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How #AI will underpin #cyber security in the next few #years

Source: National Cyber Security News

Cyber security risks are growing in complexity and volume, but artificial intelligence techniques can help businesses track and fight them in real time

Cyber criminals continue to launch increasingly sophisticated and devastating attacks on industrial, business and financial organisations around the world – and the damage from such crime could reach $6tn by 2021, according to a report from Cybersecurity Ventures.

It has become clear that organisations cannot simply rely on manpower and human interaction to fight off cyber attacks. Not only is it time-consuming for employees to spot potential threats, but it is also challenging to come up with security technologies to prevent them. So there are fears that businesses will continue to fall victim to hackers.

As a result, organisations are being forced to consider new ways to boost their cyber defences. Whether it is implementing new cloud strategies or big data analytics, many companies are showing that they can think outside the box when it comes to modernising their IT security defences.

But artificial intelligence (AI) is emerging as the frontrunner in the battle against cyber crime. With autonomous systems, businesses are in a far better place to strengthen and reinforce cyber security strategies.

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7 New Year’s #Cybersecurity #Resolutions for #Everyone

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

With less than two weeks left on the 2017 calendar, I’ve started to think about life after the holidays and what personal resolve I will need to accomplish some of my goals for next year.

For me, this entails a lot of dedication and discipline as I train for a spring marathon. But I know that’s not for everyone, and in order for our resolutions to be successful, they need to be reasonable and achievable. And while I put a lot of focus on running, I also wholeheartedly believe there are certain things in all our lives that can be changed for the better without a whole lot of effort.

Take cybersecurity for example. Even the biggest technophobes among us can up their game with some reasonable resolutions that will make things like using your credit card or shopping online safer and more secure.

There are some terrific websites out there that offer good advice and information about online safety, like “Stop. Think. Connect” for example. But before you hop over to that site, check out my seven cybersecurity resolutions for everyone to consider adding to their own lists:

1. I Will Be Security-Aware
Being security-aware means that you understand that there are people out there who will deliberately (or even by accident) steal or misuse your personal information. Awareness is the first step. Next comes education and diligence around cybersecurity.

Here’s an easy step: sign up for text and email alerts to get informed about important activity on your bank and credit card accounts. If you’ve misplaced your wallet, you can easily shut off your cards on your accounts’ apps. (I can say from personal experience doing this can give you peace of mind until you finally find your wallet under the driver’s seat of your car.)

2. I Will Stop at the Autofilling Station for Online Shoppers
Online shopping will get a little safer and easier with the latest Android platform “Oreo” due to its expanded autofill framework. For example, Oreo will allow you to recognize credit card forms and addresses, and if you’ve got that information stored in your LastPass vault, we’ll safely fill that up for you.

3. I Will Only Visit Secure, Trustworthy Websites
You don’t need to be a security expert to know if you are on a safe, legitimate website. Simply check the URL to confirm there’s an “s” after “http” at the beginning (like this post’s URL).

By the way, that “s” stands for “secure”. When you’re on your local Starbucks’ or any airport’s Wi-Fi network, you aren’t on a secure connection so reconsider shopping on Amazon Prime until you get home.

4. I Will Treat My Passwords with Kindness and Let Them Thrive
Treat your passwords like you treat your child. They all thrive with discipline, structure and love. For starters, stop leaving your passwords defenseless against cybercriminals because you’ve made them simple and easy to guess, or over-exposed through reuse on multiple websites. Break the cycle with a simple password management tool that will generate strong and unique passwords for every account, change them as often as you like (or as it advises), and keep them locked up tight.

5. I Will Keep My Devices and Applications Updated
When Apple, Microsoft or Google strongly encourage you to apply the latest mobile or laptop operating system update (e.g. Apple iOS, Windows) because of a security vulnerability, they aren’t kidding around. Update it. Or just set it to happen when you’re sleeping.

The inconvenience of managing your software updates is significantly dwarfed by the ever so inconvenient identity theft. Check the settings on your laptops, tablets, and smartphones to manage automatic updates to apps, software, and operating systems. Don’t forget your browsers while you’re at it. They’re a gateway to everything important on your machine. And don’t drag your heels like the folks at Equifax. Earlier this year they neglected to patch a known vulnerability which led to a massive breach of personal data belonging to 146 million people.

6. I Will Not Overshare on Social Media
I was on a popular social site the other day to check out my niece’s new profile. I sent her a link to a photo of her house on Google Earth and noted that anyone could do the same because her home address was public. (I’m subtle like that.)

Check your settings on Facebook, LinkedIn and any other social media site you use. Make sure your personal email address, phone numbers, addresses, and birthdate are only visible to you. (And maybe keep ‘em locked up in a password vault while you’re at it.) All cybercriminals need is a few bits of information about you to put together the rest of the puzzle.

