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How this business enlisted a “cyber angel” to pay a criminal’s ransom after losing 65 weeks’ worth of data

An Australian business has coughed up and paid $5000 in digital currency Bitcoin to a cyber criminal after its servers were compromised by ransomware that caused it to lose a combined 65 weeks’ worth of data.

The Outdoor Media Association’s (OMA) chief executive Charmaine Moldrich took to the organisation’s blog to discuss the cyber attack that occurred last month, compromising all of its computers, with the last off-site backup being more than six weeks old.

“We were hacked at 10.25pm. No alarms went off, no alerts were sent until the first team member arrived to work at 7.30am to find a hacker’s ransom message on all our computers,” Moldrich wrote.

“By this stage the ransomware had encrypted every file on our server including our back up.”

Ransomware is a common form of cyber attack in which criminals encrypt files on a user’s computer and servers, demanding a significant payment before the files

Read more at: http://www.smartcompany.com.au/technology/business-enlisted-cyber-angel-pay-criminals-ransom-losing-60-weeks-worth-data/

Family of 12-year-old who took her own life after alleged cyber-bullying is suing school district

The family of a 12-year-old girl who committed suicide after she was allegedly cyber-bullied is suing her school district.

Dianne Grossman claims administrators in New Jersey were negligent and failed to prevent the abuse of her daughter Mallory, which she believes ultimately led to her daughter’s death.

Her pleas with one of the alleged bully’s parents were branded a “big joke” and dismissed, she said. 

“I can confidently say I spoke to one of the parents the night before Mallory — before this,” Mr Grossman told NBC News. “And I can tell you that the mother dismissed it, said it was just a big joke, and that I really shouldn’t worry about it,” .

Mallory’s parents are now suing the Rockaway Township School District and are also considering legal action against the parents of the students they feel are responsible. 

Ms Grossman said Mallory had been bullied for months. She had shown social media

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/mallory-grossman-family-12-year-old-cyber-bullying-suicide-schol-district-new-jersey-lawsuit-suing-a7872361.html

Family of 12-year-old who took her own life after alleged cyber bullying is suing school district

The family of a 12-year-old girl who took her own life after she was allegedly cyber-bullied is suing her school district.

Dianne Grossman claims administrators in New Jersey were negligent and failed to prevent the abuse of her daughter Mallory, which she believes ultimately led to her daughter’s death.

Her pleas with one of the alleged bully’s parents were branded a “big joke” and dismissed, she said. 

“I can confidently say I spoke to one of the parents the night before Mallory – before this,” Mr Grossman told NBC News. “And I can tell you that the mother dismissed it, said it was just a big joke, and that I really shouldn’t worry about it,” .

Mallory’s parents are now suing the Rockaway Township School District and are also considering legal action against the parents of the students they feel are responsible. 

Ms Grossman said Mallory had been bullied for months. She had shown social media

Read more at: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world-0/mallory-grossman-family-12-year-old-cyber-bullying-suicide-schol-district-new-jersey-lawsuit-suing-a7872361.html

Family of New Jersey cheerleader suing school district after cyberbullying led to girl’s suicide

The family of a New Jersey girl who killed herself in June is suing the school district for not preventing the cyber-bullying that led to the 12-year-old cheerleader’s death.

Dianne Grossman and her attorney said Tuesday that the Rockaway Township school district did nothing to protect her daughter, Mallory Grossman, from being bullied online for months by a group of girls, NBC New York reported.

“For months, there were texts, there was Snapchat, there was Instagram,” attorney Bruce Nagel said, according to the TV station. “For months, she was told she’s a loser, she has no friends. And finally, she was even told, ‘Why don’t you kill yourself?’ “

The lawyer described the messages as “vile and malicious.” Grossman said she repeatedly asked Copeland Middle School administrators to stop the bullying and even complained multiple times.

Friends of N.J. cheerleader say she killed herself over bullies

Read more at: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/n-family-suing-school-not-stopping-girl-cyberbullying-article-1.3375238

Crooks back in business DAYS after police officials close down illegal websites

On one of the sites – which we are not naming – there were 436 listings for cannabis buds, hashish, oil and seeds.

Different varieties of cocaine were on offer, plus ecstasy, heroin and prescription pills.

