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2020/03/05Preserving Digital Footprints and Cyber Resilience: Training the Swiss Police (by Sébastien JAQUIER, Deputy Head of ILCE)

By Sébastien JAQUIER, Deputy Head, Institute for the Fight Against Economic Crime (ILCE), Arc Business School (HEG Arc), University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Western Switzerland (HES-SO), during the INTERNATIONAL CYBERSECURITY FORUM (FIC), 28-30 January 2020 — LILLE, FRANCE.   A revolution with results that are difficult to predict Digitisation is not a fad phenomenon. What some once tended…

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2020/01/22Ransomware in Six Questions (by the Ministerial Delegation to the Security Industries and the Fight Against Cyberthreats, French Ministry of the Interior)

What is ransomware? Ransomware is malicious software. Ransomware programs are computer viruses. These viruses block access to information systems or data stored on the victim’s computer or server, then demand that the victim pay a ransom to unblock said access, although it is never guaranteed that it will actually be unblocked.   Whom does ransomware…

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2019/12/03The Policeman Was On A Walk Through The Files (By Olivier Iteanu, Barrister)

This is a rare case that the Conseil d’État [Council of State, French supreme court for administrative justice] informed us about in a decision rendered on 24 April 2019[1]. A gendarmerie captain was punished with fifteen days’ leave from work for illegally consulting “gendarmerie files”. These unlawful consultations concerned his daughter’s employer as well as some…

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2019/10/28A Release of Digital Hostages? (by General Watin-Augouard, FIC Founder)

The neutralisation of a botnet of more than 1,260,000 “zombie” computers has made the news in recent days. This network used the Retadup worm to enable personal data (including personal health information) to be “stolen”, computing power to be diverted to mining of cryptocurrency (Monero), spam campaigns to be launched and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks to be carried…

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2019/01/11Law No. 2018-1202 of 22 December 2018 on combating the manipulation of information (By General Marc Watin-Augouard, Founder of the FIC)

The law announced by President Macron during his New Year speech to the press on 3 January 2017 has been promulgated following consideration by the Constitutional Council. The Council Members (‘Sages’) declared that the text was in conformity with the Constitution (Decision No. 2018-773 DC of 20 December 2018). Their only reservation was to limit its application to information that is…

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