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Lawbreakers & Cybercrime

SC Congress London: Met Police admits cybercrime mistakes

SC Congress London: Met Police admits cybercrime mistakes

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Mark Jackson, detective superintendent of the recently-established Met Police Cyber Crime Unit, has admitted that London's police are only just finding out how to tackle cyber-crime.

18,000 suspected cyber criminals 'shopped' by rival gang

18,000 suspected cyber criminals 'shopped' by rival gang

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Details of 18,000 members of the 'Verified' Eastern European cyber crime forum have been leaked by a rival gang

France under-fire for new digital surveillance law

France is attracting widespread criticism after introducing a new law which allows the government to gather even more digital information than before.

Trojans are fastest-growing data-stealing malware

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Most of the rise in cybercrime can be linked to data-stealing malware, and Trojans are the fastest growing category, according to a report released on Monday by Trend Micro.

Britney Spears Twitpic account hacked; fake death posted

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A vulnerability in a third-party service through which users post photos to their Twitter profiles allowed hackers on Sunday to falsely report that Britney Spears had died.

UK cyber security centre to launch

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No 10 to unveil 'widened' US-style cyber security strategy within weeks

RSA: Cybercriminals keeping up with banking safeguards

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Threats are becoming more sophisticated, and cybercriminals are getting smarter at evading new authentication controls, according to an RSA Conference panel of security practitioners representing three major financial institutions.

Microsoft says password stealers pose biggest threat

The top two threat families on Microsoft's detection and removal list this month are online game password stealers (PWS).

Sloppy identity verification 'must make firms liable for fraud'

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Organisations that hold personal data should be made liable for fraudulent transactions, say BT security experts.

Hacker loses Lords extradition appeal

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Gary McKinnon will be extradited to the US after he lost an appeal to the Law Lords this morning - and may now face a life sentence.

Is Limbo 2 the ultimate trojan?

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Prevx, an internet security company headquartered in Derby has discovered a new trojan designed to steal information from large banking institutions. Jacques Erasmus, director of malware research, told SCMagazineUS.com on Friday that the Limbo 2 trojan might be the most sophisticated trojan yet released.

Google Trends hacked again

Search engine Google has had its Hot Trends system hacked for the second time in seven days.

Financial data 'needs better protection'

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Institutions that process numeric data need to be more diligent to avoid financial loss, warn security experts.

Business 'booms' for organised cybercriminals

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The days of the lone hacker are seemingly over, with cybercrime organisations now run by bosses parading as business entrepreneurs, complete with criminal staff.

"Spam King" Soloway to be sentenced on 22 July

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The sentencing of Robert Soloway, the so-called Seattle "Spam King" who pleaded guilty in March to delivering millions of unwanted emails, has been delayed until next week.

New trojan in the wild targeting multimedia files

A new trojan in the wild is infecting multimedia files on a victim's hard disk.

Online auction site goes to war on spam

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Google and eBay have joined forces to protect users from spam and malicious emails by leveraging an authentication technology called DomainKeys.

Cybercriminals move with the times

Cybercrooks are using new technologies and reinventing forms of social engineering to ensnare consumers and businesses, security experts warn.

Exclusive: Bletchley Park set for Lottery rescue

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The home of Britain's codebreaking efforts during the War has entered into detailed discussions with the Heritage Lottery Fund for significant funding to rebuild its rotting infrastructure

Indian Government withdraws threat over BlackBerry services

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The threat which could have led to the country's BlackBerry services being suspended appears to have lifted after the Government backed down on its own demands for access to users' data

Data watchdog admits to deluge of Central Government breach info

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The Information Commmissioner's Office has revealed it has been voluntarily informed of a huge number of security breaches - mostly in Westminster - while it eyes up plans for a new law which could make the reporting of such incidents compulsory

US Army set to hire internet spies

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The American military is to increase its intelligence on the internet by hiring a contractor to analyse web pages, chatrooms and blogs on pertinent threats 24 hours a day

Europe just "weeks" away from data sharing deal with FBI

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Brussels insiders have confirmed that the European Commission is nearing the conclusion of talks with the Americans over the provision of citizens' personal information to the FBI for terrorism fighting purposes

Exclusive: Privacy campaigners may sue EC over provision of citizens' personal data to the FBI

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A leading civil rights organisation is threatening the European Commission with legal action as Brussels nears an agreement with the US over plans to release details of individuals' credit card histories and internet browsing habits to the FBI

Pacific island knocked off internet by DDoS attack

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The Marshall Islands have been subjected to a prolonged bout of unexpected email traffic, preventing citizens receiving emails, but the reason for the attack remains unclear

Poynter Review, IPCC severely criticise HMRC over data breach

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Two separate reports into the data leakage of 25 million records from Revenue & Customs last year have widely condemned data security procedures in the Government department

CCTV cameras that listen as well as watch

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University researchers are developing artificial intelligence software which can be loaded onto CCTV cameras to enable them to locate incidents by noise alone

Dutch academics hack Oyster card

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Security lecturers from a leading Netherlands university travelled to London last week to crack the Oyster smart card, clone it and get a free day's travel, while they pursue an open source alternative

Private investigators fined by magistrates after conning BT for information

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Two private detectives have been fined by a London court after blagging information on the partner of a man wanted for a debt to their client

Weak security controls to blame as finance firm is hit by FSA fine

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Merchant Securities is forced to cough up £77,000 for putting its customers at risk of identity fraud as part of a crackdown on lax security controls by the financial services watchdog

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