Legal & Security

24 November 2014

Largest ever NATO cyber defence exercise gets underway NATO

NATO launched its largest ever multinational cyber defence exercise, "Cyber Coalition 2014" on Tuesday (18 November). The three-day training event will test the Alliance's ability to defend its networks from the various challenges that exist when operating in the contested cyber domain.

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21 November 2014

Driverless cars could face threat from hackers trying to cause road chaos The Guardian

Driverless cars will need to be protected from hackers who could take control of vehicles to cause chaos on the roads, cyber security and transport experts have warned.

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UK moves to shut down Russian hackers streaming live British webcam footage The Guardian

The UK is to take international action to close down a Russian website that is streaming images from British webcams including baby monitors, bedroom cameras and gym CCTV.

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15 November 2014

Downing Street presses ISPs over 'jihad reporting' button BBC News

The UK's major internet service providers (ISPs) are to introduce new measures to tackle online extremism, Downing Street has said.

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14 November 2014

How US Congress can shut the door to cyberthreats Washington Post

Six years ago, the federal government's classified computer networks were infiltrated by a tiny bit of malware. A massive operation known as Buckshot Yankee was carried out to clean the networks of the intruder, and the event helped spur the creation of U.S. Cyber Command, which is now growing rapidly. The government has put cyberthreats at the top of its national security threat matrix.

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Google's French arm faces daily €1,000 fines over links to defamatory article The Guardian

Google's French subsidiary has been ordered to pay daily fines of €1,000 unless links to a defamatory article are removed from the parent company's entire global network.

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13 November 2014

Operation Onymous may have exposed flaws in Tor, developers reveal The Guardian

The Tor project, which oversees the development of the anonymous browser, has expressed concern over an intergovernmental operation that took down 27 hosts offering "hidden services", or websites only accessible through the Tor network.

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11 November 2014

In Wake of Takedown Tor Looking for Answers Threat Post

Officials at the Tor Project are continuing to look for answers following the takedown late last week of hundreds of Tor hidden services, including the popular black market website Silk Road 2.0.

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Hackers used luxury hotel Wi-Fi to steal business executive's data, researchers say The Guardian

Business executives visiting luxury hotels in Asia have been infected with malware delivered over public Wi-Fi networks, Russian security firm Kaspersky Lab has discovered.

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Dark net experts trade theories on 'de-cloaking' after raids BBC News

The hidden web community has started trying to find out how services and identities were compromised after police raids led to 17 arrests.

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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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