CROW Newsletter - January 2018
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Josh makes Google Hall of Fame
CROW PhD candidate Joshua Scarsbrook recently made the Google Hall of Fame. Hall of Famers are recognised for reporting bugs and was launched alongside Google's vulnerability reward program in November 2010.  Joshua says he is constantly on the lookout for suspicious activity in the cyber world. Although not a bug, Joshua discovered a Google employee had accidentally published passwords to access internal systems to a public website. "For legal reasons I didn't attempt to use the credentials I found. I immediately brought the information to Google's attention. At a later point I suspected it was an application specific password providing access for applications that don't meet Google's normal security requirements for accounts. The same kind of password is used for applications like older versions of Outlook that may not support Multi-factor authentication."
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NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence

Congratulations to New Zealand Institute for Security and Crime Science senior lecturer Dr Joe Burton who was awarded a prestigious fellowship to NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence in Estonia. During three-month fellowship he will be working on a NATO commissioned research project on Cyber deterrence, analysing how cyber attacks and the malicious manipulation of the internet can be deterred. 
He says the fellowship provides an opportunity to work with cyber security experts at a world leading research centre and have the research published by the centre. Fellowships are by invitation only and the centre is recognised internationally, particularly for producing the Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare.
Evidence Based Policing centre opens

New Zealand Police, the University of Waikato, and the Institute of Environmental Science and Research officially opened the Evidence Based Policing Centre.
Staff from Police, the University's Security and Crime Science Institute, and ESR will use the Centre to collaborate on research projects, designed to improve frontline capabilities.


CROW to consult on encryption
CROW researchers will reach out to members of the general public, businesses and government as part of their research on the principles, values and impact of encryption in New Zealand.
Principal investigator Dr Michael Dizon and AProfs Ryan Ko and Wayne Rumbles are leading a team to conduct focus group discussions in Hamilton, Auckland and Wellington.
CROW will compare and contrast the stakeholders’ views and hope to find similar or shared values to strike a balance among the competing interests.
The researchers are focusing on the groups most concerned about and affected by issues concerning access to and use of encryption.
 The research is funded by the New Zealand Law Foundation’s Information Law and Policy Project (ILAPP) and the University of Waikato’s Strategic Investment Fund - Research.
Scholarship opportunity

Check out the new healthAlliance Cyber Security Scholarship 
- NZ$25,000 for a 180-point Master of Cyber Security (MCS) or NZ$20,000 for a 120-point MCS for domestic students intending to enrol full-time in A Semester 2018 at the University of Waikato.
Closes February 12.
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Watch the seminar What is Security and Crime Science by newly appointed  Senior Lecturer in Security & Crime Science Dr Justin Kurland.

Hawai'i  emergency agency hid a password written on a Post-it note in a public photograph. Read the full story here.
Attackers using malware to remotely harness computing power to mine digital currency is on the increase. The attacks can cause damage to users’ hardware or slow down their computing performance. Users are advised to look out for these tell-tale signs and take the necessary precautionary measures. Read the advisory here.
Multistep authentication is no longer enough for payment card industry compliance. Read more
The Cyber Security and Modern Business short course provides directors, CEO’s and managers with a practical toolkit to better understand key cyber threats. For more information and to register your interest please visit
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