Legal & Security

17 June 2009

Cyber crime courses for Australian police Australian IT

All Australian Federal Police officers will have forensic technology training over the next 18 months to improve their ability to deal with cyber crime.

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16 June 2009

Security Group Converges to Fight Internet Abuse Computerworld

As cybercrime continues to proliferate on the Internet, one industry security group is hoping its work will help stem the tide of spam and scams.

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U.S. & Italian Authorities Thwart Alleged Hacking-Terror Effort Wall Street Journal

U.S. and Italian authorities said Friday they arrested a group of hackers and conspirators who allegedly stole from phone companies around the world. The illegal profits funded terrorist activities, Italian officials alleged.

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Experts warn of porn Mac attacks BBC News

Security experts have discovered two novel forms of Mac OS X malware.

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Microsoft to give away anti-virus BBC News

Microsoft is poised to start giving away security software. The company is reportedly trialling free anti-virus software internally and said the beta version would be released "soon".

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13 June 2009

Privacy May Be a Victim in U.S. Cyberdefense Plan New York Times

A plan to create a new Pentagon cybercommand is raising significant privacy and diplomatic concerns, as the Obama administration moves ahead on efforts to protect the nation from cyberattack and to prepare for possible offensive operations against adversaries' computer networks.

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Pentagon Cyber Unit Prompts Questions Washington Post

The Pentagon's development of a "cyber-command" is prompting questions about its role in the larger national strategy to protect government and private-sector computer networks and whether privacy can be protected. And the command is fueling debate over the proper rules to govern a new kind of warfare in which unannounced adversaries using bits of computer code can launch transnational attacks.

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Facebook to Begin Mediating Intractable Web Name Disputes New York Times

As has been widely noted in the blogosphere this week, Friday night Facebook will begin allowing users to register their own plain-language Facebook domain names, like

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When an alleged rape is streamed live CNET

Johnathon Hock, 20, was indicted Monday and charged with two counts of sexual assault and one charge of voyeurism.

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12 June 2009

Google polishes competition charm offensive CNET

Google continued to lay the groundwork Wednesday for an antitrust defense in the event that the federal government decides to take a formal look at its core business.

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Should Facebook, Twitter follow IM providers and block access to U.S. 'enemies'? Computerworld

Facebook and Twitter should join instant messaging (IM) services and block access to U.S.-sanctioned countries in order to avoid running afoul of the government's trade embargoes, say legal experts.

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How long can Phorm go on? The Guardian

Phorm has launched Webwise Discover, what it calls the final piece of its "full ­circle" behavioural advertising service. This aims to get ISPs, web users, advertisers and publishers to sign up to its Webwise tracking technology so more targeted adverts can be sold at a premium.

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How to spot changes to small print at Google, Facebook, Twitter and more OUT-LAW News

A digital rights group has created an automatic system for tracking changes to website terms and conditions and privacy policies. The tool is designed to help users of websites to keep up to date with their rights and obligations.

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Trademark Protection and Facebook User Names Huffington Post

Trademark protection just got slightly more complicated, but in a good way. Starting now, there's a new step that trademark holders or their attorneys should take to protect their trademarks or service marks.

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10 June 2009

Cybercrime costs Australian business $600m: report Computerworld

Cybercrime is taking its toll on Australian businesses, costing them more than $600 million according to the latest report from the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC).

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America's cybersecurity threat: The US is right to improve its cybersecurity defenses. But would it respond to cyber-attacks with military force? The Guardian

Across the world at this moment, computer networks are being hacked and attacked. These cyber exploits range from the teenage gamer cracking websites for fun to the criminal syndicate stealing payment card data for easy money to foreign intelligence agencies looking for state secrets they can exploit to beat their adversaries economically and militarily.

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Twitter calls fake-celebrity profile suit 'frivolous' OUT-LAW News

A US baseball manager is suing Twitter over fake posts in his name on the micro-blogging site. Tony La Russa is claiming that the fake posts infringe his trade mark rights and count as cybersquatting.

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If Brtain's Labour can't protect people like Gary McKinnon, it really stands for nothing The Guardian

This morning the high court in London will be the setting for the ­latest - and perhaps last - act in a drama that has been running for nearly eight years. Its leading character is Gary McKinnon, a self-confessed computer nerd and, despite all the other stories swirling around the media this week, his fate should be of the utmost concern to anyone who believes in the principles of justice and the protection of the vulnerable against the bullying power of the state.

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09 June 2009

Germany, Google Still in Conflict Over Street View Data PC World

Germany and Google remain at an impasse over how long certain data should be retained by the company for its Street View imagery.

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06 June 2009

Australia's CommBank cyber scam hits phone and SMS Sydney Morning Herald

The relentless barrage of scam attempts aimed at Commonwealth Bank customers has transcended email, with the sophisticated Eastern European cyber criminals now targeting people via telephone and SMS.

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US shuts down 'criminal' ISP Financial Times

The US Federal Trade Commission for the first time has sued and immediately shut down an internet service provider it accused of being a haven for a wide range of criminal activity, including child pornography and the electronic theft of personal banking data.

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US Telecoms Win Dismissal of Wiretap Suits New York Times

A federal judge on Wednesday threw out more than three dozen lawsuits claiming that the nation's major telecommunications companies had illegally assisted in the wiretapping without warrants program approved by President George W. Bush after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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04 June 2009

The enemy in the net - cybercrime ABC Radio Background Briefing

We know there are criminals using the net, and also that hackers can infiltrate anyone's computer. At the government level it's not only a murky worry, but has become a battle for who will monitor it all and how we will fight cyberwars. And not everything you hear is true.

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US and UK prepare fightback against eastern hackers The Guardian

Hackers who attack defence or commercial computers in the US and UK in future may be in for a surprise: a counterattack, authorised and carried out by the police and defence agencies that aims to disrupt and even knock them off the net.

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Obama administration begins work on cybersecurity R&D NextGov

Maximizing government investment in federal cybersecurity research and development is a major component of President Obama's plan to bolster defenses against high-tech attacks. If the White House's new cyber strategy and key agencies' fiscal 2010 budget requests are any indication, they're off to a solid start.

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