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Beating cyber criminals with quantum solutions

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As hackers get more sophisticated in their cyber crime efforts, we need to look to new technology to make our systems more secure, and potentially unhackable. For some types of hacking, we already know the ultimate answer: quantum physics provides a way to share information with absolute security, guaranteed by the laws of nature. The basic quantum communication idea is simple and elegant. But simple ideas often crash into real-world practicalities. Fortunately, quantum physics research is providing even more sophisticated tools that will finish the job. The technology isn’t mature yet, but it is coming. The key to the problem Here’s the scenario: two parties, call them Alice and Bob, want to send secure messages over a network – perhaps credit card data for an online purchase. Let’s say they each have an identical list of random numbers that is private to them. They can use this list as a secret key to encode and send uncrackable messages. But how do they make the shared key in the first place? With conventional methods that don’t use quantum physics, Alice sends Bob a key that is made up of ordinary bits (0s and 1s) of information. But it is possible that […]

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How To Outwit The Cunning Cyber Criminals

Users of sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter do not always know how the information they make public can be used against them by criminals. Once it is there, erasing digital footprints can be a complex process. On this week’s Swipe, the team speak to experts in the field about what security steps people can take to help prevent an attack. Digitalis Reputation chief executive Dave King told Sky News: “We tell clients to make the right friends, lock the doors and not advertise their whereabouts. Essentially, we are talking about being streetwise in a virtual sense. “All of our digital footprints are growing and as that content about us online grows so to does a criminals ability to use that information, a process we call social engineering, to facilitate crime against us and our families.” Facebook has recently announced its own strategy to help fight cyber crime. Twitter, Yahoo and Tumblr are among some of the big web companies collaborating with them on the project called ThreatExchange. They are sharing information with each other about malicious links, malicious software – or malware – and phishing attempts. They hope to stamp out security threats before they reach subscribers. Veeemotion chief executive […]

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MCPF wants cops to stop trend of juvenile criminals

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KUALA LUMPUR: The involvement of juveniles in crime is a new trend which the police and society must give special attention, said Malaysian Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye. “We want the non-governmental organisations to have campaigns on crime prevention with interesting activities to get the young generation to participate. “The crime prevention club has also been set up in many schools to make the pupils more aware of the dangers of juvenile crimes,” he said when launching a crime prevention campaign at the Pudu Ulu recreational park in Cheras today. He added there was also a need for more counselling teachers in schools to tackle the problem of juvenile crimes. Lee said that most cases of juvenile crimes was a result of negative peer influence and involvement in gangsterism. According to federal police crime statistics index, from January to October, last year, 9,509 criminal cases involving children were reported compared to 7,647 cases during the same period in 2013 – an increase of 24.3%. The campaign was organised by the MCPF in cooperation with the police, Cybernetics International College of Technology and several other organisations. source: http://www.thesundaily.my/news/1340411

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More criminals being caught due to cloud technology

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HOUSTON – When Randy Schaefer’s iPad was stolen he never thought he’d see it again. The device, along with $5,000 cash were stolen when his truck was broken into while parked on the street in front of his home in his River Oaks neighborhood. Then, Schaefer found selfies of two men posing with a wad of cash on his iCloud account. “There were several pictures,” Schaefer said. “There were about 15 pictures.” The two even made a video bragging about their crime. The video was uploaded to the Internet and went viral, making national headlines. “Hello America. This is Dorian from the Money Team. This is my brother, Dillan, also Money Team, and this my good people is what we get from a good night’s hustle,” the man who called himself Dorian said as he held up a stack of $100 bills. “We doing ‘Big Face Ben’ over here [in reference to Benjamin Franklin] new, old, we just hustle. Don’t worry about how.” But, there was just one thing they were apparently unaware of when they snapped the selfies and video; the iPad was backed up to Schaefer’s iCloud, and led police straight to them. “I feel relieved they finally […]

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Comprehensive review of law enforcement system crucial for countering criminals’ new strategies

