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Alpha Bay Takedown Shows Government Collaboration Capability

Described as “roughly ten times the size” of Silk Road, the dark web market Alpha Bay has been taken down in a joint effort between international law enforcement, US government departments and Europol.

In the takedown headed by the US Department of Justice, it has been reported that Alpha Bay had more than 200,000 users and around the time of the takedown, there were more than 250,000 listings for illegal drugs and toxic chemicals and the market was responsible for approximately $1 billion in illicit sales.

The takedown follows the shutdown of the original Silk Road marketplace in 2013, and its 2015 successor.

“This is one of the most important criminal investigations of this entire year,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a press briefing. “Make no mistake, the forces of law and justice face a challenge from criminals and transnational criminal organizations who think they can commit their crimes

Read more at: https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news-features/alpha-bay-takedown-government/

34 cases of WannaCry, Petya ransomware reported to CERT-In: Government

NEW DELHI: Thirty-four incidents of WannaCry and Petya ransomware were reported to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) from organisations and individuals in the country, Parliament was informed today.

The cyber attacks, which took place in May and June, crippled thousands of systems across the world in countries including the US, the UK, Russia and Ukraine.

“(Thirty-four (34) incidents have been reported to the (CERT-In) from organisations and individuals regarding infections of WannaCry and Petya ransomware. As reported to CERT-In, operations of one sea port were partially affected by the Petya ransomware,” Minister of State for Electronics and IT P P Chaudhary said in a written reply to Lok Sabha.

Remedial measures to contain the damage and prevent such incidents have been advised by CERT-In, he added.

The minister said free tools for detection and removal of

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/tech/internet/34-cases-of-wannacry-petya-ransomware-reported-to-cert-in-government/articleshow/59666898.cms

IT illiteracy and government: how legislators never understood computers

Andras Kirkman-Kovacs, runner-up in the BARBRI International Cyber Crime Blogging Prize Competition, says the government has its work cut out

It’s safe to say that governments don’t get the internet. Still, between trying to ban porn and failing to deliver the oldest joke on the web, we still rely on them to protect us from criminals, in whatever shape or form they come. And with 2017 shaping up to be yet another busy year for cyber crimes, our current government has its job cut out for it.

Unfortunately, much like our grandparents, our legislators have been displaying tragic amounts of ignorance and confusion when having to deal with computers.

A simpler time

In 1983 the movie WarGames introduced us to the fascinating phenomenon of computer hacking and fuelled our Cold War paranoia with stories of

Read more at: https://www.legalcheek.com/lc-journal-posts/it-illiteracy-and-government-how-legislators-never-understood-computers/

IT illiteracy and government: how legislators never understood …

Andras Kirkman-Kovacs, runner-up in the BARBRI International Cyber Crime Blogging Prize Competition, says the government has its work cut out

It’s safe to say that governments don’t get the internet. Still, between trying to ban porn and failing to deliver the oldest joke on the web, we still rely on them to protect us from criminals, in whatever shape or form they come. And with 2017 shaping up to be yet another busy year for cyber crimes, our current government has its job cut out for it.

Unfortunately, much like our grandparents, our legislators have been displaying tragic amounts of ignorance and confusion when having to deal with computers.

A simpler time

In 1983 the movie WarGames introduced us to the fascinating phenomenon of computer hacking and fuelled our Cold War paranoia with stories of

Read more at: https://www.legalcheek.com/lc-journal-posts/it-illiteracy-and-government-how-legislators-never-understood-computers/

Zim government to speed up Computer Crime and Cyber Crime Bill …

Supa Collins Mandiwanzira is a Zimbabwean politician, journalist and entrepreneur. He is the current Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services in the Republic of Zimbabwe. Mandiwanzira is the founder of Zimbabwe’s only privately owned radio station, ZiFM Stereo through his company, AB Communications. An internationally acclaimed journalist, Mandiwanzira rose to national prominence in the 2000s when he became the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Reuters correspondent.
He is known for having hosted business shows on the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC-TV) such as Talking Business With Supa. Following his party, the ZANU-PF’s victory at the July 2013 elections, Mandiwanzira was appointed Deputy Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services. Mandiwanzira is a past president of the black empowerment organisation, the Affirmative Action Group (AAG). Read More

Read more at: http://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/05/zim-government-speed-computer-crime-cyber-crime-bill-response-ransomware-cyber-attack/

Zim government to speed up Computer Crime and Cyber Crime Bill in response to ransomware cyber-attack

Supa Collins Mandiwanzira is a Zimbabwean politician, journalist and entrepreneur. He is the current Minister of Information and Communication Technology, Postal and Courier Services in the Republic of Zimbabwe. Mandiwanzira is the founder of Zimbabwe’s only privately owned radio station, ZiFM Stereo through his company, AB Communications. An internationally acclaimed journalist, Mandiwanzira rose to national prominence in the 2000s when he became the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and Reuters correspondent.
He is known for having hosted business shows on the Zimbabwe Broadcasting Corporation (ZBC-TV) such as Talking Business With Supa. Following his party, the ZANU-PF’s victory at the July 2013 elections, Mandiwanzira was appointed Deputy Minister of Information, Media and Broadcasting Services. Mandiwanzira is a past president of the black empowerment organisation, the Affirmative Action Group (AAG). Read More

Read more at: http://www.techzim.co.zw/2017/05/zim-government-speed-computer-crime-cyber-crime-bill-response-ransomware-cyber-attack/

Government activates mechanism to prevent cyber attack

The government on Sunday said it has activated a “preparedness and response mechanism” to prevent any major cyber attack from a new ransomware — “Wannacry” — which has infected computer systems around the world.

According to the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), it has activated a “preparedness and response mechanism” by instructing CERT-IN (Computer Emergency Response Team) to gather “all the information of the reported ransomware”.

Just a few days ago a global cyber attack was launched using the “WannaCry” ransomware. The malicious software infects a computer and restricts users’ access to it until a ransom is paid to unlock it.

On May 13, CERT-IN had issued an advisory for both reactive and preventive actions to deal with the ransomware.

“MeitY has initiated contact with relevant stakeholders in public and private sector to ‘patch’ their systems as prescribed in the advisory issued by CERT-IN. MeitY has also requested Microsoft India to

Read more at: http://in.pcmag.com/cyber-crime/114510/news/government-activates-mechanism-to-prevent-cyber-attack