Archive for 2012/03/29
BAE Detica study is billed as the first comprehensive analysis of the nature of criminal organisations involved in e-crimePosted: 2012/03/29 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
Research probably based on information about those getting caught ;-)
The research, led by criminologist Dr Michael McGuire of The John Grieve Centre for Policing and Security at London Metropolitan University, blames 80 per cent of cybercrime on your common-or-garden gangsters. Contrary to Hollywood film scripts, cybercrime is far from the preserve of tech-savvy youths – nearly half (43 per cent) of cyber-crooks are over 35 years old, and less than a third (29 per cent) are under 25.
More cyber-crooks (11 per cent) are over 50 than youngsters aged between 14 and 18, who make up only eight per cent of e-crims, according to the doctor and his team.
Warner Home Entertainment has revealed that all its future Blu-ray Discs will tap into Hollywood’s UltraViolet cloud-based movie locker to provide punters with downloadable copies of films they buy.
Warner said it will make UV the standard for double- and triple-play BDs that offer a digital copy.
Sony said it will offer digital streams and downloads through UV too, but not until later in the year.
New Bill Seeks To Let DHS Agents Coordinate More With Private Companies In Seizing Property (Like Domains)Posted: 2012/03/29 in Blocking, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Legislation, Public Policy
Cyber attacks on IT systems would become a criminal offence punishable by at least two years in prison throughout the EUPosted: 2012/03/29 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Legislation, Public Policy
The proposal would establish harmonised penal sanctions against perpetrators of cyber attacks against an information system – for instance a network, database or website. Illegal access, interference or interception of data should be treated as a criminal offence, MEPs say.
The maximum penalty to be imposed by Member States for these offences would be at least two years’ imprisonment, and at least five years where there are aggravating circumstances such as the use of a tool specifically designed to for large-scale (e.g. ”botnet”) attacks, or attacks cause considerable damage (e.g. by disrupting system service), financial costs or loss of financial data.
Using another person’s electronic identity (e.g. by “spoofing” their IP address), to commit an attack, and causing prejudice to the rightful identity owner would also be an aggravating circumstance – for which MEPs say Member States must set a maximum penalty of at least three years.
MEPs also propose tougher penalties if the attack is committed by a criminal organisation and/or if it targets critical infrastructure such as the IT systems of power plants or transport networks.
The proposal also targets tools used to commit offences: the production or sale of devices such as computer programs designed for cyber-attacks, or which find a computer password by which an information system can be accessed, would constitute criminal offences.
Legal persons would be liable for offences committed for their benefit (e.g. a company would be liable for hiring a hacker to get access to a competitor’s database), whether deliberately or through a lack of supervision. They would also face penalties such as exclusion for entitlement to public benefits or judicial winding-up.
To resist cross-border cyber-attacks, Member States need to ensure that their networks of national contact points are available round the clock, and can respond to urgent requests within a maximum of eight hours, says the text.
Ofcom is currently preparing to consult on a Draft Statutory Instrument for making white space devices licence exempt, which could result in the first commercial UK services arrive sometime next year. But before that BT will be working to improve its performance and must also find an economically viable way of delivering the service, otherwise it would be difficult to support.
“Girls are getting killed on the internet — that’s the reason for it,” Benzion Stock, administrator of the Crown Heights school, said.
“The internet is a good way to ruin marriages and families,” Stock said. “We don’t want them there, period. It’s the wrong place for a Jewish girl to be. Facebook is not a modest thing to do. Socializing on Facebook could lead to the wrong things.”
Will that relate to devices or content?
There is a political reason why Assange is kept under arrest – and why several players are falling into place to let America get its hands on WikiLeaks’ founder
Curious how many emails you sent last month? What your most frequent search term was? What countries you logged in from? If you use Google for everything, it can now tell you all of those things.