Legal & Security

04 March 2009

Belgian court fines Yahoo over fraud non-cooperation The Age

[AFP] A Belgian court on Monday fined Internet search engine Yahoo! 55,000 euros (69,300 US dollars) for failing to hand over personal details of users suspected of committing fraud.

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03 March 2009

Psion hits back at Intel in 'netbook' row The Times

The personal organiser manufacturer is seeking millions in damages from chip giant over its use of the word "netbook"

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"Koobface" Worm Resurfaces on Facebook, MySpace Washington Post

Security experts are warning users of Facebook, MySpace and other social networking communities to be on guard against a new strain of the "Koobface" worm, which spreads by tricking users into responding to a message apparently sent from one of their friends.

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02 March 2009

EU agency backtracks on Skype crime claims ZDNet

Eurojust, an EU agency that co-ordinates judicial co-operation across member states, has significally altered a statement in which it said criminals were using Skype to avoid detection by the authorities.

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Liberty groups unite to defend UK rights The Observer

The government and the courts are collaborating in slicing away freedoms and pushing Britain to the brink of becoming a "database" police state, a series of sold-out conferences in eight British cities heard yesterday.

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27 February 2009

Obama proposes big increase in cybersecurity spending at DHS NextGov

President Obama proposed a 21 percent increase in the Homeland Security Department's fiscal 2010 cybersecurity budget, but how the funds would be distributed remains unclear, according to the administration's proposal released on Thursday.

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26 February 2009

UK fight against terror 'spells end of privacy' The Guardian

Privacy rights of innocent people will have to be sacrificed to give the security services access to a sweeping range of personal data, one of the architects of the government's national security strategy has warned.

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25 February 2009

US judge questions law giving telecoms immunity San Francisco Chronicle

A federal judge in San Francisco is raising questions about the constitutionality of a law designed to dismiss suits against telecommunications companies accused of cooperating with government wiretapping.

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EU group aims to eavesdrop on Skype calls ars technica

The EU's judicial coordination group says criminals are increasingly turning to encrypted VoIP tools like Skype to evade surveillance -- and is launching an effort to ensure that European law enforcement can listen in.

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24 February 2009

Blunkett warns over 'Big Brother' Britain The Independent

David Blunkett, who introduced the idea of identity cards when Home Secretary, will issue a stark warning to the Government tomorrow that it is in danger of abusing its power by taking Britain towards a "Big Brother" state.

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Victim of Italian Bullying Video Drops Google Case PC World

The boy at the center of a trial of Google executives for alleged violations of Italy's privacy law withdrew from the case Wednesday, his lawyer said.

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Dell applies to have the term 'netbook' released from Psion ownership OUT-LAW News

Dell is trying to have a trade mark owned by rival Psion cancelled because it believes the term 'netbook' is now a generic name for small, cheap computers. Psion applied to register the term as a trade mark in 1996.

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23 February 2009

Kaminsky Calls For DNSSEC Adoption Dark Reading

The much-debated protocol to help secure the Domain Name System received a big boost today when DNS security guru Dan Kaminsky said the industry must adopt the DNSSEC protocol.

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22 February 2009

Lawyer says Queensland police can tap email, Facebook Courier Mail

Fears have been raised about police abusing new phone-tapping powers to snoop on social networking sites such as Facebook and private emails.

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International drugs body calls for global action as internet dealing rises to 'alarming' levels The Guardian

The internet is playing an increasing and "alarming" role in the trafficking of both illegal and unauthorised prescription drugs, according to the body that monitors the trafficking and use of narcotics.

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21 February 2009

Facebook privacy story a beat-up Sydney Morning Herald

Facebook's chief privacy officer has spoken out defending the company's controversial decision to change its terms of use, saying the entire story was a beat-up and Facebook never intended to use people's personal information outside of the site.

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20 February 2009

Google wins US Street View privacy case The Guardian

An American couple who attempted to sue Google over what they claimed was its "privacy invading" Street View technology have lost their case in a Pennsylvania court.

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Clear English Could Be a Big Winner in the Facebook Affair New York Times

Over the last few days, a lot of Facebook users were left wondering whether the company had ambitions to turn their goofy photos into a coffee table book and adapt their wall postings into a Broadway play. ("25 Random Things," starring Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, and a cast of flying sheep?)

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Obama taps cybersecurity expert to assess U.S. defenses USA Today

The White House has engaged a hard-charging consultant for an unprecedented review of U.S. cybersecurity policy to determine whether the government needs to be more pro-active in slowing cybercrime attacks on individuals and businesses.

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Black Hat DC: U.S. Must Consider Impact Of 'Militarization' Of Cyberspace Dark Reading

Homeland security and cybersecurity expert Paul Kurtz calls for public debate on cyberweapons, cyberattack response, and the role of the intelligence community

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Privacy law call in Facebook row BBC News

The row over Facebook's change in its terms of service governing users personal data highlights the need for a privacy law, claims a leading watchdog.

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Aust vulnerable to cyber crime, police say ABC News

Late last year $US9 million was lost in a global ATM heist after a hacker reportedly infiltrated the server at US payment processor RBS WorldPay.

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uk: Surveillance will cost more than £34 billion say Convention on Modern Liberty The Times

The cost of running Britain's state-run databases over the next ten years has soared to £34 billion, according to estimates from a new campaign against what it called the surveillance society.

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Facebook backtracks after online privacy protest The Guardian

Facebook is under unprecedented scrutiny for its policies on retention of personal data after users criticised the site for breaching privacy. After a wave of protests, the world's largest social networking site yesterday announced that it was reversing its recent decision to keep copies of users' messages online, even after they had left the network.

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19 February 2009

US Lawsuit Says Google Was Unfair to Rival Site New York Times

A small Web site operator filed an antitrust suit against Google on Tuesday, accusing it of unfairly manipulating its advertising system to harm a potential competitor.

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