Legal & Security

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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11 July 2019

How are governments staying safe? ITU releases its third Global Cybersecurity Index. International Telecommunication Union

More than half the world is now online for the first time ever. This is a significant step towards a more inclusive digital economy. But as information and communication technologies (ICTs) become stitched into the fabric of our daily work and lives, the exponential increase in personal, business and government data flowing across the internet and between devices is exposing us to an ever-widening range of cyber threats.

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30 June 2019

The Worm That Nearly Ate the Internet: It infected 10 million computers. So why did cybergeddon never arrive? New York Times

Just over 10 years ago, a unique strain of malware blitzed the internet so rapidly that it shocked cybersecurity experts worldwide. Known as Conficker, it was and remains the most persistent computer worm ever seen, linking computers with Microsoft operating systems globally, millions of them, to create a vast illicit botnet, in effect, a black-market supercomputer. That much power controlled by its unknown maker posed an existential threat not just to any enterprise connected to the web, but to the internet itself.

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26 June 2019

In a world first, Facebook to give data on hate speech suspects to French courts Reuters

In a world first, Facebook has agreed to hand over the identification data of French users suspected of hate speech on its platform to judges, France’s minister for digital affairs Cedric O said on Tuesday.

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23 June 2019

U.S. Carried Out Cyberattacks on Iran New York Times

United States Cyber Command on Thursday conducted online attacks against an Iranian intelligence group that American officials believe helped plan the attacks against oil tankers in recent weeks, according to people briefed on the operation.

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15 June 2019

Deepfake videos could 'spark' violent social unrest BBC News

Deepfake technology could spark "violent outbreaks", an expert warns.

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11 June 2019

They Just Won't Die: Dark Web Drug Sellers Resist Police Crackdowns New York Times

The notorious Silk Road site was shut down in 2013. Others have followed. But the online trafficking of illegal narcotics hasn’t abated.

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10 June 2019

Cyber-thieves turn to 'invisible net' to set up attacks BBC News

Cyber-thieves are creating an "invisible internet" to stop police spying on cyber-crime deals being done on the dark net, research suggests.

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01 June 2019

Criminals learning how to commit card fraud from dark web The Guardian

Card fraud is evolving, with amateur fraudsters able to “enrol” in online “classes” where they can learn how to use stolen card details to buy smaller-value items. That’s the claim from a UK tech firm, which says a new breed of opportunistic fraudster is learning how to commit crime via online tutorials and guides available on the so-called “dark web”.

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30 May 2019

Malware-ridden laptop artwork sold for $1.3m BBC News

A laptop packed with six types of dangerous malware has been sold for $1.3m (£1.03m) in an online auction.

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19 May 2019

The WhatsApp spyware story tells us that nothing is secure The Observer

When Edward Snowden broke cover in the summer of 2013 and a team of Guardian journalists met up with him in his Hong Kong hotel, he insisted not only that they switch off their mobile phones but also that they put the devices into a fridge. This precaution suggested that Snowden had some special insight into the hacking powers of the NSA, specifically that the agency had developed techniques for covertly taking over a mobile phone and using it as a tracking and recording device. To anyone familiar with the capabilities of agencies such as the NSA or GCHQ, this seemed plausible. And in fact, some years later, such capabilities were explicitly deemed necessary and permissible (as “equipment interference”) in the Investigatory Powers Act 2016.

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15 May 2019

WhatsApp spyware attack was attempt to hack human rights data, says lawyer The Guardian

The UK lawyer whose phone was targeted by spyware that exploits a WhatsApp vulnerability said it appeared to be a desperate attempt by someone to covertly find out the details of his human rights work.

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14 May 2019

WhatsApp discovers 'targeted' surveillance attack BBC News

Hackers were able to remotely install surveillance software on phones and other devices using a major vulnerability in messaging app WhatsApp, it has been confirmed.

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12 May 2019

G7 countries to simulate cross-border cyber attack next month: France Reuters

Leading Western industrial powers will for the first time jointly simulate a major cross-border cybersecurity attack on the financial sector next month, French officials said on Friday.

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05 May 2019

Double blow to dark web marketplaces Europol

The German Federal Criminal Police (Bundeskriminalamt) shut down the Wall Street Market, under the authority of the German Public Prosecutor’s office. They were supported by the Dutch National Police (Politie), Europol, Eurojust and various US government agencies (Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Internal Revenue Service, Homeland Security Investigations, US Postal Inspection Service, and the US Department of Justice). The Silkkitie (known as the Valhalla Marketplace) and its contents was also seized by Finnish Customs (Tulli) in close cooperation with the French National Police (La Police Nationale Française).

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26 April 2019

Dark web blamed for rise in drugs sent by post from Netherlands The Guardian

The rise of the dark web has led to a huge increase in the amount of illegal drugs being sent from the Netherlands, one of the world’s largest drug producers, via letters and packages in the post.

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03 April 2019

Kiwis lose $33M in 2018 - new approach needed in the fight against online scams Netsafe

Online safety organisation Netsafe says that Kiwis reported losing more to online scams and fraud in 2018 than any other year in its 20-year history, with losses tripling from 2017.

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31 March 2019

Global law enforcement action against vendors and buyers on the dark web Europol

Law enforcement from Europe, Canada and the United States joined forces early 2019 to target vendors and buyers of illegal goods on dark web marketplaces. During the course of this operation, international law enforcement agencies made 61 arrests and shut down 50 dark web accounts used for illegal activity. Law enforcement executed 65 search warrants, seizing 299,5 kg of drugs, 51 firearms, and over €6,2 million (almost €4 million in cryptocurrency, €2,2 million in cash, and €35 000 in gold). They also conducted 122 interviews.

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22 March 2019

In New Zealand, Spreading the Mosque Shooting Video Is a Crime New York Times

A lone white supremacist is the suspect in the Christchurch mosque killings. But under New Zealand law, many others could face charges for spreading or perhaps even possessing all or part of the 17-minute Facebook Live video streamed by the killer as he methodically shot the victims.

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07 March 2019

Two-factor authentication SMS codes aren't your best option for cyber security The Conversation

When it comes to personal cybersecurity, you might think you're doing alright.

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