Midnight In The Desert — cyber

Mon April 11 - Ben Hammersley - The Dark Web

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Mon April 11 - Ben Hammersley - The Dark Web

Website: benhammersley.com Ben Hammersley is the presenter of "Cybercrime with Ben Hammersley" on Netflix. He has been a reporter and technologist for 20 years, for The Times of London, The Guardian, the FT and others - including stints as a war correspondent in Afghanistan and Beirut. He consults for governments and corporations worldwide on the effects of technology on business and politics.

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How to hack the hackers: The human side of cybercrime

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How to hack the hackers: The human side of cybercrime

Say what you will about cybercriminals, says Angela Sasse, “their victims rave about the customer service”. Sasse is talking about ransomware: an extortion scheme in which hackers encrypt the data on a user's computer, then demand money for the digital key to unlock them. Victims get detailed, easy-to-follow instructions for the payment process (all major credit cards accepted), and how to use the key. If they run into technical difficulties, there are 24/7 call centres. “It's better support than they get from their own Internet service providers,” says Sasse, a psychologist and computer scientist at University College London who heads...

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The CIA Secret to Cybersecurity That No One Seems to Get

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The CIA Secret to Cybersecurity That No One Seems to Get

IF YOU WANT to keep yourself up at night, spend some time reading about the latest developments in cybersecurity. Airplanes hacked, cars hacked, vulnerabilities in a breathtaking range of sensitive equipment from TSA locks to voting booths to medical devices. The big picture is even scarier. Former NSA Director Mike McConnell suspects China has hacked “every major corporation” in the US. Edward Snowden’s NSA leaks revealed the US government has its own national and international hacking to account for. And the Ponemon Institute says 110 million Americans saw their identities compromised in 2014. That’s one in two American adults. The...

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A Cybersecurity Bill Loathed By Tech Companies Is Now Law

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A Cybersecurity Bill Loathed By Tech Companies Is Now Law

If you thought the US government’s ability to spy on its citizens had languished of late, think again. Yesterday, Congress and President Obama approved the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA), a measure that lets private companies turn over consumers’ personal data to Homeland Security, as long as that data meets some broad and vague criteria of relevance to cybersecurity investigations. Homeland Security can then pass said data directly the NSA, the Department of Defense, and the FBI. Tech companies, civil liberties groups and security experts have all decried this bill. How did it become law? Simple. House Speaker Paul Ryan...

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