Tagged: cybercrime

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Ransomware Attacks and Cryptocurrency: National Security Concerns

U.S. Senator Gary Peters, Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs has released Use of Cryptocurrency in Ransomware Attacks, Available Data, and National Security Concerns. The report details the threat of ransomware as a result of the increased use of cryptocurrencies. World Economic Forum reports...

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2021 Internet Crime Report

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released its annual report for 2021. Their 2021 Internet Crime Report outlines information related to the 847,376 complaints of suspected cybercrime, with reported losses at $6.9 billion, that they received throughout the year. According to IC3 data, phishing scams, non-payment/non-delivery scams, and...

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Misogyny as a ‘Gateway Drug’ into Violent Extremism

“Assessing Misogyny as a ‘Gateway Drug’ into Violent Extremism,” by Maddie Cannon, addresses the role gender plays in violent-extremism. The author cites several research-based sources to draw a connection between misogyny and far-right extremism, using the term “gateway drug” as a metaphor for this process. Cannon first cites a report...

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Combating Ransomware: Key Recommendations from the Ransomware Task Force

Ransomware, a cybercrime in which attackers remotely compromise computer systems until a ransom is given, is posing an increasing risk to national security. These attacks can potentially cripple critical government infrastructure, disrupt schools and businesses, shut down hospital systems and other institutions, withhold and/or expose private data, and are on...

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FBI Releases 2020 Internet Crime Report

The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has released their 2020 Internet Crime Report, which details a record number of 791,790 internet crime complaints that the department received in 2020.  The report explains that the “IC3 aggregates related complaints to build referrals, which are forwarded to local, state, federal, and...

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Cybercrime: The Business of Fraud

Cybercrime has become an increasingly prevalent threat in today’s society. As more people around the world turn to online shopping, remote work, online dating, and banking, cybercriminals continue to gain the necessary knowledge to create a lucrative enterprise. In The Business of Fraud: An Overview of How Cybercrime Gets Monetized, ...

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A Different Kind of Infektion

Graphika‘s latest report, Secondary Infektion, is named after a sophisticated Russian disinformation operation that specializes in drumming up discord between Russia and their perceived enemies and critics. The organization’s negative effects span dozens of countries, in seven different languages, and across more than 300 web-based platforms. While the ramifications are many,...

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Deep Fake Dangers: More than Misinformation

In the April 2020 Australian Strategic Policy Institute policy brief, Weaponised Deep Fakes: National Security and Democracy, analysts Hannah Smith and Katherine Mansted demonstrate just how far deep fake technology has come, and how realistic and easily-created misinformation is, by opening with a foreword written by a deep learning algorithm. The...

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Hate Crime in the U.S. in 2017

The 1990 Hate Crime Statistics Act, 28 28 U.S.C. § 534, requires the U.S. Attorney General to collect data and report on crimes that derive from “prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, or ethnicity”. The Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) collects and...