Legal & Security

05 April 2020

'Zoom is malware': why experts worry about the video conferencing platform The Guardian

As coronavirus lockdowns have moved many in-person activities online, the use of the video-conferencing platform Zoom has quickly escalated. So, too, have concerns about its security.

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Tips for cybersecurity when buying and selling online European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)

The Covid-19 outbreak has led to an increase of ecommerce as people look online to shop for anything from books to groceries. A positive side to this is the growth in digital transformation particularly of small businesses, who need to have an online presence to survive.

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31 March 2020

DDoS Attacks Increase 180% in 2019: Neustar

Neustar‘s Security Operations Center (SOC) saw a 168% increase in distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks in Q4 2019, compared with Q4 2018, and a 180% increase overall year-on-year. According to their latest cyber threats and trends report, Neustar saw DDoS attacks across all size categories increase in 2019, with attacks sized 5 Gbps and below seeing the largest growth. These small-scale attacks made up more than three quarters of all attacks the company mitigated on behalf of its customers in 2019.

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24 March 2020

FBI Sees Rise in Fraud Schemes Related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic FBI IC3

Scammers are leveraging the COVID-19 pandemic to steal your money, your personal information, or both. Don’t let them. Protect yourself and do your research before clicking on links purporting to provide information on the virus; donating to a charity online or through social media; contributing to a crowdfunding campaign; purchasing products online; or giving up your personal information in order to receive money or other benefits. The FBI advises you to be on the lookout for the following:

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11 March 2020

A Botnet Is Taken Down in an Operation by Microsoft, Not the Government New York Times

Microsoft organized 35 nations on Tuesday to take down one of the world’s largest botnets — malware that secretly seizes control of millions of computers around the globe. It was an unusual disruption of an internet criminal group, because it was carried out by a company, not a government.

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10 March 2020

Commonwealth launches guide to tackle election cybersecurity threat The Commonwealth

Technology brings both benefit and risk to elections – but there are solutions that can defend the process from cybersecurity threats. This is the message from a Commonwealth best practice guide to cybersecurity in elections, launched today [6 March].

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02 March 2020

Six grand and a Rolex: lure of riches sucked me into online fraud The Observer

Like most 18-year-olds, “Carlos” is never far from his phone, using it to catch up on his social media feeds and scroll through friends’ pictures. Unlike most teenagers though, he posted photographs depicting a level of affluence unlikely for someone who left school after GCSEs and is now a junior employee at a central London restaurant.

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27 February 2020

Cyberspace and Geopolitics: Assessing Global Cybersecurity Norm Processes at a Crossroads Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

As cyber threats multiply, efforts to establish international norms for cyber activity have created a disjointed ecosystem. Is the fragmentation a cause for concern or an opportunity to promote cyber stability and security?

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24 February 2020

UN warns of rise of 'cybertorture' to bypass physical ban The Guardian

Psychological torture is being exploited by states to circumvent the more widely understood ban on physically inflicting pain and may open the way to a future of “cybertorture”, the UN torture rapporteur has said.

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13 February 2020

Cyber-crime profits reached $3.5bn in 2019, says FBI BBC

Criminals netted $3.5bn from cyber-crimes reported to the FBI alone in 2019, according to the service's internet crime complaint centre (IC3).

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11 February 2020

The biggest and worst breaches of 2019 NordVPN

Last year, hackers didn’t just hack — they also collected billion-account databases from breaches and leaks that had occurred years ago, only to sell them for profit. NordVPN reviews the worst ones that affected the most people in the past year.

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22 January 2020

Glenn Greenwald: Brazil accuses journalist of cyber-crimes BBC

Brazilian authorities are seeking to bring charges against Glenn Greenwald, the journalist who published Edward Snowden's intelligence agency leaks.

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15 January 2020

A New UN Cybercrime Treaty? The Way Forward for Supporters of an Open, Free and Secure Internet Council on Foreign Relations

Last month, governments gathered at the United Nations to vote on a Russian-led resolution on cybercrime that could result in irreversible consequences for how countries deal with and cooperate in cybercrime investigations. While the resolution was strongly opposed by a number of major Western powers and human rights groups, it managed to pass in a final vote on December 27, 2019. With this passage, supporters of an open, free, and secure model of the internet—championed for years by the United States, Europe, and other like-minded states—should now change their global engagement strategy on cybercrime and develop more inclusive approaches and clearer narratives to bring more countries to their side.

