Legal & Security

13 July 2009

Jail for cyber criminals: NSW govt Australian IT

Cybercriminals who use Facebook to get personal information about their potential victims will face up to five years in jail.

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Rosetta Stone Sues Google Over Trademarks in Searches Washington Post

Rosetta Stone, the Arlington language-learning software firm, said yesterday it has filed a lawsuit against Google for trademark infringement, alleging the Internet search giant allowed other companies to use Rosetta Stone's trademark brand for online advertisements without permission.

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The Paradox of Privacy New York Times

Maintaining privacy is on many people's minds these days, but sometimes that's the last thing they do.

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12 July 2009

Experts work to untangle US, Korea cyber attack San Francisco Chronicle

U.S. authorities trying to unravel the widespread cyber attacks against government Web sites in the United States and South Korea this week are facing a lengthy, complex investigation that may never identify a culprit, at least not one they would be willing to reveal.

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11 July 2009

Tim Berners-Lee calls for limits on web snooping BBC News

Governments and companies should limit the snooping they do on web users, said Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the world wide web, who said that growing oversight of browsing could have a pernicious effect.

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09 July 2009

Cyberattacks Hit U.S. and South Korean Web Sites New York Times

A wave of cyberattacks aimed at 27 American and South Korean government agencies and commercial Web sites temporarily jammed more than a third of them over the past five days, and several sites remained stalled or extremely slow on Wednesday.

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North Korea 'launches massive cyber attack on Seoul' The Times

North Korea is suspected of launching a cyber attack that paralysed the websites of South Korean and United States government agencies, banks and businesses, the first such large-scale attack attempted by the isolated communist state.

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Cyber-criminals preparing to target London 2012 The Guardian

International criminal networks are preparing to target the London 2012 Olympics, a senior Scotland Yard officer warned today.

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08 July 2009

For Symantec and McAfee, 'Arms Race' for Security New York Times

The two leading makers of computer security software, Symantec and McAfee, are like preachers who conduct dueling tent revivals.

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07 July 2009

BT drops Phorm targeted ad service after customers cry foul over privacy The Guardian

BT has quietly ditched a controversial system that tracks the internet habits of its customers, developed by the technology firm Phorm, which has been attacked as online snooping by privacy campaigners. BT was a key player in the development of Phorm's Webwise system, which uses information about which sites an internet user visits to target them with relevant advertising on subsequent pages.

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05 July 2009

Troubles Plague U.S. Cyberspy Defense Wall Street Journal

The flagship system designed to protect the U.S. government's computer networks from cyberspies is being stymied by technical limitations and privacy concerns, according to current and former national-security officials.

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03 July 2009

Cybersecurity Plan to Involve NSA, Telecoms Washington Post

The Obama administration will proceed with a Bush-era plan to use National Security Agency assistance in screening government computer traffic on private-sector networks, with AT&T as the likely test site, according to three current and former government officials.

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U.S. Couple Gets Prison Time for Internet Obscenity PC World

Husband and wife owners of a California company that distributed pornographic materials over the Internet have been each sentenced to one year and one day in prison, the U.S. Department of Justice announced.

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Facebook simplifies privacy settings, calls them too complex Computerworld

Facebook will simplify the way in which it offers privacy options to its users, as it gets ready to give its members for the first time the option to make the content they post on their profiles available to anyone on the Internet.

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02 July 2009

ANALYSIS - Cybercrime spreads on Facebook Reuters

Cybercrime is rapidly spreading on Facebook as fraudsters prey on users who think the world's top social networking site is a safe haven on the Internet.

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CDT: New US privacy law getting closer Computerworld

Comprehensive legislation to protect consumers' privacy is closer to becoming a reality in the U.S. Congress than it's been in several years, officials with the Center for Democracy and Technology said Tuesday.

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Online Auction Fraud: Don't Let it Happen to You FBI

One in four complaints in 2008 to the Internet Crime Complaint Center involved online auction fraud. Computers, sports memorabilia, rare coins, designer fashions, and even cars.

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28 June 2009

US Network Shutdown Bill Faces Changes, Aide Says PC World

A bill in the U.S. Senate that would allow President Barack Obama to shut down parts of the Internet during a cybersecurity crisis will likely be rewritten and needs input from private businesses, said a congressional staff member associated with the legislation.

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EU privacy regulators eye online social networks EurActiv

Tagging photos on social networking websites may soon become an ordeal for aficionados of Facebook, MySpace and the like, as EU privacy regulators recommended imposing strict rules on users uploading pictures of other individuals on their personal pages.

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Facebook hires lobbyists to push privacy agenda The Guardian

Facebook is hiring lobbyists to push its agenda on internet privacy and data sharing in Brussels and Washington, as the social networking site attempts to increase its influence with authorities around the world.

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The war of the cyberworlds is coming, and we'd better be ready The Observer

Last Wednesday, the American secretary of defence, Robert Gates, announced the US was finally getting its act together on cyberwarfare. After a couple of false starts and a good deal of bureaucratic infighting, the Pentagon is setting up a unified US Cyber Command to oversee protection of military networks against cyber threats. It will be called USCybercom and will be led by the director of the National Security Agency, Lt Gen Keith Alexander.

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26 June 2009

Net nasties caught in AUSTRAC web Australian IT

Online dating scams, auction website rip-offs, drug trafficking, tax evasion, illegal immigrants and large-scale identity fraud are among a raft of crimes detected during routine anti-money laundering monitoring over the past year.

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Microsoft Debuts Free Antivirus Software Washington Post

Microsoft on Tuesday released a beta version of its new free anti-virus offering, Microsoft Security Essentials (a.k.a "Morro"). My review, in short: the program is a fast, easy to use and unobtrusive new addition to the stable of free anti-virus options available today.

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GCHQ to get cyber defence squad to protect British computers The Times

The "cyber forensics" squad will monitor, analyse and counter hostile computer-based assaults.

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Al-Qaeda, China and Russia 'pose cyber war threat to Britain', warns Lord West Daily Telegraph (UK)

Al-Qaeda is intent on waging cyber-warfare against Britain and new defences will be built against such attacks from China and Russia, Lord West, the Security Minister, has said.

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