Legal & Security

19 October 2008

Telecom Spying Amnesty Unconstitutional, Electronic Frontiers Foundation Tells Court Wired

The government's attempt to give retroactive immunity to the companies that helped the Bush administration's warrantless spying program violates the Constitution by ripping from the courts the power to hear citizens' grievances against the government, a rights group told a federal court Thursday.

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Al-Qaeda Web Forums Abruptly Taken Offline Washington Post

Four of the five main online forums that al-Qaeda's media wing uses to distribute statements by Osama bin Laden and other extremists have been disabled since mid-September, monitors of the Web sites say.

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18 October 2008

Cybersecurity: Users, Other Groups Must Work Together PC World

Individual Internet users, businesses, the government and tech vendors all need to focus more on cybersecurity and be aware of the dangers, a group of cybersecurity experts said Thursday.

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Link between child porn and Muslim terrorists discovered in police raids The Times

A link between terrorism plots and hardcore child pornography is becoming clear after a string of police raids in Britain and across the Continent, an investigation by The Times has discovered. Images of child abuse have been found during Scotland Yard antiterrorism swoops and in big inquiries in Italy and Spain.

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Dangerous and depraved: paedophiles unite with terrorists online The Times

For some, the internet is merely a hiding place -- a web of secret corridors where all manner of shameful deeds unfold. But the police never expected that it might become a strategic platform where two groups of society's outcasts, terrorists and child sex abusers, could meet to exchange operational secrets.

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FBI says Dark Market sting netted 56 arrests Network World

A two-year undercover FBI sting operation targeting online fraudsters has netted 56 arrests and prevented millions of dollars in economic losses, the FBI said Thursday.

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17 October 2008

Internet phone calls are crippling fight against terrorism The Times

The huge growth in internet telephone traffic is jeopardising the capability of police to investigate almost every type of crime, senior sources have told The Times.

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New powers for UK state snoopers on the net The Guardian

The British government is drawing up plans to give sweeping new powers to the security and intelligence agencies, and other public bodies, allowing them to access personal data using a wide range of internet sites, including social and gaming networks, Jacqui Smith, the home secretary, signalled yesterday.

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uk: Big Brother database: the revolt grows The Independent

Jacqui Smith faces a parliamentary backlash over "Orwellian" plans to intercept details of email, internet, telephone and other data records of every person in Britain. Labour MPs joined opposition parties in expressing doubts about plans announced by the Home Secretary which could lead to a vast database of information about Britons' calls and internet habits.

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FBI: Several nations eye U.S. cybertargets Computerworld

About two-dozen nations have developed cyberattack capabilities and have their eyes on targets inside U.S. businesses and government agencies, the top cybercrime law enforcement official in the U.S. said today.

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Cyber security threats grow in sophistication, subtlety and power Network World

The annual report from Georgia Tech Information Security Center identifies five evolving cyber security threats, and the news is not good.

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16 October 2008

Hackers could target mobile phones, security experts warn Daily Telegraph

Internet hackers are moving their attention to mobile phones and could harness thousands of devices to dial up premium rate numbers, security researchers have warned.

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UK security services want personal data from sites like Facebook The Guardian

The British government is drawing up plans to give the police and security and intelligence agencies new powers to access personal data held by internet services, including social network sites such as Facebook and Bebo and gaming networks.

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Storm over UK's Big Brother database The Independent

Early plans to create a giant "Big Brother" database holding information about every phone call, email and internet visit made in the UK were last night condemned by the Government's own terrorism watchdog.

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15 October 2008

Storm Botnet May Finally Be Over Dark Reading

The infamous botnet has been inactive for nearly a month, which researchers say may signal the demise of Storm as we know it - as well as that of the super-sized botnet

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German court: Google Image thumbnails infringe on copyright ars technica

As much as people complain about the challenges of balancing copyrights and fair use in the US, overseas courts have been happy to provide examples that remind us that some aspects of US copyright law are actually fairly liberal. The latest such reminder comes courtesy of a case in Germany that revisits an issue that appears settled in the US: the right of image search services to create thumbnails from copyrighted works to display with the search results. The German courts have now determined that this is not OK in Germany, where Google has just lost two copyright suits over image thumbnails.

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14 October 2008

Exclusive: Inside Account of U.S. Eavesdropping on Americans ABC News

Despite pledges by President George W. Bush and American intelligence officials to the contrary, hundreds of US citizens overseas have been eavesdropped on as they called friends and family back home, according to two former military intercept operators who worked at the giant National Security Agency (NSA) center in Fort Gordon, Georgia.

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11 October 2008

Cyberscams exploit consumers' financial unease USA Today

The rippling financial crisis has sent consumers scurrying to the Internet for answers and advice. Online fraudsters are right behind, devising ways to steal personal information.

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US Air Force to place cyber operations under Space Command NextGov

The Air Force says it will back off its ambitious plan to set up a separate command for cyber space and has opted to place those operations within an existing organization.

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10 October 2008

US Air Force pursues Cyber Command again NextGov

Top Air Force leadership has decided to pursue forming Cyber Command to defend Defense Department networks and to launch cyberattacks against foes after putting the project on hold in August.

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Cybercrime: An online game of cat and mouse Sydney Morning Herald

Fraudsters require anonymity to stay out of jail, but in the cat-and-mouse world of financial security the good guys often live in the shadows too.

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Hacker's list of online accounts spooks users Sydney Morning Herald

When Australian web users learned from the Herald that details of their online accounts had been posted on a hacker's website for all to see, they were suspicious, then alarmed, then furious at the hacker who compromised their identities.

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Inside the hackers' den Sydney Morning Herald

Hunched over a computer terminal in his pyjamas, "Frank" makes more money than a small-time drug dealer without ever having to worry about being caught or even leaving the house.

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IBM, Secret Service, others study identity/cybercrime issues Computerworld

Center for Applied Identity Management Research organization teams experts in criminal justice, financial crime, biometrics, cybercrime and cyberdefense, data protection, homeland security and national defense.

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Security matters: Cybercrime will need company co-operation Financial Times

March was a worrying month for Dan Kaminsky. The security researcher suddenly realised the internet was inherently broken. It wasn't just slightly wonky, or coming loose at the hinges. The underlying design was kaput and if he didn't get it fixed quickly and quietly, no one would be able to rely on it any more.

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