Weekly Tech News Roundup : 3/7/2017

These Earbuds are really smart. Australian cyberwarriors set to take the fight to cybercrims. What was the last cyberattack about?

I was given a pair of Nuheara IQBuds to take for a spin and I was not disappointed.

This little company originating from Perth and San Francisco is a great story on taking some technology and putting a useful spin on it. Using noise cancelling tech, Nuheara was able to add an assistive listening feature to their high end bluetooth earbuds effectively giving people the ability to hear better in noisy environments.

Comfortable fit, long battery life, good quality audio and the ability to tune the settings using your smartphone or tablet and you have a high end set of earbuds that compete well with other well known brands that do not have the same range of features.

A full write up is available at benaylett.com.

Australian Signals Directorate given the green light to take an offensive stance against cybercriminals.

The ASD contains a department dedicated to cyberwarfare responsible for assessing and mitigating cyberattacks from other nations. Their role has been mostly a defensive one and only authorised to slow or stop attacks on national interests and possibly private commercial interests but now under a new proposal, this cyberwarfare department will be allowed to use its capabilities to “disrupt, degrade, deny, and deter” organised offshore cyber criminals.

With cybercrime currently costing US$400 billion a year globally and set to rise to over US$6 trillion by 2020 the Australian Government is taking a more aggressive approach to meeting the cyberthreats that loom over Australian homes and businesses.

Here’s hoping this project does better than previous government efforts like the 2016 Census and the NBN.

Full story over at ZDNet.

Now what the hell happened last week?

It looked like a ransomware outbreak similar to Wanncry but after investigation, the picture started to look very different.

The ransom component was sloppy in execution but the way the malware spread and attacked networks had experts looking harder at the attack. The point of origin seemed to be a Ukrainian accounts management system (like the Aussie mygov website) and successfully disrupted systems responsible for logistics and infrastructure not only in the Ukraine but around the world with Cadbury, TNT and other international firms having to take systems offline to prevent permanent damage.

This seemed to be an all out cyber weapon designed to seriously disrupt.

Full write up over at benaylett.com