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Dismantling online child abuse, one byte at a time

He sees human nature at its very worst, and it’s the best job he’s ever had.

Detective Senior Sergeant John Michael is at the frontline of stemming the tide of online child abuse as the head of the OCEANZ team (the Online Child Exploitation Across New Zealand), a unit he was tasked with establishing back in October 2009.

Their aim is simple, and it’s a theme Michael and fellow OCEANZ member Detective Lisa Harrington return to again and again as we talk  — they want to keep children safe.

This week it was announced that Michael and his team had arrested three Kiwis involved in an Read More

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Fighting Online Fraud

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Fighting Online Fraud

Online fraud spikes during the holiday shopping season, as people searching for the perfect gifts take to cyberspace and head to traditional stores armed with their smartphones. “The Pandora’s box of cyberattacks is about to open,” said Pete Tyrrell, chief operating officer for Digital Guardian, a Waltham, Massachusetts-based data-protection firm. “The cybercriminals are getting more and more creative — and at the end of the day, it’s your personal information at risk.” Here are tips for protecting yourself and your information from online Grinches. Beware of gifts of free Wi-Fi It’s tempting to sign on to a store’s free Wi-Fi while you’re out shopping, especially since store walls are notorious for blocking or weakening smartphone data connections. But fraudsters may be lurking on the networks, ready to use that connection to steal credit-card or other personal information. “People may want to log on to their Best Buy or Amazon accounts to check prices, but open Wi-Fi is probably the least secure place to do that,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National CyberSECURITY Alliance. And never use open Wi-Fi connections to check bankACCOUNT information. The last thing you want a hacker to have is a direct connection to your […]

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Attorney General DeWine Offers Five Tips to Avoid Scams While Shopping Online

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Attorney General DeWine Offers Five Tips to Avoid Scams While Shopping Online

As consumers shop online during Cyber Monday and throughout the holiday season, Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine is encouraging them to protect their personal information and avoid scams online. “It’s a busy time of year, but it’s important not to let your guard down when it comes to identity theft and fraud prevention,” Attorney General DeWine said. “We encourage people to check out the websites they’re using before entering payment information, to be careful about the type of payment they use when shopping online, and to watch for signs of a scam.” The Monday after Thanksgiving, known as Cyber Monday, is considered one of the biggest online shopping days of the year, and according to survey results from the National Retail Federation, almost half of holiday shopping (browsing and buying) will occur online this year. To avoid scams while shopping online, Attorney General DeWine offers consumers the following recommendations: Install updates on your devices before shopping. Installing updates on your phone, tablet, computer, or other electronic devices can add new security patches and critical files, so make sure your apps, anti-virus software, operating systems, and other important programs are up to date before entering payment information. Remember to download or […]

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Online holiday shopping: 4 tips to keep you safe from cyber-crime

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Online holiday shopping: 4 tips to keep you safe from cyber-crime

Online fraud spikes during the holiday shopping season, as people searching for the perfect gifts take to cyberspace and head to traditional stores armed with their smartphones. “The Pandora’s box of cyberattacks is about to open,” says Pete Tyrrell, chief operating officer for Digital Guardian, a Waltham, Massachusetts-based dataPROTECTION firm. “The cybercriminals are getting more and more creative — and at the end of the day, it’s your personal information at risk.” Here are some tips for protecting yourself and your information from online Grinches. Beware of gifts of free wi-fi It’s awful tempting to sign on to a store’s free Wi-Fi while you’re out shopping, especially since store walls are notorious for blocking or weakening smartphone data connections. But fraudsters also may be lurking on the networks, ready to use that connection to stealCREDIT CARD or other personal information. “People may want to log on to their Best Buy or Amazon accounts to check prices, but open Wi-Fi is probably the least secure place to do that,” says Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. And never use open Wi-Fi connections to checkBANK ACCOUNTinformation. The last thing you want a hacker to have is a direct […]

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Online intolerance: Kerala journo faces threats for writing about madrasa child abuse

A journalist in Kerala has come under a fierce attack on social media and even her profile has been deactivated by Facebook. Her ‘crime’: she recounted on Facebook the sexual abuses her classmates encountered in their younger days in a madrasa.

Kozhikode-based VP Rajeena is a senior journalist with a prominent Malayalam newspaper.

On November 21, she wrote about the abuse on her Facebook page. And shortly afterwards, she started receiving threats online.

The detractors were so large in numbers that their move to report the profile to Facebook forced the social network to close down the page.

Rajeena, in her post, claimed to have witnessed the alleged immoral conduct of madrasa instructors.

