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Obama chose Stanford University, the heart of Silicon Valley, to announce measures to defend cyberattacks. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters

Obama’s cybersecurity initiative: a start but businesses – and individuals – need to do more

Cybersecurity at the national level requires information sharing across industries and government – emerging models how this can be done effectively.
Hacking and making a profit isn’t as easy as it looks. Reuters

Hard Evidence: how much is cybercrime really costing us?

In the wake of the latest high-profile hack of Sony and claims of “cyber-vandalism” being thrown about, it’s normal to feel a sense of unease. Just this week, yet another proposal for new cybersecurity…
The consent policies of popular websites would take a month to read. Perhaps including a sign like this would be a simpler solution. Shutterstock

Personal privacy is eroding as consent policies of Google and Facebook evoke ‘fantasy world’

We live in a world increasingly dominated by our personal data. Some of those data we choose to reveal, for example, through social media, email and the billions – yes, billions – of messages, photos and…
Hacking can, and should, keep us on our toes. Alexandre Dulaunoy

Wanted: trainee cyber-criminals to help solve skills shortage

The world is already short of computer security experts, but by 2017 that shortfall is going to have reached about two million. Criminal hackers cause damage running to billions of pounds every year…
Is it a crime scene or just a store checkout? Could be both. Marlith

After a data breach, it’s consumers left holding the bag

Shoppers have launched into the holiday buying season and retailers are looking forward to year-end sales that make up almost 20% of their annual receipts. But as you check out at a store or click “purchase…
Webcams have been made public because their passwords weren’t changed from the default. Flickr/Cory Doctorow

How to keep the world’s eyes out of your webcam

There are concerns that thousands of private webcams around the world could be streaming live images to anybody who wishes to view them – without their owner knowing – thanks to a Russian website providing…
The G20 might seem like a tasty target for hackers, but any real threats will come from elsewhere. Imaginary Museum Projects: News Tableaus/Flickr

Cyber threats at the G20 (and why they don’t pose much of a risk)

You might have seen reports that the Australian Signals Directorate (ASD) has issued cyber security advice ahead of the G20 Leaders Summit in Brisbane this weekend. So under the watchful eye of the media…
With a few lines of code, cyber criminals and governments have able to infiltrate the security of banks and retailers and steal hundreds of millions in customer records. Shutterstock

JPMorgan hack signals banks and retailers can do more to keep our data safe

JPMorgan Chase early last month disclosed that cyber thieves pilfered account data on 76 million households and seven million small businesses over the summer, one of the biggest breaches ever and only…

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