Twitter hack exposes broader threat to democracy and society

Hackers demonstrated they can take over Twitter's technology infrastructure, a brazen move that hints at how such an attack could destabilize society.

Laura DeNardis, Professor and Interim Dean, American University School of Communication • conversation
July 17, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: social-media cybersecurity hacking internet cybercrime twitter technology technology-companies

Cybercriminals are now targeting critical electricity infrastructure

A recent ransomware attack on the UK electricity system shows this pandemic is also about computer viruses.

Henri van Soest, PhD Candidate in Land Economy, University of Cambridge • conversation
June 4, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: hacking cybercrime electricity-supply ransomware critical-infrastructure cyber-criminal

Lockdown 'helps fuel rise in cybercrime'

Take extra care before buying face masks or testing kits online, or responding to texts apparently sent to you by the UK government or the NHS. Because while lockdown has helped reduce the spread of the coronavirus, it is also helping fuel a rise in cybercrime.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
June 3, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus policing cybersecurity cybercrime

The coronavirus pandemic moved life online – a surge in website defacing followed

Vulnerable websites are popping up as organizations move online during the coronavirus pandemic – and hackers have more time at home alone. The result is more websites falling victim to defacement.

C. Jordan Howell, Doctoral candidate in Criminology, University of South Florida • conversation
May 26, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: covid-19 coronavirus cybersecurity hacking cybercrime pandemic online online-crime hackers website small-businesses

Prevention better than cure at keeping young users from getting involved in cybercrime

Highly-targeted messaging campaigns from law enforcement can be surprisingly effective at dissuading young gamers from getting involved in cybercrime, a new study has suggested.

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Oct. 21, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: crime computer-science cybersecurity cybercrime

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