Category Archives: Cybercrime

Hidden costs, manipulation, forced continuity: report reveals how Australian consumers are being duped online

Australian consumers’ choices on websites and apps are being manipulated through online designs taking advantage of their weaknesses. That’s according to research on consumers’ online experiences and the presentation of websites and apps, released today by the Consumer Policy Research Centre (CPRC).

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Ransomware threat rises: Verizon 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report

[news release] The Verizon Business 2022 Data Breach Investigations Report (2022 DBIR) examines an unprecedented year in cybersecurity history, and sheds light on some of the leading issues affecting the international cybersecurity landscape. 

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Domain Names Registered in China Jump 4.5 Million in 12 Months to 34 Million: CNNIC Annual Report

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There were 35.93 million domain names registered within China as of the end of 2021, up more than 4.5 million in 12 months, from 31.36 million, according to the English version of the 49th Statistical Report on China’s Internet Development published in April.

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Cloudflare Disrupts Largest DDoS Attack Over HTTPS Ever Recorded

Cloudflare’s systems recently automatically detected and mitigated a 15.3 million request-per-second (rps) DDoS attack — one of the largest HTTPS DDoS attacks on record, the cybersecurity company announced in a blog post last week.

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.EU Adds 175,000 New Registrations in Q1 While ‘Ukraine’ Added To Malicious Domain Registration Checks

There were 174,903 new .eu domain name registrations in the first quarter of 2021 taking the overall total registrations in the European ccTLD to 3,724,513, according to EURid’s Q1 2022 Progress Report [pdf] released last week. Three countries led the way with Luxembourg showing an increase in registrations of 7.4% for the quarter, Portugal (4.5%) and Liechtenstein (2.8%).

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CENTR Critical of EC’s Study on DNS Abuse

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DNS Abuse has become an issue the domain name industry is beginning to give the attention it deserves. In February 2021 attention to it was ramped up when the Public Interest Registry, the team behind .org, launched the DNS Abuse Institute. Prior to this the issue was bubbling along being discussed regularly at ICANN meetings and elsewhere.

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How Ukraine’s Internet is still working despite Russian bombs and cyberattacks: Constant work by telecom workers, wrong predictions are among reasons.

A young girl singing “Let it Go” from Disney’s Frozen movie in a bomb shelter. A Ukrainian band in full combat gear offering to live-stream with pop star Ed Sheeran. And shots of civilians climbing on Russian tanks to brazenly wave the Ukrainian flag.

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Facebook, Instagram parent company Meta sued over ‘scam ads’ featuring Dick Smith, David Koch

Australia’s consumer watchdog is suing Facebook’s parent company, Meta, alleging it failed to take action against scammers on its social media platform.

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As Tanks Rolled Into Ukraine, So Did Malware. Then Microsoft Entered the War.

Last Wednesday, a few hours before Russian tanks began rolling into Ukraine, alarms went off inside Microsoft’s Threat Intelligence Center, warning of a never-before-seen piece of “wiper” malware that appeared aimed at the country’s government ministries and financial institutions.

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