Legal & Security

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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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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