Legal & Security

01 December 2016

Australian online dating scam victims hire hackers, private investigators to fight back ABC News

Cyber crime victims are hiring professional hackers and private investigators to get to the bottom of online scams that authorities refuse to touch.

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IoT Botnets Are Growing—and Up for Hire MIT Technology Review

The army of Internet-connected devices being corralled and controlled to take down online services is active, growing -- and up for grabs.

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30 November 2016

Deutsche Telekom attack part of global campaign on routers Reuters

A cyber attack that infected nearly 1 million routers used to access Deutsche Telekom internet service was part of a campaign targeting web-connected devices around the globe, the German government and security researchers said on Tuesday.

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27 November 2016

Has the internet become a failed state? The Observer

The internet was once a land of promise, with few fears about crime or privacy. Thirty years on, scammers, thieves and spies have created a place of chaos

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24 November 2016

Australian man sues Google for $750,000 over defamatory search results The Guardian

A Brisbane businessman has upped the ante in a defamation lawsuit against Google, seeking aggravated damages after the internet giant allegedly backflipped on its removal of search results highlighting online slurs against him.

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Internet trust at all time low; not enough being done to protect data, says Internet Society report Internet Society

The Internet Society has today released the findings from its 2016 Global Internet Report in which 59 percent of users admit they would likely not do business with a company which had suffered a data breach. Highlighting the extent of the data breach problem, the report makes key recommendations for building user trust in the online environment, stating that more needs to be done to protect online personal information.

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20 November 2016

Internet Society Highlights Rapid Internet Growth in Asia-Pacific; Points to Growing Online Security Challenge Internet Society

The Asia-Pacific region has experienced tremendous Internet growth in the past few years and is now home to the largest population of Internet users in the world. However, this rapid growth in Internet users brings with it a new set of challenges, warns the Internet Society, with security issues and their impact on user trust emerging as the existential threat to the future of the Internet.

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08 November 2016

China's Internet Controls Will Get Stricter, to Dismay of Foreign Business New York Times

In August, business groups around the world petitioned China to rethink a proposed cybersecurity law that they said would hurt foreign companies and further separate the country from the internet.

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06 November 2016

Crash testing: Recent attacks on the internet could be a prelude to far worse ones The Economist

"Someone is learning how to take down the internet." This was the headline of a blog post Bruce Schneier, a noted cyber-security expert, wrote in mid-September. It looked prescient when, on October 21st, Dynamic Network Services (Dyn), a firm that is part of the internet-address system, was disrupted by what is called a "distributed denial of service" (DDoS) attack. (Essentially, a DDoS floods servers with requests until they can no longer cope.) For hours, hundreds of sites were hard to reach, including those of Netflix, PayPal and Twitter.

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French teen gets suspended jail sentence for naming Wi-Fi network after Isis The Guardian

A French court has handed a three-month suspended jail sentence to a teenager who named his domestic Wi-Fi network after the Islamic State group, his lawyer said on Friday.

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04 November 2016

Why Light Bulbs May Be the Next Hacker Target New York Times

The so-called Internet of Things, its proponents argue, offers many benefits: energy efficiency, technology so convenient it can anticipate what you want, even reduced congestion on the roads.

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27 October 2016

DDoS attack that disrupted internet was largest of its kind in history, experts say The Guardian

The cyber-attack that brought down much of America's internet last week was caused by a new weapon called the Mirai botnet and was likely the largest of its kind in history, experts said.

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Trust isn't easy: Drawing an agenda from Friday's DDoS Attack and the Internet of Things by Mr. Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer Internet Society

Last week, millions of infected devices directed Internet traffic to DNS service provider Dyn, resulting in a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that took down major websites including Twitter, Amazon, Netflix, and more. In a recent blog post, security expert Bruce Schneier argued that "someone has been probing the defences of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet". This attack seems to be part of that trend.

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25 October 2016

U.S. takes aim at cyber attacks from connected devices as recalls mount Reuters

Obama administration officials sought on Monday to reassure the public that it was taking steps to counter new types of cyber attacks such as the one Friday that rendered Twitter, Spotify, Netflix and dozens of other major websites unavailable.

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23 October 2016

A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered by Everyday Devices New York Times

When surveillance cameras began popping up in the 1970s and '80s, they were welcomed as a crime-fighting tool, then as a way to monitor traffic congestion, factory floors and even baby cribs. Later, they were adopted for darker purposes, as authoritarian governments like China's used them to prevent challenges to power by keeping tabs on protesters and dissidents.

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22 October 2016

Hackers Used New Weapons to Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S. New York Times

Major websites were inaccessible to people across wide swaths of the United States on Friday after a company that manages crucial parts of the internet's infrastructure said it was under attack.

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20 October 2016

Stepping Up Security for an Internet-of-Things World New York Times

The vision of the so-called internet of things -- giving all sorts of physical things a digital makeover -- has been years ahead of reality. But that gap is closing fast.

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12 October 2016

Australian woman fights to have harmless selfie removed from 'parasite' porn sites ABC News

A young woman who had her photo stolen off social media and used in porn websites is calling on regulators to crack down on an emerging practice known as "parasite" or "morph" porn.

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07 October 2016

When Free Speech and German Law Collide on Facebook Der Spiegel

American authorities are fining companies like Volkswagen and Deutsche Bank billions of dollars for violating the law. In Germany, though, where Facebook is allowing mass violations of hate speech legislation, the government is letting the social media platform get away scot-free.

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04 October 2016

Fears of massive net attacks as code shared online BBC News

Computer code used to mount one of the biggest web attacks ever seen has been released online.

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02 October 2016

Cyber Security a Top Concern in Asia Pacific, says Internet Society Survey Internet Society

Online security is the area that warrants the most urgent attention from policymakers, according to the recently published Internet Society Survey on Policy Issues in Asia Pacific. The survey polled almost 2,000 end-users from across the region on their attitudes towards current Internet policy issues.

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01 October 2016

Prosecutors want worldwide crackdown on online sex trafficking The Guardian

Prosecutors from around the world say the fight against sex trafficking is moving online as traffickers use popular websites to advertise sexual services.

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29 September 2016

Europol report reveals rise in child sex abuse online BBC News

Sex offenders are using increasingly sophisticated techniques to target children online and investment is needed for the technologies to track them, Europe's police agency warns.

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28 September 2016

At your service: cyber criminals for hire to militants, EU says Reuters

Cybercriminals offering contract services for hire offer militant groups the means to attack Europe but such groups have yet to employ such techniques in major attacks, EU police agency Europol said on Wednesday.

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27 September 2016

The Democratization of Censorship Krebs On Security

... However, events of the past week have convinced me that one of the fastest-growing censorship threats on the Internet today comes not from nation-states, but from super-empowered individuals who have been quietly building extremely potent cyber weapons with transnational reach.

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