Legal & Security

16 March 2018

Cyberattacks Put Russian Fingers on the Switch at Power Plants, U.S. Says New York Times

The Trump administration accused Russia on Thursday of engineering a series of cyberattacks that targeted American and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems, and could have sabotaged or shut power plants off at will.

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11 March 2018

Your Google Home or Fitbit could be used against you in court ABC News

If that smart new home device in your bedroom is voice activated, then it's always listening.

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08 March 2018

The Internet of Things and the law ABC Law Report

There is a growing market for those smart, home management devices that can answer a question, play you a song, control your room temperature or stream a TV series for you.

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02 March 2018

Germany Says Hackers Infiltrated Main Government Network New York Times

Hackers using highly sophisticated software penetrated the German government’s main data network, a system that was supposed to be particularly secure and is used by the chancellor’s office, ministries and the Parliament, government officials have said.

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27 February 2018

Supreme Court to hear Microsoft case: A question of law and borders Washington Post

The Supreme Court is set to hear on Tuesday a case that could have far-reaching implications for law enforcement access to digital data and for U.S. companies that store customer emails in servers overseas.

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Covert 'Replay Sessions' Have Been Harvesting Passwords by Mistake Wired

Yes, websites track your behavior online. But some go much further than what you'd reasonably expect, using so-called session replays to create a detailed log of everything you do and type on a site. And new research shows that in some cases these movie-like recordings are even storing your passwords.

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19 February 2018

The tactics of a Russian troll farm BBC News

The indictment of 13 Russians charged with attempting to manipulate American voters using social media shines a fascinating light on a sophisticated, relentless operation to exploit the internet for political gain. Here's how US investigators say the Russians did it.

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15 February 2018

Google's Chrome To Mark All HTTP Sites As Insecure Come July

Google is one of the many companies doing their bit to make the internet more secure. A significant milestone will occur in July 2018 for users of their Chrome browser when all HTTP websites will be marked as insecure with the release of Chrome 68 as they strongly advocate that sites adopt HTTPS encryption, according to a post on the Google Security Blog.

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09 February 2018

Identity Fraud Affected 16.7 Million U.S. Consumers in 2017, Report Reveals Security Intelligence

The number of identity theft victims rose by 8 percent to 16.7 million U.S. consumers in 2017, according to a new report.

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08 February 2018

Dozens charged for Infraud cyber-crime site BBC News

Thirty-six people have been charged for their alleged involvement in running a cyber-crime service responsible for more than $530m of losses.

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Cybersecurity: we can hack it CSIRO

It is estimated that 3,885,567,619 people across the world have access to the internet, roughly 51.7% of the world population. More often than not, the internet is used to benefit society — from connecting opposite sides of the world to making knowledge more accessible. But sometimes, the anonymity provided by the internet creates risks of cyberbullying as well as threats to cyber security.

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24 January 2018

Cybercrime: £130bn stolen from consumers in 2017, report says The Guardian

Hackers stole a total of £130bn from consumers in 2017, including £4.6bn from British internet users, according to a new report from cybersecurity firm Norton.

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Cyber-attack on UK a matter of 'when, not if', says security chief The Guardian

The head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has warned that a major cyber-attack on the UK is a matter of “when, not if”, raising the prospect of devastating disruption to British elections and critical infrastructure.

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22 January 2018

Australia's financial regulator wants to go undercover on dark web The Guardian

The corporate watchdog wants new powers for its investigators to go undercover to combat financial crime on the dark web.

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14 January 2018

In Germany, online hate speech has real-world consequences: A new study finds that anti-refugee rhetoric on Facebook is correlated with physical attacks The Economist

... New research suggests that this digital hatred is now spilling over into the real world. A paper by Karsten Müller and Carlo Schwarz of the University of Warwick finds a strong association between right-wing, anti-refugee sentiment on German social-media sites and violent crimes against refugees. Using data from the Facebook page of the right-wing Alternative for Germany (AfD) party and statistics on anti-refugee incidents collected by local advocacy groups, the authors find that for every four additional Facebook posts critical of refugees, there was one additional anti-refugee incident. This relationship appears to be driven by violent crimes such as arson and assault, and cannot be explained by local social-media usage or demography.

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09 January 2018

Cybersecurity Today Is Treated Like Accounting Before Enron New York Times

Last week, we learned that researchers had discovered two major flaws in microprocessors of nearly all the world’s computers. The revelation came on the heels of a distressing series of major hacks: In 2017, Yahoo revealed that all of its three billion accounts were compromised, WannaCry ransomware shut down hospitals across the globe, and an Equifax breach affected approximately 145.5 million consumers in the United States. The latest news about the computer security problems — whose names, “Spectre” and “Meltdown,” appropriately convey their seriousness — is just the latest evidence that true digital security remains out of our reach.

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31 December 2017

More trouble for the 'Nigerian prince': Louisiana police say they caught scam's middle man. Washington Post

Most people with an email address have likely heard of or been targeted by this scam or some variations of it. A person claiming to be a Nigerian prince tells you that you’re the beneficiary in someone’s will.

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22 December 2017

Crooks Switch from Ransomware to Cryptocurrency Mining Threat Post

Criminals behind the VenusLocker ransomware have switched to cryptocurrency mining in their latest campaign targeting computer users in South Korea. Instead of attempting to infect targeted computers with ransomware, the group is now trying to install malware on PCs that mines for Monero, an open-source cryptocurrency.

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19 December 2017

U.S. blames North Korea for 'WannaCry' cyber attack Reuters

The Trump administration has publicly blamed North Korea for unleashing the so-called WannaCry cyber attack that crippled hospitals, banks and other companies across the globe earlier this year.

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17 December 2017

How the Pentagon's cyber offensive against ISIS could shape the future for elite U.S. forces Washington Post

The U.S. military has conducted cyber attacks against the Islamic State for more than a year, and its record of success when those attacks are coordinated with elite Special Operations troops is such that the Pentagon is likely carry out similar operations with greater frequency, according to current and former U.S. defense officials.

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14 December 2017

Billions of video site visitors unwittingly mine cryptocurrency as they watch The Guardian

Each month almost one billion visitors to four popular video sites are being unwittingly forced to mine cryptocurrency, according to a report on the practice of so called cryptojacking.

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13 December 2017

Threat of Phishing Attacks Increases With Bitcoin Price Hike Security Intelligence

A surge in the value of bitcoin has been accompanied by a rise in the risk of phishing attacks against the infrastructure that supports the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

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05 December 2017

Tech consortium flags 40,000 videos, images as extremist content Reuters

A consortium of tech companies including Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter Inc said on Monday a database it created to identify extremist content now contains more than 40,000 videos or images.

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Bitcoin: UK and EU plan crackdown amid crime and tax evasion fears Reuters

The UK and other EU governments are planning a crackdown on bitcoin amid growing concerns that the digital currency is being used for money laundering and tax evasion.

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29 November 2017

Dark web drug market growing rapidly in Europe: report Reuters

The illegal drug trade on the dark web is growing rapidly, despite authorities shutting down major market sites like AlphaBay, as crime gangs diversify and seek new clients online, a report by two European Union agencies warned on Tuesday.

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