Protected: Public arrests of 56 hackers sends a clear message – but will the hackers listen?

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Cybercrime: How it affects you

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Cybercrime is the fastest growing and most dynamic area of crime. Ever-increasing reliance on cyber technology is allowing criminals to operate with virtual impunity across a range of criminal activities and jurisdictions. Although the types of crimes are not necessarily new (theft, fraud, extortion, drug proliferation and sex-based exploitation), the technology provides criminals an unprecedented range of targets, increased operational capabilities and a reduced risk of capture and prosecution. In 2013, cybercriminals defrauded the U.S. public to the tune of more than $780 million through a variety of online scams ranging in a level of complexity from simple fraud schemes to complex hacking scams, according to the 2013 Internet Crime Report, FBI. In the past few years, there have been numerous online scams where criminals have either directly targeted military personnel or used actual and fictitious information about U.S. military members to defraud the public. These scams range in forms and all are designed to extort information or money from innocent victims by exploiting the public’s trust in the U.S. military. Online scammers use U.S. military members’ information, whether real or fake, for three reasons: 1 – credibility; 2 – plausibility; and 3 — emotional appeal. Appearing attractive to a […]

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Get ready to dip the chip

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — American shoppers, adept at swiping the stripe, soon will learn to dip the chip in malls and strip centers across the land. We’re talking about credit cards, specifically high-tech ones with microchips inside to make plastic money more secure. Chip cards are everywhere overseas and finally emerging here in response to massive credit card data breaches such as the one at Target in 2013. Expect to find chip cards in your wallet by year-end as card issuers roll them out, if one’s not there already. Chip cards have a small gold or silver rectangle on the front of the card just above the first four digits of the card’s number. It’s not the hologram of a dove found on many stripe cards. It will help if someone shows you how to use them. Shoppers shouldn’t slide a chip card through the machine at checkout lines. They should insert, or dip, the chip card into a slot — and let it sit. “When you put it in there, it kind of clicks. You can feel it,” said Bobbie Kuhns, who used her chip card last recently at a Wal-Mart grocery store. More of us would be dipping chip cards […]

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Dozens arrested in cybercrime ‘strike week’

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n total, 25 separate operations were carried out across England, Scotland and Wales. Those arrested are suspected of being involved in a wide variety of cybercrimes including data theft, fraud and virus writing. One raid the BBC witnessed targeted a man suspected of involvement in a 2012 hack attack on web giant Yahoo. Stolen data The week-long series of operations was co-ordinated by the NCA’s National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) as well as specialist officers from regional organised crime squads and the Metropolitan Police. West Midlands police arrested a 23-year-old man in Sutton Coldfield who is believed to have been involved in breaking into the network of the US defence department in June 2014. The biggest operation saw the arrest of 25 people in London and Essex suspected of using the net to steal money, launder cash and carry out other frauds.The hackers behind that attack stole contact information for about 800 people and data on the network’s internal architecture was also pilfered.Eyewitness: Rory Cellan-Jones, Technology correspondent I was with one of the teams from the National Crime Agency as they carried out an arrest this week at a flat in north London. One group had tracked the suspect, a […]

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Pooler police get laser crime scene scanner

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Detectives at the Pooler police department have added a new tool to help them solve crimes in west Chatham County. The FARO Technologies 3-D laser scanner the department bought in December aids forensic investigation by quickly documenting the scenes of crimes or serious wrecks through a rapid-fire series of 360-degree photographs. It creates a permanent record of scenes before they are disturbed, and the images it captures can be viewed from various angles with a computer. “The advantage of this thing is that it will end up with a three-dimensional photograph that you can move through,” said Lt. Karen Zantow, head of the department’s Criminal Investigations Division. After the scanner does its thing, a program stitches images together in a way that investigators can navigate. “It not only scans the area with the laser, it takes photos as well,” said Detective Richard Monkes, who demonstrated how the device captured a navigable image of a room at the department. “Part of the process is adding photos to the scan.” Zantow said the device might capture some things investigators miss as they work a crime scene. With the images captured by the scanner, it’s easy to go back and check. Importantly, it […]

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More officers, better technology: Home Team unveils security roadmap

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SINGAPORE: The Republic faces three main security challenges – terrorism; transnational and cyber crime; and domestic challenges – which will require the right strategy and additional resources to address, said Deputy Prime Minister and Home Affairs Minister Teo Chee Hean on Friday (Mar 6). To counter these threats, the Ministry of Home Affairs’ (MHA) expenditure will increase by 11.7 per cent in the coming fiscal year. Over the next five years, the ministry’s expenditure will increase from 1.1 per cent of nominal GDP in FY2014 to 1.3 per cent, said Mr Teo at the Committee of Supply 2015 debate in Parliament. About 2,000 more officers will be added to its current pool in five years. Much of the expenditure increase will go into an increase in spending on new systems and technology, with development expenditure rising from 8 per cent in the past five years to 20 per cent in the coming five years. THE TERRORISM THREAT The threat of terrorism has been driven home in recent months by the Sydney siege last December, Paris attacks in January and Copenhagen shooting last month, as well as the rise of the Islamic State. “The Home Team will continue to deter and […]

