Legal & Security

01 April 2009

DHS Releases Conficker/Downadup Computer Worm Detection Tool Department of Homeland Security

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced today the release of a DHS-developed detection tool that can be used by the federal government, commercial vendors, state and local governments, and critical infrastructure owners and operators to scan their networks for the Conficker/Downadup computer worm.

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China denies spying allegations BBC News

China has denied involvement in the electronic spy network which researchers say infiltrated computers in government offices around the world.

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30 March 2009

Vast Chinese Spy System Loots Computers in 103 Countries New York Times

A vast electronic spying operation has infiltrated computers and has stolen documents from hundreds of government and private offices around the world, including those of the Dalai Lama, Canadian researchers have concluded.

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EU to probe web user profiling by advertisers Financial Times

European authorities are to investigate consumer profiling by online advertisers amid allegations by senior European Union officials that "basic rights in terms of transparency, control and risk" are being violated.

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Conficker worm might originate from China CNET

There's been a lot of fuss about the Conficker worm. However, there is a $250,000 question: the origin of the virus.

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28 March 2009

White House to coordinate cybersecurity efforts NextGov

The White House will coordinate the national cybersecurity strategy but without creating a separate office, said members of a House caucus that was briefed on the progress of the Obama administration's 60-day cyber review.

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Social sites dent privacy efforts BBC News

Greater use of social network sites is making it harder to maintain true anonymity, suggests research.

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26 March 2009

Conficker time bomb ticks, but don't expect fireworks CNET

There's been lots of hype about the fact that the latest variant of the Conficker worm is set to start communicating with other computers on the Internet on April 1--like an April Fool's Day time bomb with some mysterious payload.

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Senate committee demands DHS explain alleged lack of support for cybersecurity office Computerworld

The Senate Homeland Security Committee's senior-most Republican is asking DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to explain why the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), set up within the department last year, has seemingly been marginalized by the agency.

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25 March 2009

Now 'Big Brother' targets Facebook The Independent

Millions of Britons who use social networking sites such as Facebook could soon have their every move monitored by the Government and saved on a "Big Brother" database.

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China becoming the world's malware factory Computerworld

[IDG] With China's economy cooling down, some of the country's IT professionals are turning to cybercrime, according to a Beijing-based security expert.

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Privacy group: Facebook principles still lacking Computerworld

[IDG] Facebook's recent decision to back off proposed changes in its terms of service still leaves the social media site with a "huge loophole" in privacy protections, a privacy group said Tuesday.

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Pirate Bay founders to launch new service Computerworld

[IDG] The founders of widely used BitTorrent tracker The Pirate Bay are getting ready to launch IPREDator, a network service that makes people online more anonymous by using a VPN (virtual private network).

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Privacy group calls to 'shut down' Street View in UK BBC News

A formal complaint about Google's Street View has been sent to the Information Commissioner (ICO).

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24 March 2009

Pentagon should establish fourth military service to wage cyberwars NextGov

The United States, engaged in a cyberspace Cold War in which government networks are under constant attack, must establish a fourth military service to conduct cyberwarfare, according to an article in the most recent issue of a Defense newsletter.

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Number of infected Web sites sharply increases in 2008 NextGov

The number of seemingly legitimate Web sites infected with malicious code that enables hackers to steal passwords to access computer networks is increasing, with one organization reporting an 827 percent jump in compromised sites in 2008.

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Big UK websites urged to avoid Phorm BBC News

Seven of the UK's biggest web firms have been urged to opt out of a controversial ad-serving system.

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23 March 2009

US Power grid is found susceptible to cyberattack Computerworld

[IDG] An emerging network of intelligent power switches, called the Smart Grid, could be taken down by a cyberattack, according to researchers with IOActive, a Seattle security consultancy.

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A bill to shift cybersecurity to White House CNET

Forthcoming legislation would wrest cybersecurity responsibilities from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and transfer them to the White House, a proposed move that likely will draw objections from industry groups and some conservatives.

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EBay Yanked Millions of Scam Items in 2008 Industry Standard

Internet auction site eBay has defended the way in which it handles reports of counterfeit goods, saying that it has delisted millions of items and suspended tens of thousands of seller accounts last year. However, its actions may not be enough to stop a lawsuit brought by a luxury goods retailer, which maintains that eBay needs to do more to stop online auctions of counterfeit products.

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A Twisted Case of Cyberharassment Washington Post

First came the phone calls: men, strangers, telling Barbara Goddard they'd seen her ad on Craigslist and were eager to come over for her promised "casual encounter."

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20 March 2009

Google launches UK Street View despite privacy concerns The Times

In the face of fierce opposition from privacy campaigners, Google on Thursday launched its controversial mapping service Street View, which offers users 360-degree views of selected cities across Britain.

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US Senator plans to promote cybersecurity education CNET

The U.S. economy is suffering massive losses every year due to cyberattacks, yet most Americans are not aware of the gravity of the problem, cyber experts told Congress Thursday. Without more federal funding for educational reforms and basic research to promote cybersecurity, the nation will regularly suffer from attacks of serious consequence, they said.

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The Conficker Worm: April Fool's Joke or Unthinkable Disaster? New York Times

The Conficker worm is scheduled to activate on April 1, and the unanswered question is: Will it prove to be the world's biggest April Fool's joke or is it the Information Age equivalent of Herman Kahn's legendary 1962 treatise about nuclear war, "Thinking About the Unthinkable"?

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UK Home Office fails to shut down a single extremist website in two years Daily Telegraph (UK)

The Home Office has failed to shut down a single terrorist website despite a pledge to do so from Tony Blair four years ago.

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