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January 6, 2020  2:34 PM

Will 2020 be the year that politicians bring the Internet to heel?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
"Angela Merkel", Cybercrime, cybersecurity, cyberwarfare, G20, Internet, OECD

The mounting pressures from Governments around the world

The pressures to apply the “normal rule of law” to the on-line world are local, regional and global: from the

May 15, 2017  12:16 PM

Exploiting “Fake News” – GCHQ and the Cyber Cartel

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cybercrime, FIPR, GCHQ, NCA, NHS, privacy, Surveillance, Windows 7, XP

It is now apparent, from sources like the FIPR alerts, that the damage inflicted on NHS systems by Wannacry was much more localised than at first...

October 24, 2015  8:50 AM

From Ashley Madison to Talk Talk: time for “Partnership Policing” for the online world

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo

It is now a decade since publication of the six papers produced in the course of the two year EURIM-IPPR into "Partnership Policing for the Information Society study". Ministers welcomed the fifty or so recommendations: from...

December 12, 2013  6:58 PM

Is there a bigger threat than awareness and compliance which assume attacks are random?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
advanced persistent threat, APT, Brazil, China, Compliance, Consequences, Cybercrime, Edward Snowden, GCHQ, ISSA, SASIG, SCADA, Tempest

In my recent blog on the need for genuine board level education, not just awareness, I promised a guest blog from Lincoln...

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October 14, 2011  12:00 PM

Joining up the fight against cybercrime: James Brokenshire’s comments at conference in Westminster

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cybercrime, Eurim

On Wednesday James Brokenshire, Minister of State for Crime and Security, spoke at the launch of Fighting Fraud Together. he was hosted by the Lord Mayor of London in the Mansion House, whose comments I quoted in

May 25, 2011  5:53 PM

UK finally ratifies the convention on cybercrime

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Convention, Cybercrime, cybersecurity

Today's communique on UK-US co-operation on Cyberspace, see below for fulltext, includes the news that UK has finally ratified the convention on cybercrime. There are three views on this.

1) This is a long overdue of an obstacle to UK-based co-operation against on-line...

April 25, 2009  11:52 AM

Information Security Industry or e-Protection Racket?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cybercrime, Eurim, Infosec

What other industry would collectively spend over £3 billion a year on protection and less than £30 million a year on tracking, tracing and removing the predators who are milking them? Come to

July 6, 2008  9:29 AM

Self-policed e-paradise or a vigilante-ruled e-anarchy?

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
ACPO, Cybercrime, e-crime, NHTCU

Over 20% of the population of the world and over 60% of that of the UK population now use the Internet to do business, learn or play. The proportion of criminals who use it to identify and exploit victims is at least...

November 1, 2007  7:55 AM

Collaboration is the Key to Cybercrime

Philip Virgo Profile: Philip Virgo
Cybercrime, Security

A couple of days ago David Lacey covered the recent Parliament and Internet conference in his blog. The proposal for co-operation in the

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