Legal & Security

26 May 2018

About $1.2 billion in cryptocurrency stolen since 2017 - cybercrime group Reuters

Criminals have stolen about $1.2 billion in cryptocurrencies since the beginning of 2017, as bitcoin’s popularity and the emergence of more than 1,500 digital tokens have put the spotlight on the unregulated sector, according to estimates from the Anti-Phishing Working Group released on Thursday.

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23 May 2018

A record $340 million lost to fraud in Australia, says latest ACCC report The Conversation

More than A$340 million was reported lost by Australian victims of fraud schemes in 2017, up A$40 million on the previous year. So says the latest Targeting scams report released this week by the ACCC.

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16 May 2018

Popular encrypted email standards are unsafe: researchers Reuters

European researchers have found that the popular PGP and S/MIME email encryption standards are vulnerable to being hacked and they urge users to disable and uninstall them immediately.

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15 May 2018

'Much work to do and no time to waste' in cybercrime fight, says UN chief United Nations

The UN body focussing on crime prevention and criminal justice, opened its annual session in Vienna on Monday, calling for a more integrated global response to continuing and emerging challenges, including cybercrime.

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03 May 2018

DDoS Attacks Increase in Volume and Duration in Q1 2018 Security Intelligence

Distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack events are on the rise in the first quarter of 2018. That’s the word from a recent Kaspersky Lab study, which found “a significant increase in both the total number and duration of DDoS attacks against Q4 2017.”

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02 May 2018

Cyberwarfare, populism top 'black swan' events at Milken conference Reuters

Cyberwarfare and populism are some of the top risks that could threaten global stability and financial markets in the years ahead, investors and policymakers warned at the annual Milken Institute Global Conference this week, as they characterized them as black swan events.

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28 April 2018

Strengthening Network and Information Security to protect the EU against fake news ENISA

The EU Cybersecurity ENISA has contributed to and welcomes the proposals of the EU Commission to tackle online disinformation.

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26 April 2018

Cybercrime Profits Soar to $1.5 Trillion Security Intelligence

Threat actors are generating, spending and reinvesting $1.5 trillion worth of cybercrime profits, according to a nine-month academic study.

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19 April 2018

Facebook among tech firms to sign 'digital Geneva convention' The Guardian

More than 30 global technology firms have signed up to a “digital Geneva convention”, committing never to partake in cyber-attacks against individuals or businesses.

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17 April 2018

US and UK blame Russia for 'malicious' cyber-offensive New York Times

The cyberwar between the west and Russia has escalated after the UK and the US issued a joint alert accusing Moscow of mounting a “malicious” internet offensive that appeared to be aimed at espionage, stealing intellectual property and laying the foundation for an attack on infrastructure.

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15 April 2018

Google loses UK landmark 'right to be forgotten' case The Guardian

A businessman has won his legal action to remove search results about a criminal conviction in a landmark “right to be forgotten” case that could have wide-ranging repercussions.

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13 April 2018

After Cambridge Analytica, Privacy Experts Get to Say 'I Told You So' New York Times

Doc Searls met with a group of fellow internet privacy experts one recent afternoon here at the Computer History Museum. On a whiteboard were the words “OUTRAGE” and “MAKE HAY” — capitalized, underlined and surrounded by lines jutting in all directions like a cartoon “BOOM!”

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11 April 2018

Ransomware tops malicious attack charts BBC News

Ransomware has become the most popular form of malware used in cyber-attacks, suggests a study.

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28 March 2018

How Facebook Helps Shady Advertisers Pollute the Internet New York Times

It was a Davos for digital hucksters. One day last June, scammers from around the world gathered for a conference at a renovated 19th century train station in Berlin. All the most popular hustles were there: miracle diet pills, instant muscle builders, brain boosters, male enhancers. The “You Won an iPhone” companies had display booths, and the “Your Computer May Be Infected” folks sent salesmen. Russia was represented by the promoters of a black-mask face peel, and Canada made a showing with bot-infested dating sites.

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A Cyberattack Hobbles Atlanta, and Security Experts Shudder New York Times

The City of Atlanta’s 8,000 employees got the word on Tuesday that they had been waiting for: It was O.K. to turn their computers on.

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26 March 2018

People are using bitcoin's system to share child pornography, researchers say Washington Post

German researchers have found about 1,600 files of non-financial data, some of which link to or contain child pornography and other objectionable material, on the system that stores bitcoin transactions.

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23 March 2018

Revenge porn forums sharing drives full of alphabetised photos of Australian women ABC News

There's a secretive online world, where men trade nudes of women without their consent, often with their names and locations attached.

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The Darkest Web: exploring the ugly world of illegal online marketplaces The Guardian

It’s an arresting concept: the idea that rippling beneath the internet there is a dark twin breathing and growing. A place where drugs are sold; where hitmen advertise their services; where material to match any sexual urge can be found.

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21 March 2018

Bitcoin's blockchain contains child abuse images, meaning the cryptocurrency's possession could be 'illegal' ABC News

The multi-billion-dollar markets behind cryptocurrencies are in jeopardy after child abuse images were found in bitcoin's blockchain.

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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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