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads Strong international, technological, political and social forces are changing the criminal challenge to Australia. The increasing use of cyberspace to perpetrate crime, the growing internationalisation of criminal networks, and the widening range of economic activities that can be exploited by criminals are leading this change. This means that the Australian Government will to need to take a greater role in law enforcement in the future. But so far, the Commonwealth’s responses to these challenges have been evolutionary, reactive or incremental. While they include excellent innovations, some change occurs because events make recent decisions redundant – a concern demonstrated in the recent major counterterrorism spending package. There are also questions about where national leadership is needed to meet these challenges, and whether our current responses, particularly to serious and organised crime, are still optimal. All our law enforcement agencies face important organisational challenges, especially in getting people with the right skills, sharing information and incorporating technology into their operations. An examination of these factors will show that it’s time for the federal cabinet to take a coordinated and strategic look at the government’s law enforcement responsibilities, starting with a review and leading to a white paper on […]

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Cyber Criminals Steal £195m From Global Banks

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A group of hackers has stolen at least $300m (£195m) from a number of banks since 2013, according to a security company. Kaspersky Lab said the total amount stolen could be as high as $1bn (£650m), which it described as “an unprecedented cyber robbery” and “a new stage in the evolution of cyber criminal activity”. The security company has worked with Interpol, Europol and other law enforcement authorities. It said that a “multinational gang” of criminals – from Russia, Ukraine, China and parts of Europe – were behind the ongoing attacks. Up to 100 banks and financial institutions were targeted, in around 30 countries, although the majority were in Russia. Each robbery took between two and four months, and up to $10m (£6.5m) was stolen in each. The criminals first gained access to a bank by infecting an employee’s computer through a spear phishing email – a targeted message which resembles a trustworthy source – that infects the machine with what Kaspersky have called “Carbanak” malware. This allows remote surveillance of a network, and the criminals then bide their time and observe the screens of bank staff who handle cash transfers. When they understand enough about the system they would […]

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Royal Navy Becomes Attractive Target For Cyber Criminals

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Security experts who claim that the Royal Navy is unprepared to fend off a cyber attack have called for the government to provide more training to combat the increasing dangers posed by hackers, SC Magazine has reported. Researchers at the University of Lancaster have found that maritime systems are particularly vulnerable to attacks due to ageing computer systems and a lack of training. The nature of navies, and all shipping companies, means that long periods away from land makes it difficult to update antiquated maritime systems. Security consultant Brian Honan said: “What the [Lancaster] report highlights is that many ships use Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 – one of which Microsoft has stopped supporting, and one Microsoft is about to stop supporting. And because ships are at sea a lot, it’s not always easy to replace antiquated systems. It’s a problem faced by private companies too.” According to the report, the fact that 95% of goods are conveyed by sea makes shipping a tempting target for cyber criminals. Among the problems faced by navies and shipping companies are rival nations using technology to follow new vectors of attack, the report continues. “The risk posed by attacks on the new […]

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Gardai to launch new Evofit technology to help identify criminals

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Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan will today launch the new technology which will make it easier for witnesses to identify suspects. The technology has an identification rate of 60pc, according to its manufacturers. It constructs facial composites of offenders by witnesses and victims of crime. The system does not require eyewitnesses to have good recall of an offender’s face, unlike the traditional ‘feature’ methods, just to have seen it clearly. The technology constructs the most identifiable set of internal features, the central region of the face that is important for recognition by another person later (when seen by a police officer or member of the public). The system has a large range of hairstyles, hats, caps and hoods. There are tools available to improve the likeness on demand, such as to change the perceived age, weight, masculinity, health and other global properties of the face – the ‘holistic’ tools. Evofit is used by 16 police services in the UK, and has helped to increase the identification rate of suspects since it was introduced. source: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/gardai-to-launch-new-evofit-technology-to-help-identify-criminals-30969284.html

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‘Use tech to track criminals’

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 Powered by Max Banner Ads Police personnel in Kadapa district will be imparted training on use of sophisticated technology to identify criminals and bring them to book, Kadapa Superintendent of Police Navin Gulati said on Tuesday. Presiding over the district-level crime review meeting at the District Police Office here, Dr. Gulati directed officers to expeditiously dispose of pending cases. He also gave tips to officers on detecting leads to identify criminals using sophisticated electronic gadgets. He also introduced the new Pulivendula Assistant Superintendent of Police, Anbu Rajan, and new Proddatur DSP Neelam Poojitha, to officers on the occasion. Dr. Gulati felicitated outgoing Pulivendula DSP Harinath Babu and Proddatur DSP Srinivasulu Reddy, who were transferred. Additional SP P.V.G. Vijaya Kumar, Civil, Armed Reserve and Special Branch DSPs and Circle Inspectors participated. source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/andhra-pradesh/use-tech-to-track-criminals/article6828092.ece

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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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