Microsoft to crack down on ‘terrorist content’ across Xbox, Outlook

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With the world growing more concerned about attacks by militant groups on civilians, Microsoft Corp has outlined new policies to crack down what it called “terrorist content” on some of its consumer services.

In a blog post, the company said it would focus on services such as gaming tool Xbox Live, the consumer version of its Outlook email service, and its consumer documents-sharing service.

Initially, Microsoft will rely on consumers to report objectionable content. The company also said it would fund research of a tool that scans content and flags images, audio and video.

“We will consider terrorist content to be material posted by or in support of organizations included on the Consolidated United Nations Security Council Sanctions List that depicts graphic violence, encourages violent action, endorses a terrorist organization or its acts, or encourages people to join such groups,” the blog post said.

The issue came to the fore after Apple and the US Government clashed over whether federal authorities could force Apple to create software to unlock a phone used by a shooter in the San Bernardino attacks last year.

Ultimately, the Government paid a third party to unlock the phone.

“The events of the past few months are a strong reminder that the Internet can be used for the worst reasons imaginable,” Microsoft said in its post.

It said it would provide information on how to counter negative content, a policy also adopted by Facebook.

The social-media service this year announced a tool it calls “counter speech,” encouraging activists to counter extremist views with posts promoting tolerance.

Last year, Facebook updated its guidelines to prohibit advocacy of “terrorist activity, organized criminal activity or promoting hate”.

Between mid-2015 and early 2016 Twitter suspended 125,000 accounts, most of which it believed were linked to the militant Islamic State group.

ABC Australia

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Facebook Makes It Easy For Users To Report Suspected Gun Sales

Facebook gun featureUsers now have the option to do what they couldn’t when the company announced it was banning the sale of guns and ammunition through the site earlier this year: report suspected sales.

The social media giant recently rolled out a new feature that allows users to flag posts that appear to be “describing the purchase or sale of drugs, guns or regulated goods.” The option comes more than three months after Facebook first announced the ban in January, following weeks of complaints from advocates who have taken it upon themselves to police the site by reporting instances of gun sales and groups dedicated to buying and selling guns. Previously, advocates had to report suspected sales as “harassment” or as a “credible threat of violence,” options that aren’t always clear and could make it more difficult for members of Facebook’s content review team to distinguish banned content.

Facebook spokeswoman Jodi Seth said the company began rolling out the option to users in February, shortly after the new policy went into effect. She declined to say when the feature was made more widely available, adding that the company hasn’t conducted any “formal analysis” on how the change has impacted the volume of posts and groups flagged for Facebook’s content review team. Facebook says it receives roughly 1 million reports of prohibited content each day; it’s unclear what percentages of those involve suspected gun sales.

LinkedIn passwords Hacked


Hacker looks to sell 117M LinkedIn passwords. James Rogers of Fox news reports. A hacker is reportedly looking to sell a package containing account records for 167 million LinkedIn users on the darknet.

LinkedIn says that it is moving quickly to deal with the release of data from a 2012 security breach, which could include 117 million passwords. These accounts are said to contain “hashed” passwords, which use an algorithm to protect the password.


“We are taking immediate steps to invalidate the passwords of the accounts impacted, and we will contact those members to reset their passwords,” said LinkedIn’s Chief Information Security Officer Cory Scott.

LinkedIn said that it has started to invalidate passwords for all accounts created prior to the 2012 breach that haven’t updated their password since that breach. However, regularly changing your password is always a good idea instead of waiting to be notified.

Automated tools are being used to attempt to identify and block any suspicious activity that might occur on affected LinkedIn accounts.

The haul of LinkedIn data is reportedly on sale for $2,200.

Tod Beardsley, security research manager at cybersecurity specialist Rapid7, told that the most valuable data in the LinkedIn compromise may not be the passwords at all, but the enormous registry of email addresses connected to working professionals. “Spammers rely on accurate, active email addresses to target, and the low price tag of 5 Bitcoin (approximately $2,200) is likely to generate significant interest from today’s spam industry,” he explained. “While people’s passwords can and should change routinely, email addresses and usernames persist for years without easy mechanisms to change them.”

Selling off additional data is a regular practice by cybercriminals, according to Amit Ashbel, director of product marketing at application security specialist Checkmarx. “Once they manage a large hack they will always save something for a rainy day,” he said, via email. “The fact that these are now being sold online indicates to me more than anything else that the hacker needs cash and now is the time to pop out that old stash and sell to the highest bidder.”

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Cyber crime law in Papua New Guinea

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Communication and Information Technology Minister Jimmy Miringtoro has called for support in the fight against cybercrime, from all key government institutions, ICT service providers, business houses and individuals.

