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Cybercrime

Cyberbullying Infographic

81% of youths say bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person Given the dynamic phenomenon of online and electronic messaging, posting and more, it’s no surprise that with these technological advances have come some casualties. Cyber harassment and bullying has been one of the most destructive and widespread impacts on […]
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SEC investigates fake Twitter story

In the vast space of the Twittersphere, amidst increasing limitations on content policies and clampdowns on trolls – due to a mass of parody and unverified accounts lies a minefield of potential litigation death traps. Given the rate at which stories travel and influencers act online with the potential to reach the masses in a […]
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Revenge Porn – Ending the Harassment

Revenge porn is a relatively recent phenomena targeting everyone from exes, celebrities, vulnerable individuals and more. A vast array of motives can lie behind this extremely detrimental form of harassment including extortion, revenge, and sheer humiliation. This Cybercrime involves the non-consensual distribution of sexually explicit media; a practice often also involving the distribution of additional […]
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Tweet & Delete

As the majority of us increasingly express ourselves and live in virtual reality through our curated personas on social media, not only has the way we communicate changed to text format, but so has the negative side of human expression such as bullying and harassment. These platforms have taken physical and interpersonal harassment to new […]
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The New Vigilantism – #Swatting

As previously discussed on our blog, Doxxing is the illegal online harassment act of sharing an individual’s personal or identifiable information (such as name, address, social security number etc.) online without their consent. (For more information see our previous posts of “Doxxing – An Online Phenomenon” and “#Gamergate – Downfall of Cybersecurity”). This internet-based attack […]
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Facebook Fail: Liking own wanted photo

Fugitive likes own “wanted” mugshot in Facebook Fail When law enforcement and social media cross paths….it’s usually a legal and viral #win or #fail . The actions of Montana native, and not so much criminal mastermind, Levi Reardon, could likely be construed as the latter judging from his recent Facebook activity. The 23 year old […]
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Cybercrime Update: Astroturfing

Astroturfing is an illegal false advertising cyber scam, utilised by companies, organisations, politicians and individuals to boost company reputation, search results and public opinion – through unauthentic and questionable means. This online campaigning consists of fake reviews on websites and forums such as Yelp or the Apple iTunes store, lobbyists running fake blogs on behalf […]
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Twitter Troll Update: Anti-abuse filters

#Twitter Troll Update as the company roll out a series of Anti-abuse filters The latest updates from Twitter, in contrast with yesterday’s upgrade facilitating unauthorised contact via direct messages, is another stance against trolls and abusive Tweeting. Just as Doxxing, Swatting, harassment and general nuisances from particular demographics of Twitters users are ongoing, so is […]
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Cybercrime Update: Ransomware

“The era of web blackmailing, racket and chantage is about to start.” 2015 began with another incident of what seems to be a new emerging threat in Cybercrime which may overtake defacements and DDoD attacks– the use of hacking for extortion with the introduction of a more vigilant form of Ransomware – “RansomWeb”. Cyber-criminals are […]
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#Gamergate – Downfall of Cybersecurity

#Gamergate is a relatively recent, but rampant, phenomenon in social media, cyber-bullying and sexism, typically targeting female developers and members of the Video Game industry. Blasts of misogynistic online attacks in forms such as Doxxing, Swatting, defamation and threatening acts of online harassment are still ongoing, coordinated by the #gamergate hashtag, despite recent efforts of […]
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