Category: Crime

UK Banks Fail To Consider Cybercrime Seriously Enough

TheCityUK’s study of cyber-security over the last six months indicate that the UK government and its banking industry has failed to take cybercrime and identity theft seriously.

The results, to be reported on Tuesday, would say that banks and financial institutions should share more information about threats and crimes. It would also urge tax breaks to boost investment in cyber defences.

“The UK government and its agencies have already started to take action,” says Mark Weil chief executive of insurance broker Marsh Ltd and chairman of TheCityUK’s cyber task force. “However, outside of a very few firms, we do not yet see cyber getting the attention it needs from business leaders.”

TheCityUK proposed that a new “cyber forum” be established to improve the flow of information regarding the threat of hackers across the financial system.

The forum would help various groups to share information that would prime the banking industry’s response to cyber crime.

“There is also a talent gap, given the rapid increase in demand for cyber security capabilities and given the high level of training required,” the report states, calling on firms to offer more apprenticeships and work placements in the area of cyber security.

Homeowner Rights Now Include Disarming Burglars With “Disproportionate Force”

A ruling that allows homeowners to disable or attack intruders with ‘disproportionate force’ will not be abused as it would only be valid “under the circumstances”, according to the Supreme Court.

Should an intruder or burglar be found in a home, homeowners will have the right to ‘householder defence.’ The new homeowner right to defend self and property was declared compatible with European human rights laws.

However, the right to do so is only available depending on the circumstances.

The legal landmark case of Denby Collins, an intruder wherein homeowners of a property he trespassed had placed him in a headlock that resulted to his current coma, gave the homeowner’s family the right to self-defence through “disproportionate force.”

Collins’ family took the case against the homeowner, arguing their son’s human rights had been breached. Collins’ right under Article 2(1) of the ECHR. However, the judges rejected the case on grounds that the homeowner’s actions are permitted by Section 76 (5A) of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008.

President of the Queen’s Bench Division Sir Brian Leveson said:

“In the circumstances I conclude that the criminal law of England and Wales on self defence in householder cases, taken as a whole, fulfils the framework obligation under Article 2(1).

“The headline message is and remains clear: a householder will only be able to avail himself of the defence if the degree of force he used was reasonable in the circumstances as he believed them to be.”

China’s Internet Censor To Check Local Social Media For Illegal Content

Chinese censorship reaches maximum as Chinese authorities prepare to censor “illegal and harmful” online information. It would be making its efforts more visible as it establishes “internet policemen” to enforce the law.

The “internet police” would be establishing their investigations in 50 areas from Beijing to Jiangsu province.

Sina Weibo, the biggest social media network in China, is the prime target of the metropolitan police.

Authorities received authorisation after the public complained about online gambling, pornography and illegal transactions as the police strives to create a harmonious, cultured, clear and bright internet.

Aside from the said problems, the “internet police” are to root out cyber-criminals and straighten out “improper dialogue and deeds online. They said that all crimes, as such in the real world, would not go unpunished in the Internet.

So far, the authorities had deleted 758,000 pieces of “illegal and criminal information upon investigating more than 70,000 cybercrime cases since the start of the year.

The Ministry of Public Security, spearheading the initiative, believes that illegitimate information in the Internet could change the rule of the Communist party. It may also threaten stability.

Worldwide Government Corruption on the Rise

Transparency International reveals through a report that the extent of worldwide corruption is increasing from two previous years. Israel and Greece are among the developed countries with the highest levels of corruption and politicians being the most corrupt in all areas.

The study, The Global Corruption Barometer 2013, conducted by TI based in Berlin collected over 114,000 opinions of people from 107 countries. The survey had participants answer questions about their government and the institutions to reflect public trust.

The report showed that corruption numbers increased in the last two years and public distrust is also on the rise. Aside from the government, the public perceives a high level of corruption in law enforcement agencies.

A great factor of the mistrust comes during the 2008 financial breakdown. Before the breakdown, 32% of the public trusted governments can fight corruption. After the financial crisis, the figure dropped to 23%.

TI said that the report indicates a crisis of trust in politics and concerns the public about the capacity of their governments to bring the criminals to justice.

According to the survey, Political parties are the highly-corrupt institutions worldwide with a score of 3.8 out of 5 with 5 being the highest. Next came police forces with 3.7; public officials, civil servants, parliaments and judiciaries came in third place with 3.6.

French Family Kidnapped in Cameroon

Tourists often go to visit other countries to relax and to explore while on a vacation or a short tour. Often times, families would travel in different countries where they find good scenery. It is tragic when some of the tourist experience an incident they did not even expect to happen. In Nigeria, while seven members of a French family were strolling in the National Park in the northern part of Cameroon, they were kidnapped by some of the Islamist rebels who happen to be members of the Boko Haram movement.

The government of France was already informed about the incident and the French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian gave a statement that France will not negotiate with the Islamist rebels instead they will try other possible ways to get the seven members of the family who were abducted. The Nigerian rebels have given their demands in exchange for the lives of the abducted members of the family. The rebel group demanded Nigeria and Cameroon would release the members of the Boko Haram who were jailed. The Defense Minister said that the incident was unacceptable for it was the first time wherein children were part of the hostages. There were four children captivated by the group along with their parents and uncle.

The said family was not tourist in the area since the father was working in a French Company that was situated in Yaounde, the capital of Southern Cameroon. He was said to have work well with the French Foreign Ministry. There were fears felt by the Western citizens for they could probably be the target of the Islamist groups.