August 2016: Australia tries to do their census online
Ask a country of 24 million people to go online at the same time and complete their census. What could go wrong?
Reported later as a DDoS attack, our inability to do the census did result in the trending of the #censusfail hashtag which now has its own website: www.censusfail.com.au
September 2016: Apple announces new iPhone and AirPods
Along with the announcement of the new iPhone, Apple announced their controversial new AirPods (wireless earbuds) at September’s launch.
The AirPods are now available for purchase in some stores and areas.
As someone who keeps losing their regular Apple headphones, I’m concerned about these guys…
December 2016: Yahoo hacked (again)
Yahoo has recently disclosed that it has discovered a breach of more than 1 billion user accounts from August 2016, however, it has not been the only platform to suffer such a security attack in 2016 (though it seems to be the worst, that we know of).
A number of platforms experienced similar breaches, and many are upping their security, implementing two-step verification methods etc.
As we share more and more information online, and there are more and more users, I can see these incidents of cybercrime and attacks continuing.
They are important reminders to:
think about what we share online
be careful who we connect with
understand privacy settings
have secure passwords, update them regularly and use two-step verification methods
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