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This ransomware asks victims to name their own price to get their files back

A form of ransomware which shares similarities with Locky and also comes with the option for infected victims to negotiate a price for retrieving their encrypted files.

Scarab ransomware was first uncovered in June, but during November, it was suddenly distributed in

Read more at: http://www.zdnet.com/article/this-ransomware-asks-victims-to-name-their-own-price-to-get-their-files-back/

Uber paid off their hackers — and they’re far from the only ones


About 57 million users of the Uber app, shown above, had their names, email addresses and phone numbers accessed in a 2016 hack.

It may have been the most arresting detail in a story full of them: Not only did Uber allow hackers to make off with the personal data of 57 million customers and drivers, but the ride-hailing company also had paid those same criminals $100,000 to delete the data and keep their mouths shut about the entire episode.

If it sounds like an old-school crime wrapped in a new-school mold — blackmail for the digital era — that’s because it is, according to cybersecurity experts. The only new thing about hacks and subsequent hush money is the belief among cybersecurity professionals that similar payments are occurring with increasing frequency.

“In the security practice, paying a ransom is usually

Read more at: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/innovations/wp/2017/11/22/uber-paid-off-their-hackers-and-theyre-far-from-the-only-ones/

CISOs Urged to Hack Their Own Networks to Find Security Weaknesses

NEW YORK—Chief information Security Officers (CISOs) and technology professionals gathered for Gigamon’s Cybersecurity Summit here Nov. 8 to get some sobering news from researcher Brian Krebs on the current state of the enterprise IT security.

One of his key observations is that today’s big breaches are likely yesterday’s news for seasoned cyber-attackers. The recently-disclosed Equifax breach may have grabbed headlines and led to some hasty executive departures at the company, but it came as no surprise to Krebs.

The millions of names, addresses and other personally identifiable information pilfered from the credit bureau’s servers have “been out there for years,” he said.

“These identifiers—name, date of birth, social security numbers, mother’s maiden name, address, previous address, phone number—all of this stuff has been compromised a hundred times over in the last decade. More importantly, it’s broadly for sale in the cyber-crime underground,” Krebs said during a keynote address.

To illustrate his point,

Read more at: http://www.eweek.com/security/cisos-urged-to-hack-their-own-networks-to-find-security-weaknesses

Bollywood celebs and their obsessive stalkers

Social media has provided a whole new platform for celebrities to connect with their fans. However, there have been times when the same has turned against them, making them a victim of cyber-bullying and cyber-stalking and Sunny Leone happens to be one of them.

The actress, who has taken up an initiative to fight cyber harassment and online abuse, opened up about her own experience of cyber-stalking at an event.

She recalled how she was threatened by a person who said he would come to her house to cause her harm. Further recalling the incident, she said that her husband Daniel Weber was not in the country and she was frightened to live alone. Whenever she used to hear some noise outside her house, she would carry a knife in her hand and walk towards the door.

In a yet another incident, she said, a person arrived at her door and started

Read more at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/bollywood-celebs-and-their-obsessive-stalkers/Sunny-Leone-shares-her-dreadful-experience-of-being-a-victim-to-cyber-stalking/photostory/61261856.cms

Bollywood celebs and their obsessive stalkers

Social media has provided a whole new platform for celebrities to connect with their fans. However, there have been times when the same has turned against them, making them a victim of cyber-bullying and cyber-stalking and Sunny Leone happens to be one of them.

The actress, who has taken up an initiative to fight cyber harassment and online abuse, opened up about her own experience of cyber-stalking at an event.

She recalled how she was threatened by a person who said he would come to her house to cause her harm. Further recalling the incident, she said that her husband Daniel Weber was not in the country and she was frightened to live alone. Whenever she used to hear some noise outside her house, she would carry a knife in her hand and walk towards the door.

In a yet another incident, she said, a person arrived at her door and started

Read more at: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/bollywood-celebs-and-their-obsessive-stalkers/Sunny-Leone-shares-her-dreadful-experience-of-being-a-victim-to-cyber-stalking/photostory/61261856.cms

Suffolk parents urged to teach their children about effects of cyber bullying

PUBLISHED: 08:00 19 October 2017

Parents are being encouraged to help educate their children on cyber bullying and the importance of staying safe online. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCKPHOTO

Parents are being encouraged to help educate their children on cyber bullying and the importance of staying safe online. Picture: GETTY IMAGES/iSTOCKPHOTO

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Gurgaon: Women SHOs hone their skills in tackling cyber crime

During the lunch break in one-day training on cybercrime, President medal awardee inspector Luxmi Devi from Bhiwani approached head of the Digital investigation training and analysis centre (DITAC) and asked for help.

“Kindly brief us on collection of evidence and collating it in a proper manner in cyber crime cases,” she requested Jitender Gahlawat, deputy superintendent of police who is heading the DITAC.

Gahlawat said there would be a separate session on the topic and all queries of the participants would be cleared in the training module.

The one-day training — ‘Technical aspects in investigation of crime against children and women’ — was the first of its kind for station house officers of women’s police station across the state. A total of 22 SHOs participated in the training and they were enthusiastic about learning new facts in handling cybercrime.

“We enjoyed the training and learnt a lot of new concepts that will help

Read more at: http://www.hindustantimes.com/gurgaon/gurgaon-women-shos-hone-their-skills-in-tackling-cyber-crime/story-8CZcIAVK6uPzBAQ8rckT7K.html

Sextortion: How a New Breed of Predator Exploits Victims Through Their Own Computers

Heather knew there were adults on the Internet who preyed on kids, and she regularly warned her own four children about the dangers of talking to strangers online. Yet the 37-year-old married mom from Phoenix never thought she would ever fall victim to a growing Internet crime known as sextortion.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) classifies sextortion as a form of online blackmail in which explicit images are used to extort additional photos, sexual favors, and sometimes money from victims. It can involve hacking into a victim’s computer or “catfishing” — where predators lure unsuspecting victims into online relationships and coerce them into sharing nude photos or videos. A 2016 report from the Brookings Institute found that sextortion is on

Read more at: https://www.allure.com/story/online-predators-blackmail-sextortion-victims-explicit-images

Over 80pc of SMEs fall victim to cyber crime – but 20pc still don’t change their password

“Increased online business activity has expedited and expanded trade, creating a cheaper, more flexible, and far reaching business environment; but with this comes security risk”.

Details of the types of attacks revealed in the report include experienced computer related crime, excluding ‘Spam’ or Phishing’ emails (30pc of firms affected), virus infections (62pc – up from 42pc) and theft of company data (5pc).

Read more at: http://www.independent.ie/business/small-business/over-80pc-of-smes-fall-victim-to-cyber-crime-but-20pc-still-dont-change-their-password-36135200.html

These Ads Confront Swedish Parents With the Cyber Bullying Their Kids Experience

Swedish anti-bullying charity Make a Change is confronting parents with the kinds of shocking words their children are faced with via cyber bullying in a print and outdoor campaign.

The ads, by DDB Stockholm, use smartphone icons to spell out shocking phrases like “ugly slut” and “kill your self,” all messages that some teens have to deal with in their digital life. According to Make a Change, 20% of the children experiencing cyber bullying are considering taking their own lives and every third girl in Sweden has been subject to sexual harassment online.

The campaign features online, print and DOOH — presumably, particularly targeting those parents who aren’t necessarily digitally savvy themselves. Dennis Phang, Art Director at DDB Stockholm, says in a statement: “The purpose of the campaign is to increase knowledge of cyberbullying, give parents the tools they need to communicate with their children about the web as well as to

Read more at: http://creativity-online.com/work/make-a-change-cyber-bullying/52504