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Over 90 percent of security pros worry about cyber criminals using AI

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While machine learning and artificial intelligence are becoming key to cyber security, a new survey shows that a majority of security professionals worry that the technology could be used against them.

The study by cyber security company Webroot reveals that 91 percent are concerned about hackers using AI against companies in cyber attacks.

Among other findings is that the US is an early adopter of AI for cyber security, with 87 percent of US professionals reporting their organizations are currently using AI as part of their security strategy.

Three quarters of cyber security professionals in the US believe that, within the next three years, their company will not be able to safeguard digital assets without AI. Overall, 99 percent believe AI could improve their organization’s cyber security.

Respondents identified key uses for AI including time-critical threat detection tasks, such as identifying

Read more at: https://betanews.com/2017/12/14/cyber-criminal-ai-use/

Guest opinion: Getting serious about cyberstalking – The Intelligencer

The internet and social media has done everything from giving a voice to the oppressed and inspiring democratic change in totalitarian states, to connecting old friends.

However, these mediums can be used — and abused — by those pursuing more nefarious purposes. In the 21st century, these platforms have digitized crimes from robbery to stalking, forcing lawmakers and law enforcement to open a new front against criminals untethered to geographic locations and hidden behind virtual screens.

Such is true of cyber-stalking — including cases right here in our community.

For the Zezzo family, it was their teenaged daughter who, at the age of just 13, was cyber-stalked by a friend’s father through social media. Despite the stalking being sexual in nature, the then-51-year-old stalker pleaded guilty only to a misdemeanor stalking charge and was sentenced to probation and counseling.

Three years later, in 2016, the same

Read more at: http://www.theintell.com/opinion/20171211/guest-opinion-getting-serious-about-cyberstalking

Guest opinion: Getting serious about cyberstalking

The internet and social media has done everything from giving a voice to the oppressed and inspiring democratic change in totalitarian states, to connecting old friends.

However, these mediums can be used — and abused — by those pursuing more nefarious purposes. In the 21st century, these platforms have digitized crimes from robbery to stalking, forcing lawmakers and law enforcement to open a new front against criminals untethered to geographic locations and hidden behind virtual screens.

Such is true of cyber-stalking — including cases right here in our community.

For the Zezzo family, it was their teenaged daughter who, at the age of just 13, was cyber-stalked by a friend’s father through social media. Despite the stalking being sexual in nature, the then-51-year-old stalker pleaded guilty only to a misdemeanor stalking charge and was sentenced to probation and counseling.

Three years later, in 2016, the same

Read more at: http://www.theintell.com/opinion/20171211/guest-opinion-getting-serious-about-cyberstalking

Guest opinion: Getting serious about cyberstalking

The internet and social media has done everything from giving a voice to the oppressed and inspiring democratic change in totalitarian states, to connecting old friends.

However, these mediums can be used — and abused — by those pursuing more nefarious purposes. In the 21st century, these platforms have digitized crimes from robbery to stalking, forcing lawmakers and law enforcement to open a new front against criminals untethered to geographic locations and hidden behind virtual screens.

Such is true of cyber-stalking — including cases right here in our community.

For the Zezzo family, it was their teenaged daughter who, at the age of just 13, was cyber-stalked by a friend’s father through social media. Despite the stalking being sexual in nature, the then-51-year-old stalker pleaded guilty only to a misdemeanor stalking charge and was sentenced to probation and counseling.

Three years later, in 2016, the same

Read more at: http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/opinion/20171211/guest-opinion-getting-serious-about-cyberstalking

Guest opinion: Getting serious about cyberstalking – Opinion – Bucks …

The internet and social media has done everything from giving a voice to the oppressed and inspiring democratic change in totalitarian states, to connecting old friends.

However, these mediums can be used — and abused — by those pursuing more nefarious purposes. In the 21st century, these platforms have digitized crimes from robbery to stalking, forcing lawmakers and law enforcement to open a new front against criminals untethered to geographic locations and hidden behind virtual screens.

Such is true of cyber-stalking — including cases right here in our community.

For the Zezzo family, it was their teenaged daughter who, at the age of just 13, was cyber-stalked by a friend’s father through social media. Despite the stalking being sexual in nature, the then-51-year-old stalker pleaded guilty only to a misdemeanor stalking charge and was sentenced to probation and counseling.

