crime
Millions of Fraud and Cybercrime Cases Were Reported in 2016

The first official recording of cybercrime in crime reports for England and Wales has caused headline numbers to rocket, with over two million cases of computer misuse and 3.6m recorded fraud attempts making the countries look like they've turned into crime-ridden hell holes. Read More >>

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FBI’s New Anti-Hacking Campaign Asks Teens To Be Cyber Heroes, Not Cyber Zeroes

This week, the FBI teamed up with Europol to launch a public prevention campaign designed to “raise awareness of the risk of young adults getting involved in cybercrime.” In service of that mission, the law enforcement agencies representing some of the world’s most powerful nations somehow came up this: Read More >>

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TalkTalk Hacker Made to Pay With Rehabilitation Order and Confiscated Gadgets

The teenager who magicked away most of TalkTalk’s credibility last year has received his punishment: a 12-month youth rehabilitation order, the confiscation of his iPhone and computer hard drive, and a £100 fine. Read More >>

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Crime Rate Doubles After True Scale of Internet Offences is Revealed

England and Wales are officially twice as bad as they were last year, and it’s all thanks to the internet. Well, sort of. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has, for the first time, included online offences and fraud as part of its official statistics. Read More >>

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Banks Should Stop Refunding Victims of Online Fraud, Says Met Police Head

Britain’s most senior police officer has called for banks to stop refunding victims of online fraud, as it apparently ‘rewards’ them for being careless about internet security. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe this week said that customers are being ‘rewarded for bad behaviour’, and that the current system was ‘not incentivising you to protect yourself.’ Read More >>

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Anyone Can Buy the Malware Used to Hack Sony

The Sony hack was the worst corporate cyberattack ever, and now anyone with $30,000 (£20,500) in Bitcoin and the ability to use Tor can buy the type of exploit used to hack Sony on underground cyberweapon websites, according to ex-hacker Jon Miller. Read More >>

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Stolen Credit Card Data Spreads Around the World “Staggeringly” Fast

How do thieves share their stolen data online? Security firm BitGlass tried to answer the question by leaking a fake trove of profiles that included credit card info and personal identification metrics like US social security numbers (a bit like a British National Insurance number). Read More >>

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Obama: If You Cyberattack the US, We’ll Sanction You 

President Obama has a message for foreign hackers: You’re grounded. The US president declared a national emergency and signed an executive order today allowing targeted sanctions on anyone who is deemed a cyberthreat to the United States. Read More >>

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The Silk Road Trial Set a Dangerous Legal Precedent

The Silk Road trial is over. A jury found Ross Ulbricht guilty on all seven charges, including money laundering, drug trafficking, and the "kingpin" charge. In the eyes of the Federal Court of Manhattan, Ulbricht's identity has been definitively linked to the pseudonymous digital drug bazaar runner Dread Pirate Roberts. He faces life in prison. Read More >>

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Oh, Good: Revenge Porn Kingpin is Going to Jail 

Kevin Bollaert, a 28-year-old revenge porn website operator, gained notoriety by hosting a website to post embarrassing or sexually explicit images of men's former romantic partners on a now-defunct website called UGotPosted. Bollaert set up a second website, ChangeMyReputation, and charged people (by and large, women) $350 a pop to take the photos down. But Bollaert's reputation as a digital sleaze-maestro may be eclipsed by his newest title: The first person convicted for running a revenge porn website in the US. Read More >>

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A Flaw in Visa’s Contactless Card Lets Anyone Charge it $999,999

Contactless payments are an increasingly popular payment method here in the UK, but a British research team has revealed a serious security flaw that allows anyone to charge up to $999,999.99 in foreign currency to a nearby card, even while it's still in a wallet or purse. Read More >>

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Cybercriminals are Using Cloud Storage to Hoard Stolen Files

Cybercriminals: they're just like us! At least, their choice of cloud storage isn't far removed from average non-despicable data thief. Instead of using dedicated servers to hoard stolen data, hackers have taken to using popular consumer products like Google Drive and Dropbox. Read More >>

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Russian Hackers are Hoarding More Than a Billion Stolen Passwords

A Russian crime gang is in possession of the largest known collection of stolen passwords, usernames, email addresses, and other online credentials. Read More >>