According to online-security giant Symantec, over $4 billion in ransom money was paid to hackers in 2013.If you decide to negotiate, how do you improve the decision-making dynamics?One of the major mistakes that enterprises and IT managers make is to assume that negotiation with a hacker is similar to bargaining with an angry business partner or a disappointed customer.The operational consequence of this uncertainty is that the hacker should be treated with professional respect, because the information he has will always be more accurate, relevant and meaningful than the information the negotiator holds.Coordinate: Make sure the negotiation is synchronised among the entire crisis team: security personnel – intelligence, forensic and investigators – legal advisors, public-relations experts, your insurers and so on.The longer negotiation lasts, the more the risk increases.
2016 is the year that virtual reality goes mainstream.Seeing a crime scene in two dimensions, or having to visualise it can make it difficult for jurors to spatially understand an environment and how bullets or cars moved through 3D space.Given that people have differing abilities to visualise in three dimensions, VR could help level the playing field by providing everyone same focused and immersive experience.VR could be used to familiarise witnesses with the courtroom, or the stresses appearing in court.For instance, victims could do practice cross-examinations sitting in a virtual courtroom as opposed to an empty legal office in front of paid law student volunteers who are unrepresentative of a jury in terms of their age, race, or emotional disposition.If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is VR recreation worth?
Within cyber security, however, the practice of 'network forensics' is becoming increasingly important as organisations try to respond to and prevent breaches.Simon Crosby, CTO and co-founder at Bromium says that without understanding how a breach took place, companies cannot work out to address the flaws in their defences.The next step is planning, Cassell says, which includes prioritising the areas where the organisation can get the most evidence.His company Savvius taps network traffic and creates forensic information around the alerts, building a detailed bank of information that can be deployed during a breach investigation.Stuart Clarke, CTO, Cyber Solutions at Nuix says that a lack of knowledge of what and where an organisation's critical data is can be another obstacle.He cites a recent survey of security executives, sponsored by Nuix, which found that 31 percent of organisations could not say where critical value data was on the enterprise network, who had access to it or what people did with it after they accessed it.
The magazine reproduces an excerpt from the log on its website. According to the flight 804 left the eleven "electronic messages", starting from 23:09 o'clock Wednesday, May 18th, about 3.5 hours before the plane disappeared from radar screens with 56 passengers and 10 crew members on board on the way from Paris to Cairo. The third, which came in at 02:26, ​​showed that the temperature had risen at the copilot window. The plane then continued to leave messages for three minutes before it disappeared, the newspaper said. Earlier on Tuesday dismissed Hesham Abdel Hamid, head of the Egyptian forensic scientists, the information received about the findings of the small passages remains were would point to an explosion, according to the Egyptian state news agency MENA. French authorities say the aircraft's equipment sent the warning signs of smoke detected on board before the crash.
Jurors could use virtual reality to enter a crime sceneUsing virtual reality VR technology jurors could soon be able to enter crime scenes."VR is going to be most social platform and we've created new teams at Facebook to build the next generation of social apps and VR," Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had earlier said.The technology, which is expected to first make inroads in the video gaming industry, would go on to bring about major changes in the field of education, entertainment and retail.Speaking to BBC, Caroline Sturdy Colls, associate professor for forensic said, "What we want to do is to come up with the best solution that helps the criminal justice system - help the police in their detection and recording of crime and then to help jurors in court to understand those crimes better that they ever did before.""We don't have a very good track record with bringing technology into court rooms," said Jason Holt, a barrister at Steven Solicitors."We've recently gone on to a digital system within the Crown court and it's causing significant delays; the systems we're using break down, the technology isn't sufficient and we go back to pen and paper.
