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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.

Boom in UK illegal TV streams

More than a million illegal TV set-top boxes which allow consumers to stream content illegally have been sold in the UK in the last two years, investigators have warned.

Up to a quarter of Britons are estimated to access digital material illegally. Investigators warned of dangers including pornographic content, electrical safety associated with counterfeit parts and financial cyber crime.

A joint report by the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) and City of London Police, along with other organisations, said the organised criminal gangs behind it are profiting by millions of pounds from the fraud and are often associated with other serious crimes.

The report warns of several concerning trends emerging. These include the dark web and bitcoin boom, as more criminal gangs are using the dark web — hidden from the mainstream internet — to sell illicit information, such as the illegal software used to modify set-top boxes or the customer data they have

Read more at: http://www.irishexaminer.com/business/boom-in-uk-illegal-tv-streams-459320.html

Ex-Sheriff Jeff Boyd may run again in primary

ROCK ISLAND – A former Rock Island County sheriff who left office after a conviction related to cyber-stalking may be trying to get his old job back.

Jeff Boyd picked up election papers from the County Clerk’s office just before Labor day.

“Just like any other candidate, he did come to the counter and the worker asked what can we do for you, and he said he’d like papers. He was asked, what papers? And, he replied Sheriff and asked what party, and replied Democrat,” said Nick Camlin, Deputy County Clerk.

Boyd resigned the office in 2014, after taking an Alford Plea, in connection with the attempted cyber-stalking of an undocumented female immigrant he met at a Rock Island gym.

Boyd plead guilty to attempted official misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor and was sentenced to an-agreed-upon one year’s probation.

Boyd was investigated by the Illinois State Police.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office determined that Boyd used

Read more at: http://wqad.com/2017/09/19/ex-sheriff-jeff-boyd-may-run-again-in-primary/

How to React When Your Friends Blow Off Your Wedding

You’ve got problems, I’ve got advice. This advice isn’t sugar-coated—in fact, it’s sugar-free, and may even be a little bitter. Welcome to Tough Love.

This week we have a newlywed who’s upset with the people who RSVPed yes and then didn’t show up to their wedding.

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Keep in mind, I’m not a therapist or any other kind of health professional—just a guy who’s willing to tell it like it is. I simply want to give you the tools you need to enrich your damn lives. If for whatever reason you don’t like my advice, feel free to file a formal complaint here. Now then, let’s get on with it.

Hi Patrick,

I got married back in February, it was

Read more at: https://lifehacker.com/how-to-react-when-your-friends-blow-off-your-wedding-1818549710

European commission sets up new agency to fight cyber-crime

The European Commission has joined the war on cyber-crime, creating a new EU Cybersecurity Agency to co-ordinate responses to and prevent cyber attacks.

The agency, a substantial beefing up and changing of the remit of a Crete-based European agency, will organise pan-European cybersecurity exercises annually and ensure better sharing of threat intelligence and knowledge.

It will also prepare plans for rapid co-ordinated responses to large-scale cross-border cyber attacks.

The EU will also establish a Cybersecurity Competence Network and centre to monitor developments in the digital world, and a commission directive is helping to beef up criminal law responses by suggesting definitions and common standards of penalties for cyber attacks to member states.

Member states are encouraged to make cyberwarfare a key element of a new Permanent Structured Co-operation (Pesco) programme of defence co-operation.

Ransomware attacks

The threat is real and increasing. Ransomware attacks have increased by 300 per

Read more at: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/european-commission-sets-up-new-agency-to-fight-cyber-crime-1.3226985

Cyber Security Expert Sheds Light on Hackers’ Motives, Strategy

When Zuly Gonzalez received a phone call from Montana asking about a cyber hacker known as the Dark Overlord, she unfortunately knew what to expect.

Gonzalez, the co-founder and CEO of Maryland-based cyber security firm Light Point Security, has become all too familiar with the notorious international cyber criminal, or group of cyber criminals.

