Legal & Security

09 April 2009

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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08 April 2009

Australian government moves on e-security as spy concerns increase Australian IT

E-security will be brought under the federal Government's umbrella as it seeks to boost protection against a surge in "foreign" spying on private and public networks.

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07 April 2009

Cyberwarfare: A Chinese ghost in the machine? Identifying the perpetrator of cyber-attacks can be impossible The Economist

Cyberspace is ideal for spies. Digitally disguised and undeterred by borders or passports, they can pick locks anywhere in the world, pilfer secrets without trace and even leave toxic traps for the unwary.

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White House to oversee coordination of cybersecurity efforts NextGov

Two officials in the Obama administration confirmed on Friday that the White House would oversee the coordination of securing networks governmentwide, identifying more than 250 requirements in an on-going 60-day review of federal cybersecurity initiatives.

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05 April 2009

Google's Plan for Out-of-Print Books Is Challenged New York Times

The dusty stacks of the nation's great university and research libraries are full of orphans -- books that the author and publisher have essentially abandoned. They are out of print, and while they remain under copyright, the rights holders are unknown or cannot be found.

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FBI: Internet Fraud Rates Rose 33% Washington Post

Internet fraud complaints to the FBI by consumers increased more than 33 percent in 2008 over the previous year, according to figures released this week.

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04 April 2009

Conficker.c controls 4% of all infected PCs, IBM says Computerworld

As many as one out of every 25 Internet addresses that transmits potentially dangerous data over the Internet is infected with the Conficker.c worm, IBM Corp.'s security arm said today.

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David vs Goliath: CSIRO takes on big business over wi-fi patent ABC News

The CSIRO's legal win against Hewlett Packard over the use of its patented wireless technology could mean big bucks for the Australian science agency, says a patent attorney.

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iiNet tests legality of Conroy slur Australian IT

Perth-headquartered ISP iiNet said it has sought legal advice on Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy's public commentary on its legal defence in a high-profile copyright case before the NSW Federal Court.

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Dotcom companies consider boycott of Phorm's online advertising The Guardian

Digital technology company Phorm is facing a major setback, with several of the world's largest dotcom companies considering boycotting its controversial online advertising technology.

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Coy British village tells Google Street View 'spy' to beat a retreat The Guardian

Any villains inspired to check Google Street View to see whether a personal visit to the Buckinghamshire village of Broughton might be profitable, have been confounded. The residents formed a human hoarding to block the camera's view of their streets, then forced its vehicle into ignominious retreat.

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Facebook discipline may be illegal in Australia: legal expert Sydney Morning Herald

Firms who discipline or sack staff for comments made on Facebook and Twitter could be acting illegally, says a veteran lawyer.

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03 April 2009

US Senate Legislation Would Federalise Cybersecurity Washington Post

Key lawmakers are pushing to dramatically escalate U.S. defenses against cyberattacks, crafting proposals that would empower the government to set and enforce security standards for private industry for the first time.

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The end of privacy? The Guardian

Forget Street View, there is a far more subtle - and pervasive - invasion of your private life being carried out - this time through your mobile phone

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02 April 2009

Experts See Early Activity From Conficker Worm New York Times

Members of an informal global alliance of computer security specialists who have been trying to eradicate a malicious software program known as Conficker said Tuesday that they were seeing early attempts by the program to communicate with a control server. The researchers said they were uncertain if it had been successful.

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EU presses for web users' privacy BBC News

The European Union has told internet companies to make better efforts to protect information they are given by consumers, or face tougher regulation.

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Study: Enforcement spurs rise in Web sex arrests Washington Post

More people have been arrested in recent years for sexually soliciting youths online, but the sharp increase comes from better enforcement, and the Internet remains a relatively safe social environment, researchers said in a new study.

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01 April 2009

Conficker virus could be deadly threat - or April Fool's joke The Guardian

It could be the biggest April Fool's joke ever played on the internet, or it could be one of the worst days ever for computers connected to the network. Security experts can't work out whether the Conficker virus - which has infected more than 10m Windows PCs worldwide - will wreak havoc on Wednesday , or just let the day pass quietly.

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FBI Finds Internet-Based Crime Jumps 33% in 2008 Wall Street Journal

Reports of Internet-based crime jumped 33% in 2008, according to a group that monitors Web-based fraud

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EU threatens action over web privacy Reuters

Some Internet companies are abusing consumers' personal data and this cannot be allowed to continue, a top European Union official will warn the industry on Tuesday.

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EU pledges to protect cyber infrastructure vnunet

The European Commission (EC) has unveiled a new strategy to prepare the region to act in case of major disruptions or attacks against critical information infrastructure, reports vnunet.

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DHS Releases Conficker/Downadup Computer Worm Detection Tool Department of Homeland Security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today the release of a DHS-developed detection tool that can be used by the federal government, commercial vendors, state and local governments, and critical infrastructure owners and operators to scan their networks for the Conficker/Downadup computer worm.

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China denies spying allegations BBC News

China has denied involvement in the electronic spy network which researchers say infiltrated computers in government offices around the world.

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30 March 2009

Vast Chinese Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries New York Times

A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama, Canadian researchers have concluded.

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