“Hack Sydney” and a new era of sophisticated cyber-crime.

I’ve received an overwhelming response to a meetup I co-organise called Hack Sydney. Our second meetup will take place this Wednesday, 17th May.

The global cyber-attack over the weekend by the ransomware “wannacry” once again throws the subject of hacking and cyber-crime into international news and highlights the vulnerability of sensitive customer data that is not properly protected by organisations from these kinds of attacks.

The attack has hit companies and other organisations, from Russia to Australia, and Europol estimates there have been 200,000 victims in at least 150 countries.

According to The Guardian, “The hackers remain undetected but are believed to have so far gathered only $42,000 in ransom payments from about 100 victims. This is expected to rise as the malware threatens that the ransom will double if victims fail to pay $300 in bitcoin currency within three days. It threatens files will be deleted if there is no payment within seven days.”

In a blog post yesterday, Microsoft’s president, Brad Smith, appeared to acknowledge that the ransomware attack used a hacking tool built by the US National Security Agency, which leaked online in April. He said governments should “treat this attack as a wake-up call” and “consider the damage to civilians that comes from hoarding these vulnerabilities and the use of these exploits”.

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Hack Sydney aims to create awareness around the importance of putting in measures to prevent cyber-crimes and cyber-attacks. As technology becomes more sophisticated, so should the cyber-crime prevention strategies of governments and organisations that hold sensitive customer data.

Our first meetup focused on some of the hacking tools available to hackers right now, including G00GLE basic hacks (Using a G00gle search engine to HACK). We had some pretty cool demonstrations from Rishi Aggarwal.

This week’s Hack Sydney meetup is currently full, but if you would like to attend one of our future meetups, keep an eye on and sign up to our meetup event page.

If you want any more information on this meetup, have any questions on security recruitment or need advice on your career then please feel free to reach out to me at elaine.m@interpropeople.com or call me on 0282944004. You can also visit my profile page on our website for my latest jobs and social media feeds.

I hope to see you at Hack Sydney, soon!

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