Council of Europe Octopus Conference- Some Thoughts

l am still sitting in the parliament room of the Council of Europe at the celebration event for the Budapest Convention. It was another very good event advancing the challenges fighting Cybercrime. Let me try to summarize a few thoughts: The Budapest Convention is probably the best convention out there allowing a wide adoption of…


VeriSign to Take Down Malware Sites?

This is actually an interesting approach: VeriSign Proposes Takedown Procedures and Malware Scanning for .Com. This leads to the discussion I have so often: What is more important? The single website or the greater good? Now, do not get me wrong: I see the risks of VeriSign taking down because a blog hosted there…


German’s Government-Created Trojan Vulnerable

It is not that rare for Law Enforcement that they use software to spy in the case of severe accusations like terrorism. What is kind of surprising is the level of sophistication some of these Trojans seem to have – and not necessarily to the good side. The German Chaos Computer Club analyzed the Trojan…


Special Intelligence Report on the Rustock Takedown

As you might remember, on Match 16th Microsoft together with other industry players was successfully able to take down the Rustock botnet and thus significantly reducing the spam level. We now just published a special Intelligence Report on this botnet: Read an overview of the Win32/Rustock family of rootkit-enabled backdoor Trojans background, functionality, how it…


Facebook Implements Microsoft’s PhotoDNA Technology

This is actually a great development to fight Child Porn: Facebook adopts PhotoDNA and joins Microsoft and The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children to disrupt the proliferation of online child exploitation. You find the information here. Roger


Libya Violence Exploited by Scammers

It is a repeating pattern but not the less disgusting. Whenever bad things happens on the globe, the criminals are not far. This happened during hurricane Katrina, the tsunami in Indonesia, the earthquake in Haiti and now, not surprisingly in Libya as you can read in this blog post by Sophos: Violence in Libya exploited…


The Wild West on the Internet… A Crime Story

A fairly interesting thriller on the Internet. It just shows that we need better ways to collaborate between private and public sector and to hunt criminals: How one man tracked down Anonymous—and paid a heavy price Scary… Roger


Conclusion on UNODC: Open Ended Expert Group on Cybercrime

I told you that I will attend the UNODC: Open Ended Expert Group on Cybercrime, which is now slowly coming to an end. Let me draw a few conclusions on the meeting. It was not the first UN meeting I attended and – depending on the audience – the discussion can easily result an long…


UNODC: Open Ended Expert Group on Cybercrime

From tomorrow on, UNDOC invited for an Open Ended Expert Group on Cybercrime in Vienna. I am really interested in seeing hoe these discussions will go. If – by any chance – you are there as well, please ping me and we will have a chat. Otherwise, I will see what I can blog about….


Cybercrime as a Service–Our Future?

It is not really surprising that the criminals will leverage the economy of Cloud Computing for their illegal purposes. Especially activities, which consume a lot of processor power will be moved to the Cloud – like any other business. Some way back, there were discussions on how to leverage GPUs to crack passwords: Graphics Cards…