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Dark web
Cybercrime in Aotearoa: How does New Zealand law define it?
‘Cybercrime’ is a term we hear all the time, but what exactly is it, and how does New Zealand define it in legal terms?
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Cybercrime
The ups and downs and runarounds of catching cybercriminals in NZ
We're becoming more and more aware of cybercrimes but how many criminals actually get caught? The New Zealand police explain why the answer is complicated.
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Cybersecurity
The who’s who of NZ’s government & public cybersecurity agencies
With every new technology-enabled path we forge, we must also defend ourselves from cyber threats and exploitation. Here we take a look at some of Aotearoa's main cyber defenders.
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Trade Me
Trade Me hands less customer info over to authorities according to Transparency Report
Trade Me says it works hard to keep 'scumbags' off its site, but it also wants to protect customer privacy.
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Disaster Recovery
Police IT disaster recovery a 'very high risk area', audit reveals
Police computer systems have been ill-prepared to cope with a disaster like a major hack.
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New Zealand Police
Eden Park has now joined the SaferCities CCTV network
SaferCities has announced that Eden Park has been added to its vGRID CCTV network platform.
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Customer experience
NZ Police & research firm caught up in data breach
The firm believes that the breach could have compromised contact details of a number of people who have had contact with the police.
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New Zealand Police
Spark, Vodafone and 2degrees team up with police and NZTA to tackle texting while driving
"The reality is that phone use by drivers is commonplace in New Zealand and this is a hard behaviour to shift."
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Artificial Intelligence
NZ Police trials digital assistant 'Ella', built by Soul Machines
The two trials are part of a programme of work to modernise Police’s service delivery and showcase how Police is exploring digital technologies to develop future proofed and people focused non-emergency services.
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ATM
Card skimming tech seized in Auckland
Two people were arrested on charges of importing goods for a dishonest purpose, including skimming devices and a card writing machine.
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New Zealand Police
Smudge Apps: The Chch tech firm making a difference with NZ Police
The New Zealand Police has banished thousands of hours of paperwork thanks to a Christchurch tech company, Smudge Apps.
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Snapchat
Snap maps or Snap stalk? New Zealand police raise concern over the app’s new feature
In an update last week Snapchat introduced a map feature that allows users track other people’s locations in real time.
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Telephony
Police to launch non-emergency 24/7 phone number
“We want our police force to be easily accessible and for the entire community to feel connected to them."
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Scams
At it again: Scammers targeting Kiwi elderly
In some cases, the caller had threatened to immediately disconnect their power if payment was not made immediately.
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New Zealand Police
REPORTS: Auckland Spark store ram-raided
“It’s also a really pointless theft. As all the devices have now been black listed, they might as well have stolen some paper weights."
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Scams
NZ school bomb scare: No real threat, overseas calls
“We understand the fear and concern that these types of events will cause, however we reiterate that we have not established any actual threat."
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Dimension Data
NZ Police extend Dimension Data partnership
The extended partnership builds on the work Dimension Data is already doing with NZ Police across networking and other key programmes of work.
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Scams
Overseas money laundering scam targeting Kiwis, Police warn
Police are warning the public of a money laundering scam where victims are being asked to move money for offenders via online contact or cold calls.
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Security intelligence
NZ Police teams up with Auckland software company to fight crime
“The Auror platform has been used by Police to prioritise high-risk offenders and more effectively deploy our resources to respond to crimes."
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Scams
12 days of Christmas: Day 1, scams
The Bay of Plenty Police says advancements in technology means criminals can now use a variety of methods to obtain this information.
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Phishing
Four arrested in email phishing scam
Detective Inspector Stu Graham encourages all computer users to protect themselves by making themselves familiar with the various types of scams.
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Apple iPhone
Police to record victim statements on iPhones
The initiative builds on input from frontline officers who, through a series of workshops, provided ideas for improving policing into the future.
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Scams
Online scams still happening, Police warn
“In real life one does not simply ‘become’ the long lost relative of a Nigerian Prince or magically win a lottery that they have never entered."
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Scams
Kiwis falling victim to 'intimate' Skype scams, warns NZ Police
"The victims would meet people on Skype and carry out intimate activities.The blackmailer would then use footage they had recorded to extort money."