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Forensics lab will help police tackle cyber criminals

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Australian Federal Police have plans for a multi-million-dollar forensic centre which will target cyber criminals. The project is expected to be complete by the end of 2015. Work on the $106 million laboratory in Majura officially began on Thursday, several hours after the police confirmed an apparent cyber attack on… Read more »

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Privacy concern as hi-tech adverts are installed in Tesco

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Supermarket giant Tesco have teamed up with digital signage company Amscreen in order to install hundreds of hi-tech advertising screens which will be able to detect the face, gender and age of shoppers. These screens will also monitor how long the customer spends engaged with the advertisement. The “OptimEyes” system… Read more »

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Data from contactless payment cards can be stolen

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Card use in stores has started to evolve from chip and pin to wave and go. Customers are able to simply wave their card in order to complete a transaction without inputting any data or providing a signature. Customers can tap or hold a card near to the reader and… Read more »

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Data protection reforms delayed until 2015

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New EU data protection rules and a new cyber security framework are to be verified by the beginning of 2015 despite many believing the reforms would be finalised by May next year, in time for the European Parliamentary elections. However, data protection experts have commented on the decision to delay the… Read more »

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Artificial intelligence can crack Captcha security

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US firm Vicarious has developed software which can “think and learn like a human” with algorithms which can mimic the processes of the human brain. The company has used its software, named “Recursive Cortical Network software,” to solve Captcha tests which are commonly used as a security measure to detect… Read more »

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NCA arrest UK man for hacking US military and government networks

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A 28-year-old British man from Suffolk has been arrested on suspicion of hacking into the US army and US government networks. The National Crime Agency [NCA] arrested the man under the Computer Misuse Act as he is suspected of “network intrusion offences.” v3 reports that the head of the NCA’S… Read more »

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Cybercrime is costing South Africa R1bn per year

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South Africa has been listed by the FBI as the sixth most active country where cybercrime takes place. As cybercrime grows exponentially, it is thought that the proceeds from cybercrime will soon outweigh those from all other crime in the country combined. Cybercrime is particularly widespread in South Africa due… Read more »

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Dick Cheney’s terror attack fears result in heart implant modification

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Former Vice President Dick Cheney has revealed that he once feared that terrorists could use the electrical device that had been implanted next to his heart as a means of assassination. The device was wireless and therefore open to security threat. After years of heart trouble, including the first of five… Read more »

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Clerical error lands MoJ with a £140k fine

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The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) have fined the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) £140k due to a clerical error which led to the personal details of 1,000 prisoners being leaked via email to three of the inmates’ families. The error was only discovered after one of the recipients contacted the prison…. Read more »

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Snapchat hit by hacker app

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Snapchat has been one of the leading sharing apps for iPhone and Android products since its release in 2011. The Snapchat app allows users to share videos and photographs that could not be saved by the recipient. Recipients would have a limited amount of time to view the image before… Read more »

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