Legal & Security

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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Sodinokibi Ransomware: Where Attackers' Money Goes Dark Reading

Ransomware generates massive profits for its operators. How much do they make, and how do their spend their illicit earnings? Newly published research on Sodinokibi ransomware sheds some light on this.

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10 October 2019

EU police: Cybercrime threats now focus on profits, data Associated Press

Cybercriminals are using new technology and exploiting existing online vulnerabilities as they shift their focus to larger and more profitable targets, the European Union’s police agency said in a report published Wednesday.

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07 October 2019

You could soon be a victim of cybercrime - here's how to try to stop that happening ABC News

Every 10 minutes, cybercriminals are preying on Australian businesses and individuals, leaving some people tens of thousands of dollars worse off.

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02 October 2019

Inside a massive cyber ANU hack that risks compromising future leaders around the globe ABC News

Without anyone clicking on a link, a massive cyber attack of unprecedented sophistication gained access to private information of potentially high-ranking officials across the globe.

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27 September 2019

Google makes deepfakes to fight deepfakes BBC News

Google has released a database of 3,000 deepfakes - videos that use artificial intelligence to alter faces or to make people say things they never did.

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08 September 2019

To build trust, we could treat cybersecurity as a public good International Telecommunication Union

Soon your fridge will be able to buy your food on Amazon, having noticed what you liked on Facebook and Instagram.

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05 September 2019

An artificial-intelligence first: Voice-mimicking software reportedly used in a major theft Washington Post

Thieves used voice-mimicking software to imitate a company executive’s speech and dupe his subordinate into sending hundreds of thousands of dollars to a secret account, the company’s insurer said, in a remarkable case that some researchers are calling one of the world’s first publicly reported artificial-intelligence heists.

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22 August 2019

Ransomware Attacks Are Testing Resolve of Cities Across America New York Times

At the public library in Wilmer, Tex., books were checked out not with the beeps of bar code readers but with the scratches of pen on notebook paper. Out on the street, police officers were literally writing tickets — by hand. When the entire computer network that keeps the small town’s bureaucracy afloat was recently hacked, Wilmer was thrown into the digital Dark Ages.

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11 August 2019

Facebook facial recognition lawsuit can proceed, says US court Reuters

A US federal appeals court has rejected Facebook’s effort to undo a class action lawsuit alleging it illegally collected and stored biometric data for millions of users without their consent using facial recognition technology.

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05 August 2019

8chan Is a Megaphone for Gunmen. 'Shut the Site Down,' Says Its Creator. New York Times

Fredrick Brennan was getting ready for church at his home in the Philippines when the news of a mass shooting in El Paso arrived. His response was immediate and instinctive.

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19 July 2019

Police need intercept tools as mobile networks develop: Europol Reuters

European law enforcement agencies set to lose the ability to tap criminals’ mobile devices with the launch of 5G technology must be brought into discussions earlier when communications networks are modernised, the new head of Europol told Reuters.

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