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Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

A UK-based computer hacker has admitted stealing hundreds of usernames and email addresses from a US military communications system. Sean Caffrey, 25, of Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, broke in and pinched the ranks, usernames and email addresses of more than 800 users of a satellite communications system and of about …
John Leyden, 16 Jun 2017

Peer pressure, not money, lures youngsters into cybercrime – report

Teenage hackers get mixed up in cybercrime mostly to gain bragging rights over peers rather than to get rich, according to a new study. The National Crime Agency report fingers peer pressure and kudos as a key reason for youngsters in getting mixed up with online crime. Few if any of those who stray on to the wrong side of the …
John Leyden, 21 Apr 2017
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Facebook shopped BBC hacks to National Crime Agency over child abuse images probe

+Comment Facebook reported BBC journalists to the police after the reporters accidentally emailed them images of child sexual abuse, the social network's PR has alleged. The BBC was investigating private Facebook groups used to share both legal and illegal images, some of the latter of which featured children being abused. Its …

National Crime Agency: Your kid could be a nasty interwebs hacker

The National Crime Agency (NCA) yesterday launched a campaign targeting "the UK's youngest cybercriminals", which – despite what was a genuine attempt to connect with both technically inclined youngsters and their Luddite parents – prompted ridicule and disbelief. The campaign claims to be "aimed at educating the parents of 12 …
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IT manager jailed for 5 years for attempting dark web gun buy

A UK IT manager who bought a gun on the dark web has been jailed for five years for firearm offences. Darren Hillyer, 38, posed as a woman supposedly wanting revenge on an ex-lover who she had discovered was a child abuser. According ordered a Ruger LC9 9mm pistol and 50 rounds of ammunition from a dark web “gun trader”. The …
John Leyden, 27 Nov 2015

Top copper Lynne Owens to lead National Crime Agency

Lynne Owens has been announced as the new director general of the National Crime Agency. Owens, a former assistant commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police will now be leading that force's largest funding rival, the NCA, Britain's leading investigator of serious cybercrime. The Home Secretary stated: "I am delighted to …

GCHQ director blasts free market, says UK must be 'sovereign cryptographic nation'

IA15 Speaking this morning to CESG's Information Assurance conference, Robert Hannigan, director of GCHQ, declared that Britain was a "sovereign cryptographic nation" and reproached the free market's ability to provide adequate cybersecurity. The claim was delivered to a cybersecurity shindig attended by government employees and …

Britain's FBI wants 'Five Eyes' cosy hookups with infosec outfits

Cloudsec The UK's National Crime Agency – Blighty's equivalent of the FBI – wants its staff to "colocate" with private-sector IT security companies around the world. In other words, investigators and infosec employees placed alongside each other to sniff out cyber-criminals. This will apparently help the agency reach across …
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'Walter Mitty' IT manager admits to buying gun on dark web

A “Walter Mitty” IT manager from Milton Keynes who bought a gun on the dark web has pleaded guilty to firearms offences. Darren Hillyer, 38, posed as a woman supposedly wanting revenge on a paedophile ex-lover. He bought a Ruger LC9 9mm pistol and 50 rounds of ammunition from a dark web “gun trader”. In reality, the seller …
John Leyden, 11 Sep 2015
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NCA targeted by Lizard Squad in apparent DDoS revenge attack

The National Crime Agency's website has been hit by a DDoS attack, in an apparent act of revenge for the body's recent crackdown on users of Lizard Squad. The site was taken down this morning and remained offline at the time of publication. Last week the NCA arrested six people on suspicion of maliciously deploying Lizard …
Kat Hall, 1 Sep 2015
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NCA arrests six Lizard Squad users after gaming firms, retailers targeted

The National Crime Agency has arrested six users of a Lizard Squad DDoS attack tool, which had been used against a national newspaper, a school, gaming companies, and a number of online retailers. Those arrested are suspected of maliciously deploying Lizard Stresser, which allows users to pay to take websites offline for up to …
Kat Hall, 28 Aug 2015
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Global drug-dealing cyber crime web was centred on ... Aberdovey

A 30-year old man from Aberdovey has been sentenced to two years in prison, thanks to his dark web drug dealing. Cei William Owens, 30, from Ceunant, Aberdovey, was nabbed by the coppers last year as part of an international investigation which targeted the bigger players in the dark net drug-dealing world. Owens, who used …

Four Brits cuffed as global cyber-crime forum Darkode busted

Coordinated action from law enforcement and judicial authorities across the world has succeeded in taking down Darkode, an English-language cybercriminal forum. Darkode.com was established in 2007 and was as notable for its size and popularity as for the malicious activities transacted there, which included carding, selling …

We’re in bed together, admit Intel Security, Trend Micro and NCA

The UK's National Crime Agency has enlisted two leading security firms as part of a collaborative intelligence-sharing effort. Intel Security and Trend Micro will be part of the "virtual threat teams" which will provide the police with intelligence on cybercrime threats in the UK and the rest of the world. As both companies …
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More than 260 suspects charged in UK child abuse crackdown

Teachers, a retired magistrate, a doctor, and civil servants are among 264 suspected paedophiles charged as part of a major UK police operation targeting those accessing child abuse images online. Operation Notarise, which launched around a year ago, is the biggest UK inquiry into people allegedly sharing child abuse images …
John Leyden, 20 Mar 2015

Pentagon 'network intruder', dozens more cuffed in British cops' cyber 'strike week'

A "strike week" against suspected hackers by the UK's National Crime Agency has resulted in 57 arrests. Those arrested are suspected of being involved in a wide variety of cybercrimes such as fraud and virus writing. The suspects – arrested in 25 operations across the UK – face charges including network intrusion and data …
John Leyden, 6 Mar 2015

Britain’s snooping powers are 'too weak', says NCA chief

Keith Bristow, head of of the National Crime Agency (the UK’s FBI), is arguing Britain’s snooping powers are “too weak”. In an interview with The Guardian, the NCA’s director general said police need new powers to monitor data about emails and phone calls. He admits many don't see the police case for comms data snooping while …
John Leyden, 7 Oct 2014
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You've got two weeks to beat off Cryptolocker, GameoverZeus nasties

The UK’s National Crime Agency has warned people have just two weeks to protect themselves against the Cryptolocker ransomware and a strain of the ZeuS password-slurping malware – before both return from the dead. The alert comes after the cops "disrupted" the systems remotely controlling the software nasties – which could …

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