Category Archives: Cybercrime

The ‘most serious’ security breach ever is unfolding right now. Here’s what you need to know.

On Dec. 9, word of a newly discovered computer bug in a hugely popular piece of computer code started rippling around the cybersecurity community. By the next day, nearly every major software company was in crisis mode, trying to figure out how their products were affected and how they could patch the hole.

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INterpol: More than 1,000 arrests and $27m intercepted in massive financial crime crackdown

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[news release] An operation coordinated by INTERPOL codenamed HAECHI-II saw police arrest more than 1,000 individuals and intercept a total of nearly US$27 million of illicit funds, underlining the global threat of cyber-enabled financial crime.

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DDoS attacks in Q3 grow by 24%, become more sophisticated: Kaspersky

[news release] When compared to Q3 2020, the total number of Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks increased by nearly 24%, while the total number of smart attacks (advanced DDoS attacks that are often targeted) increased by 31% when compared to the same period last year. Some of the most notable targets were tools to fight the pandemic, government organizations, game developers, and well-known cybersecurity publications.

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TLD/Registrar Updates: Detecting Fake .BE Web Shops; Afnic Reappointed .FR Registry; .NL COVID Bump Stays; .PY Turns 30; .РФ Photo Contest and Swedish Regulator Ends .SE Supervision plus Tucows Buys UNR

DNS Belgium have published an interview with a student whose Master’s thesis was on detecting fake web shops in the .be domain with machine learning.

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CIRA teams up with ScamAdviser to warn online shoppers against potential fraudulent sites

The surge in online purchases seen since the beginning of the pandemic also means Canadians are more exposed to scams popping up online. To help combat the growth in scams CIRA, the .CA registry, announce a partnership with ScamAdviser, a global leader in anti-scam technology, to integrate protection against fraudulent websites into CIRA Canadian Shield. This added layer of protection will safeguard Canadians’ families against online scams and fraudulent websites.

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ICANN Holding Informational Panel Discussion on DNS Abuse Pre ICANN72

The domain name industry is beginning to take Domain Name System (DNS) abuse seriously. And over the last few years it’s become a topic frequently addressed at ICANN meetings these days. This week ICANN announced they would be holding an informational session on DNS abuse with the Board and a panel of senior Internet security professionals before the ICANN72 meeting.

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People On The Move: Rick Wilhelm Appointed as PIR’s Chief Technology Officer

Public Interest Registry (PIR) Monday announced Rick Wilhelm has been appointed the company’s Chief Technology Officer. The appointment comes as the .org steward builds out what they’re describing as “a technology vision and framework that mission-driven organisations can rely upon to serve communities and make the world a better place.”

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