Schools hit by cyber attack and documents leaked – BBC News

Posted January 6th, 2023 in blackmail, children, computer crime, data protection, news, privacy, school children by tracey

‘Highly confidential documents from 14 schools have been leaked online by hackers, the BBC can reveal. One of those was Pates Grammar School in Gloucestershire, targeted by a hacking group called Vice Society.’

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BBC News, 6th January 2023

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Hacking victim retains anonymity in ‘persons unknown’ action – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 16th, 2022 in anonymity, computer crime, judgments, news, victims by sally

‘A company working in “security-sensitive and highly classified projects of national significance” has succeeded in having its identity withheld from a summary judgment against the unknown perpetrators of a $6.8m “ransomware” attack. In XXX v Persons Unknown, Mr Justice Cavanagh agreed that a derogation from open justice was needed to prevent the court itself becoming “the instrument of harm”.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 14th November 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Construction begins on brand new flagship London court in the Square Mile – Ministry of Justice

Posted October 21st, 2022 in computer crime, courts, fraud, London, Ministry of Justice, money laundering, news by tracey

‘The construction of a state-of-the-art combined court is underway in the heart of London’s legal centre as part of Salisbury Square, a new development on Fleet Street.’

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Ministry of Justice, 18th October 2022

Source: www.gov.uk

Top human rights barrister highlights Chinese cyber-attacks on her and others – Legal Futures

‘One of the country’s leading human rights barristers has complained about Twitter accounts and emails purporting to be from her and other human rights defenders that spring up when they criticise China.’

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Legal Futures, 26th September 2022

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

English High Court ruling on NFTs ‘hugely significant’ for fraud victims – OUT-LAW.com

Posted June 20th, 2022 in artistic works, computer crime, cryptocurrencies, fraud, news by tracey

‘A ground-breaking ruling in the English High Court that recognised non-fungible tokens (NFTs) as legal property is a major victory for victims of fraud, according to one legal expert.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 17th June 2022

Source: www.pinsentmasons.com

International law should be applied to cyberspace, Attorney General to say – The Independnet

‘International law should be applied to cyberspace to make it clear when a nation state has acted unlawfully and what action can be legally taken in response to a cyberattack, the Attorney General will say.’

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The Independent, 19th May 2022

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Former Thames Valley Police officer pleads guilty to misconduct in public office – The Independent

Posted March 31st, 2022 in computer crime, misfeasance in public office, news, police by sally

‘An-ex police constable has admitted pursuing a number of women for sex after meeting them during the course of his duties, a watchdog has said.’

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The Independent, 30th March 2022

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Julian Assange denied permission to appeal against extradition – BBC News

Posted March 15th, 2022 in appeals, computer crime, extradition, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘The Supreme Court has refused to allow Julian Assange his latest appeal against extradition to the US.’

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BBC News, 14th March 2022

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Firm fined almost £100,000 over ransomware attack – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 11th, 2022 in computer crime, data protection, fines, law firms, news, privacy by tracey

‘Criminal defence firm Tuckers Solicitors has been fined £98,000 after failing to secure sensitive court bundles that were later published on the dark web and held to ransom by organised criminals.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 10th March 2022

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Chambers obtains final injunction after cyber-attack – Legal Futures

Posted September 16th, 2021 in barristers, computer crime, default judgments, injunctions, news by tracey

‘A London chambers hit by a cyber-attack has secured a final injunction from the High Court against “persons unknown”.’

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Legal Futures, 16th September 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Data breach ruling “could stem” tide of claims – Legal Futures

Posted August 31st, 2021 in computer crime, data protection, insurance, news by sally

‘A High Court ruling on a low-value data breach claim may stop claimants recovering after-the-event (ATE) insurance premiums in cases involving cyber-attacks, information law specialists have argued.’

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Legal Futures, 31st August 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

The Language of Cyber Law. Cyber law: language matters – The 36 Group

Posted August 25th, 2021 in chambers articles, computer crime, computer programs, news by sally

‘With technology advancing every day, Ceri Davis of 36 Commercial explores the importance of mastering the language of cyber law.’

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The 36 Group, 3rd August 2021

Source: 36group.co.uk

Ransomware attacks: a practical guide to survival – 3PB

Posted August 25th, 2021 in chambers articles, computer crime, computer programs, news by sally

‘In response to the growing number of instructions regarding cyber incidents, this series of articles aims to address and provide practical advice on dealing with, common scenarios faced by businesses. This first article addresses the risk of a ransomware attack and considers the practical steps that an organisation needs to take to survive such an event.’

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3PB, 19th August 2021

Source: www.3pb.co.uk

How The Pegasus Project Affects Everyone’s Digital Privacy – Each Other

‘The Pegasus Project is an international collaborative reporting project led by the French nonprofit organisations Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International, in conjunction with 16 media outlets worldwide, including The Guardian. Journalists worked to uncover the extent to which governments infringed upon the privacy rights of individuals by surveilling their digital devices for years.’

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Each Other, 22nd July 2021

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COVID-19 fraudster jailed for mass cyber scam – Crown Prosecution Service

‘A COVID-19 fraudster has been jailed today (19 May 2021) for using fake digital messages to trick people into providing bank details to receive a vaccine.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 19th May 2021

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

Online safety bill ‘will fail to protect millions from cloned websites and ad scams’ – The Guardian

‘The UK government’s online safety bill will “fail to protect millions” by leaving people at risk of falling victim to cloned websites and adverts paid for by fraudsters, experts warned this week.’

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The Guardian, 15th May 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

UK Covid-related cybercrime fuels 15-fold rise in scam takedowns – The Guardian

‘The UK’s cybersecurity agency has taken down more scams in the last year than in the previous three years combined, with coronavirus and NHS-themed cybercrime fuelling the increase.’

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The Guardian, 5th May 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

SRA backs new cyber-losses clause for indemnity policies – Legal Futures

‘The extent to which losses caused by cyber attacks are covered by law firms’ professional indemnity insurance (PII) policies is to be clarified by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).’

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Legal Futures, 14th April 2021

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Rise in child abuse online threatens to overwhelm UK police, officers warn – The Guardian

‘The vast, and growing, volume of child abuse material being created and shared online is threatening to overwhelm police efforts to tackle it, senior officers have told the Guardian. And the situation is likely to worsen, National Crime Agency (NCA) child abuse lead Rob Jones warned, if social media sites such as Facebook press ahead with further encryption of messaging services.’

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The Guardian, 9th February 2021

Source: www.theguardian.com

Assange cannot be extradited, but free speech arguments dismissed — an extended look – UK Human Rights Blog

‘In The Government of the United States v Julian Assange (2021), the District Judge sitting at Westminster Magistrates’ Court discharged the American extradition request against the founder of WikiLeaks because there is a substantial risk that he would commit suicide. Given Julian Assange’s political notoriety as an avowed whistle-blower, however, the judgment is significant for its dismissal of the defence’s free speech arguments. This article analyses why these human rights submissions were unsuccessful.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 21st January 2021

Source: ukhumanrightsblog.com