Legal & Security

18 December 2008

Hasbro drops lawsuit against firm behind Facebook game The Guardian

Games giant Hasbro has dropped its lawsuit against the developers of the hit Facebook game Scrabulous after they made changes that distanced their applications from the original and trademarked Scrabble game.

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us: The Fed Who Blew the Whistle: Is he a hero or a criminal? Newsweek

Thomas M. Tamm was entrusted with some of the government's most important secrets. He had a Sensitive Compartmented Information security clearance, a level above Top Secret. Government agents had probed Tamm's background, his friends and associates, and determined him trustworthy.

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17 December 2008

BT set to go ahead with Phorm vnunet

BT has concluded its trial of the Phorm online advertising programme and is set to go ahead with its wide-scale deployment.

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Why an emoticon won't get a trade mark in the EU :-( OUT-LAW News

A Russian businessman says that he has trade marked the emoticon and that commercial uses of punctuation marks to convey a wink will require a licence costing over $10,000. A trade mark attorney said that his demands will be irrelevant to uses in the EU.

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Computer hackers selling stolen Facebook accounts to gangs for 89p Daily Telegraph

Computer hackers are selling stolen Facebook social networking accounts to gangs for only 89p.

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Cisco: Cybercriminals Hiding Behind Legitimate Websites, Email Accounts Dark Reading

It's getting harder to tell the good guys from the bad: Sophisticated cybercriminals are increasingly taking cover behind legitimate Websites and email domains to lure their victims, according to Cisco Systems' annual security report, released today.

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16 December 2008

Call to overhaul Australia's cyber-racism laws Sydney Morning Herald

Urgent action is necessary to combat widespread racial vilification on social networking sites such as Facebook.

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Cyberthreats Tripled in 2008, Sophos Study Says PC Advisor

Cyber attacks that infect web pages with malicious codes have tripled in 2008, according to security product vendor Sophos.

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Microsoft sees 'huge increase' in IE attacks Computerworld

Microsoft warned Saturday of a "huge increase" in attacks exploiting a critical unpatched vulnerability in Internet Explorer (IE), and said some originated from hacked pornography sites.

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14 December 2008

Study: Identity Theft, Organized Retail Crime On The Rise Dark Reading

Identity theft, organized retail crime, and the effects of terrorist attacks are among the most urgent threats facing security managers in the near future, according to a new report issued earlier this week.

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Russian patents ;-) emoticon BBC

A series of punctuation marks used to convey a wink in text messages - known as an emoticon - has been trademarked in Russia, says a local businessman.

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13 December 2008

Retail Fraud Rates Plummeted the Night McColo Went Offline Washington Post

One month after the shutdown of hosting provider McColo Corp., spam volumes are nearly back to the levels seen prior to the company's take down by its upstream Internet providers. But according to one noted fraud expert, spam wasn't the only thing that may have been routed through the Silicon Valley based host: New evidence found that retail fraud dropped significantly on the same day.

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US Court Freezes Assets of Alleged 'Scareware' Purveyors Washington Post

A federal court has frozen the assets of several businesses accused of conspiring to trick more than one million consumers into purchasing and installing "scareware," which uses fake security alerts to frighten consumers into paying for bogus computer security software.

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12 December 2008

QC arrested in Australian child porn swoop Sydney Morning Herald

Police say a retired Victorian QC was among 19 men arrested during the global bust of a child pornography network that allegedly shared "among the worst" abuse images ever seen by investigators.

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Underground economy booming online, says Symantec Computerworld

[IDG] An online underground economy has recently matured into an efficient, global marketplace to trade stolen goods and offer fraud-related services.

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au: Police defend baby swinging video charge Sydney Morning Herald

Police say it is a crime for anyone to even watch a viral video of a man swinging a baby around the room. Their comment comes after uproar over 60-year-old Chris Illingworth, a father of four from Maroochydore, was charged with posting the video on Liveleak after he stumbled across it on YouTube.

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11 December 2008

US Court Weighs Internet Anonymity Washington Post

In a First Amendment case with implications for everything from neighborhood e-mail lists to national newspapers, an Eastern Shore businessman argued to Maryland's highest court yesterday that the host of an online forum should be forced to reveal the identities of people who posted allegedly defamatory comments.

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Australian Christmas shoppers warned about online scammers ABC News

Christmas shoppers are being warned to protect themselves from internet scammers this festive season.

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10 December 2008

Cybercriminals adapt tactics for financial crisis: Virtual Criminology Report 2008 Daily Telegraph

Cybercriminals are adapting their tactics to target people worried about their finances and job security during the financial crisis, experts have warned.

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us: Panel to Call for Review of Wiretapping of Scholar New York Times

A Congressional oversight panel plans to ask the National Security Agency to start an investigation into new evidence that the agency illegally wiretapped a Muslim scholar in Northern Virginia and concealed the eavesdropping during a 2005 trial in which the scholar was convicted on terrorism charges.

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Google Earth accused of aiding terrorists The Times

An Indian Court has been called to ban Google Earth amid suggestions the online satellite imaging was used to help plan the terror attacks that killed more than 170 people in Mumbai last month.

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Microsoft Offers to Reduce Search Data in Europe New York Times

Microsoft offered Monday to abide by a European privacy panel's request that it reduce the length of time it kept records of Web searches if its rivals, Yahoo and Google, did the same.

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us: Think tank panel recommends that feds make major cybersecurity changes Computerworld

[IDG] The U.S. government should overhaul its approach to cybersecurity by imposing sweeping new regulations on businesses and creating a centralized cybersecurity office in the White House, an outside group of experts recommended today.

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09 December 2008

FTC has a message for vishing victims Network World

[IDG] The e-mail looks important: "National 1st Credit Union temporarily suspended your account. Reason: Billing failure." Further down, it tells you to call this number to reactivate: 201-621-5813.

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Australian PM to beef up cybersecurity ZDNet

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has promised to bolster Australia's cyberdefenses to fend off the threat posed by hackers.

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