News & Trends

Title: Poland joins Europol’s cyber-crime taskforce

Author: GLOBAL Government FORUM

Date: 04.25.2019

Abstract: Poland has become the latest country to join an international initiative to tackle the growing problem of cyber-crime, such as payment fraud and malware.

Europol, the European Union’s law-enforcement agency headquartered in The Hague, has announced that the country has deployed a cybercrime specialist to its Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce, known as J-CAT.

The objective of J-CAT, launched in 2014, is to drive “intelligence-led, coordinated action against key cybercrime threats and targets by facilitating the joint identification, prioritisation, preparation and initiation of cross-border investigations and operations by its partners”. It tackles hi-tech crimes including malware and botnets; the facilitation of crimes, for example counter-antivirus services and money laundering; online fraud; and online child sexual exploitation.



Title: Facebook 'hosts' cyber-crime marketplaces

Author: BBC NEWS

Date: 04.05.2019

Abstract: Facebook has been host to "dozens" of busy marketplaces and exchanges used by cyber-thieves to buy and sell stolen goods, suggests a security firm. Researchers at Cisco found 74 groups on Facebook that openly traded stolen credit card numbers and bank account details. The groups had a regular membership of about 385,000 people, they found. Facebook said it had shut down the groups for breaking the social network's policies on financial fraud. 


Title: Cyber crimes against children in Dubai up 80 percent




Date: 04.02.2019


Abstract: The number of cybercrimes committed against children increased from 29 complaints in 2017 to 52 complaints last year, according to Dubai Police. Major-General Khalil Ebrahim Al Mansouri, Assistant Chief for Criminal Investigation Affairs at Dubai Police, said that cybercrimes had become a global threat requiring a greater collective effort and more innovative solutions. He added that Dubai Police was constantly developing ways to fight online crime and facilitating methods to report it. Online crimes targeting children jumped from 34 in 2016 and 29 in 2017 to 52 last year, according to Dubai Police. The most common age for young victims as per recorded crimes was between 13 and 18.




Title: Social media-enabled cybercrime is generating $3.25 billion a year 

Author: Help Net Security 

Date: 02.27.2019


- One in five organizations have been infected with malware distributed via social media

- Reports of cybercrime involving social media grew by more than 300-fold between 2015 and 2017 in the US, and social media-enabled crime quadrupled between 2013 and 2018 in the UK

- Over 1.3 billion social media users have had their data compromised within the last five years and between 45-50 percent of the illicit trading of data from 2017 to 2018 could be associated with breaches of social media platforms

- Four of the top five global websites hosting cryptomining code are social media platforms

- The number of enterprises infected by cryptomining malware doubled from 2017 to 2018

- Social media platforms contain up to 20 percent more methods by which malware can be delivered to users – e.g. through adverts, shares, plug-ins – than comparable sources, such as ecommerce, digital media or corporate websites

- Social media has fueled a 36 percent increase in the recruitment of ‘millennial money mules’ since 2016 and has increased fraud revenues by 60 percent since 2017.


VFAC Review
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The VFAC Review is a bimonthly multi-disciplinary review of the issues and trends in cybercrime.

Issue 12 contains information on:

  • Conferences and Events
  • News & Trends
  • Recent Publications

Articles on:

  • A Geneva Convention or Declaration for Cyberspace
  • Cyber Conflict and Retribution: Uncertainties in the Dark

Book Review
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Title: Big Digital Forensic Data Volume 2: Quick Analysis for Evidence and Intelligence


Authors: Quick, Darren, Choo, Kim-Kwang Raymond


Date: 2018



This book provides an in-depth understanding of big data challenges to digital forensic investigations, also known as big digital forensic data. It also develops the basis of using data mining in big forensic data analysis, including data reduction, knowledge management, intelligence, and data mining principles to achieve faster analysis in digital forensic investigations. By collecting and assembling a corpus of test data from a range of devices in the real world, it outlines a process of big digital forensic data analysis for evidence and intelligence. It includes the results of experiments on vast volumes of real digital forensic data. The book is a valuable resource for digital forensic practitioners, researchers in big data, cyber threat hunting and intelligence, data mining and other related areas.


DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-0263-3