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This ex-military hacker has fought terrorists online since 2010, and he’s not impressed by Anonymous

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This ex-military hacker has fought terrorists online since 2010, and he’s not impressed by Anonymous

He’s defaced and shut down hundreds of terrorist websites, inserted false stories into Libyan newspapers, and unmasked fellow hackers who have crossed him. His name is “The Jester” and he has worked alone as an anonymous hacker vigilante since 2010. Though the international “hacktivist” group Anonymous declared cyber-war against ISIS on Monday, The Jester is not among them. In fact, he’s among the group’s sharpest critics. “All they will do is dump a random list of names from a previous hack and claim it’s ISIS members, and they will report ‘ISIS’ accounts to Twitter. Pretty standard BS from them,” The Jester, who goes by the @the3j35t3r handle and keeps his identity closely-guarded, told Tech Insider in an interview over Twitter. In a video released to YouTube following the terrorist attacks on Friday in Paris, France,Anonymous vowed “massive cyber attacks” while launching its “biggest operation ever against [ISIS].” The group then released a listing of nearly 10,000 Twitter accounts it said were linked to ISIS. This isn’t the first time ISIS has drawn the scorn of the hacker collective. In August 2014 the group also “declared war,” later revealing what it claimed were approximately 10,000 ISIS-linked social media accounts, according to […]

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Edward Snowden Addresses Queen’s University in Online Keynote

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Edward Snowden Addresses Queen’s University in Online Keynote

Sporting a black shirt in front of a black background, it seemed as though his head had emerged from the ethernet itself. The NSA whistleblower who had disclosed thousands of secret internal documents from his former employer was conducting the Queen’s International Affairs Association (QIAA) keynote address via live video feed on Thursday evening. Titled “Surveillance After Snowden,” the discussion sought to answer how democratic societies should conceptualize and ultimately confront mass surveillance. Since 2013, Edward Snowden has been held up in Russia in an undisclosed location, first under political asylum, and now on temporary residence. Following his NSA disclosures, the US government allegedly revoked his passport while on his way to Latin America for permanent asylum. During the speech, Snowden offered a critique of Canada’s surveillance practices. In particular, how Bill C-51, Canada’s anti-terrorism act passed by the Conservative government in June, had the potential to be used for purposes “that were not intended in the initial legislation.” “When we look at the experience of sweeping legislation—particularly under the justification of terrorism—we have a clear and well established record that mass surveillance is not effective in thwarting terrorism,” he said. He argued that parts of the legislation would likely […]

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China’s Latest Online Crackdown Sees 900 Hackers Arrested

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China’s Latest Online Crackdown Sees 900 Hackers Arrested

China has arrested more than 900 hackers in an online campaign launched in July amid criticism from the US over increasing hacker attacks originating from the Communist country and targeting top American commercial firms. The suspects were involved in 400 cases and are accused of a wide range of cyber-crimes including swindling money from individuals and banks, the Ministry of Public Security said today. In one case from March, five suspects hacked into the email accounts of a Vietnamese company planning to purchase goods worth $75,000 from a Chinese company, and gained pertinent trade information. The five, including three foreigners, used that information to pose as staff of the Chinese company and obtained the money for the deal from the Vietnamese, state-run Xinhua quoted the Ministry’s statement as saying. In another case, a group of 31 suspects from China and South Korea stole bank card information from Korean citizens via Trojan programs and phishing websites. Later the Korean suspects called the victims in the name of banking staff and transferred their deposits after luring them to remove the security settings, according to the statement. The ministry said it had established 300 specialist facilities across the country to improve monitoring of […]

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Department of Education and Training beefs up online security after information hack

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Department of Education and Training beefs up online security after information hack

Education Minister Kate Jones yesterday confirmed security had been upgraded in the wake of the scandal, which resulted in the details of Queensland students being illegally obtained as well as online forms submitted to the TAFE website. “DET has added additional monitoring and security elements and continues to work with its IT security partners to assure the security of its network,” said Ms Jones, who will next week fly to China as Tourism Minister. State Government chief information officer Andrew Mills said protective measures were “immediately enacted” and his office was overseeing the work. It came as Opposition education spokesman Tim Mander yesterday raised questions about the future security of the Department of Education website. “Can people make complaints through the Department of Education website? Is the information they are putting in secure?” he asked. He further questioned the capacity of government systems to deal with cyber hackers. “This is the second major IT bungle in the last six months … so we have to question if there is a systemic issue with the Education Department’s computer systems and do they have the appropriate expertise internally to ensure the security of information,” Mr Mander said. P&Cs Queensland president Kevan Goodworth […]

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Huge increase in online child abuse investigations

As police today embark on a week-long campaign to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation, new figures show detectives are dealing with more than one case a day.

Across the county, more than 1,500 referrals were made – where there are concerns for a child’s safety – last year. Of those, 529 were recorded as crimes.
Since April, police have dealt with 339 “intelligence packages” relating to online child abuse, compared to 237 in the 12 months before.

Det Insp Tony Baxter, of Lancashire Police’s Public Protection Unit, said: “The public quite rightly expects us to protect children from being exploited, particularly as new threats emerge such as online grooming through gaming and chat forums, an area that we are highlighting through this year’s awareness week.

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