Zajic researches coffee shop hacker

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Two major issues within the last couple years greatly illustrate the growing presence of the hacking culture: the Snapchat incident of 2013, where users’ phone numbers and images were leaked, and the Sony hack, where North Korean hackers leaked emails from a key Sony executive to stop the release of the James Franco and Seth Rogan movie, The Interview. Although North Korea’s main objective was not entirely successful (the movie was released in selected theaters and can be purchased online), hacking is still a major global issue. For this reason, computer security experts have been focused on protecting cyber information by strengthening security for the internet and wireless communication. Technological devices, however, leak signals that were thought to be nearly undetectable. Dr. Alenka Zajic, an assistant professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, along with her husband and colleague Milos Prulovic, an associate professor in the School of Computer Science, prove that this is not the case. In an effort to work together and combine each other’s fields of expertise, Zajic and Prulovic decided to take on this ambitious project in 2009. Now, their group has made significant headway and the impact of their research could revolutionize the […]

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Hackers Targeting Apple Inc. (AAPL)’s iOS, 1st Major Malware Comes From China: Kevin Mahaffey

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A hacker or group of hackers in China created the first major malware targeting Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iOS mobile operating system last year, Kevin Mahaffey said in an interview with Cory Johnson on Bloomberg West. According to the Lookout co-founder and chief technology officer, because Android is so much more popular in terms of number of users, hackers are focusing their attention on the mobile operating system because it makes more economic sense. However, this does not mean that no hacker is trying to infiltrate Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s mobile operating system. “[…] Interestingly, in the last year, iOS had its first major piece of malware started in China. So we see iOS risk right now is like Android in 2010. The bad guys are just starting to target it,” Mahaffey said. Mahaffey noted that people in China are more susceptible to attacks because more users in the country download their apps through stalls in establishments and not through the official Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) or Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) app stores. The Lookout executive also added that cyber security and hacking is a very broad topic. For IT, he said that there used to be a separation between enterprise technology and consumer […]

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Jersey Police launch cyber crime prevention campaign

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Cyber crime is on the rise, with more and more crimes involving a cyber element. Jersey Police are trying to crack down on it by launching a campaign to enable islanders to protect themselves as much as possible. It will involve islanders being given advice on how to stay safe online. The campaign has four strands – young people, the elderly, home security and businesses. Each group will have targeted advice specific to them. It will start with a leaflet drop to every home in February with ‘Top 10 Tips’ for homeowners. Up to 80% of crime is easily preventable by making small and simple changes to the way we use internet technology. The advice we provide throughout the year will help you do this. source: http://www.itv.com/news/channel/2015-01-25/jersey-police-launch-cyber-crime-prevention-campaign/

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Simple failures of policy’ contributing to rise in cybercrime

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads UK retailers have said that fraud increased by 12 per cent year-on-year in 2013-14 and accounted for 37% of the total cost of crime during the period. The level of cyber attacks suffered by the vast majority of retail businesses either increased or remained unchanged in 2013-14, with most companies surveyed for the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Retail Crime Survey 2014 saying that cyber-attacks remained a critical threat to their businesses. According to the annual survey, theft of data and hacking were considered to pose the most critical cyber-related threats to retailers – but security companies have suggested that the industry is not doing enough to counter the threat of hackers and new digitally-aware criminals. James Lyne, global head of research at Sophos, provided Essential Retail with a demonstration last week highlighting how simple it can be for hackers to steal customer information at the point of sale (PoS) in-store and online. He even suggested there are still retailers running their PoS on Windows XP, which is no longer maintained by Microsoft, the software company behind the program. Alarmingly for the retail industry, criminals can purchase some of the equipment required to commit fraud at a […]

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China and Kenya at odds over suspected Chinese cyber criminals

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads As China steps up pressure on Kenya to surrender 76 cybercrime suspects facing charges in Nairobi, some experts are warning the case could damage the two nations’ thriving economic relationship. China has demanded extradition of the criminals, 76 Chinese and a single Thai national, after accusing them of cross-border telecommunication fraud and electronically swindling over 100 million yuan ($16.5 million) from Chinese victims. Chinese officials argue that because all of the victims are in China, the suspects should be extradited for further investigation and prosecution there. “Taking into account the seriousness of the crime, the huge loss suffered by the Chinese victims and the friendly relations between China and Kenya, the Chinese government further requests the Kenyan government to repatriate the above mentioned suspects back to China at an early date,” Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa wrote in a leaked letter to the Kenyan government. Recommended: Think you know Africa? Take our geography quiz. But Kenya is still mulling China’s request. In the interim, the east African country has detained the suspects and charged them with operating an unlicensed telecommunication facility, according to Kenyan police, who arrested the suspects in Nairobi in December. If found guilty, each suspect faces […]

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Sacramento police cameras have got your number