Magnus HagdornThe government can prosecute and imprison people for crimes based on evidence obtained from their computers—even evidence retained for years that was outside the scope of an original probable-cause search warrant, a US federal appeals court has said in a 100-page opinion paired with a blistering dissent.The 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that there was no constitutional violation because the authorities acted in good faith when they initially obtained a search warrant, held on to the files for years, and built a case unrelated to the original search.But the appeals court said the authorities' behavior was acceptable and didn't reach the constitutional question of whether the Fourth Amendment rights were breached for accountant Stavros Ganias, who was sentenced to two years in prison.He challenges his conviction on the ground that the Government violated his Fourth Amendment rights when, after lawfully copying three of his hard drives for off-site review pursuant to a 2003 search warrant, it retained these full forensic copies or mirrors , which included data both responsive and non-responsive to the 2003 warrant, while its investigation continued, and ultimately searched the non-responsive data pursuant to a second warrant in 2006.But the government asked for the full appeals court to rehear the case en banc, and the court agreed to do so with all 13 judges.But the majority concluded that the law did not allow "officials executing a warrant for the seizure of particular data on a computer to seize and indefinitely retain every file on a computer for use in future criminal proceedings."
The technique, spotted by IBM's Managed Security Services researchers, involves miscreants breaking into a corp's servers, typically using a SQL injection attack against a website.The intruders investigate the infiltrated servers for valuable information and stick it all in a cloud storage account.Web server logs are an excellent source of information on this, he said, as well as running forensic scans on machines.You'll just have to hope that the information stays private; if people's personal data is leaked, you should declare that, anyway.Of course, the most obvious tactic is to harden up your defenses before these scammers strike.But that's been the security industry's advice for the past 30 years and that doesn t seem to have sunk in yet.
The three drönarsystemen police bought from Saab has sensors for reconnaissance in daylight and at night and should be a help, among other things in a simple way to take pictures that give a good overview of a crime scene. - The possibility to use them for monitoring during operations and after the increase of the missing persons, I think we will use the most, says Isabel Thorén, police superintendent of the National Operational Department, Noah. On National forensic center, NFC, see the technologies forward to start using the new tool in the business. - There are many advantages to it. For example, we document a crime scene from above in a way that we have trouble doing today, says Peter Bergström, Head of Section, Information Technology Section of the NFC. Drone is also cheaper and more available, than using a helicopter for the same data.
The jokes write themselvesCorporate IT managers ought to pick up tricks from spies and place Operations Security OPSEC at the heart of their security policies and practices, cyber intelligence outfit Digital Shadows argues.Defenders can learn from the tools and techniques that cybercriminals and other adversaries use to conceal their identities, forensic trails, sale of stolen data and other incriminating evidence.By thinking like an attacker and understanding OPSEC practices, defenders can make life much more difficult for potential attackers by minimising exposure and data leaks, Digital Shadows argues:As a defender you can capitalise on weak attacker OPSEC to gain insight into the people, process and technology leveraged by your adversaries.Learning cyber spycraft can help defenders learn how to better protect their own organisation s sensitive data, according to Rick Holland, VP of Strategy at Digital Shadows.OPSEC for cyber-defenders flow chart Source: Digital Shadows white paper OPSEC, well executed, denies adversaries information that could be used to do harm to an organisation or individual.Holland stressed that even well-run OPSEC programs have their limits when faced against the most skilled or well resourced organisations, such as Western spy agencies.
The three drönarsystemen police bought from Saab has sensors for reconnaissance in daylight and at night and should be a help, among other things in a simple way to take pictures that give a good overview of a crime scene. - The possibility to use them for monitoring during operations and after the increase of the missing persons, I think we will use the most, says Isabel Thorén, police superintendent of the National Operational Department, Noah. On National forensic center, NFC, see the technologies forward to start using the new tool in the business. - There are many advantages to it. For example, we document a crime scene from above in a way that we have trouble doing today, says Peter Bergström, Head of Section, Information Technology Section of the NFC. Drone is also cheaper and more available, than using a helicopter for the same data.
