Cybercrime: the FBI's worldview

Summary:At last week's second annual eCrime Symposium in Sydney, the FBI's new assistant legal attaché to Australia for cybercrime issues, Will Blevins, outlined the bureau's worldview, including concerns about the increasing sophistication of targeted phishing attacks conducted by nation-state actors.

At last week's second annual eCrime Symposium in Sydney, the FBI's new assistant legal attaché to Australia for cybercrime issues, Will Blevins, outlined the bureau's worldview, including concerns about the increasing sophistication of targeted phishing attacks conducted by nation-state actors.

On Patch Monday this week, we hear the edited highlights of Blevins' presentation. While much of it was, essentially, "Cybercrime 101", there were hints of the FBI's key concerns.

They include spear phishing — that is, highly-targeted attempts to get people to reveal log-in and other personal details — as well as online child predators, the risk of large-scale public wireless networks, cute tricks for sniffing out open Wi-Fi networks including "war rocketing" and driver-less war driving, and the difficulty of gathering evidence in the digital realm.

As usual, Patch Monday also includes Stilgherrian's random look at the week's IT news.

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Running time: 24 minutes, 26 seconds.

Topics: Security, Malware

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Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit tr... Full Bio

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