Putin Says Democratic Party Hack Was a Public Service – But Russia Didn’t Do It — TIME

Vladimir Putin has claimed that he “[doesn’t] know anything” about the thousands of Democratic National Committee emails and documents that were hacked by an unknown source and then posted by Wikileaks earlier this year. But the Russian President added, in an interview with Bloomberg two days before a G20 meeting in China with President Obama…

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Homeland Security Is Investigating the Leslie Jones Website Hack — Fortune

The federal government is now looking into this week’s hack of comedian Leslie Jones’s personal website, in which hackers posted the Ghostbusters star’s personal information and nude photos stolen from her iCloud account. The Department of Homeland Security is investigating the incident, which took place on Wednesday. In addition to explicit photos, hackers posted images…

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FireEye Reportedly Investigating Suspected Clinton Foundation Hack — Fortune

Democrat-affiliated organizations are on high alert for digital attacks. The Clinton Foundation, Bill and Hillary’s humanitarian organization, hired the computer forensics firm FireEye feye to investigate a possible data breach, Reuters reported late Wednesday, citing unnamed sources. As of yet, no files from the foundation have leaked publicly, the report noted. Get Data Sheet, Fortune’s…

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You know how they say most crime victims know their attacker? Two incidents this week suggest this holds true in the case of cyber-crime too. The culprit in both cases was none other than Apple — not some sketchy Android app created who-knows-where. It turns out the iPhone’s software contains a “very high severity issue”…

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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.

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Phone number stolen, along with K179,000

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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.