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October 3, 2015

Report: Publicly Disclosed Data Breaches are Increasing, Dramatically

The 2015 Internet Organized Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) has revealed that the number of “publically disclosed” data breaches this year has increased significantly, leading to secondary crimes wherein the breached data is used for extortion, identity theft, fraud and other similar offences.

The 2015 law enforcement-centric IOCTA report, put together from views and experiences of EU law enforcement agencies shows a trend that’s common among cybercrime all over the world.

The annual report is a presentation by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), focusing on the cybercrime threat landscape in EU member states.

The complete IOCTA report is available for [...]

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September 14, 2015

U.S. Department of Energy Was Successfully Hacked 159 Times in 4 Years

In yet another instance that shows just how targeted Government agencies are, the U.S. Dept. of Energy has been attacked by hackers over 150 times between 2010 and 2014.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has had its computers breached by attackers nearly 160 times during a 48-month span up to 2014, according to documents obtained by USA Today.

The federal records gathered by the publication show a relentless barrage of cyber attacks as attempts to breach the Department of Energy’s security that safeguards critical information systems. These important and crucial systems contain sensitive data about energy labs, the country’s power grid and [...]

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August 29, 2015

The Top Five Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities for Businesses

Cyber crime is the biggest threat that any major financial or governmental organization face in today’s world. This form of crime is not physical, but ramifications of it are far more severe and ghastly than  conventional crime. Where physical attacks are threatening to loss of life of personnel, cyber crimes can put entire economies at risk, wipe out the bank accounts, expose the biggest secrets of any nation, and more.

The attackers may be located hundreds of miles away from the site of the attack. Government agencies all over the world are fighting hard in the battle against cyber crimes. It is not just the big guns that are at risk, though. Small business owners, as well [...]

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June 29, 2015

UK Government, Intel, & Trend Micro Partner to Monitor Cyber Crimes

The United Kingdom’s National Crime Agency has contracted two security firms to provide minute-by-minute intelligence about tech crime.

In an attempt to step up efforts to combat cyber crime last week, the super power teamed up with Intel Security and Trend Micro. The National Crime Agency hopes to obtain up-to-the-minute updates regarding cyber crime. The intelligence expansion is another attempt at mass harvesting information.

Security firms have a far greater understanding of the threats in terms of what they see on a day-to-day basis,”Andy Archibald, Head of the UK National Crim Agency’s Cyber Crime Unit said. [...]

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