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10 December 2013
NSA, CIA, other intelligence agencies target online games, reports say (Washington Post)
Part of the appeal of online games -- particularly massive, multiplayer titles such as World of Warcraft or Second Life -- is that they let players escape into a separate, virtual world. But recent news reports indicate that agents from the National Security Agency, FBI, CIA, and British Government Communications Headquarters have been scoping out these and other online gaming communities in search of real-world threats.
Recent high end Nokia mobile phones come with the possibility for wireless charging, so when I was asked to review Nokia's Wireless Charging Stand I thought why not, but did also think it would only be of limited benefit.
Mobile browser usage share hits 20% for the first time (Computerworld)
Mobile devices generated 20% of the world's browsing activity last month, the first time that the surging category reached the 1-in-5 milestone, according to a Web analytics company.
UK police crackdown on pirate site ads (BBC News)
Websites illegally hosting copyrighted content have been targeted by City of London Police.
The head of German telecommunications giant Deutsche Telekom has called for Europe to do more to protect privacy and combat international spying. Rene Obermann's words come as eight of the world's largest technology companies appealed to President Barack Obama and the US Congress to enact sweeping changes to spying laws and put a stop to mass collection of data.
Informing the American people about how their government spies on them can be risky business for journalists. Rajiv Pant, chief technology officer at The New York Times, thought he could be killed for it.
More than 500 of the world's leading authors, including five Nobel prize winners, have condemned the scale of state surveillance revealed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden and warned that spy agencies are undermining democracy and must be curbed by a new international charter.
State surveillance of personal data: what is the society we wish to protect? by Tom Stoppard (The Guardian)
What in principle would justify the scope of the surveillance revealed by the Snowden leak? Would it be enough, for example, if it could be shown that a specific potential act of terrorism had been prevented by, and could only have been prevented by, the full breadth and depth of what we now have learned is the playing field of the security services?
Controversial new technology capable of collecting and storing emails and other information sent via computer in real time will be rolled out by the Australian Federal Police next year.
09 December 2013
The world's leading technology companies have united to demand sweeping changes to US surveillance laws, urging an international ban on bulk collection of data to help preserve the public's "trust in the internet".
Amnesty to take legal action against UK security services (The Guardian)
The human rights group Amnesty International has announces that it is taking legal action against the UK government over concerns its communications have been illegally accessed by UK intelligence services.
Cellphone carriers last year answered at least 1.1 million requests from law enforcement agencies seeking information on caller locations, text messages and other data for use in investigations, according to reports from the carriers.
Researcher Garth Bruen long has investigated the seamier corners of the Internet, but even he was shocked to discover Rapetube.org, a site urging users to share what it called "fantasy" videos of sexual attacks.
07 December 2013
French lawmakers, supported by the EU's Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes, are pressing the European Union to stand up more firmly against American domination in cyberspace.
Inside the Effort to Kill a Web Fraud 'Botnet' - Working With Law Enforcement, Team Cuts Off Servers for Zombie Computers (Wall Street Journal)
For months, investigators at Microsoft Corp. hunkered down in front of their computer monitors, patiently stalking the shadowy figures behind what the company says is a major Web ad-fraud machine.
Microsoft: U.S. government is a potential security threat (Washington Post)
Microsoft is trying to change the terms of the NSA debate -- literally.
ICANN today (6 December) issued comprehensive advice to IT professionals worldwide on how to proactively identify and manage private name space leakage into the public Domain Name System (DNS) and thus, eliminate the causes of name collisions as new Top Level Domains (TLDs) are added to the DNS.
06 December 2013
The announcement yesterday's of the discovery of a botnet command and control database of user credentials for Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, ADP and others is just the latest in a trend going back several years. You can't trust Internet services to protect your passwords; you have to protect them yourself.
ZeroAccess, one of the world's largest botnets - a network of computers infected with malware to trigger online fraud - has been disrupted by Microsoft and law enforcement agencies.
In the Murky World of Bitcoin, Fraud Is Quicker Than the Law (New York Times)
The call went out on Twitter: "For insane profits come and join the pump." It was an invitation to a penny stock-style pump-and-dump scheme -- only this one involved Bitcoin, the soaring, slightly scary virtual currency that has beckoned and bewildered people around the world.
05 December 2013
The US National Security Agency has considered spying on Australian citizens without the knowledge or consent of the Australian intelligence organisations it partners with, according to a draft 2005 NSA directive kept secret from other countries.
NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show (Washington Post)
The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals -- and map their relationships -- in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.
The National Security Agency is reportedly collecting almost 5 billion cell phone records a day under a program that monitors and analyses highly personal data about the precise whereabouts of individuals, wherever they travel in the world.
Almost half of mobile phone users polled by CIRP singled out Facebook as one of their three most used apps.
Young people are anonymously bullying and trolling themselves online in what some are calling cyber self-harm. Why?