Ticket touts face unlimited fines for using ‘bots’ to buy in bulk – The Guardian

‘Touts who use computer software to harvest concert tickets in bulk and resell them at vast mark-ups face unlimited fines as part of a crackdown on highly profitable resale sites such as Viagogo, StubHub and GetMeIn.’

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The Guardian, 10th March 2017

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

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Ground-breaking code of practice to tackle pirate websites – Technology Law Update

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in codes of practice, computer crime, copyright, internet, news, piracy by sally

‘A ground-breaking new initiative targeting online piracy brings together the creative industries and leading search engines under a voluntary code of practice to tackle copyright infringing sites. The deal, brokered by the UK Intellectual Property Office, with the support of Ofcom and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, will involve collaborative work to demote search results that link to illegal sites. There will be ongoing technical consultation and information sharing to improve the process and adapt to change.’

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Technology Law Update, 21st February 2017

Source: www.technology-law-blog.co.uk

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Legal professional privilege can protect businesses that fall victim to cyber attacks, say experts – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 21st, 2017 in computer crime, computer programs, disclosure, electronic mail, news, privilege by sally

‘Businesses risk the disclosure of damaging IT forensics reports if they fail to take advantage of legal professional privilege in light of a cyber attack.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th February 2017

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Ransomware fast becoming the top cyber risk facing organisations, says expert – OUT-LAW.com

Posted February 17th, 2017 in computer crime, internet, news by sally

‘Ransomware is fast becoming the biggest cyber risk facing organisations, who often feel pressured to pay criminals to give them back control over the data they have encrypted or deleted.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 16th February 2017

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UK fraud hits record £1.1bn as cybercrime soars – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2017 in computer crime, fraud, internet, news by sally

‘The value of fraud committed in the UK last year topped £1bn for the first time since 2011, prompting a warning about increasing cyber crime and the risk of more large-scale scams as the economy comes under pressure.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2017

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A technology top ten for 2017 – Technology Law Update

‘What should we expect in the technology space in 2017?

We take a look at current trends and focus on some of the legal opportunities and pitfalls that they present.’

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Technology Law Update, 6th January 2017

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Teenager who hacked TalkTalk website given rehabilitation order – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2016 in computer crime, confiscation, internet, news, rehabilitation, young offenders by sally

‘A 17-year-old who admitted hacking offences linked to the TalkTalk data breach has been given a 12-month youth rehabilitation order and had his smartphone and computer hard drive confiscated.’

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The Guardian, 13th December 2016

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UK National Cybersecurity Strategy, and trying to predict the future – Technology Law Update

Posted November 18th, 2016 in computer crime, data protection, electronic commerce, news, privacy by sally

‘The UK government has released a National Cybersecurity Strategy for the next five years. It will always be a difficult enterprise to try to predict changes to the threat landscape for the digital economy, even over as short a time span as five years. But there is clearly a pressing need here with cyberattacks regularly in the news. A recent example was an attack on a group of hospitals that put patients at risk for several days.’

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Technology Law Update, 18th November 2016

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Hacking suspect Lauri Love criticises justice system – BBC News

Posted November 16th, 2016 in appeals, autism, computer crime, criminal justice, extradition, news by sally

‘An autistic man facing claims he hacked US government computer systems has criticised a ruling to extradite him.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2016

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Home Secretary’s speech to the FCA’s Financial Crime Conference – Home Office

‘Home Secretary Amber Rudd gave a speech on economic crime at the Financial Conduct Authority annual crime conference on 10 November 2016.’

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Home Office, 14th November 2016

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Lauri Love extradition: British hacker who breached US government computers to be handed to US by Amber Rudd – The Independent

Posted November 15th, 2016 in appeals, autism, computer crime, extradition, interception, internet, news by tracey

‘Home Secretary Amber Rudd has authorised an order extraditing Lauri Love to the US, where he is accused of hacking into government computers.’

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The Independent, 14th November 2016

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Cyber security for SMEs – taking it seriously – Technology Law Update

Posted October 28th, 2016 in computer crime, electronic commerce, news, small businesses by sally

‘Getting cyber security right is not easy. Even the largest organisations can find themselves in difficulties – as the recent high-profile problems encountered by Yahoo and TalkTalk show. But it is especially challenging for smaller organisations without the headcount or budget to cover every angle in detail. What should you do to give your organisation the best chance of success?’

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Technology Law Update, 27th October 2016

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TalkTalk hit with record fine for cyber attack – The Guardian

Posted October 6th, 2016 in computer crime, data protection, fines, news, telecommunications by tracey

‘The UK’s data watchdog has fined TalkTalk a record £400,000 over last year’s cyber attack on the company in which the personal details of thousands of customers were exposed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th October 2016

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Ringleader of gang responsible for £113m fraud jailed for 11 years – The Guardian

Posted September 22nd, 2016 in computer crime, conspiracy, fraud, gangs, money laundering, news, sentencing by sally

‘The head of a fraud ring has been sentenced to 11 years in prison for his part in a £113m scam, which funded purchases including a fleet of customised Porsches and shopping sprees at Harrods.’

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The Guardian, 21st September 2016

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UK ‘hacker’ Lauri Love fears death in US prison – BBC News

Posted September 6th, 2016 in autism, computer crime, extradition, mental health, news by sally

‘A British man wanted in the US for allegedly hacking into government computers says he fears dying in jail if he is extradited.’

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BBC News, 6th September 2016

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Police to hire law firms to tackle cyber criminals in radical pilot project – The Guardian

‘Private law firms will be hired by police to pursue criminal suspects for profit, under a radical new scheme to target cyber criminals and fraudsters.’

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The Guardian, 14th August 2016

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Mumsnet cyber hacker ordered to do 200 hours’ unpaid work – BBC News

Posted August 3rd, 2016 in community service, computer crime, internet, news, sentencing, young offenders by tracey

‘A teenager who launched a cyber attack against parenting site Mumsnet – forcing it to reset millions of passwords – has been sentenced.’

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BBC News, 2nd August 2016

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Nearly six million fraud and cyber crimes last year, ONS says – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in computer crime, fraud, news, statistics by sally

‘Almost six million fraud and cyber crimes were committed last year in England and Wales, the Office for National Statistics has said.’

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BBC News, 21st July 2016

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Crime rate set to double after true scale of internet offences revealed – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2016 in computer crime, crime, internet, news, statistics by tracey

‘There were more than 5.8m incidents of cybercrime in the last year, the Office for National Statistics has said, far higher than previously thought and enough to nearly double the crime rate in England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2016

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Criminals winning ‘cyber arms race’ – National Crime Agency – BBC News

Posted July 7th, 2016 in computer crime, conspiracy, crime, internet, news by sally

‘Businesses and law enforcement agencies are losing the “cyber arms race” with online criminals, the UK’s National Crime Agency has warned.’

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BBC News, 7th July 2016

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