Monthly Archives: December 2017

Malicious malware: Lessons learned and what to expect from cyber crime in 2018

MOSCOW, January 1. /TASS/. A wave of major cyberattacks swept across Russia in 2017. First in May, the WannaCry virus wreaked havoc on Russian mobile operator Megafon’s retail network and call center. Later in June, Petya (or NotPetya) attacked Russia’s oil major Rosneft at the height of a court battle against investment giant Sistema. October saw another round of cyberattacks with the Bad Rabbit virus stalling Russian media operations, while putting the computer networks of Kiev’s subway system and Odessa’s airport out of whack. All these attacks were structured similarly, since hackers used ransomware, which upon infecting a computer, encrypted files, and then demanded ransom for their decryption.


Experts believe that this is only the beginning, because in 2018, ransomware attacks will

Read more at: http://tass.com/economy/983704

ISIS ‘Cyber Caliphate’ could target Britain’s ‘critical national infrastructure’

The fund, backed by the Government, was initially created in 1993 following the IRA’s attack on London’s Baltic Exchange, which killed three people and injured 91.

Its original remit covered fire and explosion caused by conventional bombing.

This was extended after 9/11 to include chemical, biological and radiological attacks. The report, commissioned from the Centre for Risk Studies at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School, has warned that IS, also known as Daesh, is seeking to use new cyber units to launch its attacks.

It is part of a strategy that will see it evolve from a territorial terror group to the United Cyber Caliphate, a “virtual caliphate”.

The report highlights 40 mostly classified potential targets – including airports, the rail network, the power grid, retail warehouses, hospitals and construction sites. Cyber attacks on power plants, it says, could see the “weaponisation of plant and computer systems interacting with chemical substances or

Read more at: https://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/898270/isis-terrorist-attack-cyber-crime-uk-security

Atrocities against women, Cyber crime increased in 2017: DGP

Vijayawada, Dec 30 (UNI) Though the crime rate has come down in Andhra Pradesh in 2017, the atrocities against women and cyber crimes had gone up, Director General of Police N Sambasiva Rao said.

Addressing a press Conference here on Saturday, he said the Road accidents have came down by 20 per cent,
crimes against women was up in this year as 13,500 cases were registered as against 12,900 last year.

As many as 12,000 crimes could be prevented by taking timely action by police.

He said the police are also focusing on curbing road accidents and as a result the road accident deaths were reduced by 20 per cent.
The police collected Rs 68.

Read more at: http://www.uniindia.com/atrocities-against-women-cyber-crime-increased-in-2017-dgp/states/news/1091582.html

A wake-up call year in cybersecurity | Cyberattack | Cybersecurity …

New Delhi: Mega cyberattacks such as “WannaCrypt” and “Petya” this year forced governments and enterprises globally, including in India, to focus and invest more on bolstering their security networks.

In the first major attack of the year, the world reeled under “WannaCrypt” that locked files on computers. Hundreds of thousands of computers were infected with the malware in May.

The primary reason for this attack being successful was not the software but human error. On March 14 this year, Microsoft released a security update which addressed the vulnerability in the 16-year-old Windows XP operating system.

Once the patch for the vulnerability was released, hacker group “Shadow Brokers” exploited this loophole and wreaked havoc in 150 countries. Those who installed the update were saved, while several who did not, fell prey to the attack.

Soon after the “WannaCrypt” attack, tens of thousands of computers globally were affected by the “Adylkuzz attack” that shut down SMB

Read more at: http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/nation/2017/12/30/wake-up-call-year-cybersecurity-data-breaches-2017.html

A wake-up call year in cybersecurity

New Delhi: Mega cyberattacks such as “WannaCrypt” and “Petya” this year forced governments and enterprises globally, including in India, to focus and invest more on bolstering their security networks.

In the first major attack of the year, the world reeled under “WannaCrypt” that locked files on computers. Hundreds of thousands of computers were infected with the malware in May.

The primary reason for this attack being successful was not the software but human error. On March 14 this year, Microsoft released a security update which addressed the vulnerability in the 16-year-old Windows XP operating system.

Once the patch for the vulnerability was released, hacker group “Shadow Brokers” exploited this loophole and wreaked havoc in 150 countries. Those who installed the update were saved, while several who did not, fell prey to the attack.

Soon after the “WannaCrypt” attack, tens of thousands of computers globally were affected by the “Adylkuzz attack” that shut down SMB

Read more at: http://english.manoramaonline.com/news/nation/2017/12/30/wake-up-call-year-cybersecurity-data-breaches-2017.html

Cyber-bullying: Prince’s ‘stop, speak, support’ code of conduct …

Facebook and Snapchat are set to bring in ways to directly help young people bullied online, following an intervention by Prince William.

