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Johan Landström

Weekly Round-Up, November 26 – 21

In the “Weekly Round-Up” we summarise and give extra reading suggestions for some of the past weeks financial crime news headlines, powered by Acuminor’s crime universe ThreatView® .

Black Friday Scams

The weekend is at the doorsteps. November is ending, and it’s Black Friday. To all shoppers and out there – if a deal is too good to be true, it probably is. I’m leading with a few articles on Fraud to keep the awareness up. They all pretty much boil down to – Do your research, be vigilant, don’t trust everything you see and think about your cyber security. The last one is something that one should regularly incorporate since losing credentials can lead to a lot of trouble. Just by using multi-factor identification, you will raise the bar significantly from becoming a victim of illicit use of your credentials.

Below are a few articles from publications in the UK and USA.

The Guardian – Black Friday: how to avoid scams when shopping for deals

CNBC  – Avoid these 3 holiday scams on Black Friday and Cyber Monday

CNET – Don’t fall for these clever Black Friday scams this year

New law to protect personal tech

In another cyber-related story, the government in the UK has issued a new law that shall protect individuals’ devices better from being taken over by hackers. The “Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) Bill “. The law requires manufacturers, importers, and distributors of devices that speak “Internet” to meet a new set of tough cyber security requirements to stop attacks against these products. I welcome this approach since antagonists use so many broken devices to get on to networks to do everything from espionage, stealing data, or just using your connected refrigerator in a denial of services attack or to mine cryptocurrency.

GOV.UK – New cyber laws to protect people’s personal tech from hackers

GOV.UK – The Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure (PSTI) Bill – factsheets

For a bit of a more extended read, I warmly recommend the report from Europol that was released on Wednesday. The 3rd annual report from SIRIUS – EU digital evidence situation. The SIRIUS project is aimed to help knowledge sharing on cross-border access to electronic evidence and is co-implemented by Europol and Eurojust in close partnership with the European Judicial Network. It contains case files, stats, and feedback from member state countries, as well as insights into cyber-related matters.