UK spy agencies are routinely intercepting email communications from MPs as data passes internationallyIntelligence experts at GCHQ have allegedly had easy access to the email communications of British MPs for years, leading to fears that private and confidential messages may have been compromised or intercepted, an investigation has revealed.However, thanks to UK government's migration to Microsoft's Office 365 in 2014, sensitive information – including email senders, recipients and subject lines – is routinely sent outside UK borders to data centres located in Dublin and the Netherlands – giving the agency free reign to retain it.Indeed, based on a "forensic analysis" of peers' email traffic, ComputerWeekly revealed that over 60% of the communications are routed internationally and that "every message" contained evidence of passing through computers connected to GCHQ.The NSA enters the picture due to its notorious 'Prism' project – which can also reportedly grant "direct access" to parliamentary emails and documents thanks to the 'obligations' it forces upon Microsoft.The reports emerged on the same day Home Secretary Theresa May outlined a number of concessions being made to the Investigatory Powers Bill – which has been branded a Snoopers' Charter by opponents – claiming protections for MPs and journalists should be bolstered in the new law.A Home Office spokesperson said: The government will be bringing forward amendments at report stage and are willing to consider amendments that are in the interest of both improving the bill and of demonstrating the necessity of the powers it contains."
Crime Scene Live is an ongoing series of events, usually once per month, at the Natural History Museum in London.My first thought is it might be one of the screaming children you often see outside the Dinostore, miserably whining about the size of their snuggler.Chillingly, we ponder whether the skeleton in the shed could be one of them.Magnetic powder used to find fingerprints look easy on Columbo, but it's surprisingly tough to identify one sweaty blob from another.During our third and final activity, the museum's resident forensic entomologist, Martin Hall, explains how we can establish a time of death very accurately by using the pupation cycle of flies.The whole evening is over in a flash.
There are many accredited ethical hacking courses in the UK.There are all sorts of skills required in learning to hack and taking an ethical hacking course can be the best way of ensuring you learn the most pertinent and useful ones.The Certified Ethical Hacker certification was created by EC-Council to provide a standardised qualification for ethical hacking, computer, network, application and internet security.For online learners all material is provided through video streaming with instructors, while on-site learning is a live session with instructors.EC-Council offers many other courses in the UK in addition to the Certified Ethical Hacker CEH , including courses to become a Certified Chief Information Security Officer or a Hacking Forensic Investigator.Another possibility is the Focus on Training Certified Ethical Hacker v9 course, which is available in London and other major UK cities such as Birmingham and Edinburgh.
Traditional methods including spear phishing and social engineering still account for more than a third of hacker attacks.A new study by Mandiant reports that many hacked European organisations are re–compromised within months of an initial attack, in a similar way to how burglars revisit homes and offices they ve already successfully robbed.Outdated "forensic" or "follow the breadcrumbs" approaches – used by some in the US a decade ago - means many European organisation are missing threats on their networks.Fewer than one in eight 12 per cent of breach notifications in EMEA last year came from an external source, FireEye/Mandiant reports.While organisations discovered breaches internally 88 per cent of the time, this often came too late in the process.FireEye s incident response business further reports the mean "dwell time" for breaches in EMEA is 469 days, versus 146 globally.
Garda need 5 years to tackle it... and the help of the FBIAs part of its new five year plan, the Garda Síochána will up its efforts to tackle cyber crime after a lack of investment in technology and resources has led to a widely reported back-log of cases .It works to detect crimes such as computer-related fraud, online paedophilia, and illegal trading over the DarkNet .According to the Garda, specialist cyber security units "will be set up to liaise with international partners on current and emerging threats, and to provide cyber and forensic tools to support front line policing and State security."On cyber crime, we will expand our capabilities in this area through training with academic partners, increased investment in technology and people, and regionalisation of the Computer Crime Investigation Unit.The CCIU is now being "restructured", which will see the appointment of a superintendent and two detective inspectors – one to look after cyber crime while the other is responsible for the forensic examination of computers.Garda commissioner Nóirín O Sullivan said: The next five years will see An Garda Síochána become a 21st Century police and security service the people of our country can be proud of and our people can be proud to serve in.
Irish police have reported a 'backlog' in cybercrime cases as restructuring is orderedIn its recently-released five year plan, the Irish police service has announced a restructuring of its cybercrime divisions in order to help deal with a "backlog of cases".The Irish cybercrime division, known as the Computer Crime Investigation Unit CCIU is managed at the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation GBFI and while the five-year plan notes it has had "many successes in detecting crimes", it admits change is now needed."A new structure will see a Superintendent heading CCIU and two Detective Inspectors appointed – one to look after cybercrime, the other to be responsible for the forensic examination of computers.Each will be supported by additional members and staff," the report states."An Garda Síochána's Cyber Strategy has been developed to protect the organisation's critical information infrastructure from a cyberattack and deal with the ever increasing threat of cyber intrusion on government networks."We must also remain agile and responsive to meet the emerging threats of an ever changing policing and security environment."
