Legal & Security

18 April 2009

Control of Cybersecurity Becomes Divisive Issue New York Times

The National Security Agency has been campaigning to lead the government's rapidly growing cybersecurity programs, raising privacy and civil liberties concerns among some officials who fear that the move could give the spy agency too much control over government computer networks.

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Role of Bush NSA Plan Under Review Washington Post

The Bush administration planned last year to direct the National Security Agency, which specializes in spying electronically on foreign adversaries, to take the techniques it has employed to defend military computer networks and use them to protect U.S. government civilian networks, according to current and former officials.

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16 April 2009

CDT: Privacy, transparency needed in US cybersecurity policy PC World

[IDG] U.S. President Barack Obama's administration and Congress will have to address major civil liberties and transparency concerns as they create new policies to tackle ongoing cybersecurity vulnerabilties in the government and private industry, a digital rights group said.

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Cybercrime: GhostNets in the machine The Guardian

Cybercrime is big business - and perhaps nowhere more so than in China, with many attacks motivated by nationalism. Meet the people on the frontline

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Internet privacy: Britain in the dock The Independent

Britain's failure to protect its citizens from secret surveillance on the internet is to be investigated by the European Commission.

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Amazon blocks Phorm adverts scan BBC News

Amazon has said it will not allow online advertising system Phorm to scan its web pages to produce targeted ads.

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Symantec Internet Security Threat Report Finds Malicious Activity Continues to Grow at a Record Pace Symantec

[news release] Symantec Corp. today (April 14) announced that malicious code activity continued to grow at a record pace throughout 2008, primarily targeting confidential information of computer users. According to the company's Internet Security Threat Report Volume XIV, Symantec created more than 1.6 million new malicious code signatures in 2008. This equates to more than 60 percent of the total malicious code signatures ever created by Symantec -- a response to the rapidly increasing volume and proliferation of new malicious code threats. These signatures helped Symantec block an average of more than 245 million attempted malicious code attacks across the globe each month during 2008.

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Businesses warn of rising risk of counterfeiting on internet The Independent

Popular brands have called for stricter policing of the internet, as they fear fraud will soar during the first "digital recession".

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EC starts legal action in Britain over Phorm BBC News

The European Commission has started legal action against Britain over the online advertising technology Phorm.

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15 April 2009

Phishing Attacks Surge Amid Recession BusinessWeek

The latest evidence that economic woe is leaving more Americans vulnerable to Internet fraud came from an Apr. 14 report from Gartner. More than 5 million U.S. consumers lost money to phishing attacks in the 12 months ending in September 2008, a 39.8% increase from a year earlier, according to the new Gartner study. "Phishers are preying on the bad economy," says Avivah Litan, a security analyst at Gartner.

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How secure is the U.S. communications network? CNET

A simple snip of a few fiber-optic communications cables left thousands of people in Silicon Valley and throughout parts of the San Francisco Bay Area without phone, Internet, or wireless service for more than 12 hours on Thursday.

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Google Disables Uploads, Comments on YouTube Korea PC World

Google has disabled user uploads and comments on the Korean version of its YouTube video portal in reaction to a new law that requires the real name of a contributor be listed along each contribution they make.

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Ponzi schemes spread on YouTube Los Angeles Times

Here come the mini-Madoffs. The Better Business Bureau warned today about a proliferation of what appear to be Ponzi schemes on YouTube.

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14 April 2009

Russian President warns of foreign threat to 'Net security Network World

Foreign investors in Internet companies pose a potential threat to national security, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned members of the United Russia political party at a meeting on Wednesday.

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Australian Family Court includes Skype access in decisions The Australian

The Family Court is allowing mothers to leave the country with their children, provided they agree to sign up for the internet-based video telephone service Skype.

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12 April 2009

Conficker, the Internet's No. 1 threat, gets an update Computerworld

Security researchers say a worm that has infected millions of computers worldwide has been reprogrammed to strengthen its defenses while also trying to attack more machines.

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Google Street View does not breach UK privacy laws The Observer

Street View, the controversial service from Google that broadcasts 360-degree views of homes and roads in many of Britain's cities via the internet, is not a threat to personal privacy, the information commissioner has ruled.

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11 April 2009

'Ghostnet' and the New World of Espionage Der Spiegel

The German government is constantly the target of hackers seeking to insert spy programs into its computer systems. The attacks, often originating in China, are becoming more and more sophisticated.

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China denies cyberattacks on U.S. power grid Computerworld

China denied involvement in malware attacks designed to shut down the U.S. electrical grid in a time of war, China said Thursday.

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Researchers say Conficker is all about the money CNET

The Conficker worm that has infected millions of Windows-based computers will likely be used to send spam and steal data much like one of the nastiest botnets on the Internet does, researchers said on Thursday after finding links between the two worms.

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Paul McCartney website hacked by cybercriminals Daily Telegraph (UK)

The official website of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney was infected with the LuckySploit tool kit, say security experts.

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Extremist Web Sites Are Using U.S. Hosts Washington Post

On March 25, a Taliban Web site claiming to be the voice of the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" boasted of a deadly new attack on coalition forces in that country. Four soldiers were killed in an ambush, the site claimed, and the "mujahideen took the weapons and ammunition as booty."

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09 April 2009

Pentagon Bill To Fix Cyber Attacks: $100M CBS News

The Pentagon spent more than US$100 million in the last six months responding to and repairing damage from cyber attacks and other computer network problems, military leaders said Tuesday.

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US takes steps to create infrastructure against cyber attacks The Guardian

The US Congress is taking up legislation to dramatically bolster the government's response to the growing threat of international computer espionage and cyber terrorism, a move that would give the president broad authority to sever from the internet private computer networks at risk of attack.

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Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies Wall Street Journal

Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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