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US rolls back net neutrality

WASHINGTON - The FCC repealed Obama-era net neutrality rules, junking the longtime principle that all web traffic must be treated equally. The big telecommunications companies had lobbied hard to overturn the rules, contending they are heavy-handed and discourage investment in broadband networks.  (AP)


Twitter followers vanish

NEW YORK - More than a million followers have disappeared from the accounts of dozens of prominent Twitter users in recent days as the company faces growing criticism over the proliferation of fake accounts and scrutiny from federal and state inquiries into the shadowy firms that sell fake followers.    (NY Times)   MORE:   NY Attorney general investigating   Devumi   Social media bots   Future of truth and misinformation online 


Session replay scripts

You may know that most websites have third-party analytics scripts that record which pages you visit and the searches you make.  But lately, more and more sites use 'session replay' scripts. These scripts record your keystrokes, mouse movements, and scrolling behavior, along with the entire contents of the pages you visit, and send them to third-party servers. (Princeton)   Key-logger pre-installed 


Guilty of online harassment

VANCOUVER - A man accused of trying to emotionally ruin the life of his ex-wife was declared guilty of criminal harassment.  The court heard Patrick Fox's tactics included threatening emails, blog postings and a website aimed at Desiree Capuano.  (CP)  COMMENT:   Nasty or illegal? 


Youth hacker

WORLD FORUM - An 11-year-old has stunned an audience of security experts by hacking into their Bluetooth devices to manipulate a robotic teddy bear, showing in the process how interconnected smart toys 'can be weaponized'.    (AFP)


Can you hear me scam

EDMONTON - A new scam has surfaced that relies on your voice to answer a simple question: 'Can you hear me now'?  Those are the words to watch out for as scammers try to bait callers into saying, 'Yes.'     (CBC)


Prepare for cyber-war

OTTAWA - 'Cyber war' is still in its infancy, John Adams argued in a paper (.pdf), but computer viruses could soon cause as much damage to a country as conventional bombs and bullets.   (Toronto Star)   


Computer security alerts 

Symantec and Norton branded antivirus products contain multiple vulnerabilities. Some of these products are in widespread use throughout government and industry. Exploitation of these vulnerabilities could allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.  (US-CERT) 



VANCOUVER - Patrick Fox, a Burnaby, BC, man who told CBC in Feb that he created a website to 'destroy' his ex-wife, has been charged in Canada with criminal harassment and a weapons offence after he was arrested by US border agents in Washington state.   (CBC)   PREVIOUS:   Ex-wife forced to change identity


Not guilty

TORONTO - The 2 complainants, Stephanie Guthrie and Heather Reilly, testified that during 2012 Gregory Alan Elliott became obsessed with their Twitter feeds and incessantly tweeted at them, prompting them both to block him. (Toronto Star)  MORE:   Found not guilty    Even handed ruling   Comments gone too far    Freedom of expression   Trial you never heard about 


Duped by fake online reviews

LONDON - More than half of the adults in Britain, around 25M people, use online review websites to find the best deals.   But their impressions are 'distorted' by the growth of a 'clandestine' market for fake reviews, the Competition and Market Authority (CMA) has discovered.  (Telegraph UK)  REPORTS:   Online reviews & endorsements

Iranian hacker network

WASHINGTON - The US announced sanctions and criminal indictments against an Iranian hacker network.  9 of 10 named individuals were connected to the Mabna Institute, a Shiraz-based tech firm that the Justice Department alleged hacks on behalf of Iranian universities and the IRGC.  (Washington Post)

MORE:   DoJ news release     Stealing University data 


Chip fix

Tech firms are working to fix two major bugs in computer chips that could allow hackers to steal sensitive data.  Google researchers said one of the "serious security flaws", dubbed Spectre, was found in chips made by Intel, AMD and ARM.  The other, known as Meltdown affects Intel-made chips and a one recent ARM chip.   (BBC)   MORE:   Meltdown and Spectre 


750 detained

THANE - Police have arrested more than 750 people suspected of defrauding US citizens from a fake call centre.  Officers say the suspects obtained lists of US tax defaulters and used threats to obtain their bank details.   (BBC)  


Insider threat

OTTAWA - Federal officials have quietly warned operators of electrical grids, transportation hubs and other key infrastructure of the cyberthreat from insiders who could unleash devastating viruses and cripple systems, internal government notes reveal.    (CP) 


Private browsing

Canadians are handing over more data than ever by performing everyday tasks like asking Google a question, or scrolling through Facebook. But there are ways to browse the web more privately - and you don't need to be an expert to use them.  (Global)


