Legal & Security

19 March 2009

U.N. advises governments how to stop Internet drug peddling Reuters

The U.N. narcotics watchdog on Tuesday issued guidelines on how to crack down on Internet drug peddling at the request of governments struggling to contain growing abuse of prescription drugs.

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18 March 2009

Pentagon Official Warns of Risk of Cyber Attacks Washington Post

The head of the Pentagon's Strategic Command warned Congress today that the United States is vulnerable to cyberattacks "across the spectrum" and that more needs to be done to defend against the potential of online strikes, which could "potentially threaten not only our military networks, but also our critical national networks."

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Facebook Users Get Privacy Controls Computerworld

How much Facebook privacy do you want? Facebook is giving its users greater control over just how private they want their profile, updates, photos and videos to be.

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Experts blast BBC over botnet stunt vnunet

Security firms around the world are criticizing the BBC for its conduct in a recent episode of the computer programme Click.

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Privacy Group Asks F.T.C. to Investigate Google New York Times

The Electronic Privacy Information Center formally asked the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday to investigate the privacy and security safeguards of Gmail, Google Docs and other so-called cloud computing services offered by Google to consumers.

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Google/Louis Vuitton legal battle resumes The Guardian

Lawyers for Google are to appear in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in a row over its use of trademarks.

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17 March 2009

Google lawyers seek to halt Italy trial The Times

Lawyers for Google are expected to challenge Italy's right to try Google executives at a hearing on Tuesday, in a trial seen as a test case over attempts to "police" web content.

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Canadian privacy rights buried in the fine print by Michael Geist Toronto Star

Scott McNealy, the former CEO of Sun Microsystems Inc., has achieved considerable notoriety for having warned Internet users 10 years ago that "you have no privacy, get over it." Recent headlines suggest Ontario courts have adopted those sentiments, as two recent decisions involving the disclosure of subscriber information by Internet service providers confirmed that revealing personal information to law enforcement without a warrant is permitted under Canadian privacy law.

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16 March 2009

Many Americans See Privacy on Web as Big Issue, Survey Says New York Times

As arguments swirl over online privacy, a new survey indicates the issue is a dominant concern for Americans.

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NZ court papers can be served via Facebook, judge rules New Zealand Herald

A High Court judge today approved the serving of court papers via Facebook, the popular social network website, in what is thought to be a New Zealand first.

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15 March 2009

Latest Conficker worm gets nastier CNET

The authors of the latest variant of the Conficker worm are upping the ante against security vendors who are working to stop the spread and threat of the persistent program.

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Political Cyberattacks to Militarise the Web PC World

Governments looking to silence critics and stymie opposition have added DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks to their censoring methods, according to a security expert speaking at the Source Boston Security Showcase.

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World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee fell victim to online fraud Sunday Telegraph (UK)

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the worldwide web, has revealed how he fell victim to online fraudsters while trying to buy a gift over the internet.

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14 March 2009

U.S. privacy bill on Internet companies coming Reuters

A top U.S. lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday said he is working to develop a bill to impose mandatory guidelines on Internet companies to protect user privacy, because the current voluntary approach is falling short.

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NSW not alone in police hacking laws ZDNet

Proposed state legislation that would allow NSW Police to quietly hack into suspects' computers remotely reflected similar moves in other jurisdictions, a notable Australian cybercrime analyst said today.

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13 March 2009

A Guide to Google's New Privacy Controls New York Times

Google has moved forward the debate about privacy and Internet advertising, in its typical way, with deceptively simple engineering and a willingness to impose its way on others.

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12 March 2009

uk: Online sales of legal alternatives to class A drugs raise safety fears The Guardian

Legal alternatives to cocaine, ecstasy and amphetamines that are sold online are the latest in a new wave of stimulants that could change the way drugs are bought and sold. The drugs are available to anyone with an email address and a PayPal account.

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Beckstrom's resignation lifts lid on opposition to NSA's cybersecurity role Computerworld

Last Friday's disclosure that Rod Beckstrom is resigning from his position as one of the federal government's top cybersecurity executives has exposed widespread -- though not universal -- opposition to the National Security Agency's expanding role in domestic cybersecurity issues.

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Report slams "crude" effort to fight Web militants Reuters

Western governments have overstated the role the Internet plays in the recruitment of militants, and measures to block extremist material are "crude, expensive and counterproductive," a report said on Tuesday.

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Countries Move Forward on Cybercrime Treaty PC World

[IDG] Countries are ratifying the only global cybercrime treaty slower than expected, but many are closer to implementing it, a senior Council of Europe official said Wednesday.

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Web inventor, Berners-Lee, warns against third-party internet snooping The Guardian

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the world wide web, today warned MPs and peers that they should not allow third parties, including commercial companies, to snoop on people's internet browsing.

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US Government Needs To Get Its Cybersecurity In Gear, Experts Tell Congress Dark Reading

Some of the nation's top cybersecurity experts today told a congressional subcommittee that the United States isn't ready for a major online attack, and called on the White House and the rest of the federal government to get their acts together.

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Privacy groups rip Google's targeted advertising plan Computerworld

[IDG] Two online privacy groups slammed Google for launching a behavioral advertising program, with one advocate calling Google's plan a privacy "disaster."

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Sketching Obama's Cyberplans Forbes

President Obama may be focused on implementing the massive $787 billion stimulus plan he signed earlier this week. But when the dust settles, he'll have to address another $30 billion program that he inherited from the Bush administration: The so-called Comprehensive National Cyber Initiative (CNCI), an ambitious and expensive project designed to plug the holes that have led to uncountable breaches on government networks in recent years.

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10 March 2009

Symantec Warns of Worm's Return Network World

A third version of Downadup has been identified by Symantec, which says the new variant gives infected machines more powerful instructions to disable antivirus software and analysis tools, among other actions.

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