Scammers stole millions last Christmas. These six tips could keep you safe online this time around

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) is urging people to be careful when shopping online in the run up to Christmas as cyber criminals step up campaigns to steal money, credit card information and more during the busiest time of year for retailers.

Last year’s Christmas shopping period, from November 2019 to January 2020, saw cyber criminals make off with a total of £13.5 million as a result of online shopping fraud – averaging out at £775 per incident across 17,405 cases reported by the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau.

And with even more people expected to be doing their Christmas shopping online this year because of ongoing coronavirus restrictions, the NCSC, alongside the Home Office, the Cabinet Office and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), has launched a ‘Cyber Aware’ campaign.

SEE: A winning strategy for cybersecurity (ZDNet special report) | Download the report as a PDF

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Japan Sports Agency and JADA Host Online “2020 International Seminar” in Partnership with WADA

TOKYO, Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Japan Sports Agency (JSA) of the Japanese Government and the Japan Anti-Doping Agency (JADA) hosted the annual “International Anti-Doping Seminar in Asia & Oceania” on December 1-3. The 14th annual seminar was organized as “GoVirtual” for the first time due to COVID-19. 2020 is a landmark year for anti-doping organizations (ADOs) as the revised World Anti-Doping Code (2021Code) and International Standards will become effective from January 2021. The seminar in this significant timing has brought together more than 200 people from 52 countries/regions online to exchange information matching the needs of ADOs, and the participants virtually united despite the time difference.

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The theme of the 2020 seminar was “Are you ready!?–for the 2021Code & International Standards and for beyond.” JADA developed the agenda with WADA based on the input from the anti-doping community in Asia and Oceania in

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E.U. Privacy Rule Would Rein In the Hunt for Online Child Sex Abuse

“The grooming of children for sexual purposes is always about a child on the verge of or in the midst of abuse,” said John Shehan, a vice president at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the U.S. federal clearinghouse that works with technology companies and law enforcement agencies around the world.

As of September, according to the clearinghouse, 1,020 reports of grooming had come from the European Union. Cases of grooming were reported in all 27 E.U. countries and contained many examples of “sextortion” — when an adult poses as a minor to solicit photos or videos, then uses the imagery as blackmail to further exploit the child.

Diego Naranjo, head of policy at European Digital Rights in Brussels, an advocacy group, said the subject was fraught because anyone who questioned the tech companies’s practices was cast as “somebody who doesn’t care about the children.”

Even so, he

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How teachers rose to the challenge of making online learning engaging and fun

In the classroom, Yaritza Villalba used to transform history lessons into fun events like rap battles and speakeasies with root beer and students dressed as 1920s celebrities.

For remote teaching, the New York City high school teacher turned to Flipgrid, a video-sharing tool, to create a similar sense of interaction. She kicked off the year by cheerfully introducing herself in a video and asked students to share a video album of songs that expressed their feelings. She had parents share their skills for a virtual talent show and got videos of a mom singing and a dad playing piano. The lively visuals helped her build relationships in a way that emails and phone calls can’t match.

“I teach students who are teenage parents, who live in shelters, who struggle with neglect and have been incarcerated,” says Villalba of her small public school that helps students up to age 21 earn

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Cyber Monday Online Sales Hit $10.8 Billion [Infographic]

When Americans first started celebrating Thanksgiving in the 19th century, it served as an opportunity for people to cherish the year’s blessings, especially the harvest. While the modern iteration of the holiday certainly serves as an important family get-together, it has also grown into a massive shopping extravaganza. This year’s splurge has once again broken all sorts of e-commerce records with shoppers opting to spend their money online and avoid physical stores due to the Covid-19 pandemic. An analysis by Adobe
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Insights has found that e-commerce spending amounted to a whopping $34.4 billion during the five-day Thanksgiving break including $10.8 billion on Cyber Monday.

That marks a 15.1% increase on last year’s $9.4 billion, making Cyber Monday 2020 the largest online shopping day in U.S. history. Adobe noted that FOMO – “fear of missing out” – hit consumers hard with the golden hour of retail between 7pm and 11pm

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Paisley Express – Daily Record Online

A year of hard work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and maths have just paid off for a Paisley school.

Brediland Primary has been rewarded with a full STEM Nation Award.

The effort included working in the class, at home, meeting Education Secretary John Swinney (pictured below) and even principal teacher David Rigmand jetting off to Portugal to attend a European presentation.

The award was one of just 19 made by Education Scotland,

The project involves the entire 206 school roll in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths.

Mr Rigmand – seen below presenting in Lisbon – said: “I think the whole school now knows the importance of these subjects while at school and to finally get jobs.

”And it was an honour to represent the pupils at the conference in Lisbon where I presented on our best practice.

“I think it is an enormous

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Best New Online Retailer May be Facebook

(Award-winning tech columnist Jon Markman publishes of Strategic Advantage, a popular daily newsletter about the digital transformation of business, entertainment and society — and how to invest in it. Click here for a free two-week trial.)

The growth of online shopping is probably peaking right now and that is bad news for shareholders of many ecommerce companies. Investors should switch out to Facebook ((FB) -Get Report).

Adobe Systems ((ADBE) -Get Report) released on Saturday the first look at online Black Friday sales. Shoppers spent $9 billion, up 21.6% from a year ago. Unfortunately the comparisons will get more difficult moving forward.

It’s time for investors to look for sales growth in unconventional places.

To be clear, the current state of ecommerce is robust. The global pandemic pushed millions of new consumers online. By all accounts they became comfortable quickly.

The Adobe Digital Insights survey revealed

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Fighting anti-Semitism online requires a global effort

Given the state of global affairs, it is not a given that we — a bipartisan group of elected officials from Israel, the US, Canada, Australia and the UK — would find common ground in the midst of a global pandemic. However, the disconcerting proliferation of anti-Semitism through new technology demands that we take urgent action.



a group of people on a newspaper: People gather for a demonstration organized by the Campaign Against Antisemitism outside the head office of the British opposition Labour Party in central London on April 8, 2018.


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People gather for a demonstration organized by the Campaign Against Antisemitism outside the head office of the British opposition Labour Party in central London on April 8, 2018.

We recently launched the Inter-Parliamentary Task Force to Combat Online Antisemitism in order to hold social media companies accountable for what takes place on their platforms and help create transparent policies to tackle hate speech.

The hate that we see online isn’t just harmless chatter relegated to dark corners of the internet — it often spills onto the streets, and dangerous

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Amazon details cause of AWS outage that hobbled thousands of online sites and services

A past AWS re:Invent conference. (GeekWire Photo)

A “relatively small addition of capacity” to the Amazon Kinesis real-time data processing service triggered a widespread Amazon Web Services outage last week, the company said in a detailed technical analysis over the weekend.

The addition of the new capacity “caused all of the servers in the fleet to exceed the maximum number of threads allowed by an operating system configuration,”  describing a cascade of resulting problems that took down thousands of sites and services.

The outage impacted online services from big tech companies such as AdobeRokuTwilioFlickrAutodesk, and others, including New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Washington Post, which is owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, was also impacted by the outage.

It was an especially ill-timed incident for Amazon, coming just days before its annual AWS re:Invent cloud conference. Reliability has

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Essex 2020 brings online science and history to children

Remember when your chemistry teacher tried to demonstrate an experiment to the class through fire-eating and trapeze skills? No? But it’s 2020 and who says science lessons have to be boring?

We may be stuck at home but youngsters across Essex have been learning about the fascinating worlds of science, technology, engineering, art and maths (STEAM) with the help of some unusual teachers ­— circus artists and dinosaur experts.

As part of the Essex 2020 initiative, schoolchildren have been able to brush up on the curriculum through watching number of colourful STEAM virtual learning workshops which are available for free online. GCSE chemistry, physics biology and PE students, for example, have been learning about their subjects through watching fire breathing stunts and trapeze swinging thanks to Little Stars Circus based in Chelmsford.

Led by founder Dr Diana Entwistle, a professional aerialist and ice skater who also has a PhD in

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