Legal & Security

20 February 2009

Clear English Could Be a Big Winner in the Facebook Affair New York Times

Over the last few days, a lot of Facebook users were left wondering whether the company had ambitions to turn their goofy photos into a coffee table book and adapt their wall postings into a Broadway play. ("25 Random Things," starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and a cast of flying sheep?)

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Obama taps cybersecurity expert to assess U.S. defenses USA Today

The White House has engaged a hard-charging consultant for an unprecedented review of U.S. cybersecurity policy to determine whether the government needs to be more pro-active in slowing cybercrime attacks on individuals and businesses.

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Black Hat DC: U.S. Must Consider Impact Of 'Militarization' Of Cyberspace Dark Reading

Homeland security and cybersecurity expert Paul Kurtz calls for public debate on cyberweapons, cyberattack response, and the role of the intelligence community

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Privacy law call in Facebook row BBC News

The row over Facebook's change in its terms of service governing users personal data highlights the need for a privacy law, claims a leading watchdog.

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Aust vulnerable to cyber crime, police say ABC News

Late last year $US9 million was lost in a global ATM heist after a hacker reportedly infiltrated the server at US payment processor RBS WorldPay.

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uk: Surveillance will cost more than £34 billion say Convention on Modern Liberty The Times

The cost of running Britain's state-run databases over the next ten years has soared to £34 billion, according to estimates from a new campaign against what it called the surveillance society.

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Facebook backtracks after online privacy protest The Guardian

Facebook is under unprecedented scrutiny for its policies on retention of personal data after users criticised the site for breaching privacy. After a wave of protests, the world's largest social networking site yesterday announced that it was reversing its recent decision to keep copies of users' messages online, even after they had left the network.

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19 February 2009

US Lawsuit Says Google Was Unfair to Rival Site New York Times

A small Web site operator filed an antitrust suit against Google on Tuesday, accusing it of unfairly manipulating its advertising system to harm a potential competitor.

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18 February 2009

UK regulators demand clearer online privacy policies OUT-LAW News

Two-thirds of people surveyed by the UK privacy watchdog want marketing opt-outs to be clearer, while 62% want a clearer explanation of how personal information will actually be used. The survey found that 71% did not read or understand privacy policies.

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15 February 2009

Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Collaborate to Clean Up Web New York Times

In a rare instance of collaboration among otherwise fierce rivals, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft said Thursday that they would support a new Web standard that will allow millions of Web publishers to remove duplicate pages from their Web sites. As a result of the effort, search engines should be able to find and index more Web pages, making their search results more comprehensive.

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Canadian judge: No warrant needed to see ISP logs ars technica

A Superior Court in Ontario, Canada has ruled that IP addresses are akin to your home address, and therefore people have no expectation of privacy when it comes to their online activities being accessed by law enforcement. This means that, in Canada, police can potentially request information from your ISP about online activities, and can do so without a warrant.

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Italy police warn of Skype threat crime avoid mobile phone intercepts BBC News

Criminals in Italy are increasingly making phone calls over the internet in order to avoid getting caught through mobile phone intercepts, police say.

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14 February 2009

US Agency Skeptical of Internet Privacy Policies New York Times

The Federal Trade Commission had some sharp words for Internet companies Thursday, saying that they are not explaining to their users clearly enough what information they collect about them and how they use it for advertising.

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13 February 2009

Facebook pays $65m to settle rival's claim The Guardian

Facebook paid $65m (£45m) to squash allegations that its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, stole the idea that has grown to become the world's largest social networking site, with more than 150 million users, it has been revealed.

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12 February 2009

Germany's National Defense in Cyberspace Der Spiegel

Germany's military, the Bundeswehr, trains its own hackers -- and it's not the only official effort to defend a nation from denial-of-service attacks. Governments around the world are preparing for the future of war.

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EU's charges against Microsoft over IE 'just silly,' says expert Computerworld

The European Union's pursuit of Microsoft Corp. over new charges that Internet Explorer stifles browser competition is "silly" and "dumb," a noted antitrust expert said today.

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UK government sites hit by hackers The Times

Thousands of government, NHS, school and police websites have been doctored to include links to pornography, viruses and other inappropriate material.

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us: Judge orders Web site to unmask anonymous posters in libel case Computerworld

The First Amendment protects the right to free speech and anonymous free speech. But it doesn't offer the right to libel someone, anonymously or otherwise.

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Identity fraud fraud up, but low-tech methods still prevalent CNET

Identity fraud rose 22 percent in 2008 from the year before, reaching the highest level since 2004, according to a report released on Monday by Javelin Research.

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11 February 2009

Google on trial: Privacy, Italian Style Der Spiegel

Criminal charges against four Google executives over an allegedly offensive video posting raise troubling questions about the liabilities of Web companies.

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Cyber-Scams on the Uptick in Downturn Wall Street Journal

The bear economy is creating a bull market for cyber-crooks.

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10 February 2009

Official: Obama orders review of cyber security The Age

An administration official says that President Barack Obama has ordered a 60-day review of the nation's cybersecurity to examine how federal agencies are using technology to protect U.S. secrets and data.

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eBay stops sale of illegal knives The Independent

The online auction site eBay has admitted it needs to do more to protect its users after allowing the sale of illegal knives. Researchers on the BBC's Watchdog bought five knives, including a stealth knife and a dagger disguised as a pen, on the website. All were illegal to sell or carry in the UK and cost less than £10 each. They were sold by US vendors through eBay's British website.

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08 February 2009

US teen accused of 'Facebook sex assaults' Daily Telegraph (UK)

An 18-year-old US student has been accused of posing as a girl on Facebook, tricking at least 31 male classmates into sending him naked photos of themselves and then blackmailing some for sex acts.

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07 February 2009

Can the all-seeing, all-knowing Google be trusted to rule the world? The Times

It has been a busy week for Google. It started last weekend, when a Google employee typed a single backslash in the wrong place at the wrong time. This act resulted in the Google website marking every page on the internet as potentially harmful. The internet was no longer a safe place. Google, the web's gatekeepers, said so.

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