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Parents need to tackle cyber bullying, not just companies says research chief

The head of the National Anti-Bullying Research Centre has said a greater emphasis on parental responsibility is necessary to tackle cyber bullying, not just the regulation of internet companies.

Dr James O’Higgins Norman, associate professor of sociology at Dublin City University was reacting to new measures announced in the UK of a voluntary levy on companies such as Google and Facebook to help raise awareness on the issue.

The unspecified financial contribution would help fund the UK’s online safety strategy, designed to tackle bullying, abuse and other risks for children and vulnerable users.

Prime minister Theresa May has been critical of firms like Twitter, repeatedly calling on them to do more to stop the spread of extremist content and to help victims of abuse.

On Wednesday, digital minister Karen Bradley published proposals including the levy, a code of practice on removing intimidating or humiliating content from social media, and

Read more at: https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/parents-need-to-tackle-cyber-bullying-not-just-companies-says-research-chief-1.3252708

LG Anil Baijal asks cops to form research unit to deal with cyber crime

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New Research Report Reveals Trends and Tactics Used in Ransomware Demands

PALO ALTO, CA and LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwired – Jul 21, 2017) – SentinelOne, the company transforming endpoint protection by delivering unified, multi-layer protection driven by machine learning and intelligent automation, has commissioned a new report examining ransomware ‘splash screens’ — the initial warning screens of ransomware attacks.

The report “Exploring the Psychological Mechanisms used in Ransomware Splash Screens by Dr. Lee Hadlington PhD,1 senior lecturer of cyberpsychology at De Montfort University, London, reveals how social engineering tactics are used by cyber criminals to manipulate and elicit payments from individuals. It provides analysis of the language, visuals and payment types from 76 splash screens, to highlight how key social engineering techniques — fear, authority, scarcity (or urgency) and humour — are exploited by cyber criminals in ransomware attacks.

The report also examines the differing levels of sophistication on the part of the attackers and comes in the wake

Read more at: https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/17/07/m9804129/new-research-report-reveals-trends-and-tactics-used-in-ransomware-deman

New Research Report Reveals Trends and Tactics Used in …

PALO ALTO, CA and LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM–(Marketwired – Jul 21, 2017) – SentinelOne, the company transforming endpoint protection by delivering unified, multi-layer protection driven by machine learning and intelligent automation, has commissioned a new report examining ransomware ‘splash screens’ — the initial warning screens of ransomware attacks.

The report “Exploring the Psychological Mechanisms used in Ransomware Splash Screens by Dr. Lee Hadlington PhD,1 senior lecturer of cyberpsychology at De Montfort University, London, reveals how social engineering tactics are used by cyber criminals to manipulate and elicit payments from individuals. It provides analysis of the language, visuals and payment types from 76 splash screens, to highlight how key social engineering techniques — fear, authority, scarcity (or urgency) and humour — are exploited by cyber criminals in ransomware attacks.

The report also examines the differing levels of sophistication on the part of the attackers and comes in the wake

Read more at: https://www.benzinga.com/pressreleases/17/07/m9804129/new-research-report-reveals-trends-and-tactics-used-in-ransomware-deman

Research shows 62000 people in Staffordshire have been targeted by cyber crime

Shocking figures show 62,000 people have been the victim of cybercrime in Staffordshire, a new survey has shown. Deputy police and crime commissioner Sue Arnold, who organised the work to show the true extent of the cyber crime epidemic and the victims it leaves in its wake, said the survey, the first of its kind to be carried out in the county, shows the level of crime identified is actually just the tip of the iceberg.

She said: “This survey shows the number of crimes is at least double the amount Staffordshire Police is currently aware of and that is shocking, because we know the majority of cybercrime is still unreported by individuals and businesses.”

Key findings from the survey are:

Cyber attacks against financial services cost consumers £8bn in 2016, research reveals

“Due to its surge in popularity, and fast transaction cycles, online lending has become a prime target for cyber criminals,” said Vanita Pandey, vice president of strategy at ThreatMetrix. “Online lenders are under increasing pressure to adopt smarter authentication methods to accelerate genuine loans and prevent fraud.”

The most common crime in the UK spotted by the researchers was identity theft using data stolen in high-profile breaches, such as those against Yahoo and LinkedIn. ThreatMetrix said the majority of fraudulent attacks appear to have originated in developing countries including Brazil, Egypt, Ghana, Jordan, Nigeria and Macedonia. 

As cyber crime becomes a regular challenge for businesses, separate research from Timico has revealed the scale of damage ransomware attacks can inflict on British companies.  

A survey of 1,000 companies who have been victims of a ransomware attack, when cyber criminals lock all the files in a system and demand payment, revealed such breaches on average knock systems

Read more at: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2017/02/27/cyber-attacks-against-financial-services-cost-consumers-8bn/

Symantec Launches Research Campaign to Help FBI Track Down …

A security response team at Symantec collected intelligence data to help the FBI track and facilitate arrest of three cyber criminals in Romania that are part of a cyber crime group called “Bayrob.”

Symantec said Friday the group conducted computer intrusion, credit card fraud and auto auction scams that resulted in the theft of up to $35 million from victims.

The company’s security response unit has collected information on malicious programs, infection vectors and exploitation techniques used by Bayrob against its victims since 2007.

Symantec also conducted research into the types of Bayrob malware, the group’s use of money mules and how the cyber group developed into a botnet of more than 300,000 compromised computers for used in cryptocurrency mining operations.

The arrest performed by law enforcement authorities in Romania earlier this year led to the extradition of the three cyber criminals to

Read more at: http://blog.executivebiz.com/2016/12/symantec-launches-research-campaign-to-help-fbi-track-down-bayrob-cyber-crime-group/

Symantec Launches Research Campaign to Help FBI Track Down ‘Bayrob’ Cyber Crime Group

A security response team at Symantec collected intelligence data to help the FBI track and facilitate arrest of three cyber criminals in Romania that are part of a cyber crime group called “Bayrob.”

Symantec said Friday the group conducted computer intrusion, credit card fraud and auto auction scams that resulted in the theft of up to $35 million from victims.

The company’s security response unit has collected information on malicious programs, infection vectors and exploitation techniques used by Bayrob against its victims since 2007.

Symantec also conducted research into the types of Bayrob malware, the group’s use of money mules and how the cyber group developed into a botnet of more than 300,000 compromised computers for used in cryptocurrency mining operations.

The arrest performed by law enforcement authorities in Romania

Read more at: http://blog.executivebiz.com/2016/12/symantec-launches-research-campaign-to-help-fbi-track-down-bayrob-cyber-crime-group/