Business is good

BRISBANE - A tradie could not explain to the Brisbane Magistrates Court how he acquired a $596M bank account, with another $1.56B worth of property.  Phillip Johnathan Harrison, 29, a carpenter-brick layer, of Tewantin, was charged with 7 offences including possession of various drugs and unlawful use of a motor vehicle.  (Brisbane Times)   MORE:   Bricklayer charged   Tradie says he only has $1.2M in property   Tradie may have fooled court with computer app


Alleged hack

WASHINGTON - The WikiLeaks organization posted material from what appears to be CIA Director John Brennan's personal email account. A CIA statement called the postings a 'crime.'   (AP)   REPORT:   CIA Director John Brennan emails   John O Brennan


Banned researcher

SYRACUSE - A security researcher kicked off a United Airlines flight last month after tweeting about security vulnerabilities in its system had previously taken control of an airplane and caused it to briefly fly sideways.  (Wired) MORE:   Security tech pulled off flight   Researcher admits to hacking plane   Denied flight   Accountability office report   .pdf   FBI warns airlines  


Spying program 'Equation group'

SAN FRANCISCO - A new report from Russian cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab said its researchers identified a new family of malicious programs or worms that infected computers in multiple countries, primarily overseas.  (AP)   MORE:   Gang targeting Canadian banks   Kaspersky Lab   Cyber robbery   Carbanak  


A 'significant' problem

TORONTO - Gaps in the cyber security efforts of Canadian corporations could be leaving them open to sophisticated attacks by hackers.   (CP)  


Value of your privacy

SEATTLE - Microsoft's latest operating system Windows 10 is now available, and is even free.  However, critics say its capacity to collect and exploit users' personal information likens it to worryingly invasive spyware.    (AFP)   MORE:   World of build-in costs


Hacking traffic lights

Cesar Cerrudo told CTV's Canada AM that he’s hacked into the traffic systems of Seattle, Washington and New York City just to prove his point.  (CTV)

Smart home sleuths

Sensing a shift in where digital evidence can hide, forensics examiners have started looking beyond smartphones and laptops to a new crop of internet-connected sensors.  (CBC) 

Smart speakers


Amazon Echo may have witnessed murder 

Botnet network struck down

Europol press release

Avalanche takedown

Global cybercrime syndicate 

Smart devices used


Smart rifle  

Hacking a smart rifle


Be paranoid

How to stop smart gadgets

Surveillance cameras streaming

Shodan   NestCam Directory   Insecam 

Oct Dyn cyberattack

Canada collateral damage

3rd wave of attacks launched


Take control of a Jeep Cherokee

Car hacking 

What can consumers do to stay safe

Chrysler recalls 1.4M hackable cars

Hacking risks


Baby monitor hacked   


Mirai malware

Hacking Team hacked

MILAN - The Hacking Team, known for selling malicious spyware to police and spy agencies, confirmed the hack after a spokesperson urged clients to stop using the spyware while the company determines what information was exposed in the leaks.  (Global)  

Hacking Team and Canada

FBI spent $775K on Hacking Team's tools

Culprit exposed

How governments spy on their citizens

Copyright takedown notice

Adobe flash critical flaw 

Cat video hacked


5.6M fingerprints stolen

WASHINGTON - The OPM admitted that the number of federal employees' fingerprints compromised in the breach of its servers revealed over the summer has grown from 1.1M to 5.6M.  (Wired)

Data hack worse than admitted

Data hack included fingerprints


OPM data breach

Sex, lies and debt

Director resigns

Katherine Archuleta

Questionnaire for Security Positons (.pdf)

Making false statements 

US hack grows  


TORONTO - The mystery man behind a secretive website that sold billions of pieces of stolen digital information belonging to millions of people walked into a Toronto courtroom Monday.  Jordan Evan Bloom, 27, is facing rare Canadian Criminal Code charges including trafficking in identity information, and mischief to data for his involvement in the website  (Toronto Star)   Arrested 

Deloitte hit by cyber attack


Flimsy evidence is problematic to software experts

Saks hacked

Uber data breach

100,000 Canadians


Failed patch

OPC information

Cybersecurity incident  

Canadian pleads guilty

Guilty plea

DoJ press release  

Hero arrested by FBI

DoJ press release

Hutchins arrested

Mexican info found

Using outdated Ukrainian malware

FBI affidavit 

Casino hacked

Turkey data leak

Appears to have been stolen in 2009

Ransomware attack

Ransomware across Europe

KSN: Ransomware in 2016-2017

Cyber-attacks slow

Shadow Brokers try subscription based model

Protect yourself

Canada was lucky

Accidental hero finds kill switch

Microsoft forum 

UK and US blame North Korea 

WannaCry attack

Utility hacked

Homeland summary of Grizzly Steppe

'Biggest attack in history

Hacktivism has gone mainstream

FBI probe call hacking

Mexican websites

Double standard on 'secrets'