Speaking at the Cybercrime Policy launch in Port Moresby, Miringtoro said once the legislation is finalized, the offenders of cybercrime will be prosecuted under this new law.

In addition, he said the regulation on simcard registration will complement the cybercrime legislation once it becomes a law.

“It will therefore be mandatory for operators to register all mobile phone SIM card holders. And I urge every SIM card holder to cooperate with the operators on the SIM card registration exercise for the good of our society.”

Miringtoro told Loop PNG that the SIM card registration will be aligned by the government’s National Identity (NID) program that is being rolled out across the country.

Meanwhile, it was reported in a local media outlet that the government will come down hard on improper users of ICT services and warns that a K20,000 fine or 3 months imprisonment will apply under section 266 of the NICTA Act 2009 with NICTA saying it will charge anyone who “lies” on social media, emails, blogs, forums including Facebook.

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Phone number stolen, along with K179,000


Sue, who wishes to be known only by her first name, lost AUD 80,000 (K179,000) when thieves managed to take her mobile phone number and use it to authorise bank transfers.

Her bank required a password, delivered by text message, before processing transfers.

“I was in Airlie Beach and I tried to ring my son and he didn’t return my call so I went back to my hotel and noticed my phone had ‘SOS only’ on it,” she said.

“I got my iPad to get on Facebook, opened up my mail and saw all these transfers — NetBank notification after NetBank notification.

“In that week I got 176 emails of people purchasing stuff — $4,000 at Apple in Perth, JB Hifi in Brisbane.

“I thought I’ll ring Telstra and they said you just cancelled your phone and transferred to another carrier. It was Optus.

“We don’t know how it happened — we presume the driver’s licence. When they opened the Optus account they had my driver’s licence number. I haven’t lost my bag, I haven’t lost anything. All I can think of is that I never got my (licence) renewal in the mail.”

Dr Lacey said there are simple security measures people can take to protect themselves, such as changing their passwords regularly and using anti-virus software.

For help and counselling click on this link: IDCARE

Operating out of a demountable building on the University of the Sunshine Coast campus is IDCARE, the only free helpline for Australian and New Zealand victims of identity fraud.

IDCARE is made up of about 20 staff — some of them volunteers — and it is funded by contributions from industry and the Federal Government.


edX University of Adalaide offers Cyberwar training

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Cybercrime is an issue that is affecting the lives of many people throughout the world. In Papua New Guinea many people are not aware of its existence and fall prey to the cyber criminals. Things like scams and pornographic links are all too common. A family member was a victim of cyber crime but this can be another topic. Right now I’m just feeling fortunate that edX has given me a unique opportunity to learn online about Cyber hacking and security issues and receive a certificate at the end of course. This by far in comparison to previous years is a mild stone for me. Looking forward to meeting you all.

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Baghdad embassy shooting: Detained former solider was investigated over threats


A former soldier detained after last week’s fatal shooting at the Australian embassy in Baghdadwas investigated six years ago for allegedly making violent threats to colleagues.

Sun McKay, 39, is now believed to be under armed guard in the Iraqi capital, after fellow Australian contractor Chris Betts was found dead in his room on Thursday from a gunshot to the head.

Colleagues have said both men had been drinking in their accommodation block before the shooting about 2:30am.

A former embassy guard who worked with both men at the private security firm Unity Resources Group told the ABC he and his colleagues had long been concerned about Mr McKay’s behaviour.

“In 2010 he was reported to management after making threats to shoot people who upset him,” the former private security guard said speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Another former Australian soldier Murdoch White began an investigation into the alleged threats, but it was later dropped after Mr McKay’s colleagues decided not to lodge formal complaints against him.

In 2009 Mr McKay was detained for several months in Dubai after an altercation with a policeman at the airport.

During his detention he told the Seven Network he felt “incredibly lonely” and “incredibly homesick”.

The ABC understands federal police have now begun searching Mr McKay’s room in the Iraqi capital as they continue their investigations.

Last weekend Mr McKay’s cousin John McKay appealed for the public to reserve its judgement on his relative.

“I ask people to not judge Sun at all until the full true facts can come out,” he told reporters in Adelaide on Saturday.

“There is no doubt in my mind that what he has said is what happened.”

John McKay said the fact his cousin was part of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s security detail during his visit to Iraq in January was proof of his good character.

“He wouldn’t have been put in the position to be in that car with Mr Turnbull if they didn’t think he was safe and secure and clear headed,” Mr McKay said.

ABC Australia