Legal & Security

11 November 2014

Dark net raids were 'overblown' by police, says Tor Project BBC News

The impact of raids on so-called "dark net" websites has been "way overblown" by police, according to the group responsible for the Tor browser.

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10 November 2014

New data analysis centre in Adelaide to tackle terrorism and crime risks ABC News

A new national data research centre in Adelaide will help tackle terrorism and online crime risks by supporting the work of defence and national security agencies.

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08 November 2014

Huge raid to shut down 400-plus dark net sites [updated] BBC News

Silk Road 2.0 and 400 other sites operating on the Tor network - a part of the internet unreachable via traditional search engines - have been shut down.

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05 November 2014

Six types of killer use Facebook to commit crimes, says study The Guardian

Researchers at Birmingham City University have identified six types of killer who use Facebook to commit crimes, in the first-ever study on how the social networking site can affect criminal behaviour.

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31 October 2014

Nato frontline in life-or-death war on cyber-terrorists The Guardian

It's been a busy week in the skies above Europe's periphery, as Nato has repeatedly scrambled jets to track "unusual" sorties by Russian bombers.

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30 October 2014

Biggest ever cyber security exercise in Europe today ENISA

More than 200 organisations and 400 cyber-security professionals from 29 European countries are testing their readiness to counter cyber-attacks in a day-long simulation, organised by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).

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Internet experts see 'major cyber attacks' increasing over next decade The Guardian

Cyber attacks on countries and corporations are likely to increase in the next decade, according to a majority of internet experts surveyed for a new report by the US-based Pew Research Center.

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27 October 2014

One-Third of Top Websites Restrict Customers' Right to Sue New York Times

Walk into the grocery store, and you can sue if a clumsy clerk drops a box on your head. But what happens if a website leaks your personal data? Or if an online retailer misleads you about the cost of a purchase? Depending on the site you're visiting, your legal rights are murkier.

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23 October 2014

Cybercrime now becoming a serious problem for many Britons The Guardian

Many Britons have been the victim of a cybercrime such as identity theft, hacking or abuse on social media, new research has found. UK losses from online fraud are now running at more than £670m a year, though with many cases going unreported, the true economic cost is likely to be significantly higher.

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21 October 2014

Identity crime costing Australia $1.6b every year, govt says Computerworld

The economic impact of identity crime on Australia is costing the country up to $1.6 billion each year, according to a new report by the federal Attorney General's Department.

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20 October 2014

Kim Dotcom must reveal his wealth to Hollywood studios The Guardian

Kim Dotcom will have to reveal how much money he has after losing a bid to keep his assets a secret from five Hollywood film studios.

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14 October 2014

Small group of Russian 'kingpin' hackers responsible for majority of cyber attacks, Europol says ABC News

The global campaign to catch cyber criminals has narrowed its focus to a small number of highly skilled programmers mostly operating in Russia.

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11 October 2014

Only 100 cybercrime brains worldwide says Europol boss BBC News

There are only "around 100" cybercriminal kingpins behind global cybercrime, according to the head of Europol's Cybercrime Centre.

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07 October 2014

Revenge porn could lead to 14-year sentence in UK, new guidelines clarify The Guardian

The most serious cases of revenge pornography - putting sexually explicit images of former partners online - should be prosecuted under laws which carry a maximum sentence of 14 years, new guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service suggests.

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04 October 2014

Why do Internet trolls troll? They might be sadists Salon

As an Internet writer, I have seen no end to the cruelty that stems from the promise of anonymity. For seemingly benign articles, I have attracted the foulest vitriol from hundreds of commenters, calling me ignorant, stupid, unqualified and more profane nicknames than I care to recall. Message boards like Reddit and 4chan attract the truly evil, where entire message threads exist to belittle and berate, or to raise opinions that are intentionally unpopular for their bigotry and violence (such as the subreddit that seriously addresses the benefits of rape).

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JPMorgan Chase Hack Affects 76 Million Households New York Times

A cyberattack this summer on JPMorgan Chase compromised the accounts of 76 million households and seven million small businesses, a tally that dwarfs previous estimates by the bank and puts the intrusion among the largest ever.

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30 September 2014

Europe's police need data law changes to fight cybercrime - Europol Reuters

Law enforcers in Europe need greater powers to retain data for longer in order to catch cybercriminals selling discrete services that police cannot trace under existing regulations, according to a Europol report published on Monday.

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Twitter intimidation not taken seriously enough by police, says UK's Stella Creasy The Guardian

The Labour MP Stella Creasy has said that online intimidation is not being taken sufficiently seriously by police despite the jailing of a "Twitter troll" who threatened to rape her.

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26 September 2014

Web attacks build on Shellshock bug BBC News

A series of attacks on websites and servers using the serious Shellshock bug has been spotted.

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25 September 2014

Bash software bug could be bigger threat than Heartbleed, experts warn The Guardian

A newly discovered security bug in a widely used piece of Linux software, known as Bash, could pose a bigger threat to computer users than the Heartbleed bug that surfaced in April, cyber experts have warned.

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23 September 2014

US regulator raises alarm for 'Armageddon-type' cyber attack The Guardian

After a year of prominent hackings of millions of US credit and debit cards, one of the top regulators regulators of the American financial system has said that the prospect of an "Armageddon-type cyber event" is one of the most significant issues he plans to address in the next year.

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18 September 2014

Warning over Isis cyber threat Financial Times

The Islamist militants who have seized almost a third of Iraq and Syria pose the next great cyber threat as terrorist organisations hoard cyber weaponry from underground markets, the chief executive of FireEye has warned.

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16 September 2014

System failures cause most large outages of electronic communications services according to a new ENISA report ENISA

The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) publishes today the third annual report about large-scale outages in the electronic communication sector. The Annual Incidents report 2013 provides an aggregated analysis of the security incidents in 2013 which caused severe outages. Most incidents reported to regulators and ENISA involved mobile internet and mobile telephony connections. The most frequent causes are system failures affecting mainly base stations and switches.

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Microsoft Implements URL Keyword Stuffing Spam Filtering For Bing Bing Blog

Microsoft have announced they implemented a specific spam filtering mechanism for their Bing search engine a few months ago that targets a common spam technique known as URL keyword stuffing (KWS.)

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15 September 2014

Dating websites focus of Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's crackdown on scammers ABC News

The consumer watchdog is today joining an international sweep of dating and romance websites in a bid to crackdown on unscrupulous practices.

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