Thursday, April 27, 2017

Cyber Crime Privacy

Life is so unlike theory ...

An Israeli startup armed with $45 million is taking on Google and Apple in the race to sell your personal data Business Insider

Russian hacker arrested in Spain for bot-herding not election-fiddling 

Peter Levashov indicted over Kelihos as Russian carder Roman Seleznev cops 27 year

3225 smart meters in Canberra vulnerable to hacking


NSW govt in huge digital collaboration project


From left, Lisa-Kainde Diaz, Chloe Bailey, Naomi Diaz, Beyoncé, Amandla Stenberg, Zendaya (foreground) and Halle Bailey (Chloe’s sister, behind Ms. Zendaya) in a scene from “Lemonade.”CreditParkwood Entertainment

Global fugitive to be extradited over people smuggling tragedy after serving NSW jail term

An international fugitive who stole almost half a million dollars during an ATM cracking spree in NSW will face extradition to Europe over his role in a deadly people smuggling operation.

More than 1,200 hotels in the InterContinental Hotels Group fell victim to a 3-month-long malware attack that targeted customer payment card data, the global hotel chain said Wednesday. InterContinental, which includes the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza brands, said in February only 12 hotels were affected by the cyberattack. The malware attack lasted from September 29 to December 29, searching for data stored on cards' magnetic stripes, such as the cardholder's name, card number, expiration date and internal verification code, the company said. The company said Holiday Inn, Crown Plaza, Hotel indigo, Candlewood Suites and Staybridge Suites were affected by the breach.

Teen charged with 'cyberstalking' in bomb hoax case

Apple Caught Uber Tracking IPhone Users Even After They Deleted The App

And the #deleteUber movement gets more fuel for its fire: “The practice, called fingerprinting, is prohibited by Apple. To prevent the company from discovering the practice, Uber geofenced Apple headquarters in Cupertino, changing its code so that it would be hidden from Apple Employees.”

Some Canadian bank record information being sent directly to IRS

Thousands of reports containing confidential Canadian banking information records have been sent directly to the U.S Internal Revenue Service, without the ...

How they squeal: 'Gold plated' money laundering plans threaten new burden on firms  

Hoaxer kept thumb drive of swatting calls

IT’S PROBABLY NOTHING: “Total Chaos” – Cyber Attack Feared As Multiple Cities Hit With Simultaneous Power Grid Failures. Sure hasn’t gotten a lot of news coverage, though.
If you’re worried, you’ll want a generator, an inverter, a solar battery charger — and plenty of storable food, water, and water filtration.

Russ Kick via MemoryHole2 – The Government Accountability Office recently deleted its operations manual. Here it is: 

“Majorities of Americans think local libraries serve the educational needs of their communities and families pretty well and library users often outpace others in learning activities. But many do not know about key education services libraries provide. Most Americans believe libraries do a decent job of serving the education and learning needs of their communities and their own families. A new survey by Pew Research Centershows that 76% of adults say libraries serve the learning and educational needs of their communities either “very well” (37%) or “pretty well” (39%). Further, 71% say libraries serve their own personal needs and the needs of their families “very well” or “pretty well.” As a rule, libraries’ performance in learning arenas gets better marks from women, blacks, Hispanics, those in lower-income households, and those ages 30 and older. Majorities of adults say their local libraries are serving the educational needs of their communities and their own families at least ‘pretty well’ At the same time, many do not know that libraries offer learning-related programs and materials such as e-books, career and job resources, and high school certification courses…A recent Pew Research reportfound that 73% of adults say the label “lifelong learner” applies “very well” to them. Additionally, 74% of adults have participated in personal learning experiences of various kinds in the previous 12 months – we call them personal learners. And 63% of full- and part-time workers have taken courses or done training on the job to improve their skills in the past year – we called them professional learners

Bring back the stocks and the firing squad.
The tendency in modern criminal justice has been to remove two specific elements from the state’s justice: spectacle and pain. During the 19th and early 20th centuries, pillories and stocks and whipping posts became museum pieces, the hangman and the firing squad were supplanted by more technical methods, and punishment became something that happened elsewhere — in distant prisons and execution chambers, under professional supervision, far from the baying crowd.
All of this made a certain moral sense. But the civilizing process did not do away with cruelty and in some ways it could exacerbate it. With executions, the science was often inexact and the application difficult, and when it went wrong the electric chair or the gas chamber could easily become a distinctive kind of torture. During the last century lethal injection, now the execution method of choice, had a higher “botch rate” by far than every other means of killing the condemned. Meanwhile, the lowest rate of failure (albeit out of a small sample size) belonged to that old standby: the firing squad. . . .
It is not clear that this method of dealing with crime succeeds at avoiding cruel and unusual punishment so much as it avoids making anyone outside the prison system see it. Nor is it clear that a different system, with a sometimes more old-fashioned set of penalties, would necessarily be more inhumane.

Read the whole thing. Or read this article by Peter Salib, which argues for punishments other than imprisonment

Nearly half (46%) of British businesses discovered at least one cybersecurity breach or attack in the past year, a government survey has indicated. That proportion rose to two-thirds among medium and large companies. Most often, these breaches involved fraudulent emails being sent to staff or security issues relating to viruses, spyware or malware. The survey was completed by 1,500 UK businesses and included 30 in-depth interviews.

The government said a "sizeable proportion" of the businesses still did not have "basic protections" in place. While many had enacted rudimentary technical controls, only one-third had a formal policy covering cybersecurity risks. Less than a third (29%) had assigned a specific board member to be responsible for cybersecurity.

New NSW police specialist unit hopes to intervene before lone-wolf-style attacks


Hundreds of Australians on Turkish jihad list, bid to extradite Prakash


Big Brother will know your sex habits
AUSTRALIANS' sexual practices, religious beliefs and health records could be collected in a new government database designed to choke off terrorism financing. A covert intelligence unit called the "Fintel Alliance" has been set up to team Australia's spy and law agencies with the Immigration Department, Australian Taxation Office, banks and even PayPal.