Legal & Security

23 September 2018

Pirate Sites Not Major Malware Risk After Forbes

Copyright-infringing websites and streaming services aren't a major source of malware, a new EU report has concluded.

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20 September 2018

INTERPOL-Europol conference calls for global response to cybercrime Europol

Cyber experts from law enforcement, the private sector and academia have gathered in Singapore this week to devise strategies for promoting the global cybersecurity agenda.

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15 ways you could be the next victim of cybercrime Europol

Cybercriminals are adopting creative new techniques to target their victims at an unprecedented pace and are constantly seeking methods to avoid law enforcement detection. To stay ahead of them, law enforcement should target cybercriminals offering “off-the-shelf” cyber-attack services or products to make it more difficult for low-level cybercriminals to carry out high-level attacks.

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14 September 2018

Cyber attacks cost German industry almost $50 billion: study Reuters

Two thirds of Germany’s manufacturers have been hit by cyber-crime attacks, costing industry in Europe’s largest economy some €43 billion ($50 billion), according to a survey published by Germany’s IT sector association on Thursday.

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29 August 2018

ThreatList: Ransomware Attacks Down, Fileless Malware Up in 2018 Threat Post

The first half of 2018 saw an uptick in fileless malware attacks and a downturn in ransomware attacks, for now.

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28 August 2018

Microsoft Embraces Role as Anti-Hacking Enforcer Bloomberg

As U.S. elections loom, Microsoft is emerging as a leading foe of Russian hacking and meddling in the democratic process, setting it apart from some of its biggest tech counterparts, including Facebook and Twitter, which have been playing catch-up since 2016 in the fight against foreign interference.

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26 August 2018

Unpicking the cyber-crime economy BBC News

Turning virtual cash into real money without being caught is a big problem for successful cyber-criminals.

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Tech firms step up to confront online threats. But some ask, what about the White House? Washington Post

Technology giants increasingly are casting themselves as defenders of online integrity as American democracy, yet again, comes under attack. A recent string of revelations from companies including Facebook, Microsoft and Google about foreign hacking and disinformation amount to a public answer to charges that the technology industry should have done more to thwart Russia’s online attacks in 2016.

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24 August 2018

ThreatList: $1.1M is Lost to Cybercrime Every Minute of Every Day Threat Post

Every 60 seconds, $1.1 million is lost to cyberattacks. That staggering stat comes to us by way of RiskIQ, which compiled proprietary and third-party research to crunch numbers around malicious activity. The resulting report, the appropriately named “Evil Internet Minute,” paints a stark picture of the cost of cybercrime.

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21 August 2018

Honeypot pornography lawyer pleads guilty BBC News

A US lawyer could be jailed for up to 10 years for helping to upload porn films to file-sharing sites and then sue people who downloaded them.

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Microsoft says it has found a Russian operation targeting U.S. political institutions Washington Post

A group affiliated with the Russian government created phony versions of six websites — including some related to public policy and to the U.S. Senate — with the apparent goal of hacking into the computers of people who were tricked into visiting, according to Microsoft, which said Monday night that it discovered and disabled the fake sites.

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19 August 2018

How risky is the Internet? Researchers say 42% Kaspersky

When you visit a website, you can open your computer to a lot more danger than you might think. All sites load their own content, some load ads served by an ad network, some load content served by other sites, and some load services hosted by other sites. Often, you’re receiving a pretty motley assortment of visible and invisible code.

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14 August 2018

Why some computer viruses refuse to die BBC News

There are zombies on the internet - odd, undead lumps of code that roam endlessly seeking and finding fresh victims to infect that help keep the whole ugly horde staggering on, and on.

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11 August 2018

Hackers cause most data breaches, but accidents by normal people aren't far behind ABC News

Have you ever had your personal information leaked on the internet? Maybe it was something you purchased online from a website, only to find out that the company was hacked months later? If the answer is “yes”, you probably want to know whether the breach was reported and dealt with.

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Warning over satellite security bugs BBC News

Satellite systems used on aircraft, ships and by the military contain bugs that could let hackers take control of them, a security researcher has warned.

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08 August 2018

German couple jailed for selling son to paedophiles on dark net BBC News

A woman who sold her son to paedophiles on the dark net has been jailed for 12 years and six months by a court in southern Germany.

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01 August 2018

If we fight cyberattacks alone, we're doomed to fail by Eugene Kaspersky The Guardian

The safety of our online lives has become increasingly important. Whether it be interference in elections, attacks by hostile forces, or online fraud, the security of the web feels fragile. Cybersecurity has reached a crossroads and we need to decide where it goes next. The outcome will touch each of us – will we pay more and yet still be less safe? Will we face higher insurance premiums and bank charges to cover the rising number of cyber-incidents? We stand in the middle of a storm – not just a geopolitical one, but a cyberpolitical one. It feels as if no one trusts anyone any more, and suspicion and confusion reign across our delicate cyberworld. Which way do we turn?

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26 July 2018

In cyber, Germany needs to counter-attack, minister says Reuters

Germany is considering laws that would let it respond actively to foreign cyber-attacks, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer as he presented a domestic intelligence agency report showing Iran was the latest power to ramp up hack attacks on German systems.

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19 July 2018

DDoS Attacks Get Bigger, Smarter and More Diverse Threat Post

Distributed denial of service attacks, bent on taking websites offline by overwhelming domains or specific application infrastructure with massive traffic flows, continue to pose a major challenge to businesses of all stripes. Being knocked offline impacts revenue, customer service and basic business functions – and worryingly, the bad actors behind these attacks are honing their approaches to become ever more successful over time.

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05 July 2018

Another day, another data breach - what to do when it happens to you The Conversation

Reports of data breaches are an increasingly common occurrence. In recent weeks, Ticketmaster, HealthEngine, PageUp and the Tasmanian Electoral Commission have all reported breaches.

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04 July 2018

Commonwealth takes strong stance against cybercrime with landmark declaration The Commonwealth

Commonwealth countries have unanimously committed to take action on cybersecurity between now and 2020, following a landmark declaration.

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27 June 2018

McAfee Labs Sees Criminals "Infect and Collect" in Cryptocurrency Mining Surge McAfee Labs

McAfee, the device-to-cloud cybersecurity company, today released its McAfee Labs Threats Report: June 2018, examining the growth and trends of new malware, ransomware, and other threats in Q1 2018. McAfee Labs saw on average five new threat samples every second, including growth in cryptojacking and other cryptocurrency mining malware, and notable campaigns demonstrating a deliberate drive to technically improve upon the most sophisticate established attacks of 2017.

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Checking In Halfway: The McAfee Labs 2018 Threats Predictions McAfee Labs

Time flies when you’re fighting cybercrime. Now that’s not exactly how the phrase goes, but for us at McAfee, it’s hard to believe that we’re already almost halfway through 2018. It seems like just yesterday we were predicting the types of cyberthreats we would see throughout this year with our McAfee Labs 2018 Threats Predictions Report.

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25 June 2018

Inside the bunkers and war rooms where major banks wage nightly battle on the frontline of cyber war ABC News

On Tuesday night, the Westpac Bank was under threat from a cyber attack. It was all hands on deck in the bank's Coordination Centre.

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18 June 2018

Protecting Google from defamation is worth seriously considering The Conversation

It has been a huge week for defamation law. Last Thursday, the NSW Government announced a push to reform Australia’s uniform defamation laws. It is calling for a “cyber-age reboot”. That proposal was backed by a “statutory review” of the NSW Defamation Act. At a meeting of the Council of Attorneys-General, the states and territories agreed to reconvene a working party to consider reform of equivalent statutes around Australia.

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