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Monthly Archives: August 2015

It was honest of Sarah Thornton to suggest that the traditional approach of sending a police officer to the scene of every crime, after the event, may need to become a thing of the past.


As Chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council and former Chief Constable of Thames Valley she speaks from experience and should not be dismissed just because what she has to say doesn’t go down well with the chattering classes. She recognised that the steep growth in cyber-crime is going to force the police to reallocate limited resources to fight it. Different priorities will need to be made and policing will need to revolutionise the training of cyber-skills. This certainly provoked a negative reaction from the media.

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Earlier this year some enterprising blaggers hit upon an excellent scheme. One bright spark noticed that there was a postal service concession in their local supermarket. Nothing terribly unusual about that right? Of late, postal companies have eschewed dedicated retail outlets in favour of lower-footprint concessions in larger stores. The problem (for the supermarket, at least) was that, not only did they sell groceries and pub-price-busting booze, but also envelopes and Blu-ray discs, games and all manner of other things.

I bet you can see where this is going, right? Well, just in case you can’t, I will take you through the whole scenario.

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The controversy surrounding the Ashley Madison website rolls on. For those who have just emerged from a catatonic state, last week, hacktivists called The Impact Group gained access to the client list of a dating website specifically directed at people who want to cheat on their partners. They possess the unique strap line: Life is Short. Have an Affair. The hackers subsequently published several samples of the 37 million customer details they claim to have stolen via the web host Github. So far, Avid Life Media Inc., who own Ashley Madison, have had these lists taken down using the powers of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Presumably not before others have copied them.

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