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California law targets abuse of power and sexual exploitation


Over the past several months, a loud national conversation has been taking place about sexual harassment and assault — in Hollywood, in business, the judiciary, and in the halls of Congress and state legislatures. The conduct revealed is not new and all stems from the same root cause — abuse of power.

For as long as we’ve documented history, people in power have chosen to abuse it. These abuses are perpetrated in many forms, but abusing power for sexual gratification is an age-old variety. The current national conversation, the #MeToo movement, and all of the women (and men) coming forward will change nothing without meaningful channels to report and respond to these abuses of power and sexual exploitation.

In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed

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California law targets abuse of power and sexual exploitation – San …

For as long as we’ve documented history, people in power have chosen to abuse it. These abuses are perpetrated in many forms, but abusing power for sexual gratification is an age-old variety. The current national conversation, the #MeToo movement, and all of the women (and men) coming forward will change nothing without meaningful channels to report and respond to these abuses of power and sexual exploitation.


In October, Gov. Jerry Brown signed SB500 into law. By adding just a few words to California’s extortion statute, this law will protect Californians from “sextortion” by providing a clear path to report this abuse to law enforcement and a tool for prosecutors to seek accountability from offenders. Sextortion is where the currency demanded is not money but sex or sexual images. It is, at its

Read more at: https://www.sfchronicle.com/opinion/openforum/article/California-law-targets-abuse-of-power-and-sexual-12472042.php

Hacking group targets banks with stealthy trojan malware campaign …

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The Silence malware drops allow attackers to stealthily monitor everything going on the screen of an infected user.


Image: iStock

A previously unknown but highly organised hacking group is carrying out a series of cyber attacks against banks and financial institutions around the world, deploying trojan malware to gain entry into

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/hacking-group-targets-banks-with-stealthy-trojan-malware-campaign/

New malware targets ATMs

ATMs continue to be lucrative targets for fraudsters.

ATMs continue to be lucrative targets for fraudsters.

A new malware strain targeting ATMs, which was being openly sold on the dark net market, has been discovered.

According to researchers at cyber security firm Kaspersky Lab, the malware dubbed Cutlet Maker consists of three components and enables ATM jackpotting if the attacker is able to gain physical access to the machine.

It points out that a toolset potentially allowing criminals to steal millions was on sale for just $5 000 and came equipped with a step-by-step user guide.

ATMs continue to be lucrative targets for fraudsters, who use various methods to extract maximum profit, says Kaspersky Lab.

“While some rely on physically destructive methods through the use of metal cutting tools, others choose malware infection, enabling them to manipulate cash dispensers from the inside. Although

Read more at: http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=165958

Magnitude EK Targets South Korea with Language-Specific Ransomware

Residents of Asia Pac, and in particular South Korea, are in the crosshairs of a resurgence in the Magnitude Exploit Kit, which is being used to distribute the Magniber ransomware.

According to FireEye, the Magnitude EK has been quiet since last September, when it was seen to mostly be targeting Taiwan victims. However, it roared back into action last week, now seen focusing solely on South Korea. It also switched up its payloads—previously it had been distributing Cerber ransomware.

The first reappearance of the EK in this latest campaign came as a malvertising redirection. Trend Micro, in a separate analysis, found that these malvertisements filter victims using the geolocation of the client IP address and system language. It’s a staple technique used by EKs and other cyber-criminal campaigns to evade detection and hide their activities from security researchers.

However, the analysis shows that the Magniber ransomware payload only seems to

Read more at: https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/magnitude-ek-targets-south-korea/

This expensive new ransomware targets organisations with specially crafted phishing lures

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Defray ransomware note, complete with ‘advice’ on how to not fall victim to future attacks.


Image: Proofpoint

A newly discovered form of ransomware is targeting organisations with tailored phishing emails, demanding a huge ransom from unfortunate victims.

The ransomware has been dubbed ‘Defray’ by researchers at Proofpoint who uncovered it. The

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/expensive-new-defray-ransomware-targets-us-and-uk-organisations-with-specially-crafted-phishing/

Baiting: the sexual cyber-bullying that targets teenage girls

The girl in one of the photographs cannot be much more than 13 years old. She smiles self-consciously at the camera, blonde hair loose, casual in a vest top. Beneath the image — posted on Instagram — is a caption too explicit to repeat in this newspaper claiming she has been sexually promiscuous.

“I was in school when it happened,” the girl told me. “I was 13 or 14 at the time. Nothing written about me on that account was true.”

Other photographs posted on similar accounts show teenage girls in their underwear. Beneath these images the full names of the girls are shown with links to their social media accounts. Overwhelmingly the teenagers in the photographs are girls and aged 13-16. The most explicit…

Read more at: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/baiting-the-sexual-cyber-bullying-that-targets-teenage-girls-968pbbcq8

Cyber crime: ‘We’re all targets’ – Yorkshire Evening Post

Cyber crime has more than trebled in West Yorkshire in the past two years, the YEP can reveal, as West Yorkshire’s Chief Constable warns “we are all targets” if we use the internet.

New figures, uncovered in a YEP investigation, show that since 2014/15, reports of cyber crime have risen from 979 to 2,988, with the biggest spike being in the year to March 2016.

The 205 per cent rise comes as the force reveals children as young as 12 are being sucked into serious internet crime, often through online gaming.

And now, the woman in charge of West Yorkshire Police (WYP) has warned that cyber crime is “one of the most significant threats facing us today”.

Chief Constable Dee Collins said: “Victims range from the young to the old, from the individual to small and medium enterprises up to the multinational business – if we use the internet,

Read more at: http://www.yorkshireeveningpost.co.uk/news/cyber-crime-we-re-all-targets-1-8663840