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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.

What to do if you’re being stalked

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More than one million people are thought to be victims of stalking every year, according to official estimates.

While a majority of these victims are women, men face high rates too and the impact of stalking can be devastating.

So what can you do if you are worried you’re being stalked?

The legal definition of stalking is unusual as it relies on the effect it has on a victim to decide whether or not a crime has been committed.

Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/newsbeat-42731612

Cyber attackers upped their game in 2017, warns report

Cyber threat ‘flashpoints’

The report highlights eight potential “flashpoints” that organisations should monitor as part of their cyber threat intellingence gathering processes.

These include the adoption by countries such as China, Iran and North Korea of the “Russian model” of engaging in “cyber influence operations” by proxies, resulting in exposure from such a campaign.

The report also notes that Kinetic attacks on the Korean peninsula loom, as does the possibility that this could be accompanied by cyber attacks, and that Russia is battling election interference accusations while tightening info control within its borders to the extent of building a separate Domain Name System (DNS) model that can also be used by other restrictive powers.

Flashpoint’s 2018 threat matrix shows that China, Russia and the “Five Eyes” countries have highest level of technical sophistication [tier 6], with state and non-state actors capable of engaging in full-spectrum operations, utilising the

Read more at: http://www.computerweekly.com/news/450433420/Cyber-attackers-upped-their-game-in-2017-warns-report

Cyber bullying monitoring site makes its debut

Ismychildbeingcyberbullied.co.za tries to help address the cyber bullying problem in SA.

Cellphone solutions provider KidTech has unveiled a Web site that aims to address the rising threat of cyber bullying among South African teens.

Called ‘is my child being cyber bullied’, the site seeks to help parents identify whether their child could potentially be a victim of cyber bullying and provide advice to those parents to help them deal with the situation.

According to Antony Seeff, co-founder of KidTech, the cyber bullying problem is often perceived by teens as being a bigger issue than drug abuse and it has a major effect on the victims.

KidTech, a new division created by Tariffic, provides a cellphone contract and smartphone with pre-installed parental control apps and educational games.

According to the company, children tend to keep their parents in the dark when it comes to cyber bullying incidents. And even

Read more at: https://www.itweb.co.za/content/mYZRXv9JlQ87OgA8

Cyber security: mind the (skills) gap | ITWeb

The digital landscape has grown at a rapid pace over the past 10 years, says Vikas Kapoor, Practice head – Cybersecurity and GRC at In2IT Technologies. This growth is increasing year-on-year as new trends are uncovered along with their enabling technologies. The sheer scale of our connected, digital world means that the scope for cyber crime has also broadened. As each new technology is unveiled, it introduces a new security risk.

South Africa has seen a steady rise in cyber crime, jumping to rank as the 3st most cyber attacked country in the world out of 117 countries. The situation is dire, and not helped by our vast shortage of cyber security skills. Cyber security professionals are constantly having to play catch up, and the development of cyber security skills is simply not keeping pace with digital and technological expansion – a lack which cyber criminals are capitalising on.

Mind

Read more at: https://www.itweb.co.za/content/WnpNgM2GJ6zqVrGd

Cyber security: mind the (skills) gap

The digital landscape has grown at a rapid pace over the past 10 years, says Vikas Kapoor, Practice head – Cybersecurity and GRC at In2IT Technologies. This growth is increasing year-on-year as new trends are uncovered along with their enabling technologies. The sheer scale of our connected, digital world means that the scope for cyber crime has also broadened. As each new technology is unveiled, it introduces a new security risk.

South Africa has seen a steady rise in cyber crime, jumping to rank as the 3st most cyber attacked country in the world out of 117 countries. The situation is dire, and not helped by our vast shortage of cyber security skills. Cyber security professionals are constantly having to play catch up, and the development of cyber security skills is simply not keeping pace with digital and technological expansion – a lack which cyber criminals are capitalising on.

Mind

Read more at: https://www.itweb.co.za/content/WnpNgM2GJ6zqVrGd

How a former stalking victim is helping take criminal harassment out of the shadows

What followed were 11 years of constant harassment, guilt-inducing messages about how he would kill himself, and relentless stalking at her place of work, university, and every new apartment she moved to and he eventually located. Even though he later married and had children, the stalking and the messages continued.

