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Find out just how Brian rose to become one of the continent's leading drug importers.

160,000 new malware samples arriving every day
160,000 new malware samples arriving every day

Research just published by Panda Security claims to show that malware creation has broken new levels - with 160,000 new samples being spotted every single day - whilst trojans are now responsible for four out of five (79.9 percent) infections around the world.

Commenting on the Q1-2014 report, Luis Corrons, Panda's technical director says that the first quarter saw levels of cybercrime continuing to rise.

"In fact, we have witnessed some of the biggest data thefts since the creation of the Internet, with millions of users affected," he said.

Survey shows two in five banks under cyberattack
Survey shows two in five banks under cyberattack

Leading experts from the banking and financial sector will convene at the second Gulf Information Security Expo and Conference (GISEC) 2014 to explore ways of tackling cybercrime, as a new survey shows a major share of Middle East firms are being targeted.

PricewaterhouseCoopers’ (PwC) 2014 Global Economic Crime Survey suggests that banks are an increasingly desirable target for cyber terrorists and hackers. Nearly 40 per cent of financial sector respondents said they had been victims of cybercrime, compared with 17 per cent in other industries.

One of the key session topics at the GISEC conference will look at case studies of how cybercrime is being tackled in the financial sector. The session will look at the ways in which financial institutions use a combination of fraud and cybercrime prevention technology.

The conference will be held from June 9 to 11 at Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC).

If you want to become a good cybercriminal, get an MBA

The FBI's recent crackdown on a sophisticated set of malware tools called Blackshade shed light on a shadowy and surprisingly sophisticated world of cybercriminal activity. But you don't need to be a tech mastermind to use Blackshade.

The tool is part of a much larger trend toward user-friendly hacking tools, developed and distributed by corporate-like entities that are becoming like the Oracles or Microsofts of the malware world.

There's now a full-fledged market for groups offering access to easy-to-use malware on a subscription basis, experts say. And because the tools require little to no technical skill, the barrier to a life of cybercrime is much weaker than it was in the early years of the Internet.

The result has been an explosion in criminal activity that has left consumers vulnerable to having their financial information used for fraudulent transactions or having their personal information sold online.

Miller woman got $2 million from men on dating sites
Miller woman got $2 million from men on dating sites

A Miller woman has been charged with fraud and money laundering after obtaining more than $2 million from men on dating websites.

Detectives from the Fraud and Cybercrime Squad arrested the 39-year-old woman yesterday morning after an investigation which lasted several months.

Over the course of the investigation, detectives discovered that the woman had allegedly obtained more than $2 million from a number of different men.

Police allege that between August 2008 and February 2014, the woman formed relationships with four different men.

Woman who fraudulently obtained more than $2 million from men on dating services arrested - SCC Fraud and Cybercrime Squad

Detectives from the Fraud and Cybercrime Squad have arrested and charged a 39-year-old woman, who allegedly used dating services to approach and fraudulently obtain more than $2 million from a number of men.

In February (2014), the Fraud and Cybercrime Squad formed Strike Force Dandy to investigate a number of frauds allegedly committed by a 39-year-old woman from Miller in south-west Sydney.

Over the course of the investigation, detectives discovered that the woman had allegedly obtained more than $2 million from a number of different men.

In court, police will allege that between August 2008 and February 2014, the woman formed relationships with four different men. Two of the men are aged in their seventies, while the other two are aged in their sixties.

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