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Be on the look out for cyber bullying, senior officer warns | York Press

A SENIOR police officer in York has urged residents to be on the look out for signs of cyber bullying.

Superintendent Adam Thomson, neighbourhood policing commander for York and Selby, said the rise in online bullying was “inevitable”, and abused by “nasty and twisted people of all ages”.

Supt Thomson said the potential damage caused by old fashioned poison pen letters had grown infinitely with the rise of Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and other platforms, and physical or verbal bullying at school was no longer confined to the playground.

He said: “In short, cyber bullying can happen to any of us. It is very hurtful and distressing and must be taken seriously by all concerned. Some forms of cyber bullying are criminal offences, such as harassment or threats. These should be reported directly to the police on 101 and the offender will be dealt with accordingly.

Read more at: http://www.yorkpress.co.uk/news/15604422.Be_on_the_look_out_for_cyber_bullying__senior_officer_warns/

One in four firms have been victim of cyber attack, survey warns



A study of 205 companies found 48% of businesses have no cyber-security policy in placeA study of 205 companies found 48% of businesses have no cyber-security policy in place

A study of 205 companies found 48% of businesses have no cyber-security policy in place

October 9 2017

More than a quarter of businesses have been hit by cyber attacks over the past two years, according to a new survey.

A study of 205 companies also found 48% of businesses have no cyber-security policy in place. Another 27% are either in need of tightened security or are totally unsecured.

The Magnet Networks national

Read more at: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/republic-of-ireland/one-in-four-firms-have-been-victim-of-cyber-attack-survey-warns-36209440.html

ATM cyber attack a growing threat, warns Europol

ATM malware has evolved and no longer requires physical access to machines to infect them, a report reveals.

Previously, criminals used physical “skimming” devices, USB sticks or CDs to install malware within automated teller machines (ATMs) but since 2015 the attacks have become increasingly remote.

Revenge porn can destroy lives, warns Jill’s mother-in-law

The report proposes jail terms of up to seven years for anybody guilty of publishing online revenge porn, or engaging in serious internet-linked harassment or cyber-stalking.

Joan Meagher’s daughter-in-law, Jill, was raped and murdered in Melbourne, Australia, in 2012 as she walked home from a night out with friends.

Read more at: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/revenge-porn-can-destroy-lives-warns-jills-motherinlaw-36072637.html

FBI warns against romance fraud, sextortion

Recent editions of the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment examined building a digital defense against romance fraud and sextortion.

For some people, looking for love online can bring a lifetime of roses and long walks on the beach. But for others, the seemingly perfect boyfriend ends up being perfectly horrible.

Romance fraud

Anyone can fall victim to this scammer, but most commonly he is going to target women over 40 who are widowed, divorced or disabled. It usually starts with an innocent-enough-sounding contact online. He’s likely been watching your social media accounts or gleaned info out of an online dating profile. Amazingly, he likes what you like — whether that’s books, music, sports or whatever. Over time, he starts communicating with you by email or text. He starts calling, and you have long conversations about your life, your future, and your love.

And then comes the kicker – he asks you for money. It

Read more at: https://www.thechronicleonline.com/news/fbi-warns-against-romance-fraud-sextortion/article_eaf5663c-76ea-11e7-a054-e77eb6a3fdd8.html

FBI warns against romance fraud, sextortion | News …

Recent editions of the Oregon FBI’s Tech Tuesday segment examined building a digital defense against romance fraud and sextortion.

For some people, looking for love online can bring a lifetime of roses and long walks on the beach. But for others, the seemingly perfect boyfriend or girlfriend ends up being perfectly horrible.

Romance fraud

Anyone can fall victim to this scammer, but most commonly he is going to target women over 40 who are widowed, divorced or disabled. It usually starts with an innocent-enough-sounding contact online. He’s likely been watching your social media accounts or gleaned info out of an online dating profile. Amazingly, he likes what you like — whether that’s books, music, sports or whatever. Over time, he starts communicating with you by email or text. He starts calling, and you have long conversations about your life, your future, and your love.

