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True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder, and Mayhem

This new book by a top cybercrime expert and victim’s advocate explores horrific real-life crimes with roots in cyberspace. Author J. A. Hitchcock (Net Crimes & Misdemeanors: Outmaneuvering Web Spammers, Stalkers, and Con Artists) is celebrated for her work to pass tough cybercrime legislation, train law enforcement, and help victims fight back. In True Crime Online: Shocking Stories of Scamming, Stalking, Murder, and Mayhem, she journeys into the darkest recesses of the internet to document the most depraved criminals imaginable, from bullies and stalkers to scam artists, sexual predators, and serial killers.

Revealing many of the most extreme and horrifying examples of modern cyber crime, she seeks to educate the millions of YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook users about the various hazards posed by new media. Covering the identity theft and subsequent murder of Amy Boyer in 1999, avoiding sexual predators, defending bank accounts against fraudulent phishing scams, and the rise of online bullying, Hitchcock provides a compelling, broad-ranging collection of case studies from which consumers can learn to defend themselves and their families against online criminals.

This collection of real-life horror stories is a must-read for true crime aficionados and fans of such television fare as 48 Hours Mystery, Forensic Files, and the Investigation Discovery channel. Guaranteed to shock and surprise, this book will forever change the way users experience the internet.

Twitter and Facebook will be fined up to £20million if they fail to tackle cyber-bullying in government crackdown

Facebook and Twitter will be fined if they fail to take school cyber-bullies offline in a new Government crackdown.

Digital Minister Matt Hancock last night said a package of new powers would force social media giants for the first time to make their software and products “age appropriate”.

Mr Hancock said companies which did not abide by a new code of practice could face fines of as much as 20 million

Mr Hancock said companies which did not abide by a new code of practice could face fines of as much as £20million

Websites will have to be tailored for younger users, and children’s accounts will have the highest possible privacy settings as a ‘default setting’.

Mr Hancock said companies which did not abide by a new code of practice written into Government legislation could face fines of as much as £20 million.

Currently, social

Read more at: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/5109617/twitter-and-facebook-will-be-fined-up-to-20million-if-they-fail-to-tackle-cyber-bullying-in-government-crackdown/

Botnets: How your computer might secretly be doing the work of international criminals

Your computer or router looks innocent enough. But it could be taking part in international crime without your knowledge.

That’s if it is being used in a botnet, or a collection of computers that have had malicious software installed on them that allows someone to direct them as a group from afar. Security experts say that botnets are one of the many dangers that are posed to computers and their owners – and the opportunities to use them are growing all the time.

The problem of botnets was highlighted this week when multiple law enforcement agencies announced they had shut down the Andromeda botnet. That constellation of computers, spread all around the world, were being collectively controlled and put to work doing criminal tasks for their masters.

The shutdown brings an end to one of the most prevalent, damaging botnets. But it highlights the sinister behaviour of such tools –

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/features/botnets-security-cyber-andromeda-how-to-stay-safe-update-computer-internet-of-things-a8099996.html

YouTube Star Shirley Setia on cyber bullying: Focus on fans rather than haters

By Natalia Ningthoujam

New Delhi–YouTube star Shirley Setia, who shot to fame in 2013 with her own version of the love anthem “Tum hi ho”, says she often gets bullied online but chooses to ignore that and focus on the people who shower her with love.

The Indo-Kiwi singer has over 1.6 million subscribers on the video- sharing site and thousands of followers on Twitter. While Shirley hails the digital platform, she also admits to being a victim to cyberbulling.

Asked if she gets bullied online, the singer told IANS over phone from Mumbai: “Oh yes. There are a lot of stories. I love constructive criticism because it would

Read more at: http://indianewengland.com/2017/12/youtube-star-shirley-setia-cyber-bullying-focus-fans-rather-haters/

Aspect IT: What is Cyber Security?

What is Cyber Security?
Advertisement feature by Danielle Skinner, Digital Marketing Executive

CYBER Security is all about protecting against Cyber Crime. To make it less technical, cyber means online.

This article will explain what Cyber Security is and how you can make sure that you’re completely Cyber Secure.

Cyber Security: Anti-virus is a form of Cyber Security. It blocks out all viruses from entering your computer and making it slow, unresponsive and having your data stolen or manipulated.

Viruses are being created every day which is why your PC prompts you to keep software updated on a regular basis.

