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London Police launch Cyber Griffin initiative for Square Mile firms

City of London Police recently launched a new initiative to offer threat briefings, incident response training, and other guidance to businesses located in London's Square Mile to help them secure themselves better from cyber-threats.

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.

UK police mobile device extraction tech raises eyebrows, study

UK police are secretly deploying technology which allows them to download all of the content and data from someone's phone on a questionably legal basis due to a lack of clarity in the law, according to a recent report.

Security industry reacts to UK police cyber-crime budget revelations

As UK police forces are revealed to have spent just £1.3 million on cyber-crime training in the last three years, security industry response is damning.

Gwent Police sat on data breach exposure for a year before informing ICO

Gwent Police failed to inform up to 450 people that hackers may have accessed their confidential information after it found that an online tool that allowed citizens to report incidents to the Police was exposed to hackers.

Cyber Security Certification Scheme launched by LDSC & Secured by Design

A pilot of the UK's first police-backed digital certification scheme has been launched the London Digital Security Centre (LDSC) in partnership with Secured by Design (SBD), the national police crime prevention initiative.

Cryakl ransomware keys made public

The Belgian Federal Police are making available for free the decryption keys for Cryakl ransomware and have become a partner with the No More Ransom Project.

Europol director candidate quizzed by MEPs today, appointment could follow

Catherine De Bolle, general commissioner of the Belgian federal police, the selected candidate for Executive Director of European Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) undergoes MEP questioning today.

Taiwan police award malware-laced USBs as prizes for cyber-security quiz

Taiwanese police handed out malware-laden USB sticks as prizes for a security quiz given during an infosec conference in December 2017.

Darkweb counterfeiters taken down in Europol coordinated joint action

Criminals buying and/or selling counterfeit Euro banknotes on illegal Darknet marketplaces, such as AlphaBay and Hansa Market, have been arrested in a joint operation by seven EU Member States, coordinated by Europol.

20% of Manchester police computers at risk of ransomware - using XP

Some 20 percent of Greater Manchester Police's computers are at risk of a ransomware hack due to still running Windows XP, according to research from Top10VPN.com

After fall of AlphaBay and Hansa, other darkweb markets see uptick

Darkweb activity continues apace despite takedowns as buyers move to alternative sights - but are increasingly wary of getting caught.

Online cops needed to tackle cyber-criminals in their own backyard

A select group of highly vetted police officers with an ability to proactively look for threats through the analysis of internet data could begin to turn the tables on the criminals suggests Chris Allen.

Met Police: Quarter of cyber-crimes solved, GDPR could be the next PPI

Search engines are the biggest aider and abetter of cyber-crime, according to the head of the Metropolitan Police Cyber Crime Unit, speaking at a breakfast briefing last week.

Hackers set off 156 emergency sirens in Dallas, Texas in early hours

Residents of the iconic Texas city woken in the middle of the night by wailing emergency sirens, in an incident being blamed on an unknown hacker.

Suspected members of Phineas Fisher hacking group arrested in Spain

The Autonomous Police force of Catalan says its officers have arrested three suspected hackers connected to Phineas Fisher which famously breached the Hacking Team.

Once bitten, twice shy: ONS stats reveal public response to cyber-crime

Official statistics for fraud and cyber-crime show that cyber-crime is getting worse but the public's response to it is falling into a familiar pattern.

Targeting critical elements of the cyber-criminal ecosystem: Money mules

Money mules play an essential role in the cyber-crime ecosystem - they are the safest way for criminals to cash out and launder the proceeds of crimes committed online, says Steven Wilson, head of EC3 at Europol.

Police need to be better equipped to fight cyber crime

Police apparently don't have the means to properly address the looming threat of cybercrime according to the latest Crime Survey of England and Wales

Cardiff resident charged with encrypting for IS

A 33-year-old man from Cardiff has been charged for allegedly teaching members of ISIS how to encrypt

Czech police nab Russian suspected of hacking US targets

The Police of the Czech Republic on Tuesday announced the arrest of an unnamed Russian citizen suspected of hacking US-based targets.

FT Cyber Summit: CoL police commander: 'remember the human victims of cyber-crime'

A senior commander for the City of London Police encouraged IT professionals at the FT Cyber Summit to remember the human cost of cyber-crime.

Leaked Stingray documents reveal features and ease of use

Using mass surveillance software without a warrant is almost as easy as installing Skype.

Private firms to chase cyber-criminals for cash bounties, say police

The City of London Police is working with solicitors and private investigators on how to chase cyber-criminals through the civil courts in a bid to seize the proceeds of criminal activity.

Authorities arrest Nigerian mastermind of $US60m online scam operation

A 40-year-old Nigerian national and alleged online scam artist, accused of bilking his victims out of more than $US60 million (£45m), was arrested in Port Harcourt, Nigeria in a joint operation.

Cyber-crime now included in government crime stats

With the first concrete inclusion of cyber-crime and fraud stats, the Office of National Statistics has shown that cyber-crime is nearly high as all other kinds combined.

112K French policemen doxxed on Google Drive

A disgruntled ex-employee of an insurance firm uploaded the personal details of 112,000 French police officers to a Google Drive account on June 2, possibly exposing the officer's personal information, including addresses.