Legal & Security

13 June 2014

Defend yourself against World Cup scams PC World

The 2014 World Cup tournament kicks off today in Brazil. Soccer (or football anywhere outside of the United States) is the most popular sport in the world, and billions of people will be following the matches closely. While you're busy figuring out how to stream games to your work PC while appearing to be busy with an Excel spreadsheet, you should be aware that World Cup will also be a feeding frenzy of malware and phishing attacks.

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11 June 2014

Bank of England raises bar in cybercrime war Financial News

The Bank of England has launched a new cyber security strategy for financial institutions in the UK, as the sector struggles to protect itself against the increased threat of cyber attacks.

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Soccer fans are excited about the World Cup. So are cybercriminals. Washington Post

As soccer fans around with globe prepare for the World Cup, hackers are getting excited, too, according to a new report on cybersecurity in Latin America from Symantec. The tournament, which kicks off this week in Brazil, is a "rich target for criminals," the cybersecurity company said.

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10 June 2014

2nd China Army Unit Implicated in Online Spying New York Times

The email attachment looked like a brochure for a yoga studio in Toulouse, France, the center of the European aerospace industry. But once it was opened, it allowed hackers to sidestep their victim's network security and steal closely guarded satellite technology.

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09 June 2014

Kim Dotcom offers NZ$5m bounty in online piracy case The Guardian

Kim Dotcom is offering a $5m (£3m) "bounty" to whistleblowers for information to help fight an online piracy case brought by the US.

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Kim Dotcom faces fresh legal bid to have his assets frozen The Guardian

Music and movie giants have joined forces to freeze Kim Dotcom's assets, but they'll have to negotiate conditions first.

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Cybercrime Remains Growth Industry With $445 Billion Lost Globally Bloomberg

That's the main message from former U.S. intelligence officials, who in a report today outlined scenarios for how $445 billion a year in trade theft due to computer hackers will worsen. They warned that financial companies, retailers and energy companies are at risk from thieves who are becoming more sophisticated at pilfering data from their servers.

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08 June 2014

The war against cybercrime goes private Independent on Sunday

He takes on international criminals, refuses to be paid, and laughs in the face of danger. He has received death threats, cracked scams and helped police make arrests. Not a bad evening's work for a man who spends his day on the car assembly line.

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07 June 2014

Secret Global Strike Kills 2 Malicious Web Viruses New York Times

Federal agents over the weekend secretly seized control of two computer networks that hackers used to steal millions of dollars from unsuspecting victims. In doing so, the Justice Department disrupted the circulation of two of the world's most pernicious viruses and turned a 30-year-old Russian computer hacker into a most-wanted fugitive.

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The Internet of Things Expected to Bring New Security Threats: Report The Whir

IT decision makers at US SMBs are nearly unanimous that the Internet of Things (IoT) will produce negative impacts for their organizations, according to a survey released this week by GFI Software. While 96.5 percent of those surveyed expect at least some downside, 26.7 percent fear that device management will spiral out of control.

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05 June 2014

Life sentences for serious cyberattacks are proposed in Queen's speech The Guardian

The UK government has said it wants to hand out life sentences to anyone found guilty of a cyberattack that has a catastrophic effect, under plans announced in the Queen's speech.

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04 June 2014

Cyber security break-ins a 'daily hazard while firms skimp on protection' The Guardian

Consumers will continue to be the victims of cybersecurity crises unless businesses take more steps to protect the personal information of users, Christopher Graham, the information commissioner, has warned.

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GameOver Zeus Takedown Shows Good Early Returns Threat Post

The effect of the takedown of the GameOver Zeus botnet this week has been immediate and significant. Researchers who track the activity of the peer-to-peer botnet's activity say that the volume of packets being sent out by infected machines has dropped to almost zero.

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Music studios join Dotcom fight Stuff

The music industry has joined six Hollywood film studios in their bid to freeze Kim Dotcom's assets.

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03 June 2014

Cyber scams Gameover Zeus, Cryptolocker dismantled; AFP helps crush botnet over theft of $100m ABC News

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has helped the United States and 10 other countries dismantle a global computer hacker network that used a sophisticated computer virus to steal more than $100 million from companies and consumers.

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02 June 2014

Life after Silk Road: how the darknet drugs market is booming The Guardian

When the Silk Road website was busted in October 2013, the closure took out 13,648 different drug deals, according to research by US online safety group, Digital Citizens Alliance. Yet today, the dark web is teeming with dozens of new markets and thousands of new dealers serving a growing consumer base.

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Pirate Bay founder arrested after two years on the run The Guardian

One of the founders of file-sharing website Pirate Bay has been arrested in southern Sweden to serve an outstanding sentence for copyright violations after being on the run for nearly two years, Swedish police have said.

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30 May 2014

US cybercrime laws being used to target security researchers The Guardian

Some of the world's best-known security researchers claim to have been threatened with indictment over their efforts to find vulnerabilities in internet infrastructure, amid fears American computer hacking laws are perversely making the web less safe to surf.

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Cyberespionage Attacks Tied to Hackers in Iran New York Times

An elaborate, three-year cyberespionage campaign against United States military contractors, members of Congress, diplomats, lobbyists and Washington-based journalists has been linked to hackers in Iran.

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Cyber espionage and US-China relations: The world's biggest candy store The Lowy Institute's The Interpreter

Don't believe anything you read on the cyber espionage spat between US and China. Depending on who's talking, the US is a 'thief crying stop thief' and a 'mincing rascal'; or China's 'scale of commercial hacking is immense', perhaps the 'greatest transfer of wealth in history'.

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29 May 2014

Iranian hackers are targeting U.S. officials through social networks, report says Washington Post

A group of Iranian hackers has waged a creative campaign of cyber-espionage, targeting hundreds of high-ranking U.S. defense, diplomatic and other officials who are lured to fake Web sites through an elaborate social media network that features a bogus online news site, according to a new report.

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24 May 2014

European, UK, Regulators to Start Inquiry Into eBay Data Breach New York Times

The fallout from the data breach at eBay has reached Europe. Next week, regulators here will begin an investigation into the online market after hackers gained access to the personal data of 145 million customers, said Gérard Lommel, president of the Luxembourg data protection authority, which oversees eBay on the Continent because the company's European headquarters are based in the small country.

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23 May 2014

'Revenge porn' victims receive boost from German court ruling The Guardian

Intimate photographs should be deleted at the end of a relationship if one of the partners calls for it, a court in Germany has ruled.

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U.S. Case Offers Glimpse Into China's Hacker Army New York Times

One man accused of being a hacker for the Chinese military, Wang Dong, better known as UglyGorilla, wrote in a social media profile that he did not "have much ambition" but wanted "to wander the world with a sword, an idiot."

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U.S. states probe eBay cyber attack as customers complain Reuters

EBay Inc came under pressure on Thursday over a massive hacking of customer data as three U.S. states began investigating the e-commerce company's security practices.

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