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Securus hacked after reports cops used it for tracking location

A hacker swiped 2,800 logins and passwords from Securus, the company that US Senator Ron Wyden recently pilloried for letting law enforcement track phones.

Norway and Switzerland Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce

Norway and Switzerland become new official members of the J-CAT (Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce) based within Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in the Netherlands.

£50m for law enforcement as Government ups ante on Cyber Defence

UK Home Secretary speech and announcements at CYBER UK Conference: Over £50 million investment pledged for the UK's cyber-defensive capabilities within law enforcement at a national, regional and local level.

Newsbite: Criminal behind €1 billion cyber-bank robberies arrested in Spain

The leader of the crime gang behind the Carbanak and Cobalt malware attacks targeting more than 100 financial institutions worldwide has been arrested in Alicante, Spain.

Iranians indicted over state-sponsored IP theft, hacking US universities

The US Dept of Justice has charged nine Iranians from the Mabna Institute with stealing more than 31 terabytes of files from US, UK and other universities, companies, government agencies and non-governmental organisations.

Newsbite: Polish police arrest prolific ransomware cyber-criminal

A Polish national using the online name "Armaged0n" was arrested by the Polish Police, in cooperation with the Belgian Federal Police and Europol on suspicion of having used ransomware to encrypt several thousand computers.

Hacking Team reunion samples found in 14 countries

The Hacking Team is back: previously unreported samples of its infamous surveillance tool, the Remote Control System (RCS), were spotted in the wild throughout fourteen countries, according to ESET researchers.

AlphaBay PR flack pleads guilty to conspiracy charge

In a US court, the public spokesperson for the now defunct Dark Web marketplace AlphaBay has pleaded guilty conspiracy to commit access device fraud.

Two Russians jailed in 160 million credit card details theft

Two Russian Nationals were given US federal prison sentences for their respective roles in a 2013 data breach which compromised 160 million credit card numbers and resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses.

Dismantled Andromeda botnet will 'slowly disappear' over time

What remains of the Andromeda botnet that was largely dismantled in a November 2017 global law enforcement operation will probably "slowly disappear" as remediation continues into 2018, predicted one cyber-security company.

Romanian police arrest five for spreading Cerber, CTB-Locker ransomware

Romanian law enforcement arrested a gang of five men who operated a ransomware distribution organisation that spread Cerber and CTB-Locker.

Global law enforcement operation decimates giant Andromeda botnet

An international contingent of law-enforcement agencies on Friday dismantled the massive Andromeda malware botnet, sinkholing around 1,500 malicious domains and arresting a suspect in Belarus.

US Senate bill would require jail time for data breach cover ups

Three US Senators have introduced a bill that would require jail time for corporate executives who do not notify consumers of a breach within 30 days.

Russian cyber-criminal targeting European businesses jailed

A Russian hacker who ran a sophisticated computer hacking network that stole over £2 million from UK businesses has been jailed for nine years.

US charges members of elite Chinese hacking unit APT3

Federal prosecutors in US charge three Chinese nationals with hacking into Siemens AG, Trimble Inc and Moody's Analytics.

AlphaBay spokesperson 'Trappy' arraigned

AlphaBay spokesperson Ronald L Wheeler, aka Trappy, was arraigned in a US federal court for conspiring to commit access device fraud.

Europol calls for cooperation on Darkweb and IOT use by criminals

In recent conferences Europol has been teaming up with other organisations to ensure a joint law enforcement approach with Interpol to the darkweb and ransomware especially, and with ENISA to meet the challenge of IOT.

3.5 million cyber-crimes recorded, true figure could be 20.5 million

Fraud and computer misuse offences accounted for almost half of the 10.8m criminal acts recorded by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in its Crime Survey for England and Wales (CESW), accounting for some 5m crimes.

News Feature: LDSC seeks help tackling SME cyber-crime vulnerability

Initially focused on London's SMEs but with advice & support tools for SMEs around the country, the LDSC is seeking partners to improve the ability of small businesses to operate safely online, vital for them and your supply chain.

Kaspersky Lab renews threat sharing relationship with INTERPOL

Kaspersky Lab and Interpol announced on Thursday that they have signed a new cyber-crime threat sharing pact that will strengthen the two organisations' collaborative relationship.

Oilpro.com founder sentenced to prison for hacking competitor

The founder of a professional networking site was sentenced to a year and one day in prison after hacking into a competitor's database and attempting to sell his site to the same company whose database he hacked.

Sharing IOT malware rife, botnets now child's play as teen arrest shows

A 13 year old hacker caught trying to build up botnet to hack CCTV cameras demonstrates that attacking IoT devices is literally child's play, thanks to widespread sharing of IoTmalware.

FBI malware compared to tracking device in interstate child porn case

A Texas federal judge last week ruled in favour of the US Department of Justice, rejecting a motion to suppress evidence obtained in the course of the investigation using FBI malware.

ICYMI: UK regs; AI weaponised?; Malwaretech; Mandiant; WiFi weak

In Case You Missed It: UK data protection; Is AI weaponised; Is Malwaretech; innocent?; Mandiant leak; WiFi vulnerabilities

Queen's Speech: Promise of a new digital charter to tackle extremism

With the incoming Brexit negotiations, the Queen said her ministers will seek to "provide certainty for individuals and businesses".

European Parliament wants to enforce encryption on all electronic communications

The European Parliament's Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs wants to bring its stance on privacy into the 21st century.

Can we encrypt the web while giving governments a backdoor to snoop?

As the Internet Society calls for even stronger encryption to protect the web, we ask whether it's technically feasible to provide governments with a backdoor to investigate serious crime and terrorism.

Report: Cyber-threat to UK business is "significant and growing"

Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the NCSC said cyber-attacks will continue to evolve, which is why the UK public and private sectors must work together "at pace" to reduce the cyber-threat.

French and German MPs ask for encryption backdoors, industry says 'no'

French and German ministers ask for greater security measures, including encryption backdoors - to fight terrorism in Europe, but tech industry says it isn't possible.

Car accident data stolen and traded illegally - London house raided

A house in Palmers Green was raided as part of an investigation into the illegal access of customer details from a nationwide car repair company prompted by concerns raised by Nationwide Accident Repairs Services (NARS)