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North Korea Already Has a Devastating Weapon: Cyber attacks

As tensions rise over North Korea’s potential nuclear missile threat, U.S. officials and outside experts are increasingly concerned the rogue regime will respond to international pressure by lashing out with a weapon it has already mastered: cyber attacks that can disable corporate networks, steal money from banks and potentially disrupt critical infrastructure.

American intelligence officials have long ranked North Korea as one of the world’s more dangerous cyber actors, trailing only Russia, China and Iran among U.S. adversaries in its ability to inflict damage via computer networks.

In the best known incident in 2014, U.S. intelligence officials say, North Korean hackers attacked Sony Pictures, destroying corporate computers and disclosing sensitive company data. The U.S. accused North Korea of carrying it out in response to a film lampooning North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Experts say North Korea could deploy the same techniques to inflict harm not just on one company, but on the American

Read more at: http://www.kvoa.com/story/36175961/north-korea-already-has-a-devastating-weapon-cyber-attacks

Cyber ‘sextortion’ gang targeting well-paid Irish executives – with alert being issued about new craze

A CYBER “sextortion” gang are targeting male executives in Ireland.

The crooks reach out to well-paid bosses through fake female profiles on Linkedin.

Fake female profiles are being set up by the gang

Fake female profiles are being set up by the gang

The con artists convince their target to perform an “embarrassing act” which is secretly recorded on video.

At that point, they reveal their real “motive” and begin to extort funds from the victim under the threat of publicly releasing the video to their business and social network.

Leading cyber security expert Paul C Dwyer last night issued an alert about the new craze.

However, he urged executives hit by the scammers not to cough up cash under any circumstances.

Dwyer warned: “Do not pay a ransom — they will just ask for more! Make note of their account id’s, emails and bank details.

“Report them

Read more at: https://www.thesun.ie/news/1420548/cyber-sextortion-gang-targeting-well-paid-irish-executives-with-alert-being-issued-about-new-craze/

Cyber ‘sextortion’ gang bribing well-paid male Irish executives – with alert being issued about new craze

A CYBER “sextortion” gang are targeting male executives in Ireland.

The crooks reach out to well-paid bosses through fake female profiles on Linkedin.

Fake female profiiles are being set up (stock image)

Fake female profiiles are being set up (stock image)

The con artists convince their target to perform an “embarrassing act” which is secretly recorded on video.

At that point, they reveal their real “motive” and begin to extort funds from the victim under the threat of publicly releasing the video to their business and social network.

Leading cyber security expert Paul C Dwyer last night issued an alert about the new craze.

However, he urged executives hit by the scammers not to cough up cash under any circumstances.

Dwyer warned: “Do not pay a ransom — they will just ask for more! Make note of their account id’s, emails and bank details.

“Report them on the

Read more at: https://www.thesun.ie/news/1420548/cyber-sextortion-gang-targeting-well-paid-irish-executives-with-alert-being-issued-about-new-craze/

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

Zimbabwe: Mandiwanzira Illegally Altered Cyber Crime Bill?

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Technology and Courier Services minister, Supa Mandiwanzira, has clandestinely twisted Computer and Cyber Crime Bill and smuggled it to the Attorney General’s office for perfection, a senior government official has suggested.

Loveness Ngwanga, a legal adviser within Mandiwanzira’s portfolio, told a media workers workshop in the capital last week that the ministry has changed the bill from Computer and Cyber Crime Bill to Cyber Crime and Cyber Security.

“This bill which we are talking about is now before the Attorney General where it is being drafted; so as it is I am not comfortable

Read more at: http://allafrica.com/stories/201708180340.html

Cyber crime report awaited in Goddard case

State advocate Frank Van Heerden on Monday asked for a 6 month adjournment to compile a report on the 3.2 million images under examination.
On August 1, the State was granted an adjournment by the Pietermaritzburg High Court for the report to be made available on August 14. This meant that Cyber Crime Unit officers would have had to view and examine at least 200 000 images every day of the week to compile a report for Monday’s court appearance. They have to date only gone through 1.5million images. No evidence was led on Monday.

Also read: Goddard’s fourth bail appeal succeeds
Judge Nomusa Khuzwayo granted the adjournment, and extended Goddard’s R10 000 bail that had been granted by Judge Sidwell Mngadi in March. He had previously been in custody for nearly eleven months after his arrest in March last year.
The case has been postponed to next year and set

Read more at: http://maritzburgsun.co.za/41612/cyber-crime-report-awaited-goddard-case/

Massachusetts State Police bulks up security preparedness, cyber crime fighting capability

FRAMINGHAM — A new Massachusetts State Police division designed to bulk up the state’s ability to anticipate possible terrorist incidents and fight cyber crime was announced at the State Police headquarters Thursday afternoon.

State Secretary of Public Safety and Security Dan Bennett said the new Division of Homeland Security and Preparedness gives state police extra capabilities to address crime fighting and homeland terrorist incidents, the State House News Service reported.

“We are building a 24-hour statewide Watch Center within general headquarters here in Framingham that will monitor developing incidents anywhere in the state, nation or the world which might impact our public safety and security,” State Police Superintendent Col. Richard Quinn said. 

The Homeland Security and Preparedness division will take in current State Police programs such as the Air Wing, state marine unit and cyber crime and digital evidence units, as well as the Fusion Center, an ongoing collaboration between federal and local law enforcement. The unit will, among

Read more at: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/08/state_police_to_bulk_up_securi.html