Legal & Security

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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24 November 2008

UK 'Big Brother' database plan shelved The Independent

The timetable for setting up a giant "Big Brother" database is slipping after the scheme was dropped from next month's Queen's Speech. The Independent has highlighted growing fury over government moves to collate details of every telephone call, email and internet visit.

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Cyberspace gumshoes are afoot in China Los Angeles Times

The private eyes in China's most famous detective agency rarely sleep, are relentless in pursuing their prey and can put Interpol and Homeland Security to shame. Oh, and they work for free.

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23 November 2008

China 'using cyberwarfare to challenge US power' Daily Telegraph

China is using cyberwarfare to challenge American power and distorting economic policy to exert political influence over other countries, according to a hostile congressional report.

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22 November 2008

US law firm argues that links to its website abuse its trade marks OUT-LAW News

One of the world's biggest law firms is suing a small Chicago-based website for naming the firm and linking to two of its associates' biographies. A judge rejected an attempt to have the case thrown out last week.

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China winning cyber war, Congress warned The Guardian

China is aggressively developing its power to wage cyber warfare and is now in a position to delay or disrupt the deployment of America's military forces around the world, potentially giving it the upper hand in any conflict, a panel of the US Congress has warned.

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Cyberscams Befriend Social Networks BusinessWeek

Remember the associate of that deposed dictator who needed your help transferring a few million dollars from a Swiss bank account? Well, he's back. And he -- or one of his ilk -- may show up soon posing as your "friend" on Facebook.

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Phishing, email money laundering scams on the rise CNET

As the economy worsens and more people get laid off, online fraud and financial scams are rising, security experts say.

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21 November 2008

Arguments in Case Involving Net and Suicide: MySpace Suicide Case New York Times

Federal prosecutors in court on Wednesday depicted a woman accused of creating a phony account on MySpace to taunt a 13-year-old girl as cravenly preying on the "vulnerable" and "boy crazy" teenager, who had a history of depression and suicidal thoughts.

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New York Police Fight With U.S. On Surveillance New York Times

An effort by the New York Police Department to get broader latitude to eavesdrop on terrorism suspects has run into sharp resistance from the Justice Department in a bitter struggle that has left the police commissioner and the attorney general accusing each other of putting the public at risk.

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Cybercrime as destructive as credit crisis: experts Reuters

Cybercrime is likely to wreak as much havoc as the credit crisis in the coming years if international regulation is not improved, some of the world's top crime experts said on Wednesday.

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Broadband Explosion in China And India To Fuel Bots, Spam Dark Reading

Botnet operators have begun to quietly expand their recruiting efforts to China and India, as broadband adoption begins to take off in these countries.

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Obama administration to inherit tough cybersecurity challenges Computerworld

As President Bush prepares to leave office, the task of upgrading the security of federal information systems to deal with new cyberthreats continues to be very much a work in progress.

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19 November 2008

Cyber defense, not cyberattacks, top priority NextGov

The United States remains the country most vulnerable to a cyberattack and should concentrate more on defending its computer networks, not on launching offensive cyberattacks, said one of the nation's top cybersecurity officials.

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UK identities sold for £80 online BBC

Internet fraudsters sell complete financial identities for just £80, according to an online safety group.

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Black Monday fear for malware spike Sydney Morning Herald

Security researchers have deemed November 24 "black Monday" following predictions it will herald this year's peak in the spread of information-stealing malware.

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18 November 2008

us: A New Voice in Online Privacy - Group Wants Tighter Rules for Collecting, Using Consumer Data Washington Post

A group of privacy scholars, lawyers and corporate officials are launching an advocacy group today designed to help shape standards around how companies collect, store and use consumer data for business and advertising.

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