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Watch out! There are hidden dangers lurking in your PDFs
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PDFs' convenience inadvertently aiding cybercriminals: Avast researchers reveal PDF files increasingly exploited to distribute malware and carry out scams.
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Review: Avast Ultimate Business Security - comprehensive to say the least
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Avast Ultimate Business Security emerges as a robust cybersecurity solution offering antivirus, online privacy tools, and automated patch management.
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Australian businesses fortify defences amid rising financial fraud
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Australian businesses tighten cyber defences amid a 354% surge in account takeover fraud, resulting in a record $3.1B loss, calling for strategies that balance fraud prevention with user experience.
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Australia's growing love for cryptocurrency shakes investment norms
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In Australia, around 4.5 million citizens now own cryptocurrency, led by brokerage and asset management firm Caleb and Brown.
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Spark unveils online protections against cyber hazards & scams
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Spark is set to boost customer online safety with new features, including an automated text scam firewall and filters to block malware, phishing, and child sexual abuse materials.
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Cybercrime reports drop in NZ, but threats persist
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Despite a reported decrease in cybercrime incidents to CERT NZ in 2023, authorities warn persistent and evolving threats.
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New Zealand start-up SellWise seeks to revolutionise secondhand trading
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New Zealand start-up SellWise aims to radically overhaul secondhand trading by addressing frustrations with existing platforms and promising an intuitive, streamlined experience.
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Netsafe allies with CYBERA for enhanced scam recovery
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Netsafe forms a coalition with CYBERA, Dolla, and Akahu to aid New Zealanders in recovering funds lost to scams, targeting banking, crypto, and telecom sectors.
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Australia introduces Scam Safe Accord to combat AUD $3.1bn scam crisis
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Australia’s banking sector unveiled the Scam Safe Accord, a comprehensive plan that includes advanced tech tactics to combat an AUD $3.1 billion scam crisis that surged by 253% over two years.
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Singtel's SingVerify to tackle scams, boost digital security
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Singtel introduces SingVerify, a novel digital security toolkit aimed at combating scams by verifying customer identities in real-time.
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AUCloud combats rising scams with new cyber security training
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In the face of escalating email scams, AUCloud unveils pioneering cyber security courses and phishing simulations to bolster security for Australian businesses.
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ScamBuster Thursday: Telstra launches new tactic to combat SMS scams
Wed, 28th Feb 2024
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Over 250,000 potential SMS and MMS scams have been reported in Australia, seeping through Telstra's hotline, with the highest number recorded on Thursdays.
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Avast thwarts 10 billion cyber attacks, reveals new threats
Fri, 23rd Feb 2024
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Avast blocks 10 billion cyber threats, highlighting an alarming surge in new threats as cyber attackers find innovative ways to exploit trusted digital mediums.
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Netsafe launches online safety programme for seniors in New Zealand
Thu, 15th Feb 2024
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Netsafe, a charitable organisation in New Zealand, has launched 'Get Set Up for Safety', a nationwide initiative to equip senior citizens with skills to combat online threats such as fraud and scams.
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Over 40% of UK to shop for Valentine's Day gifts, finds Airtime Rewards
Wed, 14th Feb 2024
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This Valentine's Day approaches, 42% of UK consumers will buy gifts, 38% will celebrate, and 52% will send cards, indicating potential opportunities for retailers amidst scepticism of the occasion, reveals Airtime Rewards survey.
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Norton's Genie: An AI tool to combat online dating scams
Wed, 14th Feb 2024
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Norton unveils Genie, an AI-based scam detection app, to counter increasingly sophisticated romance scams plaguing online dating realms.
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Unseen surge in cyber attacks blocked by Avast in 2023
Thu, 8th Feb 2024
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Avast blocked 10 billion cyberattacks in 2023, up 49% on the prior year, with cybercriminals deploying sophisticated methods including deepfake scams and exploiting PDF files and Google OAuth to steal user information.
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Bumble launches AI tool Deception Detector to counter fake profiles
Wed, 7th Feb 2024
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Bumble Inc. unveils AI-powered Deception Detector to combat fake profiles and scams, resulting in a 45% drop in user reports of false accounts in two months.
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Australian firms urged to boost defences ahead of Safer Internet Day
Mon, 5th Feb 2024
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Ahead of Safer Internet Day, businesses in Australia are urged to fortify their cyber defences as reports reveal record levels of cyber threats, scams and data breaches in 2022.
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Australians lose $3.1bn in 2022 to rising online scams
Wed, 31st Jan 2024
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Aussies lost around $3.1bn in 2022 due to online scams, warns the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and cloud security firm Akamai.
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Kaspersky warns of elevated child cybersecurity risks in 2024
Tue, 23rd Jan 2024
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Cybersecurity experts at Kaspersky reveal increasing threats to minors in 2024, including AI-generated inappropriate content, cyberattacks on young gamers and malicious app downloads.
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CybeReady debuts QR code 'Quishing' simulation tool for 2024
Thu, 18th Jan 2024
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In response to the surge in Quishing attacks, cybersecurity firm CybeReady introduces advanced QR Code Phishing Simulations and QR safety-centric 'Awareness Bites' into training platform.
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New Netsafe alliance formed to combat rising cyber fraud
Wed, 10th Jan 2024
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To combat the rising threat of cyber fraud, a new alliance aims to reinforce consumer safety in banking, cryptocurrency, and telecommunications sectors in NZ.
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McAfee unveils AI tool to defend against deepfake audio at CES 2024
Mon, 8th Jan 2024
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McAfee Corp unveils Project Mockingbird, an AI-powered technology with a 90% accuracy rate for detecting deepfake audio, at CES 2024, enhancing defences against AI-enabled scams.