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It’s an ominous sight for some, a reassuring one for others. A small box with a flashing blue light and a Sacramento Police Department emblem on the cover sits high on a pole at Meadowview Road and Freeport Boulevard, overseeing the intersection. The box contains one of the hot trends in law enforcement. Three cameras capture the license-plate numbers of passing vehicles. Since September, Sacramento police have installed boxes at five major intersections around the city, offering officers real-time data on cars that have helped lead to a handful of arrests. They’re called Police Observation Devices, or PODs, and local police are trumpeting them as a key part of the “next-generation” technology they say is making Sacramento safer.They’re called Police Observation Devices, or PODs, and local police are trumpeting them as a key part of the “next-generation” technology they say is making Sacramento safer. But some people, including a state senator, have raised privacy concerns. They question how the license-plate data might be used – and possibly abused – by police and also by private companies, including collection agencies, that also use the technology. Sen. Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, has introduced legislation to put controls on license-plate-reading technology. It would […]

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Cyber Crime Body Awaits Head as Cases Pile Up

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NEW DELHI: Despite rampant rise in cyber crimes across the country, India’s only Cyber Appellate Tribunal (CAT) has been headless for over three years, resulting in increasing pendency of cyber crime cases. The delay by the government in appointing CAT Chairman has forced litigants to approach other higher courts which are already struggling with their own backlog of cases.The tribunal was created to adjudicate cyber crimes and disputes such as hacking, sending of offensive or false messages, receiving stolen computer resource, identity theft, cheating by personation, violation of privacy, domain name disputes and other cyber fraud cases as well as to decide on the compensation of such crimes. In the absence of a chairperson, the 12-member staff at CAT is forced to adjourn cases. CAT was set up in 2009 by the Centre following huge number of complaints reaching local courts that pertained to Internet fraud. According to the National Crime Records Bureau, 2,876 cyber-crime cases were registered under IT Act in 2012 as against 1,791 cases (2011) leading to a rise of 60.6% cases. Though the government appointed Justice S K Krishnan of Madras High Court as a member in 2011, his term got over in 2012. As per […]

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Why Russia Hacks

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads The Russian Federation holds an interesting, albeit a dubious position in the ranks of nation state cyber-actors. While ranked third among countries in terms of volume of cyber activity (behind the U.S. and China, according to Deutsche Telekom’s honeypot network data), Russia is widely regarded as a having the most sophisticated and skilled hackers. Unlike the Chinese government which employs thousands of hackers in the People’s Liberation Army, the Russian government’s relationship with resident hackers is much murkier. The trails to cyber-attacks originating in Russia tend to end at civilian hacktivist groups and criminal organizations, perhaps providing officials with plausible deniability. This may suggest an implicit support for criminal hackers in Russia, given government’s notorious reputation as being inherently corrupt. Given the highly publicized industry hacks attributed to Russian entities, it’s easy to conclude that the government’s motivation behind hacking is directly related to financial gain. But that conclusion is, perhaps, somewhat simplistic. As an alternative, consider viewing Russian hacking through the prism of geo-politics. It is feasible that the Russian government has established an iniquitous partnership with Russian civilian hackers to achieve geo-political goals. It may not be possible to know with certainty what motivates […]

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Bad, Bad Barrett Brown

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads Among both American and British law-enforcement communities, the temptation runs strong to treat hackers and hacktivists in simplistic terms. The public was offered a rare glimpse of this reductive tendency by a published cache of leaked NSA and GCHQ documents. In a presentation slide evaluating various uses of the anonymizing tool Tor, hacktivists like Anonymous are slotted firmly and unambiguously into the “bad” category—immediately adjacent to both pedophiles and criminals. On Thursday, this moral binary was once again rehashed in a Dallas courthouse, when Judge Samuel Lindsay handed down a stiff sentence to journalist and rabble-rousing activist Barrett Brown. Brown had originally faced 17 charges and was convicted of three crimes: making threats against an FBI agent, obstruction of a search warrant, and assisting the Anonymous hackers who infiltrated and gutted Austin, Texas–based intelligence company Stratfor. (It must be said that the threats, delivered as a video tirade, were hyperbolic and preposterous but illegal.) Brown, who has already been behind bars for more than two years, received an additional 35 months in jail and a fine of nearly $1 million to be paid to Stratfor. The judge ruled that Brown “more than merely reported the hackers’ […]

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Crime in England and Wales falls to new record low

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The official crime survey found there were seven million incidents in the year to September 2014 – down 11% on the previous 12 months. Police recorded crime remained stable at 3.7 million incidents – but with rises in violence and sexual offences. The Office for National Statistics says those rises relate to better recording. The figures published on Thursday are the penultimate results before the general election in May. Official figures on crime are published every quarter and are drawn from two sources. The Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) and incidents reported to the police and recorded by them. The CSEW, which questions 35,000 people, estimates that crime is now at its lowest level since the rolling study began in 1981. Last year, the national statistics watchdog said it could no longer approve figures recorded by the police because they were unreliable – prompting major revisions of how each force handles its figures. That review has played a key part in a 16% rise in recorded violence, a 10% rise in public order offences and a 22% rise in sexual offences. ‘Broken promise’ Forces recorded 24,000 rapes and almost 49,000 other sexual offences – the highest numbers since […]

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