Monthly Archives: December 2016

Revenge porn, cyber stalking set to become illegal offenses in …

Revenge pornography and cyber stalking are set to become illegal offenses in Ireland, public broadcaster RTE reported on Saturday.

Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, will now draft a bill providing for new and extended criminal offenses in this area, according to RTE.

The bill is expected to include an extended offense of harassment, a specific offense of stalking, and a new offense covering revenge pornography.

A spokesperson for the Department of Justice was quoted as saying that the draft legislation will become law sometime in 2017.

The bill followed a report from the Law Reform Commission of Ireland in September, which dealt with harmful communications and digital safety.

The commission, an independent body which examines areas of the law and proposes reforms or changes, said there were potential gaps in criminal legislation with regard to “so-called revenge pornography and the publication of

Read more at: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1026631.shtml

Revenge porn, cyber stalking set to become illegal offenses in Ireland: report

Revenge pornography and cyber stalking are set to become illegal offenses in Ireland, public broadcaster RTE reported on Saturday.

Irish Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Justice and Equality, Frances Fitzgerald, will now draft a bill providing for new and extended criminal offenses in this area, according to RTE.

The bill is expected to include an extended offense of harassment, a specific offense of stalking, and a new offense covering revenge pornography.

A spokesperson for the Department of Justice was quoted as saying that the draft legislation will become law sometime in 2017.

The bill followed a report from the Law Reform Commission of Ireland in September, which dealt with harmful communications and digital safety.

The commission, an independent body which examines areas of the law and proposes reforms or changes, said there were potential gaps in criminal legislation with regard to “so-called revenge pornography and the publication of

Read more at: http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1026631.shtml

State and firms hit for €22m in cyber attacks

“Organisations, however, are very slow to share intelligence on attacks,” he added. “Industry needs to ensure that if you are getting attacked, it has to be treated as fraud.”

The fraudsters are often organised criminal gangs based in Eastern Europe, Korea, China or Russia.

The most dangerous gang, called Carbanak, is linked to stealing $1bn from financial institutions.

Read more at: http://www.independent.ie/business/state-and-firms-hit-for-22m-in-cyber-attacks-35333144.html

Biggest Cyber Gaming Crimes Of The Year In 2016

Gaming Cybercrime 2016

The code for the Mirai botnet was posted publicly online in October, giving hackers access to the most powerful DDoS attack ever recorded. (Image: Shutterstock.com)

The online gambling industry has been a target for cyber criminals since the early days of the industry. The reliance of sports books on major sporting events for a major chunk of their revenues gives hackers a handy roadmap for extortion.

Take down a bookmaker’s site during the soccer World Cup, for example, or during the biggest race meet of the year, and the chances are it will pay a ransom demand if its internal security team or the company that hosts its servers can’t repel the attack.

Hackers generally use distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) to disrupt the services of online gambling sites. DDoS attacks flood a targeted website with thousands

Read more at: https://www.casino.org/news/biggest-cyber-gaming-crimes-2016

Biggest Cyber Gaming Crimes Of The Year In 2016 – Casino.org

Gaming Cybercrime 2016

The code for the Mirai botnet was posted publicly online in October, giving hackers access to the most powerful DDoS virus ever recorded. (Image: Shutterstock.com)

The online gambling industry has been a target for cyber criminals since the early days of the industry. The reliance of sports books on major sporting events for a major chunk of their revenues gives hackers a handy roadmap for extortion.

Take down a bookmaker’s site during the soccer World Cup, for example, or during the biggest race meet of the year, and the chances are it will pay a ransom demand if its internal security team or the company that hosts its servers can’t repel the attack.

Hackers generally use distributed denial of service attacks (DDoS) to disrupt the services of online gambling sites. DDoS attacks flood a targeted website with thousands of meaningless requests

Read more at: https://www.casino.org/news/biggest-cyber-gaming-crimes-2016

Computer hackers targeting local firms, governments – even grandparents

The City of Lockport two years ago paid a ransom to a computer hacker who had gained access to the city’s police records and locked them down.

The Niagara County Health Department computer was hacked earlier this year, and the hacker demanded a ransom to unlock the computer.

Computer hacking is not just the work of foreign governments getting into government or political parties computers. Computers are hacked every day in Erie and Niagara counties, computer experts say.