And then comes the kicker – he asks you for

Read more at: https://www.thechronicleonline.com/news/fbi-warns-against-romance-fraud-sextortion/article_eaf5663c-76ea-11e7-a054-e77eb6a3fdd8.html

‘The Darkening Web’ warns of destruction through cyber means

At the conclusion of his magisterial 2016 book “Cyberspace in Peace and War,” US Naval Academy cybersecurity expert Martin Libicki takes a scolding tone toward rag-tag hackers who liked to demonstrate “their intelligence if not their maturity” and told his readers that cybersecurity was a three-star problem that was “hyped into a four-star problem, a standing that it never deserved.”

It was an odd conclusion even in 2016 – after all, in 2015 there’d been an enormous coordinated cyber-attack on Ukraine’s power system, in which a quarter of a million Ukrainians were deprived of power in the middle of winter. And from the vantage point of 2017, after the world watched in appalled horror at the 2016 US presidential election and its aftermath – in which Russian state agencies hacked US election rolls and perhaps did much more – Libicki’s complacent conclusion seems downright naïve.

Updating the picture is Alexander Klimberg’s quietly

Read more at: https://www.csmonitor.com/Books/Book-Reviews/2017/0801/The-Darkening-Web-warns-of-destruction-through-cyber-means

Cyber-crime ‘undermining’ financial system warns Black Economy boss

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Duncan Hughes

Biometric methods of identification must be urgently and widely adopted to prevent the banking and financial services sectors being “systemically undermined” by rampant identity theft, the former global chief of KPMG now heading the nation’s powerful Black Economy Taskforce has warned.

Banks and the private sector must unite with federal and state agencies to develop an incorruptible, biometric barrier – using retina scans, facial recognition and electronic finger print recognition – against sophisticated cyber-crooks

Read more at: http://www.afr.com/personal-finance/cybercrime-undermining-financial-system-warns-black-economy-boss-20170727-gxkf3x

Changing cybersecurity landscape creates global threat, warns Accenture

The global cybersecurity landscape is set to experience rapid change and an increase in major attacks, according to a mid-year report released by Accenture.

The Cyber Threatscape Report 2017 , produced by iDefense, part of Accenture Security, predicts a continuation and escalation of high profile attacks seen in the first half of the year.

It also outlines the changing ways that hackers, both individual and state-sponsored, are looking to disrupt the landscape. It highlights their changing motivations and the different types of devices that can be maliciously exploited.

For instance, the report warns that the rapid adoption of IoT devices has created a significant rise in IoT botnets, which are expected to continue to grow as more diverse devices join the global network.

Ransomware has now displaced banking Trojans as one of the most common forms of malware

The explosion in the use of IoT devices means that the methods for protecting them are struggling to

Read more at: https://thestack.com/security/2017/07/27/changes-to-cybersecurity-landscape-create-global-threat-warns-accenture/

IRS boss warns of growing identity theft through corporate tax information – Florida Times

The Internal Revenue Service is warning of new trends how taxpayers might get ripped off on tax filing schemes as IRS Commissioner John Koskinen is wrapping up a nationwide tax forum in Dallas, Texas.

Koskinen held a teleconference with reporters Tuesday where he detailed efforts by the IRS to curtail cyber crime such as identity theft that the tax collection agency has actually reduced in the past few years. But there are also new criminal trends that are starting to emerge that seek to pilfer tax returns from taxpayers in the work place.

Koskinen said after a steady proliferation of cyber crime through tax returns that peaked in 2015, there have been fewer fraudulent tax returns, fewer bogus tax refunds and a decrease in identity theft through tax return procedures.

The number of victims of identity theft has declined from 698,700 in 2015

Read more at: http://jacksonville.com/metro/business/2017-07-25/irs-boss-warns-growing-identity-theft-through-corporate-tax-information