Month: January 2016

Civilians to help police investigate cybercrimes, says Theresa May

Civilians to help police investigate cybercrimes, says Theresa May

Civilian recruits will help police solve cybercrime under an expansion of the role of volunteers in England and Wales, the home secretary has said.

The plans include measures to give more power to support staff and volunteers.

Forces will be able to identify volunteers who specialise in accountancy or computing for cyber and finance inquiries, Theresa May said.

Unison, which represents police staff, said it was concerned it was a way to “plug the huge gap” left by cuts.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-35354139

BBC Hack May Have Been the Largest DDoS Attack in History

BBC Hack May Have Been the Largest DDoS Attack in History
Cyber attacks are getting evil and becoming the worst nightmare for companies day-by-day, and the Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack is one of the favorite weapon for hackers to temporarily suspend services of a host connected to the Internet.

Until now, nearly every major website had been a victim of this attack, and the most recent one was conducted against the BBC’s websites and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s main campaign website over this past holiday weekend.

Out of two, the largest DDoS attack in the history was carried out against the BBC website: Over 600 Gbps

See http://thehackernews.com/2016/01/biggest-ddos-attack.html for the full story

Microsoft Collecting More Data of Windows 10 Users than Initially Thought

Microsoft Collecting More Data of Windows 10 Users than Initially Thought

After several controversial data mining and privacy invasion features within Microsoft’s newest operating system, Microsoft continued convincing its users that Windows 10 is not spying on anyone and that the company is not collecting more data than it needs.
In addition, Microsoft also updated its privacy policy in order to clear how and when Windows 10 utilizes users’ data.

See the full story here:

http://thehackernews.com/2016/01/windows10-privacy-data.html

Computer hackers growing in numbers as security breaches increase

Computer hackers growing in numbers as security breaches increase

Partial transcript of a story from July 2015, click the link below for the full article at abc.net.au.

TICKY FULLERTON: This week, customers using the Ashley Madison relationship cheating service got a nasty shock. Their personal details had been hacked. 30 million people held their breath including 1 million Australians apparently. But hackers aren’t just interested in people cheating on their partners, they’re increasingly attacking a growing number of databases holding highly sensitive personal information. In the US, health insurance details were stolen, in another case the hackers stole fingerprints held by the US Government. Margot O’Neil takes up the story.

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2015/s4280609.htm