Legal & Security

17 February 2017

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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13 December 2016

Cuba signs deal for faster internet access to Google content BBC News

Cuba's state-run telecommunications company Etecsa has signed a deal with Google that will enable faster access to content from the American company.

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04 December 2016

Global police smash huge online crime network: Europol Al Jazeera

In one of the biggest takedowns to date, police across the globe have smashed a massive criminal network providing online services including malware attacks that infected half a million computers worldwide, Europol said Thursday.

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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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