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Your toothbrush is watching you

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With the advent of the Internet of Things, intelligence agencies may soon be able to monitor our every movement – even the most private ones. The US Office of National Intelligence is already using six paradigms for collecting intelligence. They now have a new protocol called TEMPINT (temporal intelligence) which… Read more »

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Fake executive emails cost companies millions

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The spoofing of business executive email accounts is a lucrative business for hackers and an increasingly common practice, reports Brian Krebs. He tells the story of “Judy” who came dangerously close to losing her company $315,000 in cash after receiving an email from her boss asking her to wire the… Read more »

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Phone scams on sharp incline in last year

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Phone scamming is on a sharp incline with thieves tricking unsuspecting victims out of a staggering £23.9m in the last year. That’s up over 300% on the previous year, which netted scammers £7m. Financial Fraud Action, a group which runs fraud prevention for the financial services industry, thinks that almost… Read more »

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Cybercrime responsible for more than $445bn annual losses and recovery costs globally

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A new report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and sponsored by McAfee, part of Intel Security, shows the significant impact that cybercrime has on economies worldwide. The report concludes that cybercrime costs businesses approximately $445 billion worldwide (approximately £266 billion),with an impact on approximately 150,000 jobs in… Read more »

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US state to tighten laws against cyber harassment

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Cyber harassment could soon be considered a crime in the state of New Jersey. The crackdown on cybercrime could land offenders in jail for up to 18 months or issue them with a hefty fine of up to $10k. State senator, Donald Norcross wants to cover the ‘cyber loophole’ under current law… Read more »

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CryptoLocker holds users to ransom for their personal files

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A ransomware device named CryptoLocker encrypts users personal files and demands money for them to be unlocked. Whilst ransomware is not a new tactic in the cyber criminal world is has seen a stark resurgence in recent weeks. What’s more, while you will no longer be able open, read or… Read more »

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Hackers steal 376,000 credit card details from Irish firm LoyaltyBuild

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The Irish loyalty programme firm, Loyaltybuild have been hit by a hack attack which saw the loss of 376,000 customer full credit card details. According to investigatory results by the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (ODPC), credit card and – contrary to all payment storage rules – CVV details… Read more »

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Cyber crime chief warns dark web ‘will evolve’

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The UK’s cyber crime chief has warned that the “dark web” services used by criminals will continue to evolve in an attempt to evade authorities. Last week, notorious drugs market place the Silk Road was shut down after a lengthy investigation. Andy Archibald, interim head of the National Cyber Crime Unit… Read more »

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