Legal & Security

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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Big jump in UK online banking fraud BBC News

Software allowing fraudsters to track what you type led to the level of online banking fraud more than doubling in 2008, according to a banking body.

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19 March 2009

Computer Experts Unite to Hunt Conficker Worm New York Times

An extraordinary behind-the-scenes struggle is taking place between computer security groups around the world and the brazen author of a malicious software program called Conficker.

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U.K. to monitor, store all social-network traffic? CNET

The U.K. government is considering the mass surveillance and retention of all user communications on social-networking sites, including Facebook, MySpace, and Bebo.

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U.N. advises governments how to stop Internet drug peddling Reuters

The U.N. narcotics watchdog on Tuesday issued guidelines on how to crack down on Internet drug peddling at the request of governments struggling to contain growing abuse of prescription drugs.

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18 March 2009

Pentagon Official Warns of Risk of Cyber Attacks Washington Post

The head of the Pentagon's Strategic Command warned Congress today that the United States is vulnerable to cyberattacks "across the spectrum" and that more needs to be done to defend against the potential of online strikes, which could "potentially threaten not only our military networks, but also our critical national networks."

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Facebook Users Get Privacy Controls Computerworld

How much Facebook privacy do you want? Facebook is giving its users greater control over just how private they want their profile, updates, photos and videos to be.

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Experts blast BBC over botnet stunt vnunet

Security firms around the world are criticizing the BBC for its conduct in a recent episode of the computer programme Click.

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Privacy Group Asks F.T.C. to Investigate Google New York Times

The Electronic Privacy Information Center formally asked the Federal Trade Commission on Tuesday to investigate the privacy and security safeguards of Gmail, Google Docs and other so-called cloud computing services offered by Google to consumers.

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Google/Louis Vuitton legal battle resumes The Guardian

Lawyers for Google are to appear in the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in a row over its use of trademarks.

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