Legal & Security

26 June 2017

2016 Internet Crime Report: FBI's IC3 Releases Annual Report Highlighting Trends in Internet Crime FBI

Giving someone access to your computer is like giving out a key to your front door. A computer can have your bank account information, family photos, and other private documents and data—information that fraudsters would like to steal. That’s why tech support fraud has become a significant trend in online crime, according to the 2016 Internet Crime Report from the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3).

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23 June 2017

Fake online stores reveal gamblers' shadow banking system Reuters

A network of dummy online stores offering household goods has been used as a front for internet gambling payments, a Reuters examination has found.

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22 June 2017

Losses from cyber crimes rose 24 percent to $1.33 billion in 2016: FBI report Reuters

Losses from cyber crimes rose 24 percent in 2016 to over $1.33 billion, according to a report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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21 June 2017

Germany Raids Homes of 36 People Accused of Hateful Postings Over Social Media New York Times

In a coordinated campaign across 14 states, the German police on Tuesday raided the homes of 36 people accused of hateful postings over social media, including threats, coercion and incitement to racism.

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19 June 2017

Locked Shields: The world's largest cyber-war game Al Jazeera

Things are bad on the small island nation of Berylia after a diplomatic row with Crimsonia, its bigger neighbour and rival. There are street protests by the Crimsonian minority in Berylia, which then suffers a wave of cyber-attacks that make it lose control of its drones and its only international airbase.

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WannaCry ransomware attack 'linked to North Korea' The Guardian

Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has reportedly attributed the WannaCry malware, which affected the NHS and other organisations worldwide in May, to the North Korean-affiliated hacking team Lazarus Group.

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13 June 2017

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS New York Times

America’s fast-growing ranks of secret cyberwarriors have in recent years blown up nuclear centrifuges in Iran and turned to computer code and electronic warfare to sabotage North Korea’s missile launches, with mixed results.

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07 June 2017

Ponzi Scheme Meets Ransomware for a Doubly Malicious Attack New York Times

The first message to pop up on the computer screen let the victims know they had been hacked. The second message gave them a way out.

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02 June 2017

World heading towards 'permanent cyber war', France warns The Independent

The world is heading towards a “permanent war” in cyberspace, the head of France’s digital security agency has warned.

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30 May 2017

WannaCry ransom notice analysis suggests Chinese link BBC News

New analysis suggests Chinese-speaking criminals may have been behind the WannaCry ransomware that affected thousands of organisations worldwide.

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29 May 2017

Hackers Hide Cyberattacks in Social Media Posts New York Times

It took only one attempt for Russian hackers to make their way into the computer of a Pentagon official. But the attack didn’t come through an email or a file buried within a seemingly innocuous document.

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25 May 2017

Cybersleuths Unearth More Clues Linking WannaCry to North Korea Bloomberg

Cybersecurity researchers at Symantec Corp. and FireEye Inc. have uncovered more evidence tying this month’s WannaCry global ransomware attacks to North Korea.

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24 May 2017

North Korea's Unit 180, the cyber warfare cell that worries the West Reuters

North Korea's main spy agency has a special cell called Unit 180 that is likely to have launched some of its most daring and successful cyber attacks, according to defectors, officials and internet security experts.

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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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