Unprotected PCs allow a virus to have unauthorised access and can make files inaccessible, steal your data and much more.

Ransomware is on the rise by online criminals who lock your data and make you pay a certain amount of money to get it back unharmed.

More businesses are being targeted which

Read more at: https://saddind.co.uk/aspect-it-what-is-cyber-security/

Symantec’s 2018 security predictions

  • Cyber-criminals will focus on compromising coin-exchanges and users’ coin-wallets
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning will be used to conduct attacks

 

 

THIS past year, cyber-criminals caused major service disruptions around the world, using their increasing technical proficiency to break through cyber defenses.

In 2018, Symantec expects the trend to become more pronounced as these attackers will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to launch even more potent attacks. Gear up for a busy year ahead.

Incidents like the WannaCry attack, which impacted more than 200,000 computers worldwide in May, are just the warmup to a new year of more virulent malware and DDoS attacks.

Meanwhile, cyber-criminals are poised to step up their attacks on the millions of devices now connected to the Internet of Things both in offices and homes.

The cyber-security landscape in 2018 is sure to surprise us in ways that we never imagined. As 2017 draws to a

Read more at: https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/digital-economy/symantecs-2018-security-predictions

Symantec’s 2018 security predictions

  • Cyber-criminals will focus on compromising coin-exchanges and users’ coin-wallets
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning will be used to conduct attacks

 

 

THIS past year, cyber-criminals caused major service disruptions around the world, using their increasing technical proficiency to break through cyber defenses.

In 2018, Symantec expects the trend to become more pronounced as these attackers will use machine learning and artificial intelligence to launch even more potent attacks. Gear up for a busy year ahead.

Incidents like the WannaCry attack, which impacted more than 200,000 computers worldwide in May, are just the warmup to a new year of more virulent malware and DDoS attacks.

Meanwhile, cyber-criminals are poised to step up their attacks on the millions of devices now connected to the Internet of Things both in offices and homes.

The cyber-security landscape in 2018 is sure to surprise us in ways that we never imagined. As 2017 draws to a

Read more at: https://www.digitalnewsasia.com/digital-economy/symantecs-2018-security-predictions

Rankin Co. man arrested for cyber stalking – MSNewsNow.com …

This week Forbes released its annual list of highest-paid YouTubers, a prodigious sampling of channels, and the people associated with them, making ungodly sums of money doing impressively mundane things.

Read more at: http://www.msnewsnow.com/story/37033771/rankin-co-man-arrested-for-cyber-stalking

August Ames dead: Adult actor’s brother says cyber bullying ‘cost my baby sister’s life’

The brother of adult entertainment star August Ames has said cyber bulling “cost” his sister her life and called for her death to be recognised as a “serious issue”.

The 23-year-old, who starred in more than 270 adult films, died in Camarillo, California last week.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed Ames, whose real name is Mercedes Grabowski, had passed away but did not give a cause. 

A representative for the office told The Independent they would be updating the public with more information soon.

It is feared Ames, who was from Nova Scotia in Canada, may have taken her own life.

Her brother James expressed his grief at the news of her death.

“I want my sister’s death to be recognised as a serious issue – bullying is not OK,” he told The Sun.

“It cost me my baby sister’s life. I will do what I can be

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/august-ames-dead-brother-cyberbullying-cost-sisters-life-a8101816.html

Richland man arrested for cyber stalking law enforcement page

A Richland man was arrested Friday for cyber-stalking, the Rankin County Sheriff’s Office said.

An arrest warrant against Kenneth Raymond Debellis Jr. was issued as a result of a complaint filed by a Facebook administrator of a local Law Enforcement Officer’s support page on Dec. 5, authorities said.

Debellis is accused of posting multiple harassing and threatening messages, that went past the First Amendment rights, investigators said.

Authorities said Debellis would berate the members of the local law enforcement support page by using degrading and vulgar language.

The messages became threatening, according to administrators.

Debellis has a long criminal history including DUI, controlled substance violations, domestic violence, telephone harassment and possession of drug paraphernalia, investigators said.

He is the Rankin County Jail for felony cyber-stalking. He is expected to have is initial appearance in Rankin County Court on Tuesday.

Read more at: http://www.wapt.com/article/richland-man-arrested-for-cyber-stalking-law-enforcement-page/14399575