Hackers have targeted hundreds of local businesses, hospitals, schools and other institutions, according to Jason Fickett, special agent in charge of the Buffalo FBI’s Cyber Squad.

Some local companies have paid thousands of dollars in ransom to hackers who blocked access to computerized information – like Social Security numbers and credit card data to private details about individuals’ health care. Nationally, ransomware is believed to be a billion dollar a year industry.

“The criminals will lock down

Read more at: http://buffalonews.com/2016/12/31/local-victims-targeted-computer-hacking-crimes-rise-alarming-rate/

Revenge porn, cyber stalking to become illegal

Revenge pornography and cyber stalking are set to become illegal offences, after Cabinet approved the drafting of a Non-Fatal Offences (Amendment) Bill to address loopholes in current legislation.

It follows a report from the Law Reform Commission in September, which dealt with harmful communications and digital safety.

The commission determined there were potential gaps in criminal legislation with regard to “so-called revenge pornography and the publication of voyeuristic material without consent”.

The commission also made proposals on the regulation of social media.

Tánaiste and Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald will now draft a bill providing for new and extended criminal offences in this area.

The Bill is expected to include an extended offence of harassment, a specific offence of stalking, and a new offence covering revenge pornography.

The commission also recommended the existing offence of sending threatening or indecent messages should be extended to apply to all online communications.

In its report,

Read more at: https://www.rte.ie/news/2016/1231/841957-revenge-porn-cyberstalking-bill/

50 online banking fraud cases registered in Gurgaon after cyber crime cell nod

Police registered 50 cheating cases related to online banking across Gurgaon on Friday. The bank account holders were duped of over Rs10 lakh in various incidents that took place over the year, police said.

This comes a day after 20 cases involving misuse of debit and credit details were registered at different police stations in the city on Thursday.

Among the 50 cases, registered on Friday after verification by the cyber crime cell, 10 were from Civil Lines, six from Sector 5, five from DLF City Phase 2, and three each in Palam Vihar and Sector 40 police station areas.

Apart from cases of vishing, in which victims are tricked into parting with account information through phone calls by fake bank representatives, there was a case in which money was siphoned while transferring to a Paytm account.

In the case lodged at DLF City Phase 2 police station, Delhi resident Deepali Batra, who

Read more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/gurgaon/50-online-banking-fraud-cases-registered-in-gurgaon-after-cyber-crime-cell-nod/story-1PewFvrtWCzbm2kueJPBkK.html

Proposed new law set to crack down on cyber bullying and ‘revenge porn’

New laws to clamp down on cyber-bullying and ‘revenge porn’ are to be brought before the Dail in the 2017.

Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has been given Cabinet approval to draft a Non-Fatal offences bill.

The new bill would mean harassment would cover digital and online communications.

Stalking would also become a new offence under the bill as well as non-consensual distribution of images, more well known as ‘revenge porn’, according to the Irish Daily Mail.

Sanctions for potential offenders have not been released but are expected to fall under the Law Reform commission.

This could mean for more serious cases offenders could face up to seven years in prison and/or an unlimited fine.

For less serious cases the punishment would be a fine not exceeding €5,000 and up to 12 months imprisonment.

Children who offend however are not likely to face such convictions but

Read more at: http://www.irishmirror.ie/news/irish-news/proposed-new-law-set-crack-9539405

Al Shabaab plans to hack into Kenya’s election claims are so worrying

Cyber-security is one of the biggest challenges Kenya has been trying to fight. Reports of government institutions being hacked by unknown people have been on the rise in recent times.

 In fact, this year in May, the online hacktivist Anonymous conducted a sophisticated attack on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs servers stealing 1TB of data, some of which ended up on the Dark web.

The leaked data contained confidential and non-confidential files. They included email conversations, security related communication and even letters discussing the security situation in Sudan where KDF was fighting the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA).

In 2012, an Indonesian hacker that is known, as Direxer also brought down 103 government of Kenya websites overnight. The hacker was part of an online Indonesian security forum known as Forum Code Security. He claimed he took down the websites following tutorials from the forum.

All these cases of hacking are challenges Kenyan should expect

Read more at: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/ureport/story/2000228428/al-shabaab-plans-to-hack-into-kenya-s-election-claims-are-so-worrying