Hacking group announces end

VTech hack


EBay cyberattack

Head hacker was a mole

Submarine data leak

Scorpene  DCNS

War on Web anonymity 


Hack exposes data of kids    


2 suicides linked

Ashley Madison data breach

Founder steps down  

Canadian charged

3 charged in data breach


Heartbleed suspect

First Heartbleed hack arrest

CSEC unaware of Heartbleed bug

Hackers boss an informant

Hacked neo-Nazi websites reveal

Hector 'Sabu' Monsegur 

US indicted Anonymous

US indicts Anonymous members

Alleged hackers indicted 

Commons employee charged

Government hacked

Government's system under attack

2012 Stratfor email leak

Criminal No. 1:13-cr-383  .pdf  

Jeremy Hammond

Hacker sentenced

RCMP asked CRA to delay info    

Personal information released

SINs stolen

Heartbleed Bug  

Change your passwords

Canadian connections

Ron Paul linked  

Anonymous hacks company


Hackers expose officials

Stratfor scandal  

Stratfor subscriber base posted  

Anonymous not anonymous

Anonymous NATO security breach

Hackers vow more cyber attacks

FBI takedowns

FBI raids homes  

Doing it for the 'lulz'    

Manage your online reputation

Sony cyber attacks  


3 suspects arrested  

1 in 4 hackers 'is an FBI informer'  

IMF target of computer attack  

Nation-state behind attack

Anonymous arrests

Internet privacy  

Data hack


80M records     

Data breach

Breach part of scam

Hackers charged

DoJ press release

4 charged

International intrigue

Canadian charged

Yahoo hacked


Hack attack

Police hack server

Ennetcom press release

Hacking operation

5 indicted

Canadian hacker sentenced

Hackers infiltrated servers

Dow Jones & Company


Ethical hacking?  


Data breach increase 

More retailers victims   

Target data breach


'Russians' behind cyberattack  

2010 data breach report  .pdf 

Class action filed

Data missing

Killing hackers is justified

Tallinn Manual on the International Law Applicable to Cyber Warfare (pdf)

Rules for cyberwar 

Cryptocurrency fraud

In court filings, the SEC alleged PlexCorps raised $15M since August through an ICO offering that potentially fleeced 'tens of thousdands of investors.'  It claims PlexCorp's founder, Dominic Lacroix, and his girlfriend, Sabrina Paradis-Royer, used the money to finance 'extravagant personal expenditures.'   (CBC) 

SEC press release 

Canadian found dead


Jail cell suicide

Found hanged

Lavish life  

2 dark web sites seized 

Rise of cryptocurrencies 


Bitcoin lawsuit

Mark Karpel 

Market capitalizations


Ripple   Litecoin   

Peercoin   Dogecoin 

Mt Gox

Mt Gox files for bankruptcy

Crisis Strategy Draft

Biggest bubble in world history



DoJ press release

Criminal mastermind arrested 

Darkode goes dark


Marketplace shut down

Manufacturing digital currency   Monero

DoJ Release: Hacking forum dismantled  

Hackers selling access

EU, US cyber arrests



Raid shuts 400 'dark net' sites

Silk Road marketplace 

Panic sell-off

Horrible investment idea

Virtual currency skyrockets   

FBI tracked down the suspect

Silk Road shut down

Silk Road founder arrested

Silk Road busted

Police can't find the victim

Deep Web

Bitcoin bank closes

Major online exchange vanishes 

16 months for swatting

VANCOUVER - A teenager from Coquitlam, BC who called in a series of fake bomb, shooting and hostage threats across Canada and the US has been sentenced to 16 months in jail.   (CTV)

Swatting teen

Canadian admits to swatting

Teen arrested for swatting calls


Swatting incident 

Family swatting victims

Swatting call released

Police fearful of copycats 

Attack KOs websites

Cop named  

Teens charged

Swatting investigation

Swatting incident

University pays ransom

CALGARY - The University of Calgary transferred 20,000 Canadian dollars-worth of bitcoins ($15,780) after it was unable to unwind damage caused by a type of attack known as ransomware.  The malware caused emails and other files to become encrypted.  (BBC)

Malware takedown


Global hacker crackdown

US DOJ press release  

Malware hits millions of Android phones

Bank accounts hit

Dridex P2P malware

US DoJ release   

'Suicide' code

Flame virus   N

ew advanced cyber threat  

Flame Q&A    

New cyberweapon discovered  

US 'key player in cyber attacks'

