Legal & Security

04 September 2017

Catching the hackers in the act BBC News

Cyber-criminals start attacking servers newly set up online about an hour after they are switched on, suggests research.

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31 August 2017

Giant spambot scooped up 711 million email addresses BBC News

A malware researcher has discovered a spamming operation that has been drawing on a list of 711.5 million email addresses.

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24 August 2017

Blockchains - Disruption and the Future of the Legal Profession Microsoft

Blockchain technology has been utilised for almost a decade and has propelled the cryptocurrency Bitcoin into ubiquity after its creation in 2008. However, even after all this time, we have barely scratched the surface of what blockchain technology is capable of bringing to the digital age. The colossal success of Bitcoin has led to a technological race to find the most lucrative and efficient ways of utilising blockchain technology in various industries. The legal profession is perfectly poised to reap the benefits of blockchain both as an integrator and as an advisor on the murky legal issues that will no doubt arise.

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The dilemma of the dark web: protecting neo-Nazis and dissidents alike The Guardian

The neo-Nazi site Daily Stormer finally crossed a line following the killing of a civil rights activist at a white supremacist rally it helped organise in Charlottesville, Virginia: a blogpost attacking victim Heather Heyer lead to it being chased from the web, first by technology companies who steadily refused to provide service, then by hackers who tried to crash the site.

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23 August 2017

Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual Currency New York Times

Hackers have discovered that one of the most central elements of online security — the mobile phone number — is also one of the easiest to steal.

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22 August 2017

To Sue Founder of Daily Stormer, a Neo-Nazi Site, First He Must Be Found New York Times

For the past five months, a group of litigants has been trying to hold Andrew Anglin, the founder of the neo-Nazi website The Daily Stormer, to account for some of his actions. It has not been easy.

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21 August 2017

If Only a Simple Gadget Rating Could Save Us from Cyberattack MIT Technology Review

Suggestions that a security score be awarded to connected devices is a lovely idea that would be almost impossible to implement.

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17 August 2017

A running list of websites and apps that have banned, blocked, deleted, and otherwise dropped white supremacists Quartz

Last weekend’s “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ostensibly a protest against the removal of a Confederate monument, drew hate groups that included neo-Nazis, Ku Klux Klan members, white supremacists, and gun-wielding militias. The rally turned violent shortly after it began on the evening of August 11, when counter-protestors and rally attendees clashed with one another. The violence continued throughout the weekend, leaving one woman dead after a man drove his car at full speed into a large group of counter-protestors.

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09 August 2017

UK organisations could face huge fines for cyber security failures The Guardian

British organisations could face fines of up to £17m, or 4% of global turnover, if they fail to take measures to prevent cyber-attacks that could result in major disruption to services such as transport, health or electricity networks.

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04 August 2017

Europe's Cyber Victims Are Racking Up Hundreds of Millions in Costs Reuters

Global hackers have unleashed a brace of attacks in recent months, but while their haul in bitcoin has been paltry, the revenue hit to companies infected is reaching into the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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03 August 2017

Here's what's on the dark web: Child snuff videos, WMD recipes and your details Australian Financial Review

An internet realm known as the dark web was once promoted as a safe haven for political dissidents and libertarians worldwide, and financed partly by the State Department. But it has turned into a criminal cesspool.

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'Anonymous' browsing data can be easily exposed, German researchers reveal The Guardian

A judge’s porn preferences and the medication used by a German MP were among the personal data uncovered by two German researchers who acquired the “anonymous” browsing habits of more than three million German citizens.

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30 July 2017

Cyber-crime 'undermining' financial system warns Black Economy boss Australian Financial Review

Biometric methods of identification must be urgently and widely adopted to prevent the banking and financial services sectors being "systemically undermined" by rampant identity theft, the former global chief of KPMG now heading the nation's powerful Black Economy Taskforce has warned.

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23 July 2017

Dark web master thwarted by love of cash and bling Australian Financial Review

Users of AlphaBay, the dark net marketplace selling everything from heroin to stolen identities, first started to suspect on the evening of July 4 that there was something awry.

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22 July 2017

Why cyberattacks could be war crimes World Economic Forum

Cyberattacks are the new normal, but, when they come from abroad, they can raise panic about an invisible cyberwar. If international conflicts are unavoidable, isn’t a cyberwar better than a physical war with bombs and bullets?

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21 July 2017

Dark web marketplaces AlphaBay and Hansa shut down The Guardian

AlphaBay and Hansa – two of the largest “dark web” marketplaces for illegal and illicit items such as drugs and guns – have been shut down, the US Justice Department said on Thursday.

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17 July 2017

Global cyber attack could spur $53 billion in losses: Lloyd's of London Reuters

A major, global cyber attack could trigger an average of $53 billion of economic losses, a figure on par with a catastrophic natural disaster such as U.S. Superstorm Sandy in 2012, Lloyd's of London said in a report on Monday.

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07 July 2017

Lasting Damage and a Search for Clues in Cyberattack New York Times

As investigators continue to gather clues about the cyberattacks that hit computers around the world last week, some big companies and other organizations are still reckoning with the damage.

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06 July 2017

U.N. survey finds cybersecurity gaps everywhere except Singapore Reuters

Singapore has a near-perfect approach to cybersecurity, but many other rich countries have holes in their defenses and some poorer countries are showing them how it should be done, a U.N. survey showed on Wednesday.

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04 July 2017

'NotPetya' malware attacks could warrant retaliation, says Nato researcher The Guardian

The NotPetya malware that wiped computers at organisations including Maersk, Merck and the Ukrainian government in June “could count as a violation of sovereignty”, according to a legal researcher at Nato’s cybersecurity division.

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01 July 2017

Canadian ruling dictating Google's worldwide search results is far from unprecedented The Hill

A little over 20 years ago, Grateful Dead lyricist John Perry Barlow penned a manifesto that served as the basic blueprint for Silicon Valley cyber-libertarian ideology for two decades. Premised on the notion that the Internet (capitalized here since Barlow definitely treated it as a space rather than as a tool for communication), freed from government interference and the application of laws, would produce a more perfect society in which disputes would be resolved through dialogue rather than force or mandate, he famously wrote in his 1996 Declaration of Independence of Cyberspace.

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30 June 2017

Three ways the 'NotPetya' cyberattack is more complex than WannaCry The Conversation

The WannaCry ransomware was barely out of the headlines when another cyberattack took down computer systems around the world.

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29 June 2017

Ransomware attack 'not designed to make money', researchers claim The Guardian

A ransomware attack that affected at least 2,000 individuals and organisations worldwide on Tuesday appears to have been deliberately engineered to damage IT systems rather than extort funds, according to security researchers.

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28 June 2017

What is the Petya ransomware attack, and how can it be stopped? The Guardian

Many organizations in Europe and the US have been crippled by a ransomware attack dubbed “Petya”. The malicious software has spread through large firms including the advertiser WPP, food company Mondelez, legal firm DLA Piper and Danish shipping and transport firm Maersk, leading to PCs and data being locked up and held for ransom.

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Cyberattack Hits Ukraine Then Spreads Internationally New York Times

Computer systems from Ukraine to the United States were struck on Tuesday in an international cyberattack that was similar to a recent assault that crippled tens of thousands of machines worldwide.

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