A recent leakware attack targeting Johannesburg was the second of its kind ever recorded. Hackers demanded A$52,663 worth of bitcoins, in return for not releasing senstivie civilian information.
Research shows we're pretty gullible as it is. And our increasing reliance on machines for completing everyday tasks makes us all-the-more vulnerable to being exploited.
Drones are now an integral part of defence force capability, from intelligence gathering to unmanned theatre engagement. But what happens if our own technology is turned against us?
Indonesia needs a digital affairs ministry if it wants to tap growing potential and tackle mounting issues.
Cyber-criminals are targeting city authorities because they often pay out – but there are other ways to protect public data and services.
Nuclear threats are serious – but officials, the media and the public keep a close eye on them. There's less attention to the dangers of cyberattacks, which could cripple key utilities.
The worst-case scenario is that hackers still have access to the university systems via a backdoor and are siphoning off critical data as it emerges.
States like California have been at the forefront of privacy innovation in recent decades. A possible federal law could bring their experimentation to a halt, harming consumers.
Society needs cybersecurity professionals who can protect systems and mitigate damage.
Hip-hop artists in Nigeria unpack the realities of the country's cyber fraudsters.
The latest malware is designed especially to make small companies pay through the nose for their data.
If the next government is serious about protecting Australian businesses and families, here are seven concrete actions it should take immediately upon taking office.
We found hundreds of local council workers willing to give out login details for government systems without realising.
Bitcoin and other digital currencies have been running wild in recent years, soaring and then plunging in value. A few stories from The Conversation's archive offer a glimpse into their world.
When victims report cybercrime they want an offender arrested and prosecuted, but a report finds that rarely happens.
In reality, cybersecurity attacks are like a disease affecting people globally.
Trust is the keystone of the entire Internet system: without it more connection and therefore more commerce. How to restore it?
A new report highlights the worrying trends confronting security professionals – from more sophisticated hacking methods to hack-for-hire products and targeted attacks on tourism websites.
Kenya’s new Computer and Cyber Crime Act must not be abused by the criminal justice system.
The Internet provides us with many services thanks to sites hosted by servers. These may be the victims of denial-of-service attacks that paralyze the entire server.