Less than 5 per cent of of cyber crime is reported to gardaí, a conference has heard.
Speaking at the conference Cyber Fraud in a Digital Age at University College Cork on Friday, Det Supt Mick Gubbins of the Garda Cyber Crime Bureau appealed to company owners and individuals to contact them when they find themselves under attack by criminals.
He said support services are ready and in place for persons impacted by cyber crime.
“Of the cyber-dependent crime, very little of that is reported. I would say it is less than 5 per cent. It is not just an Irish phenomenon. It is a European and global phenomenon. We would like to let them know that the guards have the ability to investigate cyber-dependent incidents.”
Det Supt Gubbins said one third of Irish and Northern Irish businesses have suffered a data security breach in the past year.
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On the 28th December, two Romanian suspects were charged with hacking in the USA. They have been formally named as Mihai Alexandru Isvanca, 25, and Eveline Cismaru, 28.
Both suspects were arrested at Otopeni Airport in Bucharest on Dec. 15, 2017. However, given the nature of the charges, the details were not released until they were in US custody.
Isvanca and Cismaru are charged with hacking into 123 surveillance cameras belonging to the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in January 2017. The surveillance cameras were used to store copies of the Cerber and dharma ransomware. The ransomware was then distributed via spam email. Over 179,000 email addresses were recovered by investigators. They have also identified a number of victims although they have not said how much
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Virtually everyone in the country is likely to have had their personal data hacked and placed for sale on the dark web, police have said.
Peter Goodman, the National Police Chiefs’ Council lead for cybercrime, said that his own personal information had been stolen three times.
He also warned that the UK was under daily attack from Russian cybercriminals and in some cases hacking was state-sponsored.
Ciaran Martin, chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre, revealed this week that hackers acting on behalf of Russia had targeted the UK’s telecommunications, media and energy sectors.
Mr Goodman, who is also the chief constable of Derbyshire, said that the scale of hacking had increased so greatly that almost the entire population had private details available for…
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Mumbai: For the first time, individuals can buy insurance cover against cyber crime, including loss of funds to online fraud, identity theft, cyber stalking, phishing, cyber extortion and malware attack.
While customised cyber liability cover for businesses has been around for years, these were not over-the-counter covers that could be bought by individuals. The Cyber Safe policy designed by Bajaj Allianz General Insurance is aimed at improving the level of comfort among individual internet and ecommerce users.
“This cover is the first of its kind designed keeping in mind the changing risk profile of the consumer. A couple of decades ago the biggest risk was having your pocket picked. In this day and age covers against pickpockets do not help when the bigger risk is of cybercrime,” said Tapan Singhel, MD CEO of the company.
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Cyber security expert Paul C Dwyer expected a certain amount of scrutiny when he contacted whistle-blower Edward Snowden to ask him to speak at next week’s Cyber Threat Summit conference in Dublin — but what followed made him feel like a marked man.
“The day we mentioned Snowden was our guest speaker the power in our office went and our internet connection went down,” Dwyer reveals. “Every single website that has reference to my name was taken offline, including ones belonging to my wife and daughter. Of course, it could have been coincidence, but in my eyes that was someone saying, ‘Watch out: this is what we can do’.”
Now in its seventh year, the 2017 summit will feature more than 100 speakers, including economist…
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Cyber criminals pocketed more than £400,000 in six months by ripping off victims in Cumbria.
Digital con artists carried out dozens of scams – stealing details and raiding cash sources after tricking people into divulging information.
The startling extent of this avenue of offending comes after it emerged crimefighters are placing greater emphasis than ever on advising people to be careful online.
The county force has had to double its cyber crime budget in a decade.
The latest figures emerged from Cumbria’s crime commissioner, Peter McCall.
In his newly-published annual report, he details some of the statistics involved in cyber crime in the county.
Figures for a six month period last year showed that in Cumbria there were 44 offences classed as “cyber dependent” crime.
Thirteen of these were classed as hacking – the most common offence.
The total loss to victims in these crimes was £13,000.
But there were also 66 crimes classed as “cyber enabled”.
The majority of
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Security experts have warned of the threat of “sextortion” after a Fianna Fáil politician was blackmailed online.
It is understood he paid money to a criminal gang who threatened to share a video allegedly showing him in a compromising position.
Patrick McKenna, a security specialist with childwatch.ie, said that honey-trap scams had become “prevalent” in recent years. He said: “It is a very difficult crime to detect. People who engage in this and extort money from others know that the likelihood of them being caught is low because many people don’t report the crime to authorities.”
Adults who had sexual conversations online with strangers could fall victim. “Every day there are millions of sexual interactions online over webcams. It’s only after this that a threat…
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