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Everyone at Risk for CyberCrime

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Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Trevor Forrest, addresses a Think Tank at the Jamaica Information Service (JIS) head office in Kingston recently. At left is Head of the Cyber Incident Response Team (CIRT), Dr. Moniphia Hewling.

Story Highlights

  • Senior Advisor in the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology, Trevor Forrest, is urging increased vigilance against cybercrime, as everyone is at risk.
  • Mr. Forrest said persons who use automated teller machines (ATMs), pay bills or shop online, use WhatsApp or Twitter on their

    Read more at: http://jis.gov.jm/everyone-risk-cybercrime/

Everyone Can Prevent Cyber Crime With Awareness

The impact of fraud and victimization through technology as a target and technology used as a tool now totals in the billions of dollars annually in Canada. The destruction is only expected to expand through the ‘Internet of Things‘ — devices connected via the Internet that collect and exchange information with one another and with us.

During October, police services and subject matter experts from across the country want to safeguard all Canadians from becoming victims of online and digital crimes. The OPP 2017 Cyber Security Awareness Month public, media and social media campaign will focus on four broader themes, including:

  • Identity theft
  • Two-factor Authentication and digital citizenship (Online Child Safety)
  • Online shopping and Safe Trade Zones
  • OPP Cyber Crime Investigations Team

The OPP is spreading the word among its own 9,200 employees to de-mystify threats, enhance education and awareness, and to ensure OPP information systems remain

Read more at: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/everyone-can-prevent-cyber-crime-with-awareness-648501813.html

Cyber hackers and digital defences: Gone phishing… So, everyone …

Monday blues started early for IT engineer K.S. Tan when he had to pull an all-nighter last Sunday to run codes on 720 servers and computers in Singapore.

News that hundreds of thousands of computers in about 150 countries were infected by a new malware, dubbed WannaCry, had broken on the Friday of that weekend.

The 35-year-old and three other IT colleagues were racing against time to keep the infection at bay as experts had warned that there could be more fallout on Monday, when people turned on their computers at work. Mr Tan’s company maintains the IT systems of hundreds of organisations in Singapore.

The scramble continued the next day, as they found several systems susceptible to WannaCry. “We hardly had time for meals and rest- room breaks,” says Mr Tan.

News of hospitals, government agencies and railway operations around the world being disrupted by WannaCry sends a chilling message – cyberspace has

Read more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/tech/gone-phishing-so-everyone-on-guard

Cyber hackers and digital defences: Gone phishing… So, everyone, on guard

Monday blues started early for IT engineer K.S. Tan when he had to pull an all-nighter last Sunday to run codes on 720 servers and computers in Singapore.

News that hundreds of thousands of computers in about 150 countries were infected by a new malware, dubbed WannaCry, had broken on the Friday of that weekend.

The 35-year-old and three other IT colleagues were racing against time to keep the infection at bay as experts had warned that there could be more fallout on Monday, when people turned on their computers at work. Mr Tan’s company maintains the IT systems of hundreds of organisations in Singapore.

The scramble continued the next day, as they found several systems susceptible to WannaCry. “We hardly had time for meals and rest- room breaks,” says Mr Tan.

News of hospitals, government agencies and railway operations around the world being disrupted by WannaCry sends a chilling message – cyberspace has

Read more at: http://www.straitstimes.com/tech/gone-phishing-so-everyone-on-guard

Opinion | Cyber crime: everyone is fair game | Clayton Hickey

Cyber risk in not isolated to the big end of town.

CYBER CRIME: One risk that is not going away.

Many of us hear the term cyber risk and we automatically default to the thinking this risk is one isolated to the big end of town or the Federal Government having its site hacked on the eve of Census.

Yes, the attacks on the big end of town are the most heavily publicised but, when it comes to cyber risk, the approach of “this will never happen to me” is dangerous and leaves thousands of small to medium businesses hopelessly exposed to compromise. In a study held last year, security advisers Symantec, concluded that more

Read more at: http://www.theherald.com.au/story/4538325/cyber-crime-everyone-is-fair-game/

Stalking App ‘Facezam’ Parodies Privacy Woes, But Not Everyone Is Laughing

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Earlier this week, stories about a facial-recognition app that can link photos of strangers to their Facebook accounts began to circulate, causing worry across the web about potential privacy invasion and, in a word, stalking. After widespread blowback from consumers and Facebook alike, its creators admitted the app was a sham; according to its critics, however, the damage had already been done, and while ‘Facezam’ might have been fake, it has helped to identify some very real problems.

Following a few days of heavy media criticism, the creators of Facezam, an app claiming to provide a stranger’s Facebook profile from just their (stolen) photo in passing, took down all the promotional images and copy about 70% success rates and “that beautiful girl you see on the train every day” on its website. They were replaced by a brief notice that the app was a “publicity stunt” all along, and had been cooked up by the British “Viral Marketing

Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/janetwburns/2017/03/16/stalking-app-facezam-parodies-privacy-woes-but-not-everyone-is-laughing/

Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web: What Everyone Needs to Know

The world has changed drastically over the past decade. The Internet has had a huge part in that, as it has made the world more accessible to anyone of any age, race, or gender. Used for entertainment, education, shopping, dating and more, the internet has provided a whole new virtual world for everyone to enjoy. But with the good also comes the bad—and for kids and teens these days, the bad has becomes a constant threat from cyberbullies and cyberstalking.

J. A. Hitchcock began to have an interest in cyberstalking and cyberbullies in 1996 when she blew the whistle on a literary agency scam. They stole her identity and began posting messages online pretending to be her; and that was only the beginning of a barrage of threats. When she contacted local police they had never had an internet-related case and couldn’t help her, so she taught herself how to track down online criminals, how to handle the situation, and how to stay safer online. After 10 years of being a victim, her cyberstalkers were brought to justice. Unfortunately, not all internet crime stories end with a happy ending.

Really, anyone of any age can become the target of a cyberbully. And quite honestly, victims are getting younger and younger every year when it comes to being cyberbullied. Throughout Cyberbullying and the Wild, Wild Web: What Everyone Needs to Know, Hitchcock explains how someone can become victim to cyberbullying and how they can stay safer online. Offering victims, and parents, the chance to be able to relate to and truly understand the unfortunate reality of cyberbullying through real-life examples of what happened to someone who had been through a similar situation.

For much-needed practical advice, from an expert who truly understands the threat of cybercrime, this is a must-have resource to combat the ever-growing problem of internet crime in our society.