Archive for the ‘Information Security’ Category

Government backs cyber security campaign

Monday, June 16th, 2014

New figures show 80% of Kiwis who use the internet have experienced an online security breach but only 39% have actually changed their behaviour as a result.

The problem is so serious that the Government is backing a new online campaign called ConnectSmart, in a bid to educate people about how to protect themselves online.

Major retail chain targeted in phishing attack

Monday, September 30th, 2013

NetSafe is warning businesses to be on the alert after a major retail chain was targeted by overseas cyber criminals in a well planned phishing attack that attempted to convince store staff to install rogue software on their computers.

IT staff at the company, which NetSafe would not name, found employees at one branch had downloaded a file and infected computer systems after being called by an individual claiming to work for the chain.

Australian Google office hack shows cyber security awareness essential for physical security industry

Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Google Australia recently felt the pain of using security technicians who were not trained in cybersecurity. Google’s Wharf 7 office was hacked using default login credentials to gain control of the building’s access control system. The company that had installed the system connected it to the Internet to allow for remote access, but it left the administrator login as the default. Researchers easily hacked into the system and gained access to confidential floor plans and control of all the doors.

It is an embarrassment for the physical security industry, but how can we prevent this from happening again?

Report shows weaknesses in public sector IT systems put private data at risk

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

A report on the security of public sector IT systems, which was withheld by the Government for months, discovered a dozen “weak points” which put New Zealanders’ private data at risk.

However, further weaknesses are likely to be discovered as departments scramble to ensure their systems are secure, Government Chief Information Officer Colin MacDonald, who carried out the review, warned yesterday.

Cyber Crims attacking mobile devices

Monday, May 27th, 2013

Cyber criminals are increasingly attacking mobile devices – because they are easy targets.

Last year, 16 per cent of New Zealand adults fell victim to social or mobile cybercrime. But even though the threats are increasing, fewer than half of the population with mobile devices take the basic step of securing them with a password.

Former GM engineer sentenced for econonic espionage

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

A former General Motors engineer convicted of stealing thousands of pages of hybrid technology was sentenced Wednesday to just a year and a day in prison, far below the punishment sought by the government in a case that involved her husband and an alleged scheme to take the trade secrets to China.

Shanshan Du’s right arm and right leg shook as she tearfully expressed remorse. US District Judge Marianne Battani said economic espionage is a serious crime, but she also noted Du’s health problems and the seven-year length of the investigation and trial.

Cyber security may erode civil liberties

Friday, April 26th, 2013

New Zealanders are becoming increasingly concerned about privacy and cyber-security, new research suggests.

One IT industry organisation has sounded alarm bells that the Government’s response to the growing cyber-security threat may undermine civil liberties.

University of Auckland hacked

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

The University of Auckland is warning students to be careful after its arts server was accessed by “unauthorised parties”.

A university spokesperson said today that the server, used for holding postgraduate enrolment applications, summer scholarship applications, doctoral research applications, and 2007 PHD expressions of interest, had been accessed unlawfully.

IRD email software glitch fixed

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

The IRD stopped all incoming and outgoing emails after a computer glitch resulted in nearly 50 people receiving emails they should not have.

Acting Deputy Commissioner, Mike Hewetson, said that the software corruption resulted in a situation where the ‘to’ and ‘from’ address lines for a group of emails were scrambled

PM reveals hacker attempts to steal technology that could be used for WMDs

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013

Prime Minister John Key yesterday revealed intelligence agencies have detected attempts by hackers to steal New Zealand technology that could be used to create weapons of mass destruction.

Mr Key made the claim to reinforce the need for law changes to allow electronic eavesdropping on New Zealanders by the Government Communications Security Bureau.