Thursday, November 05, 2015

Meddling Works: Virtual Cybercrime

Marcus Aurelius started each day telling himself: ‘I shall meet with meddling, ungrateful, violent, treacherous, envious, and unsociable people’

“Technology is so much fun, but we can drown in our technology.  The fog of information can drive out knowledge.” 
~ Daniel Boorstin

Like most digital technology, including the Internet itself, voice morphing, digitally reproducing a specific human voice, was initially a military-based technology that is now being harnessed by organised criminal groups (OCGs) How cyber criminals are embracing voice morphing

ID fraud: Other victims have told how their legitimate tax refunds had been siphoned off into bank accounts operated by the fraudsters after fake MyGov profiles had been built by the thieves.... The Australian Taxation Office has been targeted more than 11,000 times by identity fraudsters attempting to steal tax refunds in the 2014-2015 financial year. And a help-service for victims of identity crime says it is being inundated with taxpayers whose IDs have been hijacked and their tax returns robbed The Australian Taxation Office attacked 11000 times: ID Fraud

Tax man to hit SMEs and individuals with random audits

Back in the good old days of the NSW Public Accounts Committee I was paid to read  annual reports / these day few people look at them yet they are still peppered with gems:

More than 300 people were stopped at Australian airports last year over national security concerns, including minors wanting to fly to conflict areas in Syria and Iraq.
The Australian Border Force’s counter-terrorism unit stopped 336 passengers in the 12 months to June 2015, following around 135,000 assessments of travellers across the country.

“Upon examination of persons of concern, the CTU teams have found evidence of significant movements or attempted movements of large sums of cash, and images and material of an extremist nature,” the now-defunct Australian Customs and Border Protection Service’s 2014-15 annual report said.

Spike in terrorism funding in Australia
Organisations seeking metadata access
Since the advent of the Internet and the subsequent proliferation of online game worlds, millions of people across the physical world have spent vast amounts of time, money, and energy on virtual realms and their virtual lives. Taxation of transactions involving virtual goods may have been laughable at the outset of virtual reality, but the idea now bears serious consideration due to the growth of online video games into a multi-billion dollar industry. Byron M. Huang (Tax LL.M. 2016, NYU), Walking the Thirteenth Floor: The Taxation of Virtual Economies, 17 Yale J.L. & Tech. 224 (2015)

Nokin' on Aristocratic Door in London .. The love for of capturing amazing doors with that Nikon

Urban renewal can be measured in what's lost: village-like neighborhoods, creativity, crime, serendipity, some poverty Consider Paris »

Peter Reilly, Taxing The Virtual World.  “The actions of third parties creating a secondary market in all those things in contravention of the terms of service turned World of Warcraft into a hybrid economy.”

For Michael Oakeshott, being cultured meant knowing what you don't have to know. These days we are surpassingly well-informed — thanks, Google — but increasingly less cultured... We know more and more but care less and less »