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Hiding in Plain Sight – Child Abusers on the Darknet

The growing popularity of Tor and other anonymising tools has provided unprecedented opportunities for paedophiles to view and share child pornography online. Before Darknet access became widespread, offenders were forced to purchase obscene materials in high-risk transactions which could expose their real-world identities. These days however, it is a very different story. Explicit images of […]

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Street activism meets online hacktivism in Catalonia

The recent push for independence in Catalonia has highlighted the part that cyber hacktivism can play in promoting and supporting popular street activism and protest. The long-awaited referendum for Catalonia’s secession was held on 1 October 2017, despite being deemed illegal by both the Spanish government and the country’s Constitutional Court. However, even before the

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Keystone pipeline oil spill in South Dakota could lead to new cyber campaigns

In South Dakota, reports have emerged of an oil spill: TransCanada has announced that the Keystone pipeline it owns and operates in the state has been closed down and investigations are being carried out after 210,000 gallons of oil leaked from it on 16 November. The leak occurred days before a Public Service Commission in

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Equifax breach underscores potential costs for businesses

Consumer credit reporting agency Equifax has had a turbulent few days. On Thursday night (7 September), the company released a public statement confirming it had suffered a significant data breach. From mid-May to July 2017, unidentified hackers stole personally identifiable information (PII) belonging to approximately 143 million US consumers. It included names, dates of birth,

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