Legal & Security

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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23 September 2018

Pirate Sites Not Major Malware Risk After Forbes

Copyright-infringing websites and streaming services aren't a major source of malware, a new EU report has concluded.

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20 September 2018

INTERPOL-Europol conference calls for global response to cybercrime Europol

Cyber experts from law enforcement, the private sector and academia have gathered in Singapore this week to devise strategies for promoting the global cybersecurity agenda.

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15 ways you could be the next victim of cybercrime Europol

Cybercriminals are adopting creative new techniques to target their victims at an unprecedented pace and are constantly seeking methods to avoid law enforcement detection. To stay ahead of them, law enforcement should target cybercriminals offering “off-the-shelf” cyber-attack services or products to make it more difficult for low-level cybercriminals to carry out high-level attacks.

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14 September 2018

Cyber attacks cost German industry almost $50 billion: study Reuters

Two thirds of Germany’s manufacturers have been hit by cyber-crime attacks, costing industry in Europe’s largest economy some €43 billion ($50 billion), according to a survey published by Germany’s IT sector association on Thursday.

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29 August 2018

ThreatList: Ransomware Attacks Down, Fileless Malware Up in 2018 Threat Post

The first half of 2018 saw an uptick in fileless malware attacks and a downturn in ransomware attacks, for now.

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28 August 2018

Microsoft Embraces Role as Anti-Hacking Enforcer Bloomberg

As U.S. elections loom, Microsoft is emerging as a leading foe of Russian hacking and meddling in the democratic process, setting it apart from some of its biggest tech counterparts, including Facebook and Twitter, which have been playing catch-up since 2016 in the fight against foreign interference.

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26 August 2018

Unpicking the cyber-crime economy BBC News

Turning virtual cash into real money without being caught is a big problem for successful cyber-criminals.

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Tech firms step up to confront online threats. But some ask, what about the White House? Washington Post

Technology giants increasingly are casting themselves as defenders of online integrity as American democracy, yet again, comes under attack. A recent string of revelations from companies including Facebook, Microsoft and Google about foreign hacking and disinformation amount to a public answer to charges that the technology industry should have done more to thwart Russia’s online attacks in 2016.

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24 August 2018

ThreatList: $1.1M is Lost to Cybercrime Every Minute of Every Day Threat Post

Every 60 seconds, $1.1 million is lost to cyberattacks. That staggering stat comes to us by way of RiskIQ, which compiled proprietary and third-party research to crunch numbers around malicious activity. The resulting report, the appropriately named “Evil Internet Minute,” paints a stark picture of the cost of cybercrime.

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21 August 2018

Honeypot pornography lawyer pleads guilty BBC News

A US lawyer could be jailed for up to 10 years for helping to upload porn films to file-sharing sites and then sue people who downloaded them.

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Microsoft says it has found a Russian operation targeting U.S. political institutions Washington Post

A group affiliated with the Russian government created phony versions of six websites — including some related to public policy and to the U.S. Senate — with the apparent goal of hacking into the computers of people who were tricked into visiting, according to Microsoft, which said Monday night that it discovered and disabled the fake sites.

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19 August 2018

How risky is the Internet? Researchers say 42% Kaspersky

When you visit a website, you can open your computer to a lot more danger than you might think. All sites load their own content, some load ads served by an ad network, some load content served by other sites, and some load services hosted by other sites. Often, you’re receiving a pretty motley assortment of visible and invisible code.

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14 August 2018

Why some computer viruses refuse to die BBC News

There are zombies on the internet - odd, undead lumps of code that roam endlessly seeking and finding fresh victims to infect that help keep the whole ugly horde staggering on, and on.

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