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How mobile phones have become the fingerprints of the future for cyber cops

They are the everyday essential most of us will not leave the house without.

But mobile phones can also provide police with all the evidence they need to snare even the craftiest of crooks .

As thieves, paedophiles and fraudsters move from the streets to the web to commit their crimes, police are also harnessing high-tech crime fighting methods in a bid to keep up with a new breed of cyber criminal.

Today in part three of our Cyber Crime series the Chronicle goes behind the scenes at Northumbria Police’s Digital Forensics Unit as staff and officers reveal how offenders’ phones, computers and tablets are providing the clues they need to bring them to book.

And the former cop who runs the facility, in Byker, Newcastle, said there was little criminals could hide from his tech-savvy team.

Jerry Hewitt, Digital Forensic Unit Manager at Northumbria Police

Read more at: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/how-mobile-phones-become-fingerprints-13791561

New Study Reveals Just How Bad Cyber Bullying Has Got

Phoebe Parke
| Social Media Editor | 2 hours ago

More Than Half Of Teens Are Victims Of Cyber Bullying, And Self Harm Among Teen Girls Is Up 68%

The Debrief: It’s not good…

A new report has revealed the true extent of online bullying as well as the impact it is having on young women. It shows that 53% of teenagers have had their photograph posted online to embarrass them, and nearly one in five teens have been threatened online. 

The research by the University of Buckingham and

Read more at: http://www.thedebrief.co.uk/news/real-life/manchester-study-cyber-bullying-teens-self-harm-20171068539

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month – 91.5 KIOS

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month, which the Department of Homeland Security (dhs.gov) says is “a yearly campaign to raise awareness about the importance of cyber security.”

Dr. Matthew Hale, Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity at UNO, says long before the huge Equifax breach there was plenty of reason to be concerned about identity theft.  He describes identity theft and credit card fraud  as “active areas of cyber crime” and “a massive industry” 

“It’s surprising how cheap you can actually get people’s information on the black market.  It turns out there’s roughly about 16 billion dollars in identify theft and fraud; this was just last year. And it typically affects about 15.4 million Americans – I think that was the

Read more at: http://kios.org/post/october-cyber-security-awareness-month

Top 10 ways to prevent cyber crime at work and at home


Cyberattacks today are unfortunately a common occurrence and on the increase. In fact, an average of 200,000 new malware samples are discovered daily, presenting an ominous threat to consumers at work and at home.

To help you teach employees and members how to avoid fraud on both fronts, our experts at CO-OP have compiled the following “top 10” list of cyber security tips. Sharing these guidelines throughout your community can help prevent cyber-breaches and all the devastation they leave in their wake.

  1. Don’t click on e-mailed links. Instead, type the website URL directly into the web browser’s address bar, or search for the site using a search engine like Google.
  2. Avoid opening any attachments you were not expecting. However, if you must, scan the attachment first for viruses.
  3. Keep computers patched and up to date. This includes operating systems like Windows

    Read more at: https://www.cuinsight.com/top-10-ways-prevent-cyber-crime-work-home.html

Ransomware most likely form of cyber attack on industry in near future

In a speech on 20 October at the annual Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association conference, Bell reflected that a move against a third-party administrator (TPA) was the most viable way to get money from schemes.

Usually a ransomware attack involves an individual or group sending an email to a targeted organisation or company.

This email is then opened by a member of that organisation which paralyses key functions of that firm’s internal systems.

Once a ransom has been paid to the criminals they might restore the paralysed system.

Bell explained how an attack on a TPA might work in practice.

“I think the first type of attack could be a ransomware used on an administrator to block services. These criminals are clever and set ransoms at a level which the organisation can pay and also be recovered from the insurers,” he said.  

Bell’s favourite example of a

Read more at: https://www.professionalpensions.com/professional-pensions/news/3019519/ransomware-most-likely-form-of-cyber-attack-on-industry-in-near-future

Local businesses, sitting ducks for cyber crime

Local cyber security experts, IT academics, researchers and even a Federal Bureau of Investigations special agent were among technocrats speaking at the Third African Cyber Crime conference held yesterday.

Most of the experts cautioned that cyber security was being taken far too casually in a country where most of the business community is data and Internet reliant.

Prominent software developer, Itumeleng Garebatshabe said a recent survey of a commercial hub populated by Botswana Stock Exchange-listed companies had found gaping holes in cyber security.

“Our recent survey found that most of these BSE companies had their Wi-Fi networks open during the Christmas and Independence holidays,” he said. 

“This is dangerous as it exposes corporate information to hackers who could use the data for other purposes.  Most of these Wi-Fi networks are accessible metres away from those companies’ premises and people with evil intentions could easily crack the passwords and walk into their systems.”

Garebatshabe said

Read more at: http://www.mmegi.bw/index.php?aid=72513&dir=2017/october/19

Half of teenagers have been victims of cyber-bullying – and parents are ignorant about what their children are …

  • Survey of teens found 53% had had a picture posted online to embarrass them
  • Parents remain ignorant about their childrens’ online behaviour and experiences
  • Findings reported by Sir John Cass’s Foundation and University of Buckingham psychologist Dr Masa Popovac

Daily Mail Reporter

Cyber cops fighting a new breed of ‘highly intelligent’ criminal as crime goes online

Detectives have revealed how they are battling a new breed of super smart crook as crime continues to move online.

Northumbria Police’s head of crime, Det Chief Supt Lisa Orchard, has admitted that cyber criminals are continually creeping one step ahead of officers as some of the biggest brains in Britain discover crime can pay if they use their intelligence to make more money on the wrong-side of the law.

But the force is now fighting back. And after investing heavily in its digital forensics base and staff, police are warning cyber criminals that the technology they use to commit their crimes could be the devices detectives use to snare them.

Lisa Orchard, Head of Crime at Northumbria Police

Lisa Orchard, Head of Crime at Northumbria Police

Det Chief Supt Orchard said: “Whatever type of crime we have it just seems the criminals evolve to overcome the barriers

Read more at: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/cyber-cops-fighting-new-breed-13782221

Cyber cops fighting a new breed of ‘highly intelligent’ criminal as …

Detectives have revealed how they are battling a new breed of super smart crook as crime continues to move online.

Northumbria Police’s head of crime, Det Chief Supt Lisa Orchard, has admitted that cyber criminals are continually creeping one step ahead of officers as some of the biggest brains in Britain discover crime can pay if they use their intelligence to make more money on the wrong-side of the law.

But the force is now fighting back. And after investing heavily in its digital forensics base and staff, police are warning cyber criminals that the technology they use to commit their crimes could be the devices detectives use to snare them.

Lisa Orchard, Head of Crime at Northumbria Police

Lisa Orchard, Head of Crime at Northumbria Police

Det Chief Supt Orchard said: “Whatever type of crime we have it just seems the criminals evolve to overcome the barriers

Read more at: http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/north-east-news/cyber-cops-fighting-new-breed-13782221