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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.

How much do you know about impostor email scams?

Business Email Compromise or impostor email scams are attractive to cyber-criminals who want a simple strategy that gives them high returns – what types should you be aware of?

Business Email Compromise scams are growing more prevalent as cybercrime incidents increase across the board. With cyber-criminals eyeing up even more businesses than ever before, it’s wise to be aware of the different varieties of impostor email threats you might encounter in work.

Security firm Proofpoint put together this useful infographic with some vital knowledge that everyone should be arming themselves with to avoid falling victim to cybercrime.

According to Proofpoint, impostor email threats have hit more than 70,000 companies since the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Centre began tracking this variety of scam in late 2013. Although many messages can be easily detected as phishing scams, the ones that slip through the cracks could cost millions in fraudulent transfers.

Four main types

Read more at: https://www.siliconrepublic.com/enterprise/impostor-email-fraud-types

Websites allowing illegal activity ‘complicit in crime’ – BBC News

Media captionCraigslist sales of cocaine and stolen passports exposed

Websites that do not prevent the sale of illegal goods are complicit in cyber-crime, a crime chief has said.

Class A drugs, counterfeit cigarettes and stolen passports are among a host of illicit items and services that can be bought through online listing sites.

Clive Grunshaw, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ cyber-crime lead, said tougher laws were needed.

The illegal services were all found on classified ads website Craigslist.

In secret filming I carried out for BBC Inside Out, the availability of illegal goods on the site was laid bare.

I was able to obtain cocaine from a dealer in Derby, which testing found had high purity levels.

Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-41601075

Websites allowing illegal activity ‘complicit in crime’

Media captionCraigslist sales of cocaine and stolen passports exposed

Websites which do not prevent the sale of illegal goods are complicit in cyber-crime, a crime chief has said.

Class A drugs, counterfeit cigarettes and stolen passports are among a host of illicit items and services that can be bought through online listing sites.

Clive Grunshaw, the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners’ cyber-crime lead, said tougher laws were needed.

The illegal services were all found on classified ads website Craigslist.

In secret filming I carried out for BBC Inside Out, the availability of illegal goods on the site was laid bare.

I was able to obtain cocaine from a dealer in Derby, which testing found had high purity levels.

Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-41601075

Millennial cyber crime victims losing £612 each as they fall for ‘family and friends’ fraud

Older victims were more likely to fall for scams in which criminals pretend to be household name companies, it found. 

Overall, half of all Brits have been targeted, with eight per cent of the UK population falling victim to the cybercriminals, but Millennials are now more likely than pensioners to be targeted by fraudsters for the first time.

In August analysis of millions of credit files by credit checking firm, Experian, found people in their mid to late 20s had overtaken over 60s as the most likely age group to fall victim to fraud.

It comes after many years of elderly people being the biggest target. Tony Neate, CEO of Get Safe Online; “Younger people have grown up with smart phones and tablets as well as social media which means they are always online in some way or another.

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/23/millennial-cyber-crime-victims-losing-612-fall-family-friends/

The cyber man v state hackers | Ireland | The Times & The Sunday …

Cyber security expert Paul C Dwyer expected a certain amount of scrutiny when he contacted whistle-blower Edward Snowden to ask him to speak at next week’s Cyber Threat Summit conference in Dublin — but what followed made him feel like a marked man.

“The day we mentioned Snowden was our guest speaker the power in our office went and our internet connection went down,” Dwyer reveals. “Every single website that has reference to my name was taken offline, including ones belonging to my wife and daughter. Of course, it could have been coincidence, but in my eyes that was someone saying, ‘Watch out: this is what we can do’.”

Now in its seventh year, the 2017 summit will feature more than 100 speakers, including economist…

Read more at: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/the-cyber-man-v-state-hackers-2q0zdq0sn

The cyber man v state hackers

Cyber security expert Paul C Dwyer expected a certain amount of scrutiny when he contacted whistle-blower Edward Snowden to ask him to speak at next week’s Cyber Threat Summit conference in Dublin — but what followed made him feel like a marked man.

“The day we mentioned Snowden was our guest speaker the power in our office went and our internet connection went down,” Dwyer reveals. “Every single website that has reference to my name was taken offline, including ones belonging to my wife and daughter. Of course, it could have been coincidence, but in my eyes that was someone saying, ‘Watch out: this is what we can do’.”

Now in its seventh year, the 2017 summit will feature more than 100 speakers, including economist…

Read more at: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/ireland/the-cyber-man-v-state-hackers-2q0zdq0sn

New law steps up against cyber bullying

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HANTS EAST: Government introduced a new law intended to help protect victims of cyber-bullying.

The proposed Intimate Images and Cyber-protection Act responds to the harms of sharing intimate images without consent and cyber-bullying. It also protects and upholds the fundamental freedoms of thought, belief, opinion and expression.

“Smartphones and social media have taken bullying from the playground, campus, or workplace to online and quickly in the hands of many, where the victim has no escape,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey. “This act will help address the issues with the original act and helps victims by providing options for dealing with the people who want to harm them.”

The Nova Scotia Supreme Court struck down the original legislation in this area, the Cyber-safety Act, in 2015. That law, the first of its kind in Canada, assisted many Nova Scotians who were

Read more at: http://enfieldweeklypress.com/new-law-steps-up-against-cyber-bullying/

ACEA Automakers Commit to Battling Connected Car Cyber Crime …

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is making a firm commitment to consumers, data protection and cyber safety. It is this week publishing a set of six key principles for automotive cybersecurity that every one of its members — from Audi and BMW to Mercedes and Land Rover — fully endorses.

“The digital world offers unprecedented opportunities,” said ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert. “Nevertheless, opportunity comes with risks, and one of these is the threat of a direct cyber attack on your car or indeed a whole fleet of vehicles.”

The technological benefits and possibilities of greater automotive connectivity are already being very intelligently exploited by the automotive community.

The current-generation Mercedes E Class can wirelessly communicate with other E Class sedans and wagons on the road to warn about traffic jams and weather conditions.

In Sweden, Volvos are using a continuous 3G connection to the cloud to let local authorities know which

Read more at: http://www.news18.com/news/auto/acea-automakers-commit-to-battling-connected-car-cyber-crime-1552823.html

ACEA Automakers Commit to Battling Connected Car Cyber Crime

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) is making a firm commitment to consumers, data protection and cyber safety. It is this week publishing a set of six key principles for automotive cybersecurity that every one of its members — from Audi and BMW to Mercedes and Land Rover — fully endorses.

“The digital world offers unprecedented opportunities,” said ACEA Secretary General, Erik Jonnaert. “Nevertheless, opportunity comes with risks, and one of these is the threat of a direct cyber attack on your car or indeed a whole fleet of vehicles.”

The technological benefits and possibilities of greater automotive connectivity are already being very intelligently exploited by the automotive community.

The current-generation Mercedes E Class can wirelessly communicate with other E Class sedans and wagons on the road to warn about traffic jams and weather conditions.

In Sweden, Volvos are using a continuous 3G connection to the cloud to let local authorities know which

Read more at: http://www.news18.com/news/auto/acea-automakers-commit-to-battling-connected-car-cyber-crime-1552823.html