threats come in all forms and from all fronts and no matter how big a fish is landed; schools of others ...
Data breach error code #4265: us being us
Jul 09, 2020
The role humans play in data breaches and what can be done about itWhether you’re a 14 year old kid that left their diary under their pillow instead of under lock and key or you’re an adult that actually wrote down their password and now can’t recall where you left that slip of paper, simple data breaches are all around us. And it’s all filed under human error. In this case, you are the human.