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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.

Botnets shift focus to credential abuse

There was a sharp increase in the threat of credential abuse in the last three months of 2017, according to the latest internet threat report from cloud delivery firm Akamai.

The report, based on

Read more at: http://www.computerweekly.com/news/252435312/Botnets-shift-focus-to-credential-abuse

Five short films focusing on cyber crime released – The Hindu

To create awareness about rising incidents of cyber crime among general public, the Cyber Crime Police Station, Hyderabad, with the help of Tollywood actors, has produced a series of five short-films.

The short-films will be screened in cinema halls across the city and will be widely circulated in social media to create awareness among the netizens, as a preventive measure for cyber crime. The five videos are based on social media offences, job and visa frauds, matrimonial frauds, economic offence, including multi-level marketing frauds and bank OTP frauds.

The short films were formally released by Hyderabad Commissioner of Police V.V. Srinivasa Rao at Prasad Film Labs here, on Monday.

Noted film director S.S. Ramamouli, actor Jr. NTR, Vijay Devarakonda, Nikhil Siddharth and others conveyed public message to create awareness on cyber crimes in the videos.

Addressing the media after releasing the short-films, Mr. Rao said that operating in digital platforms is like

Read more at: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/five-short-films-focusing-on-cyber-crime-released/article22801022.ece

Five short films focusing on cyber crime released

To create awareness about rising incidents of cyber crime among general public, the Cyber Crime Police Station, Hyderabad, with the help of Tollywood actors, has produced a series of five short-films.

The short-films will be screened in cinema halls across the city and will be widely circulated in social media to create awareness among the netizens, as a preventive measure for cyber crime. The five videos are based on social media offences, job and visa frauds, matrimonial frauds, economic offence, including multi-level marketing frauds and bank OTP frauds.

The short films were formally released by Hyderabad Commissioner of Police V.V. Srinivasa Rao at Prasad Film Labs here, on Monday.

Noted film director S.S. Ramamouli, actor Jr. NTR, Vijay Devarakonda, Nikhil Siddharth and others conveyed public message to create awareness on cyber crimes in the videos.

Addressing the media after releasing the short-films, Mr. Rao said that operating in digital platforms is like

Read more at: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Hyderabad/five-short-films-focusing-on-cyber-crime-released/article22801022.ece

West Bengal plans to introduce cyber crime as a UG level course

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2 teens arrested for threatening social media posts against DeSoto County school

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Monroeville’s McGinnis Sisters to host cheesy Oscars – Tribune

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On March 4, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science will award the Oscars to those deemed the best in the world of film.

On Feb. 22, the McGinnis Sisters store in Monroeville will bestow somewhat “cheesier” honors as the site hosts its first Academy Awards of Cheese.

Cheese buyer and event coordinator Karen Novak plans a monthly cheese appreciation night at the store.

“Every month we celebrate a different cheese. We typically have a speaker, a cheesemaker if possible,” Novak says.

As the Oscars approached, she began thinking about how popular — and in some cases, award-winning — cheese is.

Several dozen cheese connoisseurs, regulars at appreciation nights, voted for the “Cheese Oscars” winners, Novak says.

Basing the event on

Read more at: http://triblive.com/lifestyles/fooddrink/13302893-74/and-the-oscar-goes-to-cheese-cheese-and-cheese

Shelby County Sheriff’s Office warns of ‘sextortion’ case

 

SIDNEY — Deputies of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office are warning area residents to be extra cautious about who they “friend” on social media platforms as a result of a “sextortion” case they are investigating involving a Shelby County student. 

Deputies report the victim was being threatened by an unknown person regarding sending nude photos of the student, which the suspect had obtained by gaining access to the victim’s cellular phone. The suspect also reportedly took over the student’s Snapchat, Twitter and Facebook accounts and then began posting as that person. 

Once the suspect gained control of the social media accounts, the individual began demanding between $500 to $750 to end the sending of nude photos and to give the student access to the social media accounts again. 

As the investigation continued, deputies were able to identify the location of the IP address. They advise that anyone with the following contacts in their

Read more at: http://www.examiner.org/news/93157-shelby-county-sheriff-s-office-warns-of-sextortion-case

The Legal Fight Against Cyber-Bullying | New Jersey Law Journal

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In last week’s Law Journal, our firm contributed an article defining the new law on cyber-harassment. In this edition, let’s discuss another escalating problem that is similar to cyber-harassment—cyber-bullying.

Cyber-bullying is defined as communications or postings by minor(s) on social or digital media or using cyber-technology to threaten, hurt, embarrass, intimidate or target another minor. Bullies use a variety of electronic devices to bully minors such as cell phones, email, text messages, social networking sites or websites. Bullying involves an imbalance of power and/or strength.

Victims of cyber-bullying can be bullied online at any time, day or night. Internet postings can be viewed by a vast audience and may be difficult to remove. (See https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/index.html.) The effects of being cyber-bullied could include depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, isolation, suicidal thoughts or suicide. (See https://www.meganmeierfoundation.org/cyberbullying.html.)

The New Jersey

Read more at: https://www.law.com/njlawjournal/sites/njlawjournal/2018/02/19/the-legal-fight-against-cyber-bullying/

The Legal Fight Against Cyber-Bullying

child laptop cell phone Bigstock

In last week’s Law Journal, our firm contributed an article defining the new law on cyber-harassment. In this edition, let’s discuss another escalating problem that is similar to cyber-harassment—cyber-bullying.

Cyber-bullying is defined as communications or postings by minor(s) on social or digital media or using cyber-technology to threaten, hurt, embarrass, intimidate or target another minor. Bullies use a variety of electronic devices to bully minors such as cell phones, email, text messages, social networking sites or websites. Bullying involves an imbalance of power and/or strength.

Victims of cyber-bullying can be bullied online at any time, day or night. Internet postings can be viewed by a vast audience and may be difficult to remove. (See https://www.stopbullying.gov/cyberbullying/what-is-it/index.html.) The effects of being cyber-bullied could include depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, isolation, suicidal thoughts or suicide. (See https://www.meganmeierfoundation.org/cyberbullying.html.)

The New Jersey

Read more at: https://www.law.com/njlawjournal/sites/njlawjournal/2018/02/19/the-legal-fight-against-cyber-bullying/

Dozens of cyber attacks target UAE Government and companies in January

Cyber attacks against Government organisations and private company websites fell by three-quarters last month according to a new report.

According to the Telecommunications Regulations Authority, hackers targeted 34 websites in January compared with 136 attacks in January 2017.

The TRA said its emergency response team had quantified the attacks as including eight breaches of data, three attempts to block or deface websites and 16 cases of what it called “fraudulent offences.”

If the trend were to continue, it would be a rare sign of good news in an increasingly challenging environment for cyber security both in the UAE and worldwide.

The latest Norton Security Insights Report, published last month, claimed that cyber criminals stole almost Dh4 billion from victims in the UAE during 2017.

The report estimated more than half the adult population had been victims, with each losing an average of Dh669 and spending six days dealing with the fall out.

Norton Security blamed wearable

Read more at: https://www.thenational.ae/uae/dozens-of-cyber-attacks-target-uae-government-and-companies-in-january-1.705881