Legal & Security

10 September 2008

Threat From DNS Bug Isn't Over, Experts Say Dark Reading

The Domain Name Server design flaw that threatened the entire Internet earlier this year has mostly been patched, but the threat is far from over, experts say.

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us: Massive Takedown of Anti-Scientology Videos on YouTube Electronic Frontiers Foundation

Over a period of twelve hours, between this Thursday night and Friday morning, American Rights Counsel LLC sent out over 4000 DMCA takedown notices to YouTube, all making copyright infringement claims against videos with content critical of the Church of Scientology.

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Dealing With I.S.P. Snooping New York Times

Even though Congress has growled loudly enough to get Internet service providers to back off their plans to sell information about their customers' Web surfing to advertising companies, one prominent legal expert argues that the law governing the issue should still be made tougher.

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Google Tightens Data Retention Policy - Again New York Times

Under pressure from regulators, policymakers and privacy advocates around the world, Google said late Monday that it would further tighten its data retention policy. In its official blog, the company said it would "anonymize" search records after 9 months, rather than the current 18 months.

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09 September 2008

Pentagon debates development of offensive cyberspace capabilities Los Angeles Times

The current emphasis is on intelligence gathering and defending U.S. electronic security, but some officials think the military should know how to attack other nations' computer systems.

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Cyber Crime - Time to Stop Nigeria's Dominance Daily Trust

Nigeria ranks third among the cyber crime committing countries in the world, according to a 2007 internet crime report released by the Internet Crime Complaint Centre (IC3), which puts the country alongside the US, UK and Romania among the top ten countries where internet crimes are perpetrated.

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06 September 2008

Experts call for united global action against cyber attacks The Age

The world has to unite against the growing menace of cyber terrorism, IT experts said Thursday, evoking a recent "cyber war" against Georgia as the latest example of the threat.

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05 September 2008

Online identity theft: What can be done? OECD Observer

Like in any activity, protecting people's identity online is vital for the future of the Internet economy. What can be done?

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04 September 2008

Beijing ticket conmen ready to run same scam in London The Times

Fraudsters are planning to exploit the public's newfound enthusiasm for the Olympic Games in London three years before tickets go on sale.

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02 September 2008

Georgia hacking stirs fears of cyber militias Reuters

Attacks that hit Georgian Web sites after Russian tanks rolled across the border have U.S. officials concerned that independent "cyber militias" will play a growing role on the electronic battlefield.

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Google defends privacy credentials ZDNet

Google has defended its privacy credentials following a claim by Microsoft's privacy chief last week that the search giant was a decade behind Microsoft when it came to privacy.

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Tracking the Terrