Legal & Security

09 January 2018

Cybersecurity Today Is Treated Like Accounting Before Enron New York Times

Last week, we learned that researchers had discovered two major flaws in microprocessors of nearly all the world’s computers. The revelation came on the heels of a distressing series of major hacks: In 2017, Yahoo revealed that all of its three billion accounts were compromised, WannaCry ransomware shut down hospitals across the globe, and an Equifax breach affected approximately 145.5 million consumers in the United States. The latest news about the computer security problems — whose names, “Spectre” and “Meltdown,” appropriately convey their seriousness — is just the latest evidence that true digital security remains out of our reach.

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31 December 2017

More trouble for the 'Nigerian prince': Louisiana police say they caught scam's middle man. Washington Post

Most people with an email address have likely heard of or been targeted by this scam or some variations of it. A person claiming to be a Nigerian prince tells you that you’re the beneficiary in someone’s will.

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22 December 2017

Crooks Switch from Ransomware to Cryptocurrency Mining Threat Post

Criminals behind the VenusLocker ransomware have switched to cryptocurrency mining in their latest campaign targeting computer users in South Korea. Instead of attempting to infect targeted computers with ransomware, the group is now trying to install malware on PCs that mines for Monero, an open-source cryptocurrency.

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19 December 2017

U.S. blames North Korea for 'WannaCry' cyber attack Reuters

The Trump administration has publicly blamed North Korea for unleashing the so-called WannaCry cyber attack that crippled hospitals, banks and other companies across the globe earlier this year.

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17 December 2017

How the Pentagon's cyber offensive against ISIS could shape the future for elite U.S. forces Washington Post

The U.S. military has conducted cyber attacks against the Islamic State for more than a year, and its record of success when those attacks are coordinated with elite Special Operations troops is such that the Pentagon is likely carry out similar operations with greater frequency, according to current and former U.S. defense officials.

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14 December 2017

Billions of video site visitors unwittingly mine cryptocurrency as they watch The Guardian

Each month almost one billion visitors to four popular video sites are being unwittingly forced to mine cryptocurrency, according to a report on the practice of so called cryptojacking.

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13 December 2017

Threat of Phishing Attacks Increases With Bitcoin Price Hike Security Intelligence

A surge in the value of bitcoin has been accompanied by a rise in the risk of phishing attacks against the infrastructure that supports the cryptocurrency ecosystem.

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05 December 2017

Tech consortium flags 40,000 videos, images as extremist content Reuters

A consortium of tech companies including Facebook Inc, Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter Inc said on Monday a database it created to identify extremist content now contains more than 40,000 videos or images.

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Bitcoin: UK and EU plan crackdown amid crime and tax evasion fears Reuters

The UK and other EU governments are planning a crackdown on bitcoin amid growing concerns that the digital currency is being used for money laundering and tax evasion.

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29 November 2017

Dark web drug market growing rapidly in Europe: report Reuters

The illegal drug trade on the dark web is growing rapidly, despite authorities shutting down major market sites like AlphaBay, as crime gangs diversify and seek new clients online, a report by two European Union agencies warned on Tuesday.

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Cybersecurity Tips to Help Retailers and Consumers Stay Secure During the Holiday Season Security Intelligence

It’s time to take advantage of all those holiday specials and spend all your hard-earned bitcoin — er, I mean money — buying gifts for friends, family and, of course, yourself. Many retailers, large and small, online and brick-and-mortar, run holiday promotions as early as September. Gone are the days of waiting until Black Friday or Cyber Monday to take advantage of sales and specials.

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28 November 2017

Revenge Porn Laws in Europe, U.S. And Beyond Newsweek

Revenge porn is the unauthorized and malicious dissemination of intimate images or videos on the internet. The victim is usually naked or engaging in a sexual act. In most cases, the material will originally have been taken with the subject’s consent, often by a partner on a camera phone.

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Hackers Put Porn In ISIS Propaganda Newsweek

A group of young Iraqi hackers launched an online operation against the Islamic State this weekend by sticking pornography into the terrorist group’s propaganda.

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23 November 2017

Uber faces slew of investigations in wake of 'outrageous' data hack cover-up The Guardian

Uber is facing government scrutiny around the world in the wake of its admission it concealed a massive data breach affecting 57 million drivers and passengers.

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22 November 2017

Uber Paid Hackers to Delete Stolen Data on 57 Million People Bloomberg

Hackers stole the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers from Uber Technologies Inc., a massive breach that the company concealed for more than a year. This week, the ride-hailing firm ousted its chief security officer and one of his deputies for their roles in keeping the hack under wraps, which included a $100,000 payment to the attackers.

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12 November 2017

DomainTools: Majority of Consumers Aware of Online Publishing Scams, Yet Still May Fall Victim This Cyber Monday DomainTools

[news release] DomainTools, the leader in domain name and DNS-based cyber threat intelligence, today released the findings of its 2017 Cyber Monday Phishing Survey. The survey results highlighted that two in five U.S. consumers have fallen victim to an online phishing attack, despite the fact that 91 percent are aware of the existence of these spoofed websites or emails of trusted brands. As the holiday shopping season approaches, 92 percent of all consumers shop online and about half are planning to shop online on Cyber Monday, exposing an opportunity for malicious hackers to strike. DomainTools has illustrated its key findings in an infographic.

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09 November 2017

Fast-growing cyber crime threatens financial sector: Europol Reuters

The “remorseless” growth of cyber crime is leading to 4,000 ransom attacks a day and gangs’ technological capability now threatens critical parts of the financial sector, the head of Europol said on Wednesday.

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IoT is Insecure, Get Over It! Say Researchers Threat Post

Noted security experts Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek said the Internet of Things can’t be secure, but it can be tamed.

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08 November 2017

Research Shows Rise in Global DDoS Attacks Security Intelligence

Distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks are on the rise globally. According to researchers from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, University of California, San Diego and Saarland University in Germany, one-third of all networks active on the internet have experienced a DDoS attack at some point over the last two years, SecurityWeek reported.

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Re:scam - $12 billion is lost globally to phishing scams every year. It's time we fought back. Netsafe

Introducing Re:scam – an artificially intelligent email bot made to reply to scam emails. Re:scam wastes scammers time with a never-ending series of questions and anecdotes so that scammers have less time to pursue real people.

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06 November 2017

Smuggled, Beaten and Drugged: The Illicit Global Ape Trade New York Times

The sting began, as so many things do these days, on social media.

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27 October 2017

Criminals try message apps to evade dark web crackdown: report Reuters

A police crackdown on dark web markets such as AlphaBay and Hansa is driving cyber criminals to use mobile messaging apps to locate anonymous new hideouts from which to operate, a report by security researchers published on Wednesday showed.

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17 October 2017

'All wifi networks' are vulnerable to hacking, security expert discovers The Guardian

The security protocol used to protect the vast majority of wifi connections has been broken, potentially exposing wireless internet traffic to malicious eavesdroppers and attacks, according to the researcher who discovered the weakness.

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The World Once Laughed at North Korean Cyberpower. No More. New York Times

When North Korean hackers tried to steal $1 billion from the New York Federal Reserve last year, only a spelling error stopped them. They were digitally looting an account of the Bangladesh Central Bank, when bankers grew suspicious about a withdrawal request that had misspelled “foundation” as “fandation.”

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10 October 2017

British spy boss says cyber security as important as fighting terrorism Reuters

Protecting Britain from cyber crime is as important as defending it against terrorism, the head of Britain’s GCHQ spy agency said on Monday.

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