News & Trends
2019-01-16  
Title: German chancellor Angela Merkel hacked in mass cyber-attack targeting country’s politicians

 

Author: The Sun, News Corp Australia Network, NT News

 

Date: 05.01.2019

 

Abstract: Angela Merkel’s personal details have been hacked and published online in a mass attack targeting hundreds of German politicians. Private chats, financial and contact details of Germany’s Chancellor and her colleagues and opponents have been posted on Twitter, The Sun reports. The only political party not targeted in the attack was the far-right AfD. Data belonging to celebrities and leading journalists from the country have also been published. The leak emerged last month in the form of a digital advent calendar on Twitter, reports the BBC.

 

Source: https://www.ntnews.com.au/news/german-chancellor-angela-merkel-hacked-in-mass-cyberattack-targeting-countrys-politicians/news-story/202812aff322d2a4339134aca0eb3dca

2019-01-16  
Title:The Cybersecurity 202: House Democrats' first bill aims big on election security

 

Author: Joseph Marks, The Washington Post

 

Date: 07.01.2019

 

Abstract: House Democrats came out swinging on election security in their first bill of the new Congress on Friday, promising at least $120 million for new voting machines — so long as they use paper ballots rather than digital ones. The move suggests the new House majority plans to push for the strongest election security measures they can get rather than seek compromise with the GOP-controlled Senate or the Trump administration.

 

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-cybersecurity-202/2019/01/07/the-cybersecurity-202-house-democrats-first-bill-aims-big-on-election-security/5c3218781b326b66fc5a1bbd/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.4b11d81b3d6f

2019-01-16  
Title: Double trouble: Two-pronged cyber attack infects victims with data-stealing trojan malware and ransomware

 

Author: Danny Palmer, ZD Net

 

Date: 07.01.2019

 

Abstract: Cyber criminals are targeting victims with a two-pronged attack that secretly infiltrates systems with data-stealing malware, before dropping ransomware onto the infected system. Using Internet Explorer and Flash Player exploits delivered in the Fallout exploit kit, the campaign is distributed by what researchers at Malwarebytes describe as a 'prolific' malvertising campaign targeting high-traffic torrent and streaming sites and redirecting users towards two malicious payloads.

 

Source: https://www.zdnet.com/article/double-trouble-two-pronged-cyber-attack-infects-victims-with-data-stealing-trojan-malware-and-ransomware/

2019-01-16  
Title: Number of fake websites and email addresses used for cyber crime rockets eight-fold in three years

 

Author: David Wooding, The Sun

 

Date: 06.01.2019

 

Abstract: COPS are struggling to keep pace with cyber crooks running bogus websites and email addresses. The number set up as a front for criminal activity has rocketed eight-fold in the past three years, figures reveal. A record 32,813 dodgy domains were suspended last year — and all but 200 of them were rumbled by police. But plans for industry stakeholders to fund the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit have fallen through and government funding runs out in June. Shadow policing minister Louise Haigh said: “These figures demonstrate the growing threat from cybercrime and online fraud.

 

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/8130003/fake-websites-cyber-crime-rockets/

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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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2018-12-20

Title: Australia’s Cyber Security Sector Competitiveness Plan
 

Authors: AustCyber

 

Date: 27/11/2018

 

Abstract: Cyber security is emerging as one of Australia’s most promising growth sectors A surge in demand for cybersecurity products and services globally – driven by the growing need of organisations to protect their digital assets and databases from malicious activity – bodes well for Australian security companies. Market trends point to tremendous economic opportunity. Global annual spending on cyber security increased by 7.4 per cent to US$131 billion in 2017 and is expected to remain robust in coming years. The outlook for cyber security spending in the Indo‑Pacific region, which includes Australia’s immediate Asia‑Pacific neighbour states as well as China and India, is particularly strong. Australia’s innovative cyber security companies are gaining respect and success both at home and in international markets. Cyber security is not only a dynamic sector offering a new source of economic growth and prosperity to Australia, it is also an enabler of growth through digital transformation in every sector of the economy. As businesses rely on the confidentiality and integrity of digital information, a strong domestic cyber security sector is critical for Australia’s competitiveness and international reputation as a trusted place to do business, and for the nation’s continued economic growth.

 

DOI: Link in place of DOI (https://www.austcyber.com/tools-and-resources/sector-competitiveness-plan-2018)

 

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