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The Princess and the Pegasus

The Pegasus Project by The Guardian. An uncovering of substantial proportions by journalists about the Israeli company, NSO and their surveillance/spying software, Pegasus. The contact targets for surveillance were leaked and the list was phenomenal in size (tens of thousands) and international breadth. The targets were also wide ranging and yes, of course, there were probably some criminals on the list confirming the goals of the NSO Group, to save lives, but there were also human rights activists and journalists and PRINCESSES!

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Spyware Malfunctioning

Listening to The Guardian’s special 5 part podcast series, The Pegasus Project, to get a true understanding of how it is that governments and national law enforcement agencies pay NSO Group, the Israeli spyware company, to use their Pegasus software, under the guise that they will use it ‘to save lives’. NSO says they vet all their clients but some of their clients are countries and enforcement authorities have a contestable human rights record. They may come to NSO group with well intentioned tenders but this surveillance software is sold to clients with cash.

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Fake it ’til you break it

AI technology is being used to rapidly capture all sorts of data: voice, video, photography and words. A deepfake is born from that collection and in this moment it still makes the audience look twice, but it won’t for long. The future is fake.

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The travel bug

When the Medicare app was first released some years ago, I was a first adopter. I told everyone who would listen that the “Medicare wallet is the ultimate convenience”. I enthralled medical receptionists with the app technology that was basically a picture of my Medicare card and immediate access to me and my family’s immunisation history…

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DarkSide: Service with a Smile

We once covered the Darknet Diaries podcast, the episode was a story about Ransomware. We are drawn to these ransomware stories on private and public organisations because they speak to a real vulnerability in an unreal world.

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Irish Luck

Ireland Health Services (HSE), Ireland’s public hospital network, is digging its heels in to avoid paying ransom following a ransomware attack by the Conti group in mid-May causing chaos.

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Defence mode for the ADF

The connection between IT and defence conjures spy agent imagery from the French TV series, The Bureau or the archaic yet futuristic technology in Get Smart.

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Cyber leadership

Just as we expect strong leadership on climate change action in 2021 from federal governments, so too we demand that boards of corporations have an arsenal that includes reforming climate policy, gender equality and some kind of mental health support for employees.

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Facebook breached, again!

Facebook conjures a plethora of images the moment it is spoken of. It’s one of the most recognisable digital brands.