In a conversation with the Beacon Tuesday morning about the recent cyber extortion case threatening Columbia Falls and the surrounding Flathead Valley, it only took a few questions before Gonzalez recognized the tactics.

“This is their MO,” she said. “This is what they do and what they did in the past with Netflix and others … It fits their way of doing business.”

A hacking organization calling itself TheDarkOverlord Solutions has been threatening schools and families in the Flathead Valley over the last week, first by sending vile electronic messages to school officials and then by contacting

Read more at: http://flatheadbeacon.com/2017/09/19/cyber-expert-sheds-light-hackers-motives-strategy/

Cyber Expert Sheds Light on Hackers’ Motives, Strategy

When Zuly Gonzalez received a phone call from Montana asking about a cyber hacker known as the Dark Overlord, she unfortunately knew what to expect.

Gonzalez, the co-founder and CEO of Maryland-based cyber security firm Light Point Security, has become all too familiar with the notorious international cyber criminal, or group of cyber criminals.

In a conversation with the Beacon Tuesday morning about the recent cyber extortion case threatening Columbia Falls and the surrounding Flathead Valley, it only took a few questions before Gonzalez recognized the tactics.

“This is their MO,” she said. “This is what they do and what they did in the past with Netflix and others … It fits their way of doing business.”

A hacking organization calling itself TheDarkOverlord Solutions has been threatening schools and families in the Flathead Valley over the last week, first by sending vile electronic messages to school officials and then by contacting

Read more at: http://flatheadbeacon.com/2017/09/19/cyber-expert-sheds-light-hackers-motives-strategy/

The cyber liability insurance market rises

How cyber is covered depends on the needs of the insured. (Photo: Shutterstock)
How cyber is covered depends on the needs of the insured. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As reports about cyber risk in the press and board agendas abound, companies are looking to manage that risk. Even with mitigation, risk always remains.

cyber insurance program covering those losses is increasingly seen as part of the solution.


Read more at: http://www.propertycasualty360.com/2017/09/19/the-cyber-liability-insurance-market-rises

Crimes Involving Sextortion Increasing in both the US and the UK

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By Jeremy Saland, who is barred in New York and who focuses in criminal defense with over 16 years of experience in sex crimes cases.

In both the U.S. and the U.K., incidences of crimes involving sextortion are increasing at an alarming rate.

“Sextortion”, an amalgam of sexual extortion, is the term for a relatively new form of blackmail involving webcam exposure where victims, who are found on social media sites, are exploited by being convinced to expose themselves to people who are using false identities.

They are coerced by being told that unless they pay the blackmailer, their pictures and videos will be shared with their families and friends.

The National Crime Agency (NCA) in the U.K., who protect the public from organized crime, have reported that the number of these cases have increased from 385 in 2015 to 864 in 2016 — a huge increase in cases.

Further, these victims are

Read more at: http://bluevirginia.us/2017/09/crimes-involving-sextortion-increasing-in-both-the-u-s-and-the-u-k

If you stream content illegally it’s not just the law you’ve got to be scared of

Millions using devices for streaming TV without realising they're illegal
Police are continuing to crackdown on cyber crime and digital piracy (Picture: Shutterstock)

Users of TV set-up boxes that let viewers stream content expect a knock on the door could face years in jail for digital piracy.

Around 25% of Britons are thought to be accessing digital material illegally, but are totally unaware their TV set-up boxes are illegal.

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More than one million of these have been sold in the UK in the past two years alone.

They have let young children see inappropriate advertising, exposed consumers to dangerous and counterfeit electrical goods and led to a rise in financial cyber crime, investigators say.

International organised criminal gangs behind the sales are profiting by

Read more at: http://metro.co.uk/2017/09/19/millions-using-devices-for-streaming-tv-without-realising-theyre-illegal-6939360/

People who use Kodi boxes could have gadgets hijacked | Daily …

  • The findings come from a report that looked at how cyber criminals make money
  • The majority of criminals behind digital piracy make their money from adverts
  • Others pay other criminals to put malware on sites and hijack users’ computers  

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