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The Secret World's Forums Have Been Breached And Passwords Cracked

Funcom, makers of The Secret World, The Longest Journey, Age of Conan and Anarchy Online, announced earlier this morning that their forums have been compromised and user data exposed.


Security And Privacy Lessons From The Ashley Madison Hacking Investigation

It’s been a year since extramarital dating site Ashley Madison was hacked and the details of users were made public. No doubt marriages ended as a result of the hack but the event also highlighted just how crap Ashley Madison was at managing IT security and privacy. A joint investigation by Australian and Canadian privacy authorities has brought to light the website’s shortcomings and what businesses (as well as consumers) can learn from the hacking incident.


How To Easily Encrypt Files On Mac

Encryption is good for protecting sensitive data you don’t want anyone else to see. If some bad guy nabs your laptop while you’re out at a coffee shop or bar, you can rest assured knowing that the data is encrypted. The process of encrypting files is easy, and I’ll to show you step-by-step how to do it.


Pokemon GO Ransomware Targeting PC Players

While Pokemon Go, the hugely popular augmented reality game, is officially only available for mobile devices, there are ways to play it on PC (we have a guide for it here). But going down the unofficial route does come with its own risks. If you download the game from a dubious source, you may potentially fall prey to nefarious software created by cybercriminals. One example is a new ransomware that impersonates a Pokemon GO application for Windows. Here’s what you need to know.


Cerber Is A Ransomware That Is Run Like A Franchise

Ransomware-as-a-service isn’t new and speaks volumes about just how sophisticated the cybercriminal operations behind them have become — they run like businesses. But a ransomware called Cerber takes this idea to a new level as it operates more like a franchise. We spoke to a CheckPoint security expert about the Cerber ransomware.


Alert: Virgin Mobile Is Giving Customers Access To Other People's Voicemails

Virgin Mobile’s voicemail service is having a bit of a meltdown right now. Customers are reporting that they are unable to access their own voicemail inbox and, instead, gets transferred to somebody else’s voice messages. I’m a Virgin customer as well and I’m experiencing this first hand. Here’s what we know so far.


Australian Signals Directorate: Your Census Data Is OK

The Australian Signals Directorate has confirmed that no data was compromised amidst the Census debacle of the past couple of days.


Microsoft Issues Five Critical Security Updates

Microsoft has issued patches for 34 security bugs that affected Windows, Internet Explorer, Edge and Office. These were rolled up into nine security bulletins, five of which were rated as critical. All of the critical bulletins concerned remote code execution which would allow hackers to take over vulnerable PCs. Here are the details.


Deconstructing The ABS Census 2016 Denial-of-Service 'Attack'

Last night, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) closed the 2016 Census website. No explanation was given at the time, except for a message on the page saying “the system is very busy at the moment”. This morning, the ABS’s head statistician, David Kalisch, announced that the site had been brought offline by four distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks. Can we trust what he said? Was it really a cyber attack? Let’s find out.


Census 2016 Website Crash: DDoS Attack, Incompetence Or Something More Sinister?

Last night’s Census was a debacle for Australians trying to fill the survey out online. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the website suffered repeated distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. The ABS ended up pulling the plug on it. People were furious that they weren’t able to get online to submit their forms and worried about the fines they would face for not completing the Census. But there are now doubts as to whether yesterday’s Census website fail was really a result of DDoS attacks. Here are the details.


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