Legal & Security

03 May 2017

DDoS Attacks Can Cost Businesses Up to $2.5M Per Attack, Report Says Threat Post

The time to respond and mitigate DDoS attacks can be costly for companies, and some businesses can lose roughly $2.5 million on average per attack, a research report released today said.

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28 April 2017

Cybersecurity: is the office coffee machine watching you? The Guardian

Troubled by something deeply unethical going on at work? Or maybe you’re plotting to leak sensitive information on the company that just sacked you? Either way, you best think twice before making your next move because an all-seeing artificial intelligence might just be analysing every email you send, every file you upload, every room you scan into – even your coffee routine.

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11 April 2017

U.S. Accuses Russian Email Spammer of Vast Network of Fraud New York Times

Several years ago, federal agents traveled to Moscow to enlist the help of their Russian counterparts in arresting one of the world’s most pernicious email spammers. They were rebuffed, a former American law enforcement official who was there said. The spammer, who used the pseudonym Peter Severa, was protected, probably by the Russian government, and could not be touched.

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Australian court action against Apple shows companies 'can't flout consumer rights' The Guardian

Court action against Apple for allegedly misleading iPhone and iPad owners serves as a “timely reminder” to companies that consumer rights are inviolable, Australian consumer advocates have said.

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10 April 2017

U.S. Blinks in Clash With Twitter; Drops Order to Unmask Anti-Trump Account New York Times

Last month, the federal government issued a summons ordering Twitter to hand over information about an anonymous account that had posted messages critical of the Trump administration. Now, the government has blinked.

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07 April 2017

Australian competition watchdog takes Apple to court over 'error 53' claims; Apple faulty phone policy under NZ scrutiny Computerworld

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has commenced proceedings in the Federal Court against Apple Australia and its U.S.-based parent company, Apple, for allegedly making “false, misleading, or deceptive representations” about consumers’ rights under the Australian Consumer Law.

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Twitter Sues the Government to Block the Unmasking of an Account Critical of Trump New York Times

Twitter sued the federal government on Thursday to block the unmasking of an anonymous account that has posted messages critical of the Trump administration and has claimed to have ties to a government agency.

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30 March 2017

UK home secretary to tell tech firms: do more to combat terrorism The Guardian

The home secretary, Amber Rudd, will tell tech bosses they must do more to tackle terrorism during a private meeting on Thursday.

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22 March 2017

US judge asks Google to name people who searched for fraud victim The Guardian

Google has been served with a search warrant by a Minnesota judge which requires the firm to hand over personally identifiable information on anyone who has searched for a particular name.

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17 March 2017

Brexit risks 'new dark phase' of cyber crime, warns Britain's most senior EU official The Independent

The most senior British EU official has spoken out to warn of the need for strong security cooperation in Europe, just days before Theresa May triggers Brexit.

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16 March 2017

US charges Russian spies over Yahoo breach BBC News

Two Russian spies are among four individuals indicted by the US Department of Justice over a huge theft of Yahoo user accounts.

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20 February 2017

Kim Dotcom extradition to US can go ahead, New Zealand high court rules The Guardian

The high court in New Zealand has ruled Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the United States to face a multitude of charges including money laundering and copyright breaches.

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17 February 2017

Global impacts of counterfeiting and piracy to reach US$4.2 trillion by 2022 International Chamber of Commerce

A new report released today indicates that the global economic value of counterfeiting and piracy could reach US$2.3 trillion by 2022. Titled, The Economic Impacts of Counterfeiting and Piracy, the report provides estimates on the wider social and economic impacts on displaced economic activity, investment, public fiscal losses and criminal enforcement, and concludes that these costs could reach an estimated US$1.9 trillion by 2022. Taken together, the negative impacts of counterfeiting and piracy are projected to drain US$4.2 trillion from the global economy and put 5.4 million legitimate jobs at risk by 2022.

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Cybercrime costs the global economy $450 billion: CEO CNBC

Less than half of the businesses in the U.S., U.K. and Germany are prepared to deal with cyber-attacks, a new report from specialist insurer Hiscox reveals.

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02 February 2017

How Facebook and Google are battling internet terrorism CIO

Social media heavyweights like Facebook and YouTube have been working with the U.S. government and other international partners as they look to take a more active role in combating terrorist propaganda and other extremist messages that have gained traction online.

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29 January 2017

Google: How we fought bad ads, sites and scammers in 2016 Google

A free and open web is a vital resource for people and businesses around the world. And ads play a key role in ensuring you have access to accurate, quality information online. But bad ads can ruin the online experience for everyone. They promote illegal products and unrealistic offers. They can trick people into sharing personal information and infect devices with harmful software. Ultimately, bad ads pose a threat to users, Google's partners, and the sustainability of the open web itself.

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24 January 2017

UK fraud hits record £1.1bn as cybercrime soars The Guardian

The value of fraud committed in the UK last year topped £1bn for the first time since 2011, prompting a warning about increasing cyber crime and the risk of more large-scale scams as the economy comes under pressure.

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19 January 2017

UK's GCHQ targets teenage girls to find cyber spies of the future The Guardian

Teenage girls are being invited to put their technology skills to the test in a competition that could unearth the cyber spies of the future.

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18 January 2017

Australia's over 55s hardest hit by 'invasive' identity theft, Scamwatch figures show ABC News

Almost a third of all people to report having their identity stolen last year are over the age of 55, according to figures from the Federal Government's Scamwatch website.

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Why WhatsApp's 'Backdoor' Isn't a Backdoor Threat Post

Accusations that WhatsApp has a backdoor intended for eavesdropping on user messages is being loudly rebuked by Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Open Whisper Systems, the company that developed the underlying encryption technology for the platform. Dismissal of the published claims by The Guardian are also coming from others in the security and crypto communities who say the allegations are outrageous.

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09 January 2017

France thwarts 24,000 cyber-attacks against defence targets BBC News

France says it was the subject of 24,000 cyber-attacks against defence targets last year.

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05 January 2017

Alibaba cracks down on counterfeiters on their platform BBC News

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba has sued two vendors for selling counterfeit goods, weeks after being blacklisted by a US industry watchdog.

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01 January 2017

How Russia Recruited Elite Hackers for Its Cyberwar New York Times

The government scouted a wide range of civilian programmers in recent years, even criminals, while expanding its cyberwarfare abilities.

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19 December 2016

It took three years for Yahoo to tell us about its latest breach. Why does it take so long? Washington Post

The scale of a second Yahoo breach disclosed on Wednesday was staggering, exposing information associated with a billion accounts. But, perhaps even more staggering was that the theft happened three years ago -- and had not been reported until now. That probably left a lot of consumers wondering: Why does it take so long to find out that I've been hacked?

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14 December 2016

Joint international operation targets young users of DDoS cyber-attack tools Europol

From 5 to 9 December 2016, Europol and law enforcement authorities from Australia, Belgium, France, Hungary, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States carried out a coordinated action targeting users of DDoS cyber-attack tools, leading to 34 arrests and 101 suspects interviewed and cautioned.

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