Legal & Security

21 May 2017

Available Tools Making Dent in WannaCry Encryption Threat Post

Tools are beginning to emerge that can be used to start the process of recovering files encrypted by WannaCry on some Windows systems.

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16 May 2017

China, Addicted to Bootleg Software, Reels From Ransomware Attack New York Times

China is home to the world’s largest group of internet users, a thriving online technology scene and rampant software piracy that encapsulates its determination to play by its own set of digital rules.

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WannaCry ransomware has links to North Korea, cybersecurity experts say The Guardian

Two top security firms have found evidence linking the WannaCry ransomware to the prolific North Korean cybergang known as Lazarus Group.

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15 May 2017

The need for urgent collective action to keep people safe online: Lessons from last week's cyberattack Brad Smith Microsoft

Early Friday morning the world experienced the year’s latest cyberattack. Starting first in the United Kingdom and Spain, the malicious “WannaCrypt” software quickly spread globally, blocking customers from their data unless they paid a ransom using Bitcoin. The WannaCrypt exploits used in the attack were drawn from the exploits stolen from the National Security Agency, or NSA, in the United States.

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What is 'WanaCrypt0r 2.0' ransomware and why is it attacking the NHS? The Guardian

‘WanaCrypt0r 2.0’ malicious software has hit the NHS, some of Spain’s largest companies including Telefónica, as well as computers across Russia, the Ukraine and Taiwan, leading to PCs and data being locked up and held for ransom.

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14 May 2017

With New Digital Tools, Even Nonexperts Can Wage Cyberattacks New York Times

Hackers are discovering that it is far more profitable to hold your data hostage than it is to steal it.

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13 May 2017

Hackers Hit Dozens of Countries Exploiting Stolen N.S.A. Tool New York Times

Hackers exploiting malicious software stolen from the National Security Agency executed damaging cyberattacks on Friday that hit dozens of countries worldwide, forcing Britain’s public health system to send patients away, freezing computers at Russia’s Interior Ministry and wreaking havoc on tens of thousands of computers elsewhere.

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11 May 2017

European Court of Justice to Review Copyright Infringement Case Involving Google Reuters

A court in Berlin on Tuesday referred to the European Court of Justice a dispute in which German publishers want search engine providers such as Google to pay them for displaying parts of their newspaper articles online.

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10 May 2017

Australian Computer Society launches 'cyber guide' to help businesses tackle the $US500B global cybersecurity threat Australian Computer Society

The ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, has launched Cybersecurity: Threats, Challenges, Opportunities – a strategic guide to assist Australian businesses to understand and combat Australia's biggest economic threat – cybercrime.

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09 May 2017

Facebook must delete hate postings, Austria court rules BBC News

A court in Austria has ordered that Facebook must remove postings seen as hate speech, in a ruling that is set to have international implications.

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07 May 2017

Cyber-insecurity is a gift for hackers, but it's our own governments that create it by Evgeny Morozov The Observer

The political legitimacy of democratic capitalism, that unlikely political formation that has brought us the end of history and now presents itself as the only bulwark against rightwing extremism, rests on a clear distribution of functions between governments and corporations. The former take on the role of regulating the latter in order to protect the customers from the occasional harmful effects of the otherwise beneficial business activity.

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06 May 2017

Uber Faces Federal Inquiry Over Use of Greyball Tool to Evade Authorities New York Times

Uber is the subject of a United States Department of Justice inquiry over a program that it used to deceive regulators who were trying to shut down its ride-hailing service.

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03 May 2017

DDoS Attacks Can Cost Businesses Up to $2.5M Per Attack, Report Says Threat Post

The time to respond and mitigate DDoS attacks can be costly for companies, and some businesses can lose roughly $2.5 million on average per attack, a research report released today said.

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28 April 2017

Cybersecurity: is the office coffee machine watching you? The Guardian

Troubled by something deeply unethical going on at work? Or maybe you’re plotting to leak sensitive information on the company that just sacked you? Either way, you best think twice before making your next move because an all-seeing artificial intelligence might just be analysing every email you send, every file you upload, every room you scan into – even your coffee routine.

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11 April 2017

U.S. Accuses Russian Email Spammer of Vast Network of Fraud New York Times

Several years ago, federal agents traveled to Moscow to enlist the help of their Russian counterparts in arresting one of the world’s most pernicious email spammers. They were rebuffed, a former American law enforcement official who was there said. The spammer, who used the pseudonym Peter Severa, was protected, probably by the Russian government, and could not be touched.

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Australian court action against Apple shows companies 'can't flout consumer rights' The Guardian

Court action against Apple for allegedly misleading iPhone and iPad owners serves as a “timely reminder” to companies that consumer rights are inviolable, Australian consumer advocates have said.

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10 April 2017

U.S. Blinks in Clash With Twitter; Drops Order to Unmask Anti-Trump Account New York Times

Last month, the federal government issued a summons ordering Twitter to hand over information about an anonymous account that had posted messages critical of the Trump administration. Now, the government has blinked.

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07 April 2017

Australian competition watchdog takes Apple to court over 'error 53' claims; Apple faulty phone policy under NZ scrutiny Computerworld

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against Apple Australia and its U.S.-based parent company, Apple, for allegedly making “false, misleading, or deceptive representations” about consumers’ rights under the Australian Consumer Law.

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Twitter Sues the Government to Block the Unmasking of an Account Critical of Trump New York Times

Twitter sued the federal government on Thursday to block the unmasking of an anonymous account that has posted messages critical of the Trump administration and has claimed to have ties to a government agency.

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30 March 2017

UK home secretary to tell tech firms: do more to combat terrorism The Guardian

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, will tell tech bosses they must do more to tackle terrorism during a private meeting on Thursday.

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22 March 2017

US judge asks Google to name people who searched for fraud victim The Guardian

Google has been served with a search warrant by a Minnesota judge which requires the firm to hand over personally identifiable information on anyone who has searched for a particular name.

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17 March 2017

Brexit risks 'new dark phase' of cyber crime, warns Britain's most senior EU official The Independent

The most senior British EU official has spoken out to warn of the need for strong security cooperation in Europe, just days before Theresa May triggers Brexit.

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16 March 2017

US charges Russian spies over Yahoo breach BBC News

Two Russian spies are among four individuals indicted by the US Department of Justice over a huge theft of Yahoo user accounts.

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20 February 2017

Kim Dotcom extradition to US can go ahead, New Zealand high court rules The Guardian

The high court in New Zealand has ruled Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the United States to face a multitude of charges including money laundering and copyright breaches.

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17 February 2017

Global impacts of counterfeiting and piracy to reach US$4.2 trillion by 2022 International Chamber of Commerce

A new report released today indicates that the global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy could reach US$2.3 trillion by 2022. Titled, The Economic Impacts of Counterfeiting and Piracy, the report provides estimates on the wider social and economic impacts on displaced economic activity, investment, public fiscal losses and criminal enforcement, and concludes that these costs could reach an estimated US$1.9 trillion by 2022. Taken together, the negative impacts of counterfeiting and piracy are projected to drain US$4.2 trillion from the global economy and put 5.4 million legitimate jobs at risk by 2022.

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