7. I Will Stay Motivated to Meet My Resolutions
Be realistic when setting any of your goals. They should be attainable, not out of reach. Give yourself a reasonable timeline to meet your resolutions, and celebrate milestones along the way. If you don’t lose those 10 pounds by the end of January, fend off the shame and guilt, and keep at it.

So let those passwords of yours thrive. They’re fat-free.

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Cyber #hackers target #Spain’s top #court as Catalonia’s #leader is #threatened with 30 years in prison if he declares #independence

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Cyber #hackers target #Spain’s top #court as Catalonia’s #leader is #threatened with 30 years in prison if he declares #independence

Spain’s most senior court fell victim to a massive cyber attack as hackers launched an “Operation Free Catalonia” campaign.

The country’s constitutional court said unknown hackers had accessed its computer systems on Friday.

The Spanish National Security Department said the hack was part of a recent campaign to flood government websites with slogans in support of independence for the Spanish region of Catalonia.

Social media groups linked to cyber hacking group Anonymous said they would roll out action as part of “Operation Free Catalonia”.

Meanwhile, Spanish attorney general José Manuel Maza is reportedly preparing to have Carles Puigdemont – president of Catalonia and figurehead of the independence movement – arrested for rebellion.

El Pais reported Puigdemont faces a charge of sedition, punishable by up to 30 years in prison, if he formally declares independence or tries to change the Spanish constitution.

It comes after the regional leaders of Catalonia – including Barcelona – held an independence referendum earlier this month on whether to break away from the rest of Spain.

The separatists claimed victory with a majority of more than 2million votes, but the ballot was declared illegal by the government in Madrid .

There were allegations of police brutality as officers used force to break up pro-independence rallies and close polling stations.

Spain’s Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday said he would curb the powers of the parliament of Catalonia, sack its government and call an election within six months in a bid to thwart the independence movement.

It came after Puigdemont failed to meet a deadline to withdraw the threat of a declaration of independence, instead accusing Madrid of refusing to negotiate.

“If the government continues to impede dialogue and continues with the repression, the Catalan parliament could proceed, if it is considered opportune, to vote on a formal declaration of independence,” Puigdemont said in a letter to the Prime Minister.

He also said after the referendum: “At this historic moment… I call for the right for Catalonia to independent and form a republic.”

The Prime Minister responded in parliament on Wednesday: “It’s not that difficult to reply to the question: has Catalonia declared independence?

“Because if it has, the government is obliged to act in one way, and if it has not, we can talk here.”

The measures to curb Catalonia’s autonomy and hold fresh elections must now be approved by Spain’s upper house, the Senate, where a vote is scheduled for October 27.

King Felipe used a prize-giving ceremony in the north-western region of Asturias to indicate support for the government.

The king, normally a ceremonial figure, said: “Catalonia is and will remain an essential part. Spain needs to face up to an unacceptable secession attempt on its national territory, which it will resolve through its legitimate democratic institutions.”

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Florida officer gets 5 years for driver license theft scheme

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

MIAMI A former Florida police officer has been sentenced to five years in federal prison for his role in an identity theft scheme that involved a confidential law enforcement driver license database. Court documents show 38-year-old Raul Castellon of the Hialeah Police Department was sentenced Tuesday. He pleaded guilty in…

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Leader of Russian ‘Humpty Dumpty’ hackers sentenced to two years in prison

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

A court in Moscow sentenced Vladimir Anikeev to two years in prison on Thursday for leaking the hacked correspondence of senior Kremlin officials and members of the Russian elite. Mr Anikeev had earlier pled guilty to being the ringleader of the shadowy online collective Shaltai-Boltai, or Humpty Dumpty, in a…

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Father of 3 bags 3 years in prison for $3650 online romance scam

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ Okechukwu Brown, a father of three, was on Monday in Lagos sentenced to three years imprisonment for defrauding an American of 3,650 dollars in an online romance scam. Justice Josephine Oyefeso …

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Ex-employee faces 7 years in prison after hacking into security firm and deleting client data

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

A US man has been sentenced to seven years in federal prison after being found guilty of an audacious hacking scheme in which he used a Remote Access Trojan (RAT) to covertly delete a slew of sensitive computer files belonging to his former security company employer. After resigning from Florida-based…

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If Lawmakers Get Their Way, Teens’ Sexting Could Land Them Behind Bars for 15 Years

To Purchase This Product/Services, Go To The Store Link Above Or Go To http://www.become007.com/store/ A bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this month could harshly penalize adolescents for their high-tech flirting and sexual experimentation. The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill …

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Texan Gets 16 Years for Distributing Child Porn

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