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Briton arrested on suspicion of hacking into US Defense Department

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A British man has been arrested on suspicion of hacking into the United States Department of Defense (DoD) computer system. The 23-year-old from Sutton Coldfield was detained on Wednesday after the National Crime Agency (NCA), liaising with America’s FBI, launched a major nationwide crackdown on cybercrime. The alleged hacker was held on suspicion of stealing data from a messaging service used by US defence employees around the world. Contact information for around 800 people including names, titles, e-mail addresses and phone numbers, were stolen in the attack last June. After managing to breach the system, the alleged hacker then posted a cryptic but threatening message, which read: “We smite the Lizards, LizardSquad your time is near. We’re in your bases, we control your satellites. “The missiles shall rein upon thy who claim alliance, watch your heads, ** T-47:59:59 until lift off. We’re one, we’re many, we lurk in the dark, we’re everywhere and anywhere. “Live Free Die Hard! DoD, DISA EMSS : Enhanced Mobile Satellite Services is not all, Department of Defense has no Defenses.” The NCA claimed the data stolen was not sensitive and could not have been used to threaten US national security. While the US authorities take […]

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Crime down after Hampshire police start wearing body cameras

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That’s the conclusion of researchers at Portsmouth University’s Institute of Criminal Justice Studies. They found that public order and assault crimes dropped by 18 per cent, from just over 1,700 to 1,400 in the year that police on the Isle of Wight were wearing cameras. It also found that assaults on police went down by a third. The 160 cameras were issued to officers on the Island on 1 July 2013 and the detailed study evaluated the year prior to the issue of BWVs and the year after. Five hundred more body-worn BWV cameras will be rolled out to frontline officers in Hampshire over the next three months and the effects of that on crime rates will also be evaluated by the University of Portsmouth. Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes said: ’This report identifies clear benefits to victims of crime, plus officers, and should be of some reassurance to society as a whole. In particular, outcomes for victims of domestic abuse on the Island appear to have been significantly improved as a result of evidence captured through BWV.” The impact the cameras had on public order and assault was quite impressive – a sure sign that they are […]

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City considering ‘ShotSpotter’ technology

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SAN ANTONIO — Imagine police being able to know where a gunshot was fired within 30 seconds of pulling the trigger.  That could soon be a reality if the City of San Antonio invests in a technology called “ShotSpotter” to try to reduce violence in a high crime area. “People thought I was crazy for moving to the East Side,” explained Dee Smith.  Dignowity Hill reminds her of back home in Detroit, and after years of renovations, there’s nowhere else she’d rather be. “It seems like in this corner back here there’s not as much crime here as there is in the other end,” she said. “I feel safe. That siren I hear now, I think that’s from downtown.” She’s president of the neighborhood association, but it’s a neighborhood that’s not without crime. “I was standing out on the back porch and a plainclothes policeman with his weapon drawn with- right next door!” Liz Franklin exclaimed. “They were looking for a drug dealer.” We found nine homicides and 80 robberies within a two-mile radius of the East Point area in the last year.  District 2 Councilman Alan Warrick says a survey found 29 percent of children don’t feel safe walking […]

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NSW election 2015: Coalition to boost police numbers, invest $100m in new policing technology

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Mr Baird pledged to recruit an additional 310 officers, bringing the authorised strength number to 17,000. The Premier also said 250 of the officers would be trained as serious crime investigators. The Counter Terrorism and Special Tactics Command would get an additional 50 detectives, along with the Child Abuse Squad. While visiting the Mount Druitt Police Station in Sydney’s west today, Mr Baird also promised to invest $100 million over four years in new policing technology. “This package delivers more specialist police investigators to target the most serious offences and technology to make police work safer and quicker,” he said. The funds would go towards providing police with body-worn video cameras, tablet computers and mobile fingerprint scanners. Mr Baird’s government also promised a new police station for Mt Druitt. “This building is 40 years old and is in generally poor condition,” Police Minister Stuart Ayres said. “We’re committed to providing police with the state-of-the-art facilities they need to get on and do the job they do best.” However, Labor said the Premier’s promise on police numbers was a re-announcement of an earlier pledge. Shadow treasurer Michael Daley said in 2012 the Coalition promised to boost police numbers by 309 officers, […]

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