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Former PSNI officer who attempted to buy gun on dark web handed 11-year sentence



Allen Kennedy leaves Downpatrick court following previous hearing.Allen Kennedy leaves Downpatrick court following previous hearing.

Allen Kennedy leaves Downpatrick court following previous hearing.

December 14 2017

A former PSNI officer who attempted to buy firearms and ammunition on the dark web has been sentenced to 11 years.

Allen Kennedy, formerly of Strandtown PSNI station, will serve 5 and a half years in prison and another five and a half years on licence.

The sentenced handed down at Downpatrick Crown Court also takes account of numerous drug-related charges and perverting the course of justice.

In October, Kennedy (31) pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm and ammunition, namely a 9mm handgun, silencer and 10 rounds of

Read more at: https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/northern-ireland/former-psni-officer-who-attempted-to-buy-gun-on-dark-web-handed-11year-sentence-36409157.html

Cyber / online crime

Cybercrimes take place online. There are two overarching areas of cybercrime:

  1. cyber-dependent crimes – which can only be committed through the use of online devices and where the devices are both the tool to commit the crime and the target of the crime, and 
  2. cyber-enabled crimes – traditional crimes which can be increased in scale by using computers.

These crimes take on a number of different formats – from hacking and use of the dark web to trolling on social media and phishing or identity thefts. The aims of such activities may be to commit sexual offences such as grooming or sharing indecent images, to control or disrupt computer systems, or steal money, information or data.

The dark web is used by criminals to trade illegal items online including drugs and firearms.

Cybercrime

Hacking is the unauthorised use of or access into computers or networks by using security vulnerabilities or bypassing usual security steps to gain

Read more at: https://cps.gov.uk/cyber-online-crime

Former police officer given 11-year sentence after admitting buying a gun on the dark web

A former police officer has been given an 11-year sentence and will serve half of it behind bars and the remainder on licence after pleading guilty to buying a gun on the dark web.

Allen Kennedy (31), with an address at Strandtown PSNI Station, had admitted possession of a firearm and ammunition, namely a 9mm handgun, silencer and 10 rounds of 9mm ammunition; drugs related charges and perverting the course of justice.

He was sentenced today at Downpatrick Crown Court.

At a previous hearing a prosecution barrister had told the court that Kennedy had used the dark web to try and buy a gun from two undercover police officers.

The court was told Kennedy had made contact with a man on the dark web called ‘Ally’ who he believed could provide him with a firearm “but who was in fact an undercover police operative”.

Kennedy later met one of the undercover officers at Annadale Embankment to buy the firearm in

Read more at: https://www.irishnews.com/news/northernirelandnews/2017/12/14/news/former-police-officer-given-11-year-sentence-after-admitting-buying-a-gun-on-the-dark-web-1211203/

Top 7 cyber security threats for 2018 – WSPA.com

Cyber crime is quickly becoming one of the greatest threats to businesses, government institutions and individuals. This year alone, victims of one type, ransomware, lost $5 billion dollars.

In the world of the dark web, 2017 is defined by devastating cyber attacks like the Equifax breach, and that type of impact is something Cyber Security expert Steve Weisman, with Bentley University,predicted both last year.

Here are his Top 7 Cyber Security Threats for 2018:

1. Health Insurance Hacks

“Medical identity theft is the most serious form of ID theft both personally and financially, it’s the only form of Identity theft that can actually kill you and it’s getting worse,” said Weisman.

He says the 145 million involved in the Equifax breach are especially at risk, since their social security numbers may have been compromised. Also, Medicare is still a year away from giving all people new cards with ID numbers not tied to their SS#.

2.

Read more at: http://wspa.com/2017/12/13/top-7-cyber-security-threats-for-2018/

UK: Cyber-Crime Crooks: Don’t Let The Fraudsters Ruin Your Christmas

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    Youporn Hacked Data Among Dark Web Database Sparking ‘Cyber Crime Epidemic’

    A database of 1.4 billion user passwords has been discovered on the dark web, paving the way for what security experts expect to be a “cyber crime epidemic.”

    The data—compiled from 252 data breaches from websites including LinkedIn, MySpace, Netflix and YouPorn—allows easy access to potentially the largest ever list of information about users. 

    Dark web monitor Julio Casal described the database in a blog post as easy-to-access and interactive, meaning “even unsophisticated and newbie hackers” can exploit it.

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    “None of the passwords are encrypted, and what’s scary is [that] we’ve tested a subset of these passwords and most of [them] have been verified to be

    Read more at: https://uk.news.yahoo.com/youporn-hacked-data-among-dark-141255830.html

    Youporn Hacked Data Among Dark Web Database Sparking ‘Cyber Crime Epidemic’

    A database of 1.4 billion user passwords has been discovered on the dark web, paving the way for what security experts expect to be a “cyber crime epidemic.”

    The data—compiled from 252 data breaches from websites including LinkedIn, MySpace, Netflix and YouPorn—allows easy access to potentially the largest ever list of information about users. 

    Dark web monitor Julio Casal described the database in a blog post as easy-to-access and interactive, meaning “even unsophisticated and newbie hackers” can exploit it.

    “None of the passwords are encrypted, and what’s scary is [that] we’ve tested a subset of these passwords and most of [them] have been verified to be true,” Casal wrote in the blog.

    dark web drug markets offline Read more at: http://www.newsweek.com/youporn-hacked-data-among-dark-web-database-sparking-cyber-crime-epidemic-745223