News & Trends

Title: Cyber crime reporting crucial, say UK police


Author: Computer


Date: 06.28.2019



UK police are planning to introduce a bespoke cyber crime reporting facility for business to encourage businesses to contact police when they are targeted in this way.

“It is crucial that businesses report cyber crime to us because every incident is an investigative opportunity,” Rob Jones, director of threat leadership at the UK National Crime Agency (NCA) told Computer Weekly.

“Failure to report creates an unpoliced space and a situation where incident response companies just sweep up the glass, but don’t deal with the underlying issue, which emboldens criminals. As a result, the problem will continue and prevalence, severity and sophistication of attacks will increase.”

While the number of cyber attacks reported to police in the latest report by the Office of National Statistics is just 26,000, police estimate that the number of cyber attacks in the same period was around 976,000, which means that barely 3% of cyber attack are being brought to the attention of police.

The problem of under-reporting is due to a number of reasons, he said, including the fact that many companies fear that reporting cyber crime incidents to the police will result in the police disrupting business operations to carry out an investigation, and the perception that police do not have the capability to deal with cyber crime and are unable to find and take action against cyber criminals operating from outside the UK.


Title: Older people falling victim to cybercrime

Author: eNCA

Date: 06.22.2019


Older people are increasingly falling prey to SIM swap scams.

Not so tech-savvy, they make easy victims.

A 2018 report from the banking ombudsman, released recently, shows a three-percent increase in complaints about internet and banking fraud, with the most coming from people over 40.

Cyber-criminal expert Wayne Olsen says the elderly are soft targets and there needs to be more accountability from services providers.

I think in this incidence, there doesn’t need to be some ownership and accountability from both banks and as well as the mobile operators,” Olsen said.

They need to look internally at the potential rogue individuals inside the organizations.”



Title: Cyber Crime Widely Underreported Says ISACA 2019 Annual Report on Cyber Security Trends


Date: 06.21.2019


ISACA surveys 1,576 cyber security professionals in decision-making positions in their organization. Respondents are with organizations ranging in size from enterprise to small-to-medium.

The headliner of the most recent part of the cyber security trends report is the underreporting of cyber crime around the globe, which appears to have become normalized. About half of the respondents indicated that they feel that most enterprises do not report all of the cyber crime that they experience, including incidents that they are legally obligated to disclose.

This is taking place in a cyber security landscape in which just under half of the respondents said that cyber attacks had increased in the previous year, and nearly 80% expect to have to contend with a cyber attack on their organization next year. And only a third of the cyber security leaders reported “high” confidence in the ability of their teams to detect and respond to such an attack.



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.


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: Cybercrime and Society

Authors: Majid Yar, Kevin F. Steinmetz

Date: Third edition published 2019


The Third Edition of Cybercrime and Society provides readers with expert analysis on the most important cybercrime issues affecting modern society.

The book has undergone extensive updates and expands on the topics addressed in the 2013 edition, with updated analysis and contemporary case studies on subjects such as: computer hacking, cyberterrorism, hate speech, internet pornography, child sex abuse, and policing the internet.

New author Kevin Steinmetz brings further expertise to the book, including an in-depth insight into computer hacking. The third edition also includes two new chapters:

-“Researching and Theorizing Cybercrime” explains how criminological theories have been applied to various cybercrime issues, and also highlights the challenges facing the academic study of cybercrime.

-“Looking toward the Future of Cybercrime” examines the implications for future cybercrimes, including biological implants, cloud-computing, state-sponsored hacking and propaganda, and the effects online regulation would have on civil liberties.

ISBN: 1526481677, 9781526481672