One listing selling a gram of pure Afghan heroin for £150 came with a note saying: “Tried and True. Remember, you get what you pay for. Product has been lab tested for purity and is free of contaminants.”

Another advert for super strength orange Tesla ecstasy, made in Holland but sold from the UK, was offering 50 tablets for £135.

The vendor promised “strong pills”, advising “take half first”.

Another crook was selling fake biometric passports for £4,000, work visas and false certificates for passing the British Citizenship Test. 

Read more at: http://www.dailystar.co.uk/news/latest-news/633595/dark-web-markets-selling-drugs-weapons-bomb-making-websites-us

Regional papers across UK splash on cyber crime after investigation

Newspapers across the country have published a series of stories about the dangers of cyber crime following a project by a regional publisher’s central investigations team.

Johnston Press titles across the UK have splashed on findings relevant to their patch from the investigations unit, which submitted hundreds of Freedom of Information requests to NHS hospital trusts, public bodies, police forces and universities to find out how they have been affected.

Members of the unit also spoke to the real life victims of those affected by cyber crime, as well as experts on cyber crime’s evolution.

Some areas of the UK have seen as much as a six-fold increase in cyber crime, and the team investigated areas such as romance fraud, cyber crime and terrorism, identity theft and The Dark Web.

Cyber YEP

Aasma Day, lead reporter for the Johnston Press Investigations

Read more at: http://www.holdthefrontpage.co.uk/2017/news/regional-papers-across-uk-splash-on-cyber-crime-after-investigation/

Irish mum of teen who took her own life after cyber bullying warns of dangers of anonymous apps

A heartbroken Irish mum who lost her teenage daughter to suicide has warned of the impact apps that allow online bullies to remain anonymous can have.

Elle Trowbridge, 16, from Kilclogher Co Tyrone, took her life earlier this year – five years after she was first targeted by bullies online who encouraged her to self-harm.

Elle’s brave mum Mandy said the online abuse first began when her daughter was 11.

The devastated mum-of-three reckons the messages were sent on the app by someone who knew her daughter – but who was allowed to be anonymous due to the app.

Elle Trowbridge

She said on RTE Radio One’s Today with Sean O’Rourke: “The problem we had with these messages was that these people were allowed to remain anonymous.

“There was no proof of anything, no hard evidence of anything or anyone in particular. We weren’t able to find out who started this.

“When

Read more at: http://www.irishmirror.ie/lifestyle/family/irish-mum-teen-who-took-10867608

Irish mum of teen who took her own life after cyber bullying warns of …

A heartbroken Irish mum who lost her teenage daughter to suicide has warned of the impact apps that allow online bullies to remain anonymous can have.

Elle Trowbridge, 16, from Kilclogher Co Tyrone, took her life earlier this year – five years after she was first targeted by bullies online who encouraged her to self-harm.

Elle’s brave mum Mandy said the online abuse first began when her daughter was 11.

The devastated mum-of-three reckons the messages were sent on the app by someone who knew her daughter – but who was allowed to be anonymous due to the app.

Elle Trowbridge

She said on RTE Radio One’s Today with Sean O’Rourke: “The problem we had with these messages was that these people were allowed to remain anonymous.

“There was no proof of anything, no hard evidence of anything or anyone in particular. We weren’t able to find out who started this.

“When

Read more at: http://www.irishmirror.ie/lifestyle/family/irish-mum-teen-who-took-10867608

‘Sanctuary For Criminals’: Sessions Goes After Cities For Helping MS-13

Attorney General Jeff Sessions called out Philadelphia and other sanctuary cities for “giving sanctuary to criminals” in a Friday speech to law enforcement officers.

Sessions has fought against sanctuary immigration policies since his appointment, recently weighing in to support Texas Gov. Greg Abbot’s ban on sanctuary cities in his state. Sessions argued Friday that, aside from the fundamental issue of shirking federal law, sanctuary cities inhibit the Department of Justice from effectively combating drug trafficking and the MS-13 gang.

“Their motto is ‘kill, rape, control.’ And that is what they do every day,” Sessions said of the gang. “To take MS-13 off our streets, we need cooperation between law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels. Unfortunately, this cooperation has been impeded by the policies of some cities and states. Some jurisdictions in this country refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities and turn over illegal aliens

Read more at: http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/21/sanctuary-for-criminals-sessions-goes-after-cities-for-helping-ms-13/