Expert Explanations

Expert Explanation: Fake Celebrity Endorsements. They Aren’t Who They Seem

During 2020, there was a rise in the number of fake ads (in Australia and around the world) that were being used to scam members of public into signing up for fake Bitcoin investments.  How did they convince people it was legitimate?  They used fake celebrity endorsements. An exclusive investigation was carried out by Guardian […]

date:  Mar 09, 2021 comments:  0
by:  Paula Boyden category:  All, Expert Explanations Read More

Expert Explanation: Discordapp and TikTok. What are your kids being exposed to?

We’ve known for a long time that fraudsters use social networks to advertise their services and to share information and ideas with each other. The former Internet Relay Chat (IRC), for example, which was the old chat server used by thousands of people since 1988, is still a platform that fraudsters use for information sharing […]

date:  Feb 04, 2021 comments:  0
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Expert Explanation: Double Extortion: The Next Level

Back in December 2020, we published the first part of our Expert Explanation on double extortion titled, ‘Double Extortion – Ransomware at Another Level’ and discussed the term ‘Double Extortion’ and what it meant.  To refresh your memory, attacks using ‘Double Extortion’ target companies by hacking their infrastructure and systems, extracting their files (to use […]

date:  Jan 15, 2021 comments:  0
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Expert Explanation: US Presidential Election. Voter Fraud & Hacking

Aside from COVID-19 outbreaks, second waves and panic buying, a huge part of news coverage in 2020 has been focused on the recent US Presidential Election. Whilst it is now official that Joe Biden received enough Electoral College votes to claim victory, President Trump is still launching legal action, claiming that the election was not […]

date:  Dec 23, 2020 comments:  0
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Expert Explanation: History of the Dark Web

Much has been said about the dark web and the dark markets that exist, but how did they arise and where did they come from?  How have emerging technologies been used for illicit sales?  What about the first purchase made online and the rise of dark markets?  What is the role of law makers and […]

date:  Dec 07, 2020 comments:  0
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Double Extortion – Ransomware at Another Level

The first Ransomware attack was launched in 1989 by Evolutionary biologist Dr. Joseph L. Popp. He infected 20,000 floppy disks with the Trojan AIDS (or AIDS Information Introductory Diskette) and mailed them to participants of the World Health Organization’s AIDS conference in Stockholm. The disks contained a survey that was designed to find out if […]

date:  Nov 30, 2020 comments:  0
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