Legal & Security

04 April 2009

David vs Goliath: CSIRO takes on big business over wi-fi patent ABC News

The CSIRO's legal win against Hewlett Packard over the use of its patented wireless technology could mean big bucks for the Australian science agency, says a patent attorney.

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iiNet tests legality of Conroy slur Australian IT

Perth-headquartered ISP iiNet said it has sought legal advice on Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy's public commentary on its legal defence in a high-profile copyright case before the NSW Federal Court.

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Dotcom companies consider boycott of Phorm's online advertising The Guardian

Digital technology company Phorm is facing a major setback, with several of the world's largest dotcom companies considering boycotting its controversial online advertising technology.

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Coy British village tells Google Street View 'spy' to beat a retreat The Guardian

Any villains inspired to check Google Street View to see whether a personal visit to the Buckinghamshire village of Broughton might be profitable, have been confounded. The residents formed a human hoarding to block the camera's view of their streets, then forced its vehicle into ignominious retreat.

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Facebook discipline may be illegal in Australia: legal expert Sydney Morning Herald

Firms who discipline or sack staff for comments made on Facebook and Twitter could be acting illegally, says a veteran lawyer.

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03 April 2009

US Senate Legislation Would Federalise Cybersecurity Washington Post

Key lawmakers are pushing to dramatically escalate U.S. defenses against cyberattacks, crafting proposals that would empower the government to set and enforce security standards for private industry for the first time.

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The end of privacy? The Guardian

Forget Street View, there is a far more subtle - and pervasive - invasion of your private life being carried out - this time through your mobile phone

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02 April 2009

Experts See Early Activity From Conficker Worm New York Times

Members of an informal global alliance of computer security specialists who have been trying to eradicate a malicious software program known as Conficker said Tuesday that they were seeing early attempts by the program to communicate with a control server. The researchers said they were uncertain if it had been successful.

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EU presses for web users' privacy BBC News

The European Union has told internet companies to make better efforts to protect information they are given by consumers, or face tougher regulation.

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Study: Enforcement spurs rise in Web sex arrests Washington Post

More people have been arrested in recent years for sexually soliciting youths online, but the sharp increase comes from better enforcement, and the Internet remains a relatively safe social environment, researchers said in a new study.

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01 April 2009

Conficker virus could be deadly threat - or April Fool's joke The Guardian

It could be the biggest April Fool's joke ever played on the internet, or it could be one of the worst days ever for computers connected to the network. Security experts can't work out whether the Conficker virus - which has infected more than 10m Windows PCs worldwide - will wreak havoc on Wednesday , or just let the day pass quietly.

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FBI Finds Internet-Based Crime Jumps 33% in 2008 Wall Street Journal

Reports of Internet-based crime jumped 33% in 2008, according to a group that monitors Web-based fraud

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EU threatens action over web privacy Reuters

Some Internet companies are abusing consumers' personal data and this cannot be allowed to continue, a top European Union official will warn the industry on Tuesday.

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EU pledges to protect cyber infrastructure vnunet

The European Commission (EC) has unveiled a new strategy to prepare the region to act in case of major disruptions or attacks against critical information infrastructure, reports vnunet.

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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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