Ransomeware that knows where you live

Caught flat footed

TOKYO - Japan was likely caught flat-footed by a recent spate of cyber attacks against the heart of its government and defense industry, experts said, warning that the country's credibility and diplomatic relations could suffer unless prompt countermeasures were put in place.  (Reuters) 

Cyber attack

Conference Board of Canada

Age of cyber warfare is 'dawning'

Apple malware

Apple officials are cleaning up the company's App Store after a security firm reported that almost 40 iOS apps contained malicious code that made iPhones and iPads part of a botnet that stole potentially sensitive user information.   (Ars Technica)

List of infected apps

Cloud storage spied on

Cloud computing

Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act

Rise of America's lunatic fringe 

Speaking with silence


Your online choices 

Former general named   Stuxnet

Smart meters interfering

Apparent hacking 

Cloud concern

Twitter censor country-by-country

Online privacy  

Cookies crumble

Google tracking users  


Censorship in India

HTTP cookies

web beacons

deep packet inspection

Online behavioural advertising  

Online tracking rules  

Tips for online privacy  

Apple acts on tracking bug

Who owns your location?   

Apple denies iPhone tracking  

Apple cites bugs  

iPad recording your movements

Big Brother

Phenomenon of the naked selfie

China's Great Cannon

TORONTO - This post describes our analysis of China's 'Great Cannon,' our term for an attack tool that we identify as separate from, but co-located with, the Great Firewall of China. The first known usage of the Great Cannon is in the recent large-scale novel DDoS attack on both GitHub and servers used by  (Citizen Lab)   

Crime has gone high-tech

When most people hear the word 'criminal,' they probably picture some dim-witted thug. But security expert Marc Goodman has been fighting crime for more than 20 years, and he's learned the hard way that crime is increasingly going high-tech, leaving law enforcement struggling to keep up.  (Wired)       Future Crimes


Cybercrime report

Cybercrime cost Canadians $3B in the last 12 months, up from $1.4B the year before, according to a new report.    (CTV)   2013 Norton Report .pdf   2012 Norton Cybercrime Report   .pdf      

Password dump

More than 2M stolen passwords used for sites such as Facebook, Google and Yahoo and other web services have been posted online.  (BBC)  


State sponsored hackers

TORONTO - Groups advocating for dissidents, refugees and human rights are virtually 'defenceless' against powerful state-sponsored hackers from China and elsewhere, according to a new report.   (Globe & Mail)  MORE:   Targeted digital threats   CSIS can't keep up   CSIS 2013-2014 public report   Main threats

Anonymized isn't anonymous

Scientists showed they can identify you with more than 90% accuracy by looking at just 4 credit card purchases, 3 if the price is included - and this is after companies 'anonymized' the transaction records, saying they wiped away names and other personal details.   (CBC)   REPORT:   Reidentifiability of credit card metadata 


'Bait apps'

Tuck a youngster quietly into the backseat of a car with a cellphone and a game app and you might end up footing a bill for thousands of dollars worth of "virtual" berries or gems.   (CBC) 

Fakes worth more

BOSTON  - In the world of cyber fraud, a fake fan on Instagram can be worth 5 times more than a stolen credit card number.  (Reuters)   PREVIOUS:   'Click farms'   


UN internet treaty

DUBAI - The ITU has no technical powers to change how the Internet operates or force countries to follow its nonbinding accords.  (AP)   MORE:    WCITleaks


Earlier this year the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the outfit in charge of addresses in cyberspace, allowed applications for new suffixes.  (Economist)

Browser flaw

Dozens of websites have been secretly harvesting lists of places that their users previously visited online, everything from news articles to bank sites to pornography, a team of computer scientists found.  (Fox)  What you need to know about online security flaws  

Security flaw

Computer-security researchers at the Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands revealed how the smart-card technology, called MIFARE, can be hacked.  PREVIOUS:  Smart card   Smart card attack     

Next phase of anti-spam law

TORONTO - Starting on Jan. 15, 2015, companies will have to get consent before installing a program on a person's computer if the software has the ability to covertly send electronic messages or has other functionality outlined in the legislation.  (CP)  

Sanford Wallace  


Biggest cyberattack in history

Cyber Van


'Spam King' suspect seized

Robert Alan Soloway

Man's arrest could reduce spam

AOL wants to dig for gold

Return of the 'Kosher Nazi'


