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Cryptocurrency
Crypto giveaway scams continue to soar, according to report
Last month
There's been a fivefold increase in the number of domains used for crypto giveaway scams that involve fake YouTube streams in the first half of 2022. 
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Commerce Commission
Commission cracks down on sales practices that mislead online shoppers
Last month
The Commerce Commission has issued a formal warning to online gift-box retailer, Occasion Box, for making false and unsubstantiated claims.
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Email Security
3 in 5 New Zealanders report spike in attempted scams
August 2022
More than a third (35%) of New Zealanders encounter scams on a weekly basis, according to research commissioned by Avast.
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Cryptocurrency
Crypto crime: Illicit activity falls with rest of market
August 2022
Cryptocurrency scams, which typically present themselves as passive crypto investing opportunities, are less enticing to potential victims.
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Biometric security
Can biometrics help? 123% increase in Gen Zs scammed online
August 2022
In the three years leading up to 2022, the number of Gen Zs who fell victim to online scams rose by 123%, according to Ping Identity.
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Ransomware
Big business in cryptocurrencies and cybercrime
August 2022
As of June this year, about a quarter (26%) of Australians considered cryptocurrency as a good investment, and over 36% have at one point considered buying cryptocurrency as an investment.
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Cybersecurity
Australians lose $300 million to scams in first half of 2022
July 2022
The total losses from January to June 2022 have more than doubled compared to the first half of 2021, where Australians lost a combined $139 million.
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Cryptocurrency
Nvidia joins the list of brands favoured by fraudsters
July 2022
“Crypto scams that involve images of celebrities, or power brands, have become trendy. We’ve witnessed campaigns with Elon Musk, Bill Gates, and Pavel Durov."
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Phishing
Akamai research finds PayPal security measures utilised in new phishing scam
July 2022
New research from Akamai has found that a new threat actor is parasitising benign WordPress sites to execute an extensive PayPal phishing scam.
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Cloud
The forgotten security measures in Australia’s rush to the cloud
July 2022
With the ability to complete their jobs in a variety of locations and across devices, Australia’s employees have unlocked a raft of previously unconsidered conveniences.
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INTERPOL
Hundreds arrested, millions seized in global INTERPOL investigation
June 2022
A two-month-long investigation by INTERPOL this year involved 76 countries and clamped down on organised crime groups behind telecommunications and social engineering scams.
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Cybersecurity
Productivity wasted as employees sort out spam emails
June 2022
Employees who receive 30-60 external emails per day could be wasting 11 hours every year looking through and identifying spam messages.
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Phishing
WhatsApp and QR codes the next scam threat - report
May 2022
KnowBe4 has warned it expects to see an increase in QR Codes and the WhatsApp chat platform being used for phishing and other scams. 
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Phishing
MailGuard warns of new scam targeting Telstra customers
May 2022
Telstra customers in Australia are being warned of a new scam involving "Unsuccessful Payment" messages.
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VPN
The most common online scams in Australia
May 2022
No one is safe from online scammers, and many of these scammers have capitalised on the pandemic, using this confusing time to attack more people than ever.
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Cryptocurrency
Norton finds deepfakes and crypto scams rising in Australia
May 2022
Norton says between January and March of this year, it thwarted more than 37,098,261 threats, the equivalent of around 403,241 threats per day.
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Cybersecurity
New Norton report finds deception scams on the rise
April 2022
Cybercriminals are capitalising on global events using deepfakes and crypto scams to mislead consumers, a new report has revealed. 
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Fintech
Sift shares digital trust and safety secrets in new report
April 2022
The Digital Trust & Safety Index 2021 report contains a variety of statistics, insights and case studies to help businesses discover better solutions and help them get ahead of payment fraud.
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Phishing
Kiwis being defrauded at record levels since COVID-19 began
April 2022
"We are seeing scams becoming very highly sophisticated, which makes them hard to spot and it unfortunately means more Kiwis are being caught out."
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Ransomware
The rise of cybercrime - Over $300 million lost to scams last year
April 2022
As remote work pushes more Australians online, the increase in cybercrime hits record-high rates, sparking significant concerns.
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Cybersecurity
The generation gap: Protecting our kaumātua online
March 2022
In New Zealand, it was revealed that those aged between 55-64 and over 65 primarily use their desktop computer or laptop to go online, making them more at risk to cyber threats.
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Cybersecurity
5 online scam red flags - signs you’re dealing with scammers
March 2022
No matter who the victim is or how sophisticated the scheme may be, there is always a way to sniff out fraud before it’s too late.
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Cybersecurity
Shouldering the responsibility of payment security
March 2022
Two years since the surge in digital payments, shoppers have seamlessly transitioned to day-to-day use, with online payments becoming second nature when buying goods and services online.
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Ransomware
5% of Kiwis experienced identity theft in 2021 - report
March 2022
Norton has found 5% of New Zealanders experienced identity theft in 2021, and 10% have clicked on a fraudulent package notification link in the past 12 months.