Legal & Security

09 December 2008

Australian PM to beef up cybersecurity ZDNet

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has promised to bolster Australia's cyberdefenses to fend off the threat posed by hackers.

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Brown urged to keep hacker in UK BBC

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been urged to halt the extradition to the US of computer hacker Gary McKinnon.

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08 December 2008

Google aims to set EU data protection agenda EurActiv

As EU privacy regulators maintain their focus on search engines, Internet giant Google pushed for harmonisation of EU and global rules on data protection during the first meeting of a new European Commission expert group designed to review current legislation.

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07 December 2008

Marching off to cyberwar: Estonian and Georgian attacks highlight "cyberwar" difficulties The Economist

The internet: Attacks launched over the internet on Estonia and Georgia highlight the difficulty of defining and dealing with "cyberwar"

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Koobface virus targets Facebook members Daily Telegraph

Computer hackers are targeting the 120 million users of the social networking site Facebook with the 'Koobface' virus, which takes control of a PC's internet searches and can steal sensitive personal information.

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Thieves Winning Online War, Maybe in Your PC New York Times

Internet security is broken, and nobody seems to know quite how to fix it. Despite the efforts of the computer security industry and a half-decade struggle by Microsoft to protect its Windows operating system, malicious software is spreading faster than ever. The so-called malware surreptitiously takes over a PC and then uses that computer to spread more malware to other machines exponentially. Computer scientists and security researchers acknowledge they cannot get ahead of the onslaught.

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Microsoft tackles auction pirates BBC

Microsoft has launched 63 separate lawsuits against people peddling counterfeit software on auction sites.

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05 December 2008

Lori Drew Case Hinges on Dangerous Technicality PC World

Lori Drew was convicted of actions basically unrelated to what most people think she did, but even those convictions may not be what is best for you and me, or for the Internet.

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us: Our view on cyberbullying: MySpace case bends the law-Missouri mom deserves reproach, but prosecution raises concerns USA Today

When a Los Angeles jury convicted a Missouri woman last week in the online bullying of a 13-year-old girl who then took her own life, it felt like justice.

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5 Must-Do Cyber Security Steps for Obama Network World

As President-Elect Barack Obama looks for ways to deal with a shattered economy and an ongoing war on terrorism, security experts are urging him to pay attention to something that has a big impact on both: The nation's growing -- and fragile -- cyber infrastructure.

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04 December 2008

Apple pushes anti-virus for Macs BBC

Apple has urged Mac owners to use anti-virus software. In a note posted on its support site in late November, Apple said it wanted to "encourage" people to use anti-virus to stay safe online.

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03 December 2008

us: EFF to court: Don't shield telecoms from illegal-spying suits CNET

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group for Internet users, is expected to argue in court on Tuesday that it's unconstitutional to prevent Americans from suing the telecom companies that allegedly helped the federal government unlawfully spy on them.

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EU to search out cyber criminals BBC

Remote searches of suspect computers will form part of an EU plan to tackle hi-tech crime.

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30 November 2008

UK Coroner warns of dangers of internet drugs after policewoman overdoses Daily Telegraph

A coroner has warned of the danger of buying medicine over the internet after a policewoman with Multiple Sclerosis died of an accidental overdose of drugs she purchased from a website.

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us: Mom: Verdict shows cyberbullies will be punished Washington Post

The mother of a girl who committed suicide at age 13 after being subjected to an Internet hoax says a woman's conviction in the case shows that people who bully others online will face consequences.

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Fight against cyber crime: cyber patrols and Internet investigation teams to reinforce the EU strategy Europa

The Council of ministers of the European Union adopted today the Council's strategy to reinforce the fight against cyber crime. The strategy proposes a series of operational measures, such as cyber patrols, joint investigation teams and remote searches to become part of the fight against cybercrime in the next five years. The strategy also introduces concrete steps for closer cooperation and information exchange between law enforcement authorities and the private sector.

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29 November 2008

Searching the Web for Flu Outbreaks: Editorial New York Times

Two recent studies have shown the promise of using data from search engines to provide early warning of influenza outbreaks -- and the pitfalls and limitations, as well. Privacy considerations aside, it is a technology that will need refinement if it is to be used by public health officials for early warning duties.

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Cyber-attack on US Defense Department computers raises concerns Los Angeles Times

The 'malware' strike, thought to be from inside Russia, hit combat zone computers and the U.S. Central Command overseeing Iraq and Afghanistan. The attack underscores concerns about computer warfare.

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Cyberbully verdict poses question of online identity New York Times

Is lying about one's identity on the Internet now a crime? The verdict on Wednesday in the MySpace cyberbullying case raised a variety of questions about the terms that users agree to when they log on to Web sites.

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Ashdown: Internet is a 'lawless space' ZDNet

Lord Paddy Ashdown has said that terrorism is being facilitated by a lack of oversight of the internet.

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28 November 2008

Is a picture really worth £1,000? Getty bullies churches over image use The Guardian

The perennial tale about church fundraising is that it's to rebuild the steeple. But one church in Lichfield, Staffordshire, faced a different fundraising problem: to pay a £6,000 bill demanded for photographs used on its website. The case came to the attention of Gavin Drake, the communications director for the diocese's 600 churches. In creating the church's website, a volunteer had included a couple of images sourced from Getty, a large picture agency, without paying for them. A couple of months later, Getty sent the church a demand for £6,000.

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American Mother Convicted in MySpace Bullying Case Washington Post

A Missouri woman who posed as a 16-year-old boy on MySpace, wooed and rejected a troubled teenage girl who later committed suicide was found guilty Wednesday of three misdemeanor charges, but no felonies, by a federal jury.

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27 November 2008

Australian police hire private spies to snoop online The Age

The internet communications and websites of anti-war campaigners, environmentalists, animal rights activists and other protest groups are being secretly monitored by state and federal agencies.

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26 November 2008

Symantec takes cybercrime snapshot with new report Network World

The criminal market online for buying and selling stolen credit cards, pirated software and information about financial accounts is thriving, according to a report published Monday by Symantec.

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25 November 2008

Online fraudsters 'steal £3.3bn' BBC

Hi-tech thieves who specialise in card fraud have a credit line in excess of $5bn (£3.35bn), research suggests.

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