Legal & Security

01 January 2009

Hi-tech crime to boom as downturn blooms BBC

With the economic downturn affecting every corner of the globe, it is perhaps no surprise that it is likely to affect hi-tech criminals over the next 12 months.

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30 December 2008

Get-Rich Offers Swell on Facebook Washington Post

On Facebook, a target-rich environment of the young and potentially real estate-less, D.C. resident Omari West can't help but notice all the advertisements spinning the economy's nose dive into can't-miss opportunities.

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27 December 2008

US Lawsuit Against NYTCo Threatens Widespread Internet Linking Practices E-Commerce Times

If successful, a lawsuit against the New York Times Co. brought by Gatehouse, a chain of local newspapers, could radically change the way information is distributed on the Internet. The suit challenges the widespread practice of reproducing samples of text with links to original published content on other sites.

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Editorial: More Privacy Online New York Times

Yahoo has announced that it will no longer hold some personally identifiable search information for more than 90 days. The company is hoping that the new policy will give it a competitive advantage with users who care about privacy. It also is an encouraging development for the cause of Internet privacy.

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23 December 2008

Phorm is out to alter world of online advertising The Times

In its short life, Phorm has managed to create more controversy than should be possible for a company worth £40 million. Kent Ertugul, its founder, modestly promises to revolutionise online advertising through software that monitors where people surf.

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22 December 2008

Japanese protest against Google Street View The Age

[AFP] A group of Japanese journalists, professors and lawyers demanded Friday that the US Internet search giant Google scrap its "Street View" service in Japan, saying it violates people's privacy.

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21 December 2008

Chinese court fines Web user in 'cyber-violence' case International Herald Tribune

In the first case involving cyberviolence and a "human flesh search engine" in China, a court has fined a Web site and an Internet user for posting personal and intimate details about an unfaithful husband, his mistress and a spurned wife who committed suicide.

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20 December 2008

As phishing evolves, criminals switch to malware PC World

[IDG] The scammers began to see serious problems with their phishing scams sometime around April.

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19 December 2008

Cybercrime: The 2009 megathreat Computerworld

... The selection of cybercrime as the megatrend most likely to be a high or very high risk in the next 12 to 24 months can be partly based on the fact that 92% of respondents to our study reported that their companies have experienced a cyberattack.

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German Journalists Worry 'Big Brother Law' Will Kill Press Freedom Der Spiegel

A new law working its way toward passage in Germany has journalists worried. Certain provisions, they say, could eliminate the ability for reporters to protect their sources. Still, the measure is likely to go into effect early next year.

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18 December 2008

Yahoo Limits Retention of Personal Data BBC

Search engine Yahoo is to cut the time it stores personal data from 13 months to three.

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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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