Entries by Hayden Kirk

Collection #1 – The biggest data breach of all time

Over the last few days, the biggest data breach of all time has come to light. Collection #1 appears to be a set of information from a number of breaches. This information was being freely passed around on public forums. The file contains 1,160,253,228 unique email addresses and password combinations. This amount of data surpasses that of […]

2018 In Review

2018 has been an interesting year at Layer3. We’ve kept our head down as we’ve been flat out implementing new services and on-boarding new customers. Layer3 has gone through a bit of a transformation this year. A large chunk of our time has been spent on revamping our service offering, but also investing a large […]

Two-Factor Authentication

It’s always the way. I was meaning to write this post a couple of months ago, but as you do, you get busy. But in that time, there has been a lot of talk about two-factor authentication. This talk has come about because of new threats arriving on a daily basis. More sophisticated than ever […]

VPNFilter – A sophisticated threat to businesses

2018 has seen a lot of new cyber threats. Hackers, scammers and the like are getting smarter. VPNFilter takes me back to the famous Stuxnet virus which infiltrated Iran’s nuclear program. VPNFilter is an advanced threat which targets predominantly home/small business routers. So far, the threat has infected over half a million routers worldwide. But this number […]

What you need to know about ‘Meltdown’ & ‘Spectre’

Over the Christmas break, Intel has disclosed a security vulnerability within its processors. Google who initially found the issue, has released a statement which now shows further processor manufacturers like AMD and ARM might also be affected by a different variant of the issue, codename ‘Spectre’. There is currently a non-disclosure agreement in place until […]

A New Phishing Threat

There is a new Phishing threat making the rounds which combine quite a bit of research on behalf of the attacker, along with a bit of social engineering. Over the last few weeks, a number of our customers have seen what look like an internal email from either a CFO, CTO or CEO asking for […]

Petya – Not all Cryptoviruses are equal

The latest round of Cryptovirus hit yesterday. Petya, named after a similar virus, which shares very little with the original, hit with the same destructive force as the WannaCry virus last month, this time without a ‘kill switch’. Originating in Ukraine via a company called M.E.Doc, a tax company, the cryptovirus was spread by using […]

Microsoft 0-Day Exploits

On Tuesday 12th April (US time) Microsoft had identified a security breach within their Microsoft Office Suites.  Microsoft has acted quickly and have rolled out a batch of updates that plug the security holes. This type of attack is known as zero-day exploits and are often attempted by hackers before or on the day that […]

Backup; A Thing of the Past

If you are talking about backup, you’re living in the past. The North Canterbury 7.8m earthquake on the 14th of November, 2016 was very reminiscent of the Christchurch earthquake of 2011. Businesses in the South Island have been forced to close, with those in Kaikoura majorly affected, some irreparably so. Wellington did not escape either, of […]