Legal & Security

03 July 2009

Facebook simplifies privacy settings, calls them too complex Computerworld

Facebook will simplify the way in which it offers privacy options to its users, as it gets ready to give its members for the first time the option to make the content they post on their profiles available to anyone on the Internet.

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02 July 2009

ANALYSIS - Cybercrime spreads on Facebook Reuters

Cybercrime is rapidly spreading on Facebook as fraudsters prey on users who think the world's top social networking site is a safe haven on the Internet.

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CDT: New US privacy law getting closer Computerworld

Comprehensive legislation to protect consumers' privacy is closer to becoming a reality in the U.S. Congress than it's been in several years, officials with the Center for Democracy and Technology said Tuesday.

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Online Auction Fraud: Don't Let it Happen to You FBI

One in four complaints in 2008 to the Internet Crime Complaint Center involved online auction fraud. Computers, sports memorabilia, rare coins, designer fashions, and even cars.

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28 June 2009

US Network Shutdown Bill Faces Changes, Aide Says PC World

A bill in the U.S. Senate that would allow President Barack Obama to shut down parts of the Internet during a cybersecurity crisis will likely be rewritten and needs input from private businesses, said a congressional staff member associated with the legislation.

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EU privacy regulators eye online social networks EurActiv

Tagging photos on social networking websites may soon become an ordeal for aficionados of Facebook, MySpace and the like, as EU privacy regulators recommended imposing strict rules on users uploading pictures of other individuals on their personal pages.

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Facebook hires lobbyists to push privacy agenda The Guardian

Facebook is hiring lobbyists to push its agenda on internet privacy and data sharing in Brussels and Washington, as the social networking site attempts to increase its influence with authorities around the world.

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The war of the cyberworlds is coming, and we'd better be ready The Observer

Last Wednesday, the American secretary of defence, Robert Gates, announced the US was finally getting its act together on cyberwarfare. After a couple of false starts and a good deal of bureaucratic infighting, the Pentagon is setting up a unified US Cyber Command to oversee protection of military networks against cyber threats. It will be called USCybercom and will be led by the director of the National Security Agency, Lt Gen Keith Alexander.

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26 June 2009

Net nasties caught in AUSTRAC web Australian IT

Online dating scams, auction website rip-offs, drug trafficking, tax evasion, illegal immigrants and large-scale identity fraud are among a raft of crimes detected during routine anti-money laundering monitoring over the past year.

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Microsoft Debuts Free Antivirus Software Washington Post

Microsoft on Tuesday released a beta version of its new free anti-virus offering, Microsoft Security Essentials (a.k.a "Morro"). My review, in short: the program is a fast, easy to use and unobtrusive new addition to the stable of free anti-virus options available today.

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GCHQ to get cyber defence squad to protect British computers The Times

The "cyber forensics" squad will monitor, analyse and counter hostile computer-based assaults.

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Al-Qaeda, China and Russia 'pose cyber war threat to Britain', warns Lord West Daily Telegraph (UK)

Al-Qaeda is intent on waging cyber-warfare against Britain and new defences will be built against such attacks from China and Russia, Lord West, the Security Minister, has said.

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U.K. Hires Hackers to Secure Cyberspace Wall Street Journal

Britain is hiring former computer hackers to join a new security unit aimed at protecting cyberspace from foreign spies, thieves and terrorists, the country's terrorism minister said.

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25 June 2009

uk: Plans to crack down on online criminals with 'cybercrime' units The Times

Regional "cybercrime" units are to be set up across the country to try to crack down on sophisticated gangs of online criminals who make billions of pounds every year.

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Microsoft offers free anti-virus BBC News

A trial version of Microsoft's free anti-virus software has been launched in the US, China, Brazil, and Israel.

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24 June 2009

New British cyber chief to protect against computer attacks The Independent

Britain is to appoint its first national cyber security chief to protect the country from terrorist computer hackers and electronic espionage, Gordon Brown will announce tomorrow.

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U.S. Military Command Is Created for Cyber Security. Wall Street Journal

Defense Secretary Robert Gates created a new military command dedicated to cyber security on Tuesday, reflecting the Obama administration's plans to centralize and elevate computer security as a major national-security issue.

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20 June 2009

Editorial: Internet privacy: Where everybody knows your name The Guardian

Nightjack's blog is, as its author put it rather beautifully yesterday, "slowly melting away as it drops off the edge of the Google cache". Nightjack has gone, too, exposed by the Times as Detective Constable Richard Horton from the Lancashire Constabulary, a once-anonymous blogger brought down by his quality writing.

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19 June 2009

White House working on plan to respond to a national cyberattack NextGov

The Obama administration is developing a plan that would establish the responsibilities and roles that governments and businesses would carry out in response to a widespread cyberattack, a strategy that would be similar to how the public and private sectors' collaboration after a natural disaster such as a hurricane, a White House official said on Tuesday.

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Google considers request to boost privacy CNET

More than three dozen security and privacy advocates and researchers are asking Google to offer better data protection for users of Gmail and other Google apps and Google said on Tuesday that it is considering doing that, if it doesn't slow down the apps too much.

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Facebook hit by European privacy blow Financial Times

European privacy regulators could be about to throw a spanner into the works of attempts by social networking sites such as Facebook to find new ways to increase profits as they try to restrict the way internet groups release personal data.

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17 June 2009

Britain's bloggers do not have the right to keep their identities secret, High Court Daily Telegraph (UK)

Internet bloggers do not have the right to keep their identities secret, according to a landmark High Court ruling.

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Britain's plan to monitor emails will not work, says LSE The Guardian

The Home Office's revised proposals to monitor all text messages, email and ­internet use will have poor safeguards, prove very costly and not even work, London School of Economics researchers have found.

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Microsoft sues three for 'massive' click fraud scam Computerworld

Microsoft filed a lawsuit on Monday against three people accusing them of running a "massive" click fraud scheme that involved harnessing hundreds of thousands of computer IP (Internet protocol) addresses to target advertisers promoting auto insurance and the World of Warcraft on-line game.

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With unrest in Iran, cyber-attacks begin Computerworld

An apparently ad-hoc cyber protest against the results of recent Iranian elections has knocked key Web sites offline.

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