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29 December 2019

UN gives green light to draft treaty to combat cybercrime Associated Press

The U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution Friday that will start the process of drafting a new international treaty to combat cybercrime over objections from the European Union, the United States and other countries.

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18 December 2019

Online Sex Trafficking Law Shows Difficulty of Reining In Big Tech New York Times

To combat the ills of the internet, federal lawmakers have increasingly focused on a decades-old law that shields tech companies like Facebook and YouTube from liability for content posted by their users.

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14 December 2019

Retail Cyberattacks Set to Soar 20% in 2019 ThreatPost

A couple of factors this year are making the 2019 holiday shopping season a circus for cybercriminals when it comes to cyberattacks against retail orgs.

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04 December 2019

Congress Is Finally Tackling Privacy! Now Let's Do Cybersecurity. Slate

Cybercrime will carry a global price tag of $6 trillion by 2021, according to a Cybersecurity Ventures annual report. The National Security Agency warns that cybercriminals are “becoming more sophisticated and capable every day in their ability to use the Internet for nefarious purposes.” Yet many companies fail to take basic precautions, such as deleting expired accounts. Still, the United States lacks a comprehensive set of laws to protect information and critical systems from hackers. And meaningful, comprehensive cybersecurity legislation isn’t on the immediate congressional radar.

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17 November 2019

Holiday Shoppers Beware: 100K Malicious Sites Found Posing as Well-Known Retailers ThreatPost

As the holiday season looms, cybercrooks are going after shoppers with more than 100,000 lookalike domains mimicking legitimate retailers.

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12 November 2019

Where 8channers Went After 8chan Slate

The notorious troll board is back online with a new name—but its racist users didn’t just find new homes. They found new ways to gather.

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03 November 2019

Ten Ways the C-Suite Can Protect their Company against Cyberattack World Economic Forum

Cyberattacks are one of the top 10 global risks of highest concern in the next decade, with an estimated price tag of $90 trillion if cybersecurity efforts do not keep pace with technological change. While there is abundant guidance in the cybersecurity community, the application of prescribed action continues to fall short of what is required to ensure effective defence against cyberattacks. The challenges created by accelerating technological innovation have reached new levels of complexity and scale – today responsibility for cybersecurity in organizations is no longer one Chief Security Officer’s job, it involves everyone.

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01 November 2019

Government officials around the globe targeted for hacking through WhatsApp - sources Reuters

Senior government officials in multiple U.S.-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook Inc’s WhatsApp to take over users’ phones, according to people familiar with the messaging company’s investigation.

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30 October 2019

Why passwords don't work, and what will replace them BBC News

... Identity theft is at an all-time high in the UK. The UK's fraud prevention service CIFAS recorded 190,000 cases in the past year, as our increasingly digitised lives make it easier than ever for fraudsters to get their hands on our personal information.

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17 October 2019

'Sextortion botnet spreads 30,000 emails an hour' BBC News

A large-scale “sextortion” campaign is making use of a network of more than 450,000 hijacked computers to send aggressive emails, researchers have warned.

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Let's have an honest conversation about Huawei by Milton Mueller Internet Governance blog

On May 29, I attended an AEI event on “International economics and securing next-generation 5G wireless networks,” with Ambassador Robert Strayer, who heads the US State Department’s CIP team. But the focus of the talk was not really on 5G security, international trade or 5G development. In fact, there was no constructive agenda at all. The talk was an extended attack on China and the Chinese-based telecommunications vendor Huawei – another episode in an ongoing U.S. government campaign to shut Huawei and other Chinese firms out of the U.S. market, and to convince every other country in the world to do the same.

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16 October 2019

Targeted Ransomware Attacks Show No Signs of Abating Dark Reading

There's little sign that cybercriminals are about to let up on ransomware attacks anytime soon. If anything, they appear to be honing their tactics for even more dangerous and disruptive attacks on enterprise organizations over the short term.

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