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29 November 2015
The German Supreme Court has today opened the door for ISP blockades of copyright infringing sites. In a landmark decision the court ruled that ISPs can be required to block websites if copyright holders fail to identify their operators or hosting providers.
Children's electronic toy maker Vtech hacked (BBC News)
Vtech, a company which specialises in electronic toys and educational material for children, has had its app store database, Learning Lodge, hacked.
The European Union wants to enhance the power of the bloc's national privacy regulators in policing a planned new EU-U.S. data pact after the previous one was struck down by a top EU court on concerns about mass U.S. surveillance.
The head of the UK ISP Andrews & Arnold, Adrian Kennard, has pointed out a number of major technical issues with the proposed Investigatory Powers Bill (aka the Snooper's Charter). Kennard and other representatives of the UK Internet Service Provider's Association (ISPA) met with the Home Office on Tuesday, where they presented a number of ethical, technical, and privacy related issues with the incoming new law. These issues, plus some of the Home Office's responses, can be found in written evidence penned by Kennard.
26 November 2015
Expect to hear a whole lot more about Li-Fi - a wireless technology that transmits high-speed data using visible light communication (VLC) - in the coming months. With scientists achieving speeds of 224 gigabits per second in the lab using Li-Fi earlier this year, the potential for this technology to change everything about the way we use the Internet is huge.
Cyber-thieves 'target Christmas shoppers' (BBC News)
Cyber-thieves are preparing malware and spam campaigns in a bid to catch out retailers and shoppers during the run-up to Christmas, experts say.
25 November 2015
These 3 US judges hold the fate of the Internet in their hands (Washington Post)
Next week, a federal appeals court in Washington will hear one of its biggest cases of the year, one whose outcome will directly affect how Internet providers can alter your experience online.
YouTube Kids App Faces New Complaints Over Ads for Junk Food (New York Times)
Visit YouTube Kids and typically it will not be long before promotions for junk food appear. The advertisements regularly show up in the form of funny contests and animated stories.
24 November 2015
Stopping WhatsApp Won't Stop Terrorists (New York Times)
Is the ability to send encrypted messages making it hard to stop terrorists? That's what many intelligence officials and politicians have been saying about rumors that the terrorists in France communicated using encrypted services like WhatsApp or Apple iMessage.
The Internet is global - and the NSA's exploiting that to collect information about Americans' e-mails (Washington Post)
Thanks to the global nature of the Internet, when you send an e-mail it could bounce through data centers all the way around the world -- even if you're sending it to someone down the street. A new report from the New York Times suggests the U.S. government used this quirk to continue collecting data on Americans' e-mail records, even after halting an earlier program approved by a secretive surveillance court for that purpose.
Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Twitter, Facebook and 56 other technology companies have joined together to reject calls for weakening encryption saying it would be "exploited by the bad guys".
Cybercriminals net $1.2b from Australians: Report (Computerworld)
Australians lost $1.2 billion to cybercriminals in 2015 according to a new report.
Why Islamic State Is Winning the Online War (Der Spiegel)
In the wake of the Paris attacks, authorities are becoming increasingly concerned about Islamic State's skillful use of the Internet. So far, however, European countermeasures have been frustratingly ineffective.
22 November 2015
Unintended Consequences, European-Style: How the New EU Data Protection Regulation will be Misused to Censor Speech (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Europe is very close to the finishing line of an extraordinary project: the adoption of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a single, comprehensive replacement for the 28 different laws that implement Europe's existing 1995 Data Protection Directive.
20 November 2015
The total number of domain names under management across all new gTLDs soared past the ten million mark on 17 November, with the increase in the DUM increasing markedly in recent months.
Mass Surveillance Isn't the Answer to Fighting Terrorism (New York Times)
It's a wretched yet predictable ritual after each new terrorist attack: Certain politicians and government officials waste no time exploiting the tragedy for their own ends. The remarks on Monday by John Brennan, the director of the Central Intelligence Agency, took that to a new and disgraceful low.
The F.B.I. director and the Manhattan district attorney on Wednesday sought to reopen the argument that law enforcement and intelligence officials need to have access to encrypted information on smartphones with court approval.
A small Australian ISP has received a demand that it block access to an overseas website or face legal action in the Federal Court.
Google is stepping up its defense of YouTube users who find themselves on the wrong side of a copyright claim, the tech company said on Thursday.
Why staring at screens is making us feel sick (The Guardian)
When we come to define the overarching feeling of the early part of the 21st century, it may come down to one word: queasiness. Some of the most exciting advances in technology - virtual reality, wearable tech, superfast smartphones and 3D films and operating systems - may all be scuppered by a basic human weakness: motion sickness.
19 November 2015
Law enforcement should have access to encrypted data on smartphones, a report from the Manhattan District Attorney's (DA) Office has said.
Foiling Electronic Snoops in Email (New York Times)
IT didn't take much for Florian Seroussi, a technology investor in Manhattan, to become suspicious of his email.
Telegram, a mobile messaging service that's been adopted as a promotional and recruitment platform by Islamic State, said it was taking action to block the channels being used by the group.
The nation's top telecom regulator recommended broadening America's wiretapping laws Tuesday, in response to the recent attacks in Paris by the Islamic State that left more than 120 people dead.
18 November 2015
Britain will nearly double its spending on cyber security to prevent Islamic militants from launching online attacks on the country, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said on Tuesday.