There were so many messages over the years that Lalonde had 70 pages of documentation saved as proof for the police. His threatening presence became a permanent fixture in her life, her version of “normal.” The only thing that eventually put an end to her ordeal was that her stalker died in an unrelated accident.

While considerable focus has been put on gender-based violence, sexual assault, and domestic abuse — much of it spurred by the #MeToo movement — stalking is one area of related behaviour that doesn’t seem to get as much attention. And yet it’s much more prevalent than people

Read more at: https://ricochet.media/en/2092/how-a-former-stalking-victim-is-helping-take-criminal-harassment-out-of-the-shadows

Machines fight back against cyber crime

As cyberattacks continue to grow in complexity and sophistication, the technology and vendors that protect us from this growing threat must continually evolve to keep up. This involves a constant on-boarding of new techniques and knowledge, arming themselves with the very latest weapons.

In Australia, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently reported that cybercrime is up 30 percent and the annual cost of cyber scams sits at around $300 million. The report also stated that of the 6,000 businesses studied, the average cost per ‘scam’ was around $10,000. The larger the organisation, the greater the amount they stand to lose.

However, since smaller businesses are at most risk – their security efforts being less sophisticated and lower-budget than larger organisations – a hit of $10,000 could easily be the difference between staying afloat and going under.

Further to the financial risk of

Read more at: https://www.cso.com.au/article/632311/machines-fight-back-against-cyber-crime/

To fight e-crime, govt to hire experts from IITs, pvt institutes | India …

NEW DELHI: The government has decided to hire IT experts from premier public and private institutes, including IITs, to help fight new age crimes like online fraud, hacking, identity theft, dark net, trafficking, child pornography, online radicalisation and cyber-terrorism and prepare a roadmap for Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, also called I4C.

The IT security experts, ethical hackers, web analysts and computer programmers will devise ways of online cyber-crime reporting and monitoring; setting up of cyber-forensic units; coordination and guidance for states; capacity building of police; research and development; best practices; and awareness creation at I4C, a brainchild of the home ministry.

Home minister Rajnath Singh, at a meeting on Wednesday, instructed officers to expedite the process of handling of cyber-crimes and finalise a time-line for it. The minister also approved creation of four units in the newly formed Cyber and Information

Read more at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/to-fight-e-crime-govt-to-hire-experts-from-iits-pvt-institutes/articleshow/62547482.cms

To fight e-crime, govt to hire experts from IITs, pvt institutes

NEW DELHI: The government has decided to hire IT experts from premier public and private institutes, including IITs, to help fight new age crimes like online fraud, hacking, identity theft, dark net, trafficking, child pornography, online radicalisation and cyber-terrorism and prepare a roadmap for Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre, also called I4C.

The IT security experts, ethical hackers, web analysts and computer programmers will devise ways of online cyber-crime reporting and monitoring; setting up of cyber-forensic units; coordination and guidance for states; capacity building of police; research and development; best practices; and awareness creation at I4C, a brainchild of the home ministry.

Home minister Rajnath Singh, at a meeting on Wednesday, instructed officers to expedite the process of handling of cyber-crimes and finalise a time-line for it. The minister also approved creation of four units in the newly formed Cyber and Information

Read more at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/to-fight-e-crime-govt-to-hire-experts-from-iits-pvt-institutes/articleshow/62547482.cms

Firewalls for small businesses | Kirkland Reporter

The Greater Kirkland Chamber of Commerce met for its main monthly meeting last week to welcome new members, announce upcoming events and educate members on cyber security.

The meeting is often used for local business networking and board president Ryan James welcomed any new members at the meeting.

“Our chamber membership is growing leaps and bounds,” he said. “We are at one of our all-time record highs and it’s continuing to build up.”

Executive director Samantha St. John began the meeting by listing the chamber’s sponsors, which includes the Reporter. Additionally, she announced that the chamber board has endorsed the Lake Washington School District’s 2018 bond and levies.

“Education is the No. 1 thing we can support for business development,” said Walt Krueger, a Lake Washington Citizens Levy Committee executive member.

Residents within LWSD boundaries will vote on the bond and two replacement levies on Feb. 13.

Additionally, the chamber also promoted their town hall event

Read more at: https://www.kirklandreporter.com/business/firewalls-for-small-businesses/