Legal & Security

21 January 2019

Cyber-Jackpot: 773M Credentials Dumped on the Dark Web ThreatPost

A database of breached emails totaling 773 million unique addresses has turned up on a popular underground hacking forum, giving cybercriminals one of the largest jackpots ever seen when it comes to account-compromise efforts.

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17 January 2019

ThreatList: $1.7M is the Average Cost of a Cyber-Attack ThreatPost

The average cost estimate for cleaning up a cyberattack comes in at around $1.1 million, according to a recent survey. But this is actually a rosy view: For those organizations that actually calculate (versus estimate) the real cost of an attack, that number increases significantly to $1.67 million.

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10 January 2019

German data breach: agencies 'failing to take security seriously' The Guardian

The German government and security agencies have been accused of not taking internet security seriously, following a huge data breach that affected hundreds of politicians and celebrities.

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07 January 2019

Hackers Leak Details of German Lawmakers, Except Those on Far Right New York Times

After hackers, later determined to be working for Russia, broke into Parliament’s main computer network three years ago, the government vowed to fortify its cybersecurity. The authorities schooled lawmakers about changing passwords, using two-step identification and other measures to protect online data.

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03 January 2019

Social Media's Path Forward: Why It Has A Responsibility To Uphold Security Forbes

Recently, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that his social media company is intending to establish an independent oversight group to help aid the struggling social media company in addressing the growing tension between free speech and censorship. In the article he wrote, Zuckerberg noted, "As I've thought about these content issues, I've increasingly come to believe that Facebook should not make so many important decisions about free expression and safety on our own."

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Fake-porn videos are being weaponized to harass and humiliate women: 'Everybody is a potential target' Washington Post

"Deepfake" creators target both celebrities and everyday women with photos taken from the Web. Even Scarlett Johansson says she's powerless to fight them.

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Securing New Devices US-CERT

During the holidays, internet-connected devices also known as Internet of Things (IoT) are often popular gifts—such as smart TVs, watches, toys, phones, and tablets. This technology provides a level of convenience to our lives, but it requires that we share more information than ever. The security of this information, and the security of these devices, is not always guaranteed.

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31 December 2018

Fake-porn videos are being weaponized to harass and humiliate women: 'Everybody is a potential target' Washington Post

“Deepfake” creators are making disturbingly realistic, computer-generated videos with photos taken from the Web, and ordinary women are suffering the damage.

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27 December 2018

Our Cellphones Aren't Safe: Security flaws threaten our privacy and bank accounts. So why aren't we fixing them? by Cooper Quintin, senior staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation New York Times

America’s cellular network is as vital to society as the highway system and power grids. Vulnerabilities in the mobile phone infrastructure threaten not only personal privacy and security, but also the country’s. According to intelligence reports, spies are eavesdropping on President Trump’s cellphone conversations and using fake cellular towers in Washington to intercept phone calls. Cellular communication infrastructure, the system at the heart of modern communication, commerce and governance, is woefully insecure. And we are doing nothing to fix it.

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23 December 2018

McAfee Report Examines Cybercriminal Underground McAfee Labs

McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, today released its McAfee Labs Threats Report: December 2018 , examining activity in the cybercriminal underground and the evolution of cyber threats in Q3 2018. McAfee Labs saw an average of 480 new threats per minute and a sharp increase in malware targeting IoT devices. The ripple effect of the 2017 takedowns of Hansa and AlphaBay dark web markets continued as entrepreneurial cybercriminals took new measures to evade law enforcement.

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11 December 2018

High-Level Cybersecurity Meeting Warns of Dire Effects of Cyberattacks on Prosperity, Innovation and Global Collaboration World Economic Forum

Cyberattacks are increasing in volume and sophistication, affecting an ever-greater number of people and institutions. Through artificial intelligence (AI), the Internet of Things (IoT) and other new technologies, the threat surface and vulnerability are growing, spinning out in new threat areas facing citizens, consumers, companies and countries. To fight increasing cybercrime, the global community needs to overcome three major challenges: lack of trust, lack of cooperation and a lack of adequate skills.

