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Internet Solutions has launched PhishNet in an effort to support corporate cybersecurity education efforts.

PhishNet allows security teams to launch authentic phishing campaigns to their colleagues, bolstering training by demonstrating what a phishing lure looks like – and how easy it is to fall for one.

“Even in a company with a vibrant, happy, positive office culture, employee behaviour is one of the biggest risks to cybersecurity,” says Sean Nourse, Chief Solutions Officer at Internet Solutions. “Phishing attacks are increasingly sophisticated and they target individuals, so proactive employee education is an important element of a holistic cybersecurity strategy.”

Internet Solutions recently tested the efficacy of phishing by sending a PhishNet campaign to a list of IT-savvy contacts. Despite deliberate spelling errors, an outdated logo and a questionable subject line, a staggering 40% of recipients clicked the phishing link contained in the email.

“This test clearly demonstrated that everyone is vulnerable to phishing, not only people who are technologically-inexperienced,” says Nourse. “We can be negligent and distracted using our personal devices, and we’re no different when using company laptops, mobile phones and tablets.”

Phishing remains one of the most popular forms of cybercrime because it is highly profitable – it is easy to distribute thousands of emails that appear legitimate, and it offers returns in the form of banking PINs, credit card details, passwords, compromising personal information, confidential company and client information, or installation of malware or ransomware.

The recent WannaCry attack, which affected hundreds of thousands of machines worldwide, reportedly launched when an unsuspecting computer user opened a .zip file contained in a phishing email.

Our dependence on mobile devices aids phishers as small screens make it difficult to examine emails and websites carefully, and we’re more likely to unthinkingly click links while on the go.

PhishNet provides security teams with detailed reports on who clicked the links contained in the mock-emails, who submitted credentials when prompted and even who is running vulnerable or outdated Internet browsers. This helps companies identify which employees require additional training and contributes to security efforts by making employees aware of new cyberthreats.

Nourse is quick to point out that employee education should be regular and supportive, rather than punitive.

“Overly harsh measures in the case of accidental system compromise will only make employees less likely to report such incidences,” says Nourse. “Limiting device usage and Internet access is not usually practical either. A service like PhishNet contributes to an ongoing education effort that recognises how vulnerable all computer users are.”

Additional information on PhishNet can be found on the website and on YouTube.

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Smash hits the Nintendo Switch

Super Smash Bros. delivers what the fans wanted in the latest “Ultimate” instalment, writes BRYAN TURNER.

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Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the latest addition to the popular Nintendo Smash series, has landed on the Nintendo Switch with a bang, selling 5-million copies in the first week of its release. The game has been long-anticipated since the console’s release, as many fans consider iy to be a Nintendo staple. And the wait was well worth it.

It features 74 playable fighters, 108 stages, almost 1300 Spirit characters to collect while playing, and a single-player Adventure mode that took about three days (or 28 hours) of gameplay to complete. The game offers far more gameplay than its predecessors, making it the Smash game that gives its players the best bang for their buck.

For those new to the game, the goal is to fight opponents and build up their damage score (draining their health) to knock them off the stage eventually. This makes the game seem chaotic, as many players jump around the platforms as if they were on quicksand, in order to avoid being hit by the other players.

It also services two kinds of players: the competitive and the casual.

Competitive players can be matched on the online service by skill ranking to enjoy playing with similarly high-skilled opponents. This is especially important in e-sports training for the game, and for players wanting to master combos against other human players. The casual gamer is also catered for, with eight-player chaos and button-mashing to see who comes out luckiest. This segment is also important for those wanting to learn how to play.

Training mode is also a place to go for those learning to play. It offers “CPU” players that are graded by intensity to train as a single player to learn a character’s moves, combos and general fighting style. More challenging CPU players can also be used by competitive players to train when there isn’t a Wi-Fi connection available.

Direct Play features in this game, allowing two players with two Switch consoles to play against each other over a direct connection – no Wi-Fi needed. This is especially useful to those who want to have a social gaming element on the go, similar to that of the cable connector of the Gameboy.

Click here to read Bryan Turner review of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

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Win Funko Fortnite in Vinyl

Gadget and Gammatek have nine Funko Fortnite figurines to give away.

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A Funko Pop figurine based on a character set is indicative of reaching the heights of pop culture. It is no surprise, then, that the world’s biggest online game, Fortnite, has its own line of Funko Pop figurines. The Funkos are modeled on the characters in game, including Drift, Ragnarok, Dark Vanguard, Volar, Tracera Ops, and Sparkle Specialist.

Now, local Funko distributor Gammatek has released the Fortnite figurines in South Africa. To celebrate, Gadget and Gammatek are giving away a set of three Funko Fortnite figurines to each of three readers (9 figurines in total). To enter, first click on your favourite Funko Pop on the next page and post the Tweet that appears. Then, follow Gadget on Twitter.

You can put the tweet in your own words, but entries must have the competition’s hashtag (#FunkoFortnite) and mention @GadgetZA to be considered valid.

Click here to select the Funko Fortnite character you want to tweet.

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