Google and Facebook have confirmed that they fell victim to an alleged $100M scam.  In March, it was reported that a Lithuanian man had been charged over an email phishing attack against 'two US-based internet companies' who were not named at the time.  Evaldas Rimasauskas, 48, allegedly posed as an Asia-based manufacturer and deceived the companies from at least 2013 until 2015.  (BBC)

Companies charged

DOJ pr

US v Hglobal et al 

Telemarketers still calling

Telemarketer arrested

Phishing scam

MacEwan University

Secrecy shrouds no-call probe

CRTC targets small fry

14 years

Operation Tele-PHONEY

Mobile phone crime blitz

Telemarketers face jail

9 years for lotto scam

$158M scam  

Back in business  

CRTC's do-not-call-list enforcement

US v Mouyal   .pdf   



BERLIN -  The Berlin-based Chaos Computer Club (CCC) said it had analyzed a "lawful interception" malware programme called Federal Trojan, used by the German police force.   (BBC)   MORE:  Federal Trojan   DigiTask admits sale of spyware  

FBI breach

WASHINGTON - A hacking collective says it has gained access to an FBI computer and recovered millions of unique identifying codes belonging to users of Apple devices.  (CTV)    MORE:  FBI tracking Apple users   Smartphones spyware   Smartphone who loved me   FBI denies leak  

Spyware targets dissidents

University of Toronto’s spy-busting Citizen Lab has raised the alarm on a new tool that is used against opposition sympathizers who try to secretly bypass government censorship. (Toronto Star)   REPORT:  Iranian software has a backdoor   Canadian software censors the net

Government fears

OTTAWA - The Public Safety Department worries Canada is becoming a digital launching pad for - not just a target of - malicious cyber-activities, confidential briefing notes reveal.    MORE:   Canada's Critical Infrastructure   .pdf

Chasing the phantom

OMAHA - America's war with Russia's greatest cybercriminal began in the spring of 2009, when special agent James Craig, a rookie in the FBI's Omaha, Nebraska, field office, began looking into a strange pair of electronic thefts.  (Wired)  

Evgeniy Mikhailovich Bogachev

FBI wanted

Espionage on games

Winnti: More than just a game 

New botnet

'Indestructible' botnet  

Legal warning scam

Reveton Trojan

Cyber scam

Zeus Trojan  

Cyber crime ring take down  

Gameover Zeus


USDOJ press release

Canadians join crackdown   



Court fines Scientology

PARIS - The Church of Scientology in France has been found guilty of defrauding its followers and its leaders have been handed fines and suspended prison sentences. However, the court did not ban the organization’s activities in France. 

Church of Scientology

'Criminal organization'

Celebrities lead charge

Scientology fined for fraud

Hackers war on Scientologists

L. Ron Hubbard

A. E. van Vogt

Non-Aristotelian logic

Office of Special Affairs

Operating Thetan documents


Black market report

A set of Canadian 'fullz' - the basic data needed to steal someone's identity - now trades for around US$20 on the global market, down from a range of $35 to $45 in 2014, Dell Secureworks said in its latest Underground Hacker Marketplace Report.   (Huffington Post)

RCMP scams & fraud

Teacher victim of identity theft

Canadian Identity Theft Support Centre

The 'Social Engineering' of Internet Fraud

US FTC: Identity Theft

Reducing the Rick of Identity Theft

How to protect yourself from identify theft 


March is fraud prevention month

Competition Bureau  


'Shimmers' are the newest form of credit card skimmers, only smaller, more powerful and practically impossible to detect. And they're popping up all over the place.  (CBC) 

Debit card fraud drops

Fake ID cards

Stolen IDs used 

Data theft worse than first reported

Fake companies, real money

How easy it is to steal ID

An identity theft nightmare

Credit card leaks continue

Scam artists target online checks

Credit card fraud 

2 arrested in taxi debit card scam

Fake taxi drivers  

Suspected terrorist links

'Synthetic' identity fraud cost 

Credit cards seized

Global ATM scam 

Identify theft

Debit machine scam

ChoicePoint previous identity theft

Bank of America Security Lapse

Keep thieves out of your account

Crooks are phishing for your life

Con artists target phone system

California sets fines for spyware

The makers of computer programs that secretly spy on what people do with their home PCs could face hefty fines in California.  From 1 January, a new law is being introduced to protect computer users from software known as spyware.  (BBC)

If you have not installed Spybot or AdAware think about doing so.  It’s free. – Chris 

Freeze on anti-spam campaign

Anti-spam plan overwhelms sites

Firms warn of new Mydoom worm

'Sasser' teen released other worms

Teen 'confesses' to Sasser worm

Man sentenced to 14 years

Warning on hard drives' security

Online job scammers steal millions

Two adware firms battling in court

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