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03 December 2018

Apple has always been a control freak. But is it guilty of abusing its monopoly power? The Observer

If a seven-year-old antitrust case finds Apple guilty of misusing its position in the apps market, the ramifications could be huge

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27 November 2018

Half of all Phishing Sites Now Have the Padlock Krebs On Security

Maybe you were once advised to “look for the padlock” as a means of telling legitimate e-commerce sites from phishing or malware traps. Unfortunately, this has never been more useless advice. New research indicates that half of all phishing scams are now hosted on Web sites whose Internet address includes the padlock and begins with “https://”.

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22 November 2018

Facebook criticised for post promoting child bride auction The Guardian

Facebook has been criticised for failing to remove a viral post promoting an auction of a child bride in South Sudan, which eventually led to the payment of the largest dowry ever recorded in the civil war-torn country.

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20 November 2018

A Perfect Target for Cybercriminals: America's water supply is increasingly digitized, and increasingly vulnerable. New York Times

When hackers went after the Onslow Water and Sewer Authority last month, it was the second cyberattack on a North Carolina utility within a year. The hackers, who timed this attack for the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, caused “a catastrophic loss” by encrypting databases and locking out employees. Rather than pay a ransom to the hackers, the utility is rebuilding its information technology systems from scratch.

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19 November 2018

UK 'wholly' unprepared to stop devastating cyber-attack, MPs warn The Guardian

Ministers are failing to act with “a meaningful sense of purpose or urgency” in the face of a growing cyber threat to the UK’s critical national infrastructure (CNI), a parliamentary committee has warned.

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18 November 2018

Learning to Attack the Cyberattackers Can't Happen Fast Enough New York Times

In a technology lab full of graduate students huddled over laptops, Prof. Marios Savvides flipped through photos on a computer screen searching for one full of people whose faces were barely recognizable to the human eye.

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11 November 2018

EU cybersecurity organisations agree on 2019 roadmap Europol/ENISA

On 6 November 2018, following a meeting at working level, the four Principals of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), the European Defence Agency (EDA), Europol and the Computer Emergency Response Team for the EU Institutions, Agencies and Bodies (CERT-EU), met at CERT-EU's premises.

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04 November 2018

Private messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts for sale BBC News

Hackers appear to have compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook users' accounts.

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30 October 2018

New Phishing Scheme Exploits Public Interest Around Hurricane Michael to Steal Email Credentials Security Intelligence

A recent phishing scheme exploited public interest around natural disasters to steal victims’ email credentials.

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28 October 2018

If your toothbrush calls you, it might not be for dental hygiene: the importance of securing the Internet of Things Europol/ENISA

Our world is hyper-connected now. Current estimates are that there are around 10 billion electronic devices with access to the internet and that number will have at least doubled by 2020. In addition to the many advantages and opportunities, the emerging ability of connected devices to impact the physical world has also created a new set of vulnerabilities and possibilities of exploitation by criminals. To address these vulnerabilities, tackle them effectively and to fully realise the great potential that it offers, ENISA and Europol have brought together 300 experts from the private sector, security community, law enforcement, the European Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) community and academia for a two-day conference in The Hague.

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27 October 2018

Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment 2018 Europol

Foreword by Catherine De Bolle, Executive Director of Europol: It is my pleasure to introduce the 2018 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA), not only as it is the fifth anniversary edition of the report, but also my first as the Executive Director of Europol.

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17 October 2018

New Zealand tops list of most-scammed countries: Microsoft Microsoft

New Zealanders are the most likely people in the world to have experienced a tech support scam, according to a new study from Microsoft.

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03 October 2018

Facebook Hack Puts Thousands of Other Sites at Risk New York Times

When Mark Zuckerberg introduced an online tool called Facebook Connect in 2008, he hailed it as a kind of digital passport to the rest of the internet. In just a few clicks, users would be able to log in to other apps and sites with their Facebook passwords.

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02 October 2018

The most dangerous celebrity online is revealed Associated Press

Ruby Rose has played some dangerous characters, like an inmate in “Orange Is the New Black” and a scientist battling a prehistoric shark in “The Meg.” But the actress herself is now officially dangerous.

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