News & Trends
2018-06-27  
 

Title: International students from China and Taiwan increasingly targeted in cybercrime scams (Note: accompanied by video story)

 

Author: Patricia Karvelas, ABC

 

Date: 29 May 2018

 

Abstract: Chinese and Taiwanese students in Australia are increasingly targeted by cyber criminals. The scams take a variety of forms, but most commonly, scammers construct simulated kidnappings of international students to fleece families of ransom money. So far, $2 million has been made in this way.

 

Source: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/international-students-from-china-and-taiwan-cybercrime-victims/9812142

 

2018-06-27  
 

Title: Wearables Could Make Children Vulnerable To Cyber Crime

 

Author: Anna Tobin, Forbes

 

Date: 31 May 2018

 

Abstract: Wearables could make children an easy target for cybercriminals says Allen Scott, consumer EMEA director at cyber security solutions firm McAfee. Scott warns: "Families are currently facing one of the most critical issues at the moment, protecting personal information in a hyper-connected world. Every day we connect our lives to external sources without realizing the many ways others can exploit our digital connections.Recent research by McAfee has found that less than a quarter of people (23%) realize that wearable devices and connected toys for children need to have security protection. "Anything with an online connection is at risk to cybercriminals, but the issue with wearables is that risks associated with these products is high and children using connected toys can be exposed to malware, viruses and perhaps, most worryingly, strangers online," says Scott.

 

Source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/annatobin/2018/05/31/wearables-could-make-children-vulnerable-to-cyber-crime/#7bcdd64671d0

 

2018-06-27  
 

Title: World Cup 2018 is ‘ripe target’ for cybercrime as expert warns over ticket scams and hacked livestreams

 

Author: Saqib Shah, The Sun

 

Date: 31 May 2018

 

Abstract: The [FIFA] World Cup could prove a breeding ground for hackers seeking to dupe unwitting fans out of their hard-earned cash, a cyber-security expert has told The Sun. Brits in attendance, and those watching from home, should be on the lookout for everything from fake ticketing scams to shady livestreams that can pinch your payment details. “When you consider the scope and scale of technology infrastructure required to host and broadcast one of the largest sporting events in the world, there is plenty of opportunity for malicious cyber-activity," said Steve Giguere, lead engineer at cyber-security firm Synopsys.The 2018 World Cup is expected to draw more than 5 million spectators from around the globe to host country Russia between June 14 and July 15.

 

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/6413666/world-cup-2018-is-ripe-target-for-cybercrime-as-expert-warns-over-ticket-scams-and-hacked-livestreams/

2018-06-27  
 

Title: Bypass glitch allows malware to masquerade as legit Apple files

 

Author: Tara Seals, Threat Post

 

Date: 12 June 2018

 

Abstract: Masquerading as an official Apple system file sounds like a wonderful way for malware to worm its way onto Macs – and a recently discovered code-signing bypass flaw allows bad code to do just that. The way some developers have implemented Apple’s official code-signing API can be exploited by attackers. Essentially, Apple makes an API available to developers that want to create a security function that verifies Apple files as being legitimate (by making sure the file’s code is signed). However, many of these developers have not used the API properly, so it introduces a vulnerability into the security product or function that allows for unsigned malicious code to appear to be signed by Apple. The result is that malware can fool vulnerable security products and services into thinking that it’s just another legitimate Apple file – so it slips past their security checks and onto the targeted machine.

 

Source: https://threatpost.com/bypass-glitch-allows-malware-to-masquerade-as-legit-apple-files/132758/

 

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VFAC Review
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2017-01-24
 
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


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Book Review
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2018-06-27
 

Title: Emerging Threats for the Human Element and Countermeasures in Current Cyber Security Landscape (Book Chapter of Psychological and Behavioral Examinations in Cyber Security)

 

Authors: Vladlena Benson, John McAlaney & Lara A. Frumkin

 

Date: 2018

 

Abstract: The chapter presents an overview of emerging issues in the psychology of human behaviour and the evolving nature of cyber threats. It reflects on the role of social engineering as the entry point of many sophisticated attacks and highlights the relevance of the human element as the starting point of implementing cyber security programmes in organisations as well as securing individual online behaviour. Issues associated with the emerging trends in human behaviour research and ethics are presented for further discussion. The chapter concludes with a set of open research questions warranting immediate academic attention to avoid the exponential growth of information breaches in the future.

 

DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-4053-3.ch016

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