Three years later, in 2016, the same

Read more at: http://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/opinion/20171211/guest-opinion-getting-serious-about-cyberstalking

What the National Crime Records Bureau report does not tell us about cyber crime in India

In July 2015, an Azerbaijani woman emailed the Delhi police complaining an India-based man was blackmailing her and threatening to upload her morphed pictures to pornographic websites. In two months, the man was traced in Haryana’s Kurukshetra town and briefly detained. But the incident did not make it to the Crime in India report for that year. That is because the complaint did not result in a First Information Report, and the annual crime report, published by the National Crime Records Bureau, counts only FIRs and not police complaints.

The Bureau is now seeking to rectify this by collecting data directly from the Crime and Criminal Tracking Network System, the electronic record keeper used by police in all states and Union Territories, and streamlining the process to take into account police complaints, too. Until now, it would send proformas for police departments to fill in.

A senior National Crime

Read more at: https://scroll.in/article/860254/what-the-national-crime-records-bureau-report-does-not-tell-us-about-cyber-crime-in-india

UK Banks Aren’t Telling Regulators About All Cyber Attacks

U.K. banks still aren’t telling regulators about all the cyber attacks on the financial services industry despite a ten-fold increase in reports to the Financial Conduct Authority over the last four years.

“Our suspicion is that there’s currently a material under-reporting of successful cyber attacks,” Megan Butler, the FCA’s director of supervision, said in a speech Tuesday, according to a copy of her remarks on the regulator’s website. “The number of breaches relayed back to us looks modest when you set it against the number of attacks on the industry.”

The number of material attacks reported by firms to the FCA has grown to 49 this year from five in 2014, as hacks become one of the biggest threats to the safety of the financial services industry. The type of hacks is also increasingly concerning for regulators and firms with ransomware making up 17 percent of attacks reported to the regulator, according to

Read more at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-05/u-k-banks-aren-t-telling-regulators-about-all-cyber-attacks

U.K. Banks Aren’t Telling Regulators About All Cyber Attacks …

U.K. banks still aren’t telling regulators about all the cyber attacks on the financial services industry despite a ten-fold increase in reports to the Financial Conduct Authority over the last four years.

“Our suspicion is that there’s currently a material under-reporting of successful cyber attacks,” Megan Butler, the FCA’s director of supervision, said in a speech Tuesday, according to a copy of her remarks on the regulator’s website. “The number of breaches relayed back to us looks modest when you set it against the number of attacks on the industry.”

The number of material attacks reported by firms to the FCA has grown to 49 this year from five in 2014, as hacks become one of the biggest threats to the safety of the financial services industry. The type of hacks is also increasingly concerning for regulators and firms with ransomware making up 17 percent of attacks reported to the regulator, according to

Read more at: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-12-05/u-k-banks-aren-t-telling-regulators-about-all-cyber-attacks

Drive kicked off to sensitise students about sexual violence

New Delhi: Adolescence is a complex issue — and with little or no knowledge of sexual abuse, it can have serious implications, including legal consequences. For an easier understanding of the laws, consequences and remedies related to the issue, a much-needed drive covering all city schools was launched on Thursday.

Delhi High Court acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal — who is also the chairperson of the Delhi State Legal Services Authority — conceived the idea of preparing a module on sexual violence for school students in the 14-18 years age group .

“The idea is to make children aware of the various forms of sexual violence so that they can distinguish right from the wrong, and legal from the illegal. It will also help spread a word of caution in case they are themselves indulging in such activities

Read more at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/drive-kicked-off-to-sensitise-students-about-sexual-violence/articleshow/61871147.cms

Ban on speech ‘about a person’ that negligently causes ‘significant mental suffering, anxiety or alarm’ struck down

Illinois “stalking” and “cyber-stalking” statutes criminalize (among other things),

  1. “knowingly engag[ing] in [2 more or acts] directed at a specific person,”
  2. including “communicat[ing] to or about” a person,
  3. when the communicator “knows or should know that this course of conduct would cause a reasonable person to”
  4. “suffer emotional distress,” defined as “significant mental suffering, anxiety or alarm.”

The statute expressly excludes, among other things, “an exercise of the right to free speech or assembly that is otherwise lawful.”

This morning, the Illinois Supreme Court struck down these provisions (which it referred to as “subsection (a)”), in People v. Releford. (I should note that my students Brandon Amash, Sarah Burns and Emily Michael, and I — with the invaluable help of pro bono local counsel Steven W. Becker — filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Cato Institute and the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project supporting this result.) Here are some

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/11/30/ban-on-speech-about-a-person-that-negligently-causes-significant-mental-suffering-anxiety-or-alarm-struck-down/