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Ransomware is the top threat facing computer users as Interpol reveals massive 2017 cybercrime ‘epidemic’

  • Ransomware was the top cyber threat in 2017, Europol revealed in a new report
  • Experts cited high-profile attacks such as ‘WannaCry,’ which reached millions
  • Also named data breaches, the darknet, extortion of youth for child pornography


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Law on hate speech(es): Ruse to silence opposition, critics?

speechA proposed legislation on hate speech has sparked a debate in various circles with the establishment underlining the rason d’ etre for the expected law. KUNLE ODEREMI and SUNDAY EJIKE bring into perspectives some critical issues on the law.

THE Director of Defence Information, Major-General John Enenche, has upped the ante over the current debate on the phenomenon of hate speech, especially on the need or otherwise for a special law against the incidence. He is among the latest top echelon of the establishment to give a clearer thinking of government on the contentious issue, which has polarised the elite, particularly the political class, who obviously are the most shamefaced over hate speech. His declaration of security watch on the social media sparked a hoopla about the actual intention of the government.

Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo,. while acting on behalf of President Muhammadu Buhari had dclared that voernment

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Security This Week: The Very Best Hacks From Black Hat and Defcon

As they do every year, hackers descended on Las Vegas this week to show off the many ways they can decimate the internet’s security systems. Here’s a collection of some of our favorite talks from this week’s Black Hat conference, including some we didn’t get the chance to cover in depth.

Before the week even began, we took a look at how $15 worth of magnets could overcome a “smart” gun’s protections, turning it into just a regular ol’ gun. Similarly, a popular safe turned out to be anything but against a homemade robot safecracker. Also not so secure? Some of the popular tools hackers

The Hacker Hunters Chasing Russian Shadows

In a letter written from prison, Nikulin said that an FBI agent had raised election hacking with him during an interrogation. Lisov told his wife, Darya Lisova, by telephone on a program broadcast in February by RT that he was asked if he had “hacked the Pentagon, FBI, and CIA.” There is no way to confirm either man’s account.

Little was publicly known about Nikulin or Lisov before their arrests. But both men appear to have led very comfortable lives. A now-disabled Instagram account run by Nikulin shows he socialized with the children of Russia’s political elite, including the daughter of Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, and was a lover of expensive sports cars. Despite living in the small town of Taganrog, near Russia’s border with Ukraine, Lisov’s social media accounts show that he spent a lot of time abroad, with frequent holidays including trips to the Maldives.

Levashov has a more prominent

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Cash, confusion or cyber-warfare: what really motivated NotPetya attack?

Are ransomware attacks a prelude to cyber-war?

There’s a lot we do know about the ‘Petya’ global ransomware attack, not least that it’s NotPetya, the latter being the currently accepted moniker, although at least one vendor (Bitdefender) insists on calling it GoldenEye.

So far, so confusing.

We also know that Ukraine seems to be the original, and worst hit, target of the attack. Not that this stopped the infection from quickly spreading to Poland, France, Germany, Spain, the UK, the Netherlands, India, Israel, Australia and finally the USA.

Thankfully, it would appear that we also know how to stop it before it can infect your machines. According to researchers at Positive Technologies simply adding a file in the C:Windows folder will prevent NotPetya from overwriting the Master Boot Record. This is more of a machine vaccination than a distribution killswitch as was used successfully

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Fighting cybercrime: A dilemma – Tribune

Updated 2 hours ago

Americans want their cyber data to be safe from prying eyes. They also want the government to be able to catch criminals.

Can they have both?

It’s an especially pertinent question to ask at a time when concerns over Russian hacking are prevalent. Can we expose lawbreakers without also putting law-abiders at greater risk? After all, the same iPhone that makes life easier for ordinary Americans also makes life easier for criminals.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has described the operating system of the iPhone as “warrant-proof,” saying criminals are using the devices — encrypted by default — to their advantage. In one instance, he quoted an inmate who, ironically, called the iPhone a “gift from God.”

Divine involvement is a matter of debate. But there’s no question that when it

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Patriotic Russians may have staged cyber attacks on own initiative: Putin

By Denis Pinchuk

(Reuters) – President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that patriotic Russian hackers may have staged cyber attacks against countries that had strained relations with Moscow on their own initiative, but said the Russian state had never been involved in such hacking.

Putin, speaking to international media at an economic forum in St Petersburg, was answering a question about allegations Moscow might try to interfere in this year’s German elections.

Moscow’s attitude towards cyber crime is under intense scrutiny after U.S. intelligence officials alleged that Russian hackers had tried to help Republican Donald Trump win the White House, something Russia has flatly denied.

“If they (hackers) are patriotically-minded, they start to make their own contribution to what they believe is the good fight against those who speak

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Old-fashioned burgers and hot dogs

The President’s speech on the Paris climate accord was magnificent, simple and directed straight at the American people, who now understand the devastating effect the Paris agreement would have had on their livelihoods. The real goal of progressives supporting the Paris accords was not to reverse …

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The aftermath: how should we respond to the implications of WannaCry?

WannaCry paralysed IT systems in 150 countries, including much of the NHS

If security is often a distant issue to the general public, on Friday it must have felt very close indeed. The ransomware attack that paralysed 40 UK hospitals and countless other organisations across 150 countries will not soon be forgotten. After all, what appears to be a relatively unsophisticated and untargeted campaign managed to shut down industry giants and public utilities, including the UK’s National Health Service.

A week ago cyber-security was an issue widely ignored by the general public, government and business – but by Monday there had been a paradigm shift.

If voters, citizens, law enforcers, executives, business owners, bureaucrats, doctors and politicians ignored these problems last week, they couldn’t on Monday morning.

Over the weekend most of the affected NHS trusts returned to full operation and fears of a second attack have

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