Legal & Security

30 January 2009

Russian 'cybermilitia' knocks Kyrgyzstan offline Computerworld

A Russian "cybermilitia" has knocked the central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan off the Internet, a security researcher said today, demonstrating that the hackers are able to respond even faster than last year, when they waged a digital war against another former Soviet republic, Georgia.

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Study: Click fraud closed 2008 at all-time high CNET

Thanks in part to armies of compromised computers, click fraud reached an all-time high in the fourth quarter.

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Privacy-protecting search engine ignores IP addresses OUT-LAW News

A Dutch search engine has become the first to operate without recording the address of the computer used to make the search. Ixquick said it had taken the move to protect users' privacy.

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Microsoft Study: Users Worry About Privacy But Know Little About Threats Dark Reading

Microsoft today released its findings from user focus groups on privacy that raise questions about whether consumers are saddled with too much responsibility in protecting their information online.

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29 January 2009

McAfee, Inc. Predicts Slumping Economy Driving Malware Threats McAfee

[news release] McAfee, Inc. announced its 2009 threat predictions. The top trend to emerge for 2009 is the continued exploitation of the financial crisis to scam users with fake financial transactions services, fake investment firms, and fake legal services. The report examines the accuracy of last year's predictions and provides new insight as to where computer security threats are headed this year.

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Facebook privacy warning issued by EC International Herald Tribune

Young Europeans using Facebook and other social networking sites may be unwittingly risking their privacy, according to a warning from Jacques Barrot, a vice president of the European Commission.

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Why employers should control how staff use Facebook OUT-LAW News

OPINION: President Barack Obama had a shock on his first day at work. The man who had run a pioneering campaign using social media to galvanise support couldn't access Facebook - or webmail, or any number of web tools that were central to his campaign.

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Data Privacy Day's messages for Obama, consumers CNET

We have Valentines Day and Mothers Day and even Inauguration Day. And now that cyber crooks have turned the Internet into their playground, we've got Data Privacy Day.

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28 January 2009

Hackers steal details of 4.5 million in attack on Monster UK jobs site The Times

The personal details of millions of job seekers have been stolen in the largest data theft in Britain, The Times has learnt

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NY Times, local publisher reach settlement in copyright case Sydney Morning Herald

[AFP] The New York Times Co. and GateHouse Media, a local newspaper and website publisher, announced a settlement Monday in their closely watched online copyright infringement case.

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27 January 2009

Keywords - debate intensifies as Dutch court raises questions with the ECJ Law Now

"The controversy over whether keywords sold by search engines can infringe trade marks has intensified, after the Dutch Supreme Court referred five questions on the subject to the European Court of Justice ('ECJ')," says Law-Now, an online publication of the law firm CMS Cameron McKenna LLP.

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Cybercrooks Target Social Networks MIS Asia

The distribution of malware on social networking sites first occurred in small amounts towards the end of 2007, but that trend appears to be on the rise.

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British Police will not target offenders against law on violent porn The Guardian

Officers will not actively target members of the public to track down those who own violent pornography banned under a new law, police chiefs admitted yesterday.

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Obama Administration Outlines Cyber Security Strategy Washington Post

President Barack Obama's administration has sketched out a broad new strategy to protect the nation's most vital information networks from cyber attack and to boost investment and research on cyber security.

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26 January 2009

Worm infects 15 million of computers worldwide New York Times

A new digital plague has hit the Internet, infecting millions of personal and business computers in what seems to be the first step of a multistage attack. The world's leading computer security experts do not yet know who programmed the infection, or what the next stage will be.

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British hacker wins right to challenge US extradition The Guardian

The British computer hacker Gary McKinnon has today won permission to launch a fresh high court challenge against attempts to extradite him to America.

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24 January 2009

US cybersecurity ills will be a tough nut for Obama to crack ars technica

The Obama administration has published an overview of its plans to boost homeland security. Major items on the agenda range from defeating global terrorism to modernizing and protecting national infrastructure. One area that is of particular interest to technology enthusiasts is the new president's strategy for increasing network security.

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23 January 2009

Downadup worm now infects 1 in every 16 PCs, says Panda Security Computerworld

The computer worm responsible for the biggest attack in years has infected at least one out of every 16 PCs worldwide, a security company said today, and it may have managed to compromise as many as nearly one in three.

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US Justices Reject Pornography Law New York Times

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to consider attempts to revive a 1998 law intended to protect children from Internet pornography, ending a legal conflict dating to the administration of President Bill Clinton.

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One day, will we all have our own number online? The Guardian

If Silvio Berlusconi gets his way, we might. Italy's conservative prime minister, born in 1936, has a plan to control the web. His interior minister, Roberto Maroni, has hinted it could mean every user having an "identification number".

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21 January 2009

On Facebook, Sicilian Mafia Is a Hot Topic New York Times

Your college roommate is on Facebook. So are your cousins and colleagues and friends. But guess who else may find Facebook a great way to stay in touch?

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US Feds to Shore Up Net Network World

The U.S. federal government is accelerating its efforts to secure the Internet's routing system, with plans this year for the Department of Homeland Security to quadruple its investment in research aimed at adding digital signatures to router communications.

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Windows virus spreads quickly, but may be a dud New Zealand Herald

[AP] A computer virus that may leave Microsoft Windows users vulnerable to digital hijacking is spreading through companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia, already infecting close to nine million machines, according to a private online security firm.

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20 January 2009

Windows worm numbers 'skyrocket' to 9m computers worldwide BBC

Infections of a worm that spreads through low security networks, memory sticks, and PCs without the latest security updates is "skyrocketing".

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19 January 2009

Internet privacy: UK government warns email providers over targeted online advertising Sunday Telegraph

Online services which scan users' email to generate targeted advertising are being "closely scrutinised" by the Government over internet privacy concerns.

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