Computer forensics is rapidly evolvingComputer forensics is the process of investigation to identify cybersecurity breaches and data stealing.Forensics began as a post event discipline.Experts examine systems following successful attacks and breaches and perform the clean-up and recommend mitigation actions.The skills required include:- Computer forensic security- Forensic digital evidence- Advanced digital investigation techniques- Information engineering- Computer systems and network technologies- Mathematics and statistics for computing- Procedural programming- Computer programming- Computer systems security- Cryptography and information assurance- Software development- Advanced legal, social, ethical and professional issues- Computers and the law picture courtesy of computersciencelabs.comComputer forensics is rapidly evolvingThe BA Hons course in South Wales University which offer the above says of Computer Forensics."Data stored on digital devices reveals what we do and where we have been.This means that skilled professionals who can gather and interpret digital data are in high demand, and this practical course produces such professionals."
Speaking to Business Insider after his Cannes Lions/iHeartMedia on-stage session, where he was interviewed by TV and radio host Ryan Seacrest, Usher explained that SoundCloud and Tidal are his main scouting tools.When Tidal launched last year, Jay Z memorably invited his showbiz pals to appear at the launch event, where Usher joined other artists such as Kanye West, Rihanna, and Beyoncé.Once he spots talent, he'll get in touch with the producer or attempt to find an agent in order to offer to collaborate.With that huge audience comes an incredible amount of data.We asked Usher whether he ever uses that data to work out who his fans are and assess the kind of content they want from him.He responded that he doesn't comb through the data from his social media accounts in a "forensic" way, but he enjoys the form of feedback when a post resonates with his fans and he sees the "likes" adding up.Watch the full interview below:NOW WATCH: This 14-year-old makes up to $1,500 a night eating dinner in front of a webcam in South KoreaLoading video...
Well from a purely scientific point of view it appears as though yes, there is.Shutterstock / vitstudioAfter 48 hours 1,063 genes had come to life and rather than being random sequences, the team noticed that it looked to be intentional.See Also:Russian Billionaire Wants To Live Forever Through RobotsEverything That Happens When You Die, In One Remarkably Cheerful CartoonMan Who Claims To Have Died Twice Reveals What Really Happens When We DieIt s not fully known whether this same process happens in humans, however the study does seem to suggest that it takes place in all organismal death.If true, our greater understanding of how the body dies could have profound implications for organ transplants.This increased knowledge could lead to safer procedures, better matches and ultimately help us carry out a greater number of successful transplants.By being able to create an accurate timeline of what happens after death forensic scientists would be able to pinpoint the time of death to mere minutes, rather than hours.
That's what is happening in New Mexico, where a convicted murderer serving a life term won a new trial because a DNA prosecution expert in the prosecution's case testified via Skype, denying the defendant Truett Thomas' Sixth Amendment rights to confront witnesses in court, according to the New Mexico Supreme Court.Prosecutors did not subpoena the expert to appear based on defense counsel's initial statement that Skype would "work," and the judge allowed it to happen.The New Mexico Supreme Court tossed the kidnapping charges, saying the evidence didn't support the charge.The nation's top court found that lack of face-to-face confrontation was OK when "necessary to further an important public policy and only where the reliability of the testimony is otherwise assured."The New Mexico top court said a retrial on the murder charges does not amount to double jeopardy because there was sufficient evidence to sustain a conviction, despite the Sixth Amendment violation.Physical evidence containing a full DNA profile matching Defendant was found on Ashford s body in semen on her thigh and under the fingernails of her right hand, and also on the paver stone presumed to be the murder weapon.The jury was informed that unidentified DNA was also present and was alerted in closing arguments to consider the possibility that another person or other people could have been involved.