The move is part of a code of conduct drawn up by a taskforce of technology companies, children‘s charities and parents headed by the prince.

It aims to encourage young people to stop negative behaviour, tell a responsible adult and support victims.

Other firms, including Google and EE, have also taken part in the project.

The Duke of Cambridge became interested in helping to tackle the issue shortly after his son Prince George was born, when he heard about a boy who killed himself because of online abuse.

‘Human tragedy‘

Lucy Alexander told the prince about her son Felix, who killed himself after being targeted on social media.

She spoke of her son‘s descent into depression: “It just ate away at him inside, I think, but I had no idea of the depth

Read more at: https://jacksonobserver.com/cyber-bullying-princes-stop-speak-support-code-of-conduct/

Cyber-bullying: Prince’s ‘stop, speak, support’ code of conduct

Facebook and Snapchat are set to bring in ways to directly help young people bullied online, following an intervention by Prince William.

The move is part of a code of conduct drawn up by a taskforce of technology companies, children‘s charities and parents headed by the prince.

It aims to encourage young people to stop negative behaviour, tell a responsible adult and support victims.

Other firms, including Google and EE, have also taken part in the project.

The Duke of Cambridge became interested in helping to tackle the issue shortly after his son Prince George was born, when he heard about a boy who killed himself because of online abuse.

‘Human tragedy‘

Lucy Alexander told the prince about her son Felix, who killed himself after being targeted on social media.

She spoke of her son‘s descent into depression: “It just ate away at him inside, I think, but I had no idea of the depth

Read more at: https://jacksonobserver.com/cyber-bullying-princes-stop-speak-support-code-of-conduct/

Cyber crime police station in Vijayawada soon, says commissioner Gautam Sawang

VIJAYAWADA:   Police commissioner Gautam Sawang said there has been a steady increase in incidents of  cyber crimes and, to deal with them effectively, a cyber crime police station will be set up soon in Vijayawada. In 2017, as many as 185 cyber crime cases were registered as against 87 in 2016 and 49 in 2015. Of the total cases registered in 2017, 120 were related to online banking frauds and police recovered Rs 27.84 lakhs by cracking 46 cases. Mostly cyber crimes involved criminals resorting to online bank frauds by stealing One Time Password (OTP), source code thefts, cheating of jobless youth, marriage, lottery, dealership frauds, abusive messages on Facebook and through mobile SMSs. 

During a press conference here on Friday, Gautam Sawang released annual crime statistics. Sawang observed that cyber crimes became a challenge to the police department compared to the past. He attributed the spike in such cases to the

Read more at: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/vijayawada/2017/dec/30/cyber-crime-police-station-in-vijayawada-soon-says-commissioner-gautam-sawang-1740134.html

Cyber crime police station in Vijayawada soon, says Sawang

VIJAYAWADA:   Police commissioner Gautam Sawang said there has been a steady increase in incidents of  cyber crimes and, to deal with them effectively, a cyber crime police station will be set up soon in Vijayawada. In 2017, as many as 185 cyber crime cases were registered as against 87 in 2016 and 49 in 2015. Of the total cases registered in 2017, 120 were related to online banking frauds and police recovered Rs 27.84 lakhs by cracking 46 cases. Mostly cyber crimes involved criminals resorting to online bank frauds by stealing One Time Password (OTP), source code thefts, cheating of jobless youth, marriage, lottery, dealership frauds, abusive messages on Facebook and through mobile SMSs. 

During a press conference here on Friday, Gautam Sawang released annual crime statistics. Sawang observed that cyber crimes became a challenge to the police department compared to the past. He attributed the spike in such cases to the

Read more at: http://www.newindianexpress.com/cities/vijayawada/2017/dec/30/cyber-crime-police-station-in--vijayawada-soon-says-sawang-1740134.html

IT expert talks about swatting and cyberbullying

Gamers say what started as an online argument, ended in tragedy.

Several comments were posted on social media by gamers after Andrew Finch was shot and killed, in what police are calling a swatting situation, a prank.

IT expert Vince Hancock says arguments over gaming is common, but this one went too far.

“People will get their egos involved and someone beats someone else up, words are said. The smart ones know to leave it on the playing field and that’s that, others want to bring the fight into the real world,” said Hancock

People on social media tell us there was a dollar wager during an online game Thursday. Two players started to argue. Gamers say that led a player to post personal information about the other and threatened to send police to their house. The player responded by giving out an address- it

Read more at: http://www.kwch.com/content/news/IT-expert-talks-about-online-gaming-swatting-and-cyber-bullying-467206513.html