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We are ‘prime target’ for cyber-criminals

New figures released to Fianna Fáil indicate that there has been a further decrease in numbers allocated to the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau. In 2016 there were 29 Gardaí tasked with policing cyber crime, that has now fallen to 23.

Commenting on the figures, the Fingal senator said: ‘An entire chapter of the Garda Síochána’s Modernisation and Renewal Programme is devoted to cyber security and cyber-crime. In fact, a specific pledge was made to expand capabilities in this area through increased investment in technology and people.

Read more at: http://www.independent.ie/regionals/fingalindependent/news/we-are-prime-target-for-cybercriminals-36022486.html

Foreign cyber criminals targeting SMSF accounts, digital expert warns

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Duncan Hughes

Eastern European cyber-crime gangs are targeting self managed superannuation funds using lawyers, brokers and fund managers to access accounts, according to cyber specialists.

“This is massive and growing,” said Alex Tilley, a senior security researcher at SecureWorks, which is listed on Nasdaq, the US bourse for technology stocks.

“We have identified and are monitoring a huge increase in criminal groups probing the digital defences of large pools of managed funds in Australia.”

Mr Tilley said the

Read more at: http://www.afr.com/personal-finance/superannuation-and-smsfs/foreign-cyber-criminals-targeting-smsf-accounts-digital-expert-warns-20170817-gxyy3e

Are You Easy Prey for Cyber Criminals?

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Do you have the same password across all of your accounts? WHY?

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Cyber crime headlines are challenging conventional crime headlines when it comes to grabbing attention. Unfortunately, the cyber crime trend will continue as long as computer systems and users continue to exist. Human action, whether by hacker or unwitting users, is the key to perpetuating these crimes.

Here a few tips to make you less of a phish and minimize the damage should you compromise your own information. Please note that some of these recommendations may seem like a lot of work. They are. Ease of access to your information not only is convenient for you, but is also convenient for hackers.

Compartmentalize

Cars have crumple zones to minimize shock and impact to passengers. Ships have bulkheads to seal off areas in the event of a

Read more at: https://www.houstoniamag.com/articles/2017/8/17/are-you-easy-prey-for-cyber-criminals

Online credit card fraud on the rise as cyber criminals become more sophisticated

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August 03, 2017 11:07:44

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“Card not present” and “ghost terminal” fraud are on the rise. (ABC Adelaide: Brett Williamson)

Cyber criminals are becoming increasingly sophisticated about credit card fraud as more consumer payments move online, according to a new report.

The Australian Payments Network — the industry’s self-regulatory body — has revealed a significant increase in card fraud, with stolen card details accounting for 78 per cent of fraudulent card transactions.

In its annual fraud data report,

Read more at: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-08-03/credit-card-fraud-on-the-rise/8769944

It’s a myth that most cyber-criminals are ‘sophisticated’

Among the mistakes journalists sometimes make when covering cyber-security stories is calling an attack “sophisticated” when it’s anything but. And it tends to irritate security professionals.

There’s no real definition of what a sophisticated attack is, but a more elaborate hacking incident might involve gathering intelligence on a specific, complex network before it could be successfully and subtly exploited.

Attacks like that do happen. But more often than not, the hackers and cyber-criminals hitting the headlines aren’t doing anything magical. In fact, they’re often just wily opportunists – like all criminals.

The head of Europol says that the growth of cyber-crime is “relentless”. The agency has identified a range of increasingly common methods used by 21st Century offenders – and these are not sophisticated. These include digital payment attacks, ransomware, selling illicit material on the dark web and stealing people’s personal data to commit fraud or identity theft.

Much of

Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170726-why-most-hackers-arent-sophisticated

It’s a myth that cyber-criminals are ‘sophisticated’

Among the mistakes journalists sometimes make when covering cyber-security stories is calling an attack “sophisticated” when it’s anything but. And it tends to irritate security professionals.

There’s no real definition of what a sophisticated attack is, but a more elaborate hacking incident might involve gathering intelligence on a specific, complex network before it could be successfully and subtly exploited.

Attacks like that do happen. But more often than not, the hackers and cyber-criminals hitting the headlines aren’t doing anything magical. In fact, they’re often just wily opportunists – like all criminals.

The head of Europol says that the growth of cyber-crime is “relentless”. The agency has identified a range of increasingly common methods used by 21st Century offenders – and these are not sophisticated. These include digital payment attacks, ransomware, selling illicit material on the dark web and stealing people’s personal data to commit fraud or identity theft.

Much of

Read more at: http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20170726-why-most-hackers-arent-sophisticated?ocid=global_future_rss

Ransomware Criminals Screwed Victims Out Of $25 Million In Less Than Two Years

Ransomware is one of the nastiest threats lurking on the Internet these days. There’s no sign that the situation will improve anytime soon, either. Not when ransomware is earning the criminals behind it millions of dollars each month.

Somewhere in excess of $2.5 million, according to a study put together by Google and Chainalysis with help from UC San Diego and NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering. Arriving at that figure involved a heck of a lot of work.

It’s not like cyber criminals are reporting the income, after all. What the research team had to do was to sift through Google’s massive cache of ransomware samples. That cache included a whopping 301,588 files at the time, and it represented 34 distinct families of ransomware.

They then turned their attention to the Blockchain to identify transactions from ransomware victims. One particularly interesting finding from the study: 94% of all payouts were processed by

Read more at: https://www.geek.com/tech/ransomware-criminals-screwed-victims-out-of-25-million-in-less-than-two-years-1709276/

Cyber criminals trading details of 200000 people in Leeds on dark web

Cyber hackers could be trading the details of nearly 200,000 people in Leeds on the dark web in a bid to extort them for cash and goods, research from a specialist data firm has found.

Across the Leeds postcode, the personal data of 191,709 people is listed for sale on the underground marketplace, with the highest number being in LS6 (12,244), LS12 (12,065) and LS11 (10,419).

The illicitly obtained data – from email addresses and pictures to passport numbers and credit card details – is listed for sale on the areas of the internet which are encrypted and hidden from ordinary search engines.

Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Smith, West Yorkshire Police head of cyber crime, said criminals typically target “the low-hanging fruit” – people who have low levels of cyber security.

She said people can be too relaxed about their personal details online, leaving them open to identity theft by doing

Read more at: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/crime/cyber-criminals-trading-details-of-200-000-people-in-leeds-on-dark-web-1-8668555

Cyber criminals trading details of 200,000 people in Leeds on dark …

Cyber hackers could be trading the details of nearly 200,000 people in Leeds on the dark web in a bid to extort them for cash and goods, research from a specialist data firm has found.

Across the Leeds postcode, the personal data of 191,709 people is listed for sale on the underground marketplace, with the highest number being in LS6 (12,244), LS12 (12,065) and LS11 (10,419).

The illicitly obtained data – from email addresses and pictures to passport numbers and credit card details – is listed for sale on the areas of the internet which are encrypted and hidden from ordinary search engines.

Detective Chief Inspector Vanessa Smith, West Yorkshire Police head of cyber crime, said criminals typically target “the low-hanging fruit” – people who have low levels of cyber security.

She said people can be too relaxed about their personal details online, leaving

Read more at: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/crime/cyber-criminals-trading-details-of-200-000-people-in-leeds-on-dark-web-1-8668555