Agencies’ approach to IoT security highlights differences in cybersecurity approach

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Despite recent White House efforts to bring some standardization to federal cybersecurity, agencies are still taking different paths to secure their systems and data. Speaking at the July 18 AFCEA Energy and Earth Science IT symposium in Washington, D.C., Sean Kelley, chief information security officer at the Environmental Protection Agency, said when…


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PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS: THE FUTURE OF CYBERSECURITY

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According to the Verizon Data Breach Investigations report, more than half of all malware goes undetected for months; in fact it was 224 days in 2016. Today, we have two ways to detect anomalistic behavior on the network. One way is through baselining and deductive algorithms which try and determine…


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Cyber Attacks Cripple Companies Worldwide

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A major global cyber attack on Tuesday disrupted computers at Russia’s biggest oil company, Ukrainian banks and multinational firms with a virus similar to the ransomware that last month infected more than 300,000 computers. The rapidly spreading cyber extortion campaign underscored growing concerns that businesses have failed to secure their…


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Cybercrime on the rise in Oman

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MUSCAT // Police have warned that online fraud in Oman is on the rise and urge both Omanis and expatriates to be more vigilant when accessing their bank accounts both in the country and abroad. According to a police spokesman, cybercrime in Oman increased by six per cent in 2016…


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Sextortion: How Hackers Blackmail Young Girls into Performing Sexual Acts

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Immagine you are a modern teenager. Facebook, Instagram, Kik, and Snapchat have been around for almost as long as you have been able to read. These are the conduits to your world. You have been carefully cultivating your digital identity for as long as you have been building your real…


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Spooked by spike in cyber extortion, businesses are stockpiling bitcoin for payoffs

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U.S. corporations that have long resisted bending to the demands of computer hackers who take their networks hostage are increasingly stockpiling bitcoin, the digital currency, so that they can quickly meet ransom demands rather than lose valuable corporate data. The companies are responding to cybersecurity experts who recently have changed…


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Cyber gang extort hundreds of pounds in ransom money after hacking into school computers and threatening to delete vital information

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A crime gang has extorted ransom money after hacking into school computers and threatening to delete vital information, The Mail on Sunday has learned. The cyber-scammers attacked a system used by a leading academy chain that runs seven state primary schools with 800 pupils across London and the South East….


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Spooked by cyber extortion, businesses are stockpiling bitcoin

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U.S. corporations that have long resisted bending to the demands of computer hackers who take their networks hostage are increasingly stockpiling bitcoin, the digital currency, so that they can quickly meet ransom demands rather than lose valuable corporate data. The companies are responding to cybersecurity experts who recently have changed…


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‘I hacked your Facebook, now show me your t**s’: Sextorter of underage girls jailed for 8 years

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A US-man has been sentenced to eight years in prison for a sick ‘sextortion scheme’ that involved hacking into the social media, email and online shopping accounts of over a dozen teenage girls and coercing them into sending him sexually explicit images. Ryan J Vallee, 23, admitted that between 2011…


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NH man sentenced for ‘sextortion’ scheme, gets 8-years in prison for computer hacking

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A New Hampshire man was sentenced to 8-years in prison after pleading guilty to remotely hacking into the online accounts of nearly a dozen teenage female victims and trying to extort sexually explicit photos from them. Ryan J. Vallee, 23, formerly of Laconia, was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty on…


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70% of Businesses Pay Up to Ransomware Extortionists

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Ransomware became big business for cyber-criminals in 2016 with the malware on pace to bring in a record $1 billion for cyber-criminals this year, according to IBM. One of the reasons for that could be because so many businesses give into their demands—70% of them in fact. An analysis by…


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Sextortion scams on the rise as cybercrooks cash in on ‘safe’ social media spaces

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Cybercrime has undergone an alarming rise in the recent past with criminals taking to various social media platforms to launch sextortion scams on unsuspecting users. There are nearly 900 police reports of such blackmail and sextortion, according to reports. Victims are often duped by cybercrooks into performing sexual acts on…


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Karma! San Francisco Muni Hacker Fell Victim To Hacking

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The San Francisco rail system was “hijacked” last Saturday by a hacker who demanded ransom in exchange for not releasing important data of the agency. Now, the tables have turned. After holding the Muni hostage, the hacker is now the one victimized by hacking. The lone hacker demanded 100 Bitcoins,…


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It’s not just cyber criminals who will comprise your valuable data

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It may be a cliché but it can’t be said enough: where security breaches are concerned, it’s not if but when. Breaches are splashed across the front pages of the news on an almost daily basis, with some of the world’s biggest companies falling victim. But the story behind these…


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4 Ways Teens Scarily Abuse Their Internet Powers

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Technology is more available now than it ever has been. We walk around with little miracles of modern science in our pocket, capable of anything from play games and accessing the internet to talking to people around the globe. Having this sort of access to information is a great privilege,…


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India’s rapidly digitising MSMEs unprepared for cyber extortion

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India has a thriving micro, small, medium enterprises (MSMEs) ecosystem of over 40 million business firms fueling the economy and contributing to economic growth. They are also a ripe target for cyber attackers. Why? They are more connected to the internet than ever before, yet their cyber security capabilities are…


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Teenagers charged in alleged worldwide computer hacking schemes

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Federal authorities in Chicago have charged two suspected computer hackers for allegedly operating cyber-attack-for-hire websites that launched attacks on companies and individuals around the world. Zachary Buchta, 19, of Fallston, Md., and Bradley Jan Willem Van Rooy, 19, of Leiden, the Netherlands, were charged with conspiring to cause damage to…


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Lax perimeter security exposes bank to hacker extortion attempt

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Failure to follow standard network security best practice has exposed a Californian investment bank to cyber criminals’ demands Hackers have attempted to extort money from an investment bank in California after bypassing network defences to steal documents. WestPark Capital, based in Los Angeles, is the latest target of a hacking…


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FBI spotlights sextortion cases targeting kids in WA

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The school year’s underway, and students are on all sorts of social media and internet groups. Unfortunately, we have to be on the alert for sex predators who target children and teens in cyberspace. FBI agents here in Washington state say there’s an increase in the number of online sexual…


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Online ‘sextortion’ against children on the rise

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This PSA on sextortion warns that anything private shared online could be used against you. If someone demands sexual images from you, stop immediately and report it. For more information, visit ProjectSafeChildhood.gov Department of Justice Federal officials and advocates say online sex-related extortion against children is growing, and they are…


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