Legal & Security

07 November 2008

Volume of cyber security threats on the rise, warns Microsoft Silicon Republic

The volume of threats in the online world is increasing and the distribution of these threats continues to evolve, Microsoft has warned in its Security Intelligence Report on the first half of 2008.

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Virtual Worlds Riskier in Financial Crisis Dark Reading

Criminals 'follow the money' to where virtual and real-world economies converge

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06 November 2008

UK government black boxes will 'collect every email' The Independent

Home Office says all data from web could be stored in giant government database

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05 November 2008

Google's browser labelled a 'digital Trojan horse' Sydney Morning Herald

Perhaps the biggest threat to Google's increasing dominance of internet search and advertising is the rising fear, justified or not, that Google's broadening reach is giving it unchecked power.

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Russian scammers cash in on pop-up menace The Age

Cyber criminals are earning up to $US150,000 a week selling fake anti-virus software to naive internet users, confidential documents obtained by a US security researcher reveal.

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Three ways Internet crime has changed Computerworld

Gone are the days when most hackers were looking for fame with a splashy, large-scale attack on a network that made headlines. Today's cybercriminals are quietly taking over vulnerable web sites as part of an elaborate process in the underground economy.

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04 November 2008

us: Partnering for Cyberspace Security Washington Post

In two recent speeches that have attracted little notice, Donald Kerr, principal deputy director of national intelligence, has called for a radical new relationship between government and the private sector to counter what he called the "malicious activity in cyberspace [that] is a growing threat to everyone."

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On Security, Microsoft Reports Progress and Alarm New York Times

Microsoft plans to report on Monday that the security of its Windows operating system has significantly improved, while at the same time the threat of computer viruses, frauds and other online scourges has become much more serious.

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Japan clamps down on suicide sites as number of gassings soar Daily Telegraph

Police in Japan have launched a crackdown on internet suicide sites after the number of people gassing themselves with household chemicals rose almost 30 times in one year.

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Tech industry group battles botnets New York Times

Several ISPs and Internet companies will meet in San Francisco early next year to adopt a common strategy for combating botnets, the remotely controlled networks that are used to carry out distributed denial-of-service attacks and massive spam campaigns.

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They've Got Your Number: Book Review New York Times

Maybe you're the kind of person who doesn't believe that the kind of person you are can be deduced by an algorithm and expressed through shorthand categorizations like "urban youth" or "hearth keeper." Maybe I'd agree with you, and maybe we're right. But the kind of people -- "crack mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers" -- whom Stephen Baker writes about in "The Numerati" clearly see things differently. In fact, they probably regard such skepticism as more fodder for the math-driven identity formulas they've created to satisfy the consumer-product companies and politicians who hire them.

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03 November 2008

Hackonomics: Crime still pays for identity thieves-just a little less than it once did Newsweek

Your personal identity isn't worth quite as much as it used to be -- at least to thieves willing to swipe it.

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02 November 2008

Trojan virus steals banking info BBC

The details of about 500,000 online bank accounts and credit and debit cards have been stolen by a virus described as "one of the most advanced pieces of crimeware ever created".

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01 November 2008

Cyberattacks target UK's national infrastructure ZDNet

Sustained cyber-espionage attacks are being waged on companies that play a key role in the Britain's national infrastructure, a UK cyber-defence chief has warned.

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31 October 2008

Antiviral 'Scareware' Just One More Intruder New York Times

How much money can criminals make scaring naïve computer users? Try $5 million a year.

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Don't Be Dragooned Into the Botnet Army PC World

A favorite multipurpose weapon of online thieves is growing larger and more powerful, according to those who combat the threat.

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Search engine cache does not infringe copyright, rules US court OUT-LAW News

A court has ruled that Yahoo! and Microsoft had an implied licence to copy and display pages from a website because the operator of that site knew how the search engines' opt-out procedures worked but chose to ignore them.

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The cyberstalker's handbook: How stalkers operate, and what you can do to protect yourself TechRadar UK

It's tempting to feel that you're anonymous online, protected from potential cyberstalkers by cryptic user names and website privacy settings. But is that really true? How easy is it for a malicious person to track someone down, based solely on personal information they've made available?

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Economic Crisis May Be Boon For Cybercriminals, Experts Say Dark Reading

One industry sector is actually happy about the current state of the global economy: cybercriminals.

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Cybercrime wave sweeping Britain BBC

Cybercrime in the UK rose by more than 9% in 2007, according to a new report. Online identity firm Garlik's cybercrime report claims that more than 3.5 million online crimes were committed in the UK last year.

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30 October 2008

Linking to defamatory material is not the same as publishing it, says Canadian court OUT-LAW News

The publisher of a link to defamatory material does not have any liability for that defamation, a Canadian court has ruled. Liability could only exist if the link publisher made any statement relating to the defamatory material itself, the court said.

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29 October 2008

Belgian ISP wins reprieve in copyright infringement filtering case OUT-LAW News

A Belgian internet service provider that had been ordered by the courts to filter out copyright-infringing material from its network has won a court reprieve. It will not have to pay the €750,000 in fines that have built up over the past year.

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Twitter for terrorists: U.S. Army report lays out terror scenarios Computerworld

Terrorists could use Twitter to communicate with terrorist cells to plan, coordinate attacks

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Alarm raised on teenage hackers BBC

Increasing numbers of teenagers are starting to dabble in hi-tech crime, say experts.

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28 October 2008

Microsoft Combats Cybercrime in Nigeria PC World

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and Microsoft have partnered to educate the country's youth on cybercrime and to provide opportunities for them to use their computer skills positively.

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