Ashley Madison and the Shark Infested Seas of the Deep Web – Rhory Robertson and Clare Brown

28 08 2015

Deep-Web-Iceberg-e1432663755280The recent hacking of the Ashley Madison website has inevitably caused a vast avalanche of commentary, covering everything from users’ morality to company security. As we concluded in our previous article  apart from the fallout on people’s personal lives from the data dump, the hackers’ employment of the so-called ‘dark web’ to communicate their criminal acts needs further exploration. Read the rest of this entry »





Ashley Madison, personal data release and the dark web – Rhory Robertson and Clare Brown

21 08 2015

Ashley-MadisonHackers calling themselves ‘The Impact Team’ (TIT) have carried out their threat to release the hacked data from the adult dating site Ashley Madison (AM), which uses the slogan: “Life is short. Have an affair“. AM is part of Canadian company Avid Life Media (ALM), which specialises in websites offering married users opportunities to hook up with similarly attached people. Other associated ALM sites include Cougar Life and Established Men. Read the rest of this entry »





“Red faces all round”, the hacking of Ashley Madison – Rhory Robertson and Clare Brown

26 07 2015

Ashley MadisonThere were probably some awkward silences amongst a number of married couples around the world on Sunday evening and into Monday morning last week as news broke that a specialist adult dating site had been hacked. Read the rest of this entry »





The cloak of anonymity? The naming of rape victims on social media – Clare Brown

20 02 2015

anonymous-femaleThe Ched Evans rape case has polarised opinion, so it’s time for some straight talking. The woman in question is entitled to remain anonymous under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992. The legislation makes it quite clear that the victim in a case of rape is entitled to anonymity in the press.  Read the rest of this entry »





Bloggers Beware – Clare Brown

18 02 2015

BLOGBlogs and their related video based versions ‘vlogs’ remain a popular way for individuals, organisations, and companies to communicate with others. Blogs are often linked to other networks, such as Twitter or LinkedIn; new content can be promoted to followers and friends. It takes minimal effort to produce a professional looking blog and generate a number of regular readers. Read the rest of this entry »





More #Trolls and #Trolling: the last three months of online abuse – Clare Brown

30 09 2014

cyber-bullyThis time last year I reported that summer 2013 had seen an explosion of online abuse. From TV academics, politicians, journalists, campaigners to troubled teenagers, certain individuals (and groups of individuals) were using social media to target vulnerable people. This summer has felt less dramatic on a day to day basis but I thought it would be helpful to review the past three months. Read the rest of this entry »





The Rise and Rise of the Internet Watch Foundation – Clare Brown

7 05 2014

IWF Logo - LNThe Internet Watch Foundation is a charity that has been working to remove child abuse images from the internet since 1996. People worried about certain images can report them via the IWF hotline, so they can be investigated, removed and if appropriate, reported to the authorities for further criminal investigation. Read the rest of this entry »





Social Media Sites and Cyberabuse, Part 2 – Clare Brown

28 02 2014

social-media-logosIn the second of this two part post Clare Brown, Library & Information Manager at Collyer Bristow examines developments and potential risks of a range of social media websites.  Part 1 was published on 27 February 2014. Read the rest of this entry »





Social Media Sites and Cyberabuse, Part 1 – Clare Brown

26 02 2014

Facebook-TwitterIn this two part article Clare Brown, Library & Information Manager at Collyer Bristow examines recent developments and potential risks of various social media websites. She opens with the most popular sites Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Read the rest of this entry »





Social Media and Cyberbullying, A Round Up – Clare Brown

10 01 2014

TrollsWhile the nation takes its long seasonal break, the world of social media never sleeps.  There have been a number of interesting developments in relation to social media and cyber bullying over recent weeks. Clare Brown provides a round up. Read the rest of this entry »