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Criminal law is catching up

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Criminal law is scheduled to change in the coming months, with new crimes being included in the statute books such as revenge pornography and penalties for online trolling. This development is part of an ongoing review into internet-based crime, based on the realisation that the law urgently needs to catch… Read more »

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Macs vulnerable to new malware

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Apple Macs may be at risk from a malware which has originated from a company called HackingTeam who, amongst other products, produce surveillance software for governments. Ironically, HackingTeam was itself the subject of an attack in July last year where a large quantity of sensitive data was revealed, including the… Read more »

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Ransomware affecting hospital

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Attacks using ransomware is a growing trend amongst cyber criminals, and as such an increasing cyber security risk. In its simplest form, it is the practice of disabling a network or preventing access to it and demanding money in exchange for restored access. This can be devastating for commercial organisations… Read more »

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Personal data leaked from Department of Homeland Security

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An unidentified individual hacker has leaked a quantity of data relating to employees of the US government all located within the Department of Homeland Security, with a stark warning that the FBI is the next target on the list. The data was first sent to Motherboard, the well known technology… Read more »

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Charges brought in massive US financial hacking

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US prosecutors have brought charges against three men following a sustained hack attack, probably the largest in US history, over a three year period spanning 2012 to 2015. One of the alleged culprits is American Joshua Aaron and the remaining two are Israeli, Gery Shalon and Ziv Orenstein. A fourth… Read more »

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Hackers capitalising on future launch of Facebook’s “dislike” button

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Following the recent announcement by social media giant Facebook that it is planning on offering a “dislike” button, hackers and internet fraudsters have been quick to jump on the bandwagon. Facebook has not yet made this setting live, but cyber criminals are hard at work and already offering malware-laced versions… Read more »

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Hola accused of selling bandwidth to hackers

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The virtual private network service “Hola” has been accused of selling its users’ internet bandwidth to cyber criminals. This bandwidth is then used in botnets by the criminals to launch cyber attacks. Hola has millions of users, making the network rich pickings for cyber terrorists. The founder of the anonymous… Read more »

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Cyber extortion going nowhere but up

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Obtaining money by threatening to reveal information is a not a new phenomenon. Take, for example, the extortion demand issued against the Duke of Wellington in 1824 which gave rise to the famous phrase “publish and be damned”. Today, extortion is alive and well in the cyber world whether by… Read more »

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Target to pay out $10m following 2013 breach

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Following the large data breach it suffered in 2013, American department store Target has agreed to pay out $10m in damages to consumers. Pending court approval of the deal, each claimant will get up to $10,000. Part of the settlement also requires the company to improve its data security and… 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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