Thursday, December 7, 2023
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Senators eye DOJ budget increase to fight cybercrime, use tech vs. human trafficking

Senators Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito and Nancy Binay are pushing more funds to augment the capacity of the Department of Justice (DOJ)’s capacity to prosecute cybercriminals and use technology to fight human trafficking.

Cybercrimes in NCR up 152% in first half of 2023, says PNP

Cybercrimes in the National Capital Region (NCR) rose drastically by 152 percent during the first half of the year partly due to the carelessness of online users and the availability of malware online, according to the Philippine National Police.

Cybercriminals scamming each other for millions, report reveals

The report also reveals how attackers use classic techniques — some decades old, such as typosquatting, phishing, backdoored malware, and fake marketplaces — to carry out their scams against each other.

GCash to roll out ‘double authentication’ to prevent unauthorized transactions

The new feature removes customers’ dependence on SMS OTPs which has been exploited by some fraudsters to scam users.

Binance partners with DICT on cybercrime, blockchain forensics

Blockchain company Binance has recently partnered with the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) under the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), to share its insights and experiences in preventing cybercrime using blockchain forensics with the various law enforcement agencies. 

Use of passwords online declining globally, study says

The 2022 Online Authentication Barometer has identified that entering passwords online has dropped by 5% to 9% across all five major use-cases that it tracks -- including accessing financial services, work computers and accounts, social media, streaming services, and smart home devices -- compared to last year.

Phishing attacks in SE Asia skyrocketed in 1H of 2022: Kaspersky

Filipinos, Malaysians, and Vietnamese Kaspersky users accounted for over half of the over 12 million phishing attempts logged in H1 2022.

Solon wants to reinstate NBI budget to intensify cybercrime prevention

Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian said the 2023 budget cut of the NBI to P1.8 billion from 2022's actual budget of P2.3 billion has also lowered the agency's budget for its anti-cybercrime enforcement unit to P21.2 million or a slash of almost 20 percent compared to this year's P26.4 million.

Anti-cybercrime body opens digital forensics lab

The Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center (CICC) said the Digital Forensics Platform and Laboratory (DFPAL) will serve as an important tool of the government’s fight against the rising cybercrimes, especially Online Sexual Abuse and Exploitation of Children (OSAEC).

19 workers of unregistered crypto firm nabbed for investment scam

The combined forces of the SEC Enforcement and Investor Protection Department (EIPD) and PNP’s Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) arrested the officers of Decentra while in the act of soliciting investments from the public without the requisite license during a seminar or business presentation in a hotel in Quezon City.
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