Legal & Security

27 January 2009

Keywords - debate intensifies as Dutch court raises questions with the ECJ Law Now

"The controversy over whether keywords sold by search engines can infringe trade marks has intensified, after the Dutch Supreme Court referred five questions on the subject to the European Court of Justice ('ECJ')," says Law-Now, an online publication of the law firm CMS Cameron McKenna LLP.

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Cybercrooks Target Social Networks MIS Asia

The distribution of malware on social networking sites first occurred in small amounts towards the end of 2007, but that trend appears to be on the rise.

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British Police will not target offenders against law on violent porn The Guardian

Officers will not actively target members of the public to track down those who own violent pornography banned under a new law, police chiefs admitted yesterday.

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Obama Administration Outlines Cyber Security Strategy Washington Post

President Barack Obama's administration has sketched out a broad new strategy to protect the nation's most vital information networks from cyber attack and to boost investment and research on cyber security.

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26 January 2009

Worm infects 15 million of computers worldwide New York Times

A new digital plague has hit the Internet, infecting millions of personal and business computers in what seems to be the first step of a multistage attack. The world's leading computer security experts do not yet know who programmed the infection, or what the next stage will be.

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British hacker wins right to challenge US extradition The Guardian

The British computer hacker Gary McKinnon has today won permission to launch a fresh high court challenge against attempts to extradite him to America.

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24 January 2009

US cybersecurity ills will be a tough nut for Obama to crack ars technica

The Obama administration has published an overview of its plans to boost homeland security. Major items on the agenda range from defeating global terrorism to modernizing and protecting national infrastructure. One area that is of particular interest to technology enthusiasts is the new president's strategy for increasing network security.

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23 January 2009

Downadup worm now infects 1 in every 16 PCs, says Panda Security Computerworld

The computer worm responsible for the biggest attack in years has infected at least one out of every 16 PCs worldwide, a security company said today, and it may have managed to compromise as many as nearly one in three.

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US Justices Reject Pornography Law New York Times

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to consider attempts to revive a 1998 law intended to protect children from Internet pornography, ending a legal conflict dating to the administration of President Bill Clinton.

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One day, will we all have our own number online? The Guardian

If Silvio Berlusconi gets his way, we might. Italy's conservative prime minister, born in 1936, has a plan to control the web. His interior minister, Roberto Maroni, has hinted it could mean every user having an "identification number".

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21 January 2009

On Facebook, Sicilian Mafia Is a Hot Topic New York Times

Your college roommate is on Facebook. So are your cousins and colleagues and friends. But guess who else may find Facebook a great way to stay in touch?

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US Feds to Shore Up Net Network World

The U.S. federal government is accelerating its efforts to secure the Internet's routing system, with plans this year for the Department of Homeland Security to quadruple its investment in research aimed at adding digital signatures to router communications.

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Windows virus spreads quickly, but may be a dud New Zealand Herald

[AP] A computer virus that may leave Microsoft Windows users vulnerable to digital hijacking is spreading through companies in the U.S., Europe and Asia, already infecting close to nine million machines, according to a private online security firm.

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20 January 2009

Windows worm numbers 'skyrocket' to 9m computers worldwide BBC

Infections of a worm that spreads through low security networks, memory sticks, and PCs without the latest security updates is "skyrocketing".

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19 January 2009

Internet privacy: UK government warns email providers over targeted online advertising Sunday Telegraph

Online services which scan users' email to generate targeted advertising are being "closely scrutinised" by the Government over internet privacy concerns.

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18 January 2009

Tricky Windows Worm Wallops Millions Washington Post

A sneaky computer worm that uses a virtual Swiss army knife of attack techniques has infected millions of Microsoft Windows PCs, and appears to be spreading at a fairly rapid pace, security experts warn.

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17 January 2009

us: Intelligence Court Rules Wiretapping Power Legal New York Times

A federal intelligence court, in a rare public opinion, issued a major ruling validating the power of the president and Congress to wiretap international phone calls and intercept e-mail messages without a specific court order, even when Americans' private communications may be involved.

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us: Advertisers collaborate on privacy principles for behavioural ads OUT-LAW News

Advertisers and agencies in the US have promised to create a code of practice to allay fears about increasingly intrusive forms of online advertising. Four major advertising trade associations said that they will work together on self-regulation.

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16 January 2009

German Chatroom Addict on Trial for Two Murders Der Spiegel

A German man who met around 150 women in Internet chat rooms went on trial in Germany on Wednesday charged with murdering two of them. Dubbed "Germany's First Internet Murderer" in the press, he has confessed to the killings, but denies he's a serial killer.

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Judge Orders Search of Bush Administration Appointees' E-Mails Washington Post

With Bush administration White House aides on their way out the door in coming days, a federal judge this morning ordered the president's executive office to undertake a comprehensive search for millions of senior appointees' e-mails that have been inaccessible and possibly missing since 2005.

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15 January 2009

Gaza crisis spills onto the web BBC

A propaganda war is being waged on the internet between supporters of the Israeli and Palestinian sides in the current conflict in the Gaza Strip.

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NZ Police use Facebook to catch bungling burglar The Times

Police in New Zealand have made their first "Facebook arrest" after placing CCTV footage of a burglar removing his balaclava during the burglary on the social networking site.

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Cyber-thieves plant virus on Paris Hilton's website Daily Telegraph

Paris Hilton, the hotel heiress, has fallen prey to cyber-thieves who hacked into her website and infected it with a virus to steal her fans' identities.

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Genius who wasted $1bn? My son Gary McKinnon was just looking for ET The Times

If you believe the Pentagon and Nasa, Janis Sharp is the mother of an evil genius. Her son is Gary McKinnon, the Briton accused of the biggest hacking operation in US military history, and whose $1 billion wrecking spree through cyberspace - he says it was a quest to uncover evidence of alien life forms - has left his family in their own twilight zone.

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Groups file FTC complaint over cell phone privacy Computerworld

You may not know it yet, but your cell phone is becoming the new battleground in the war between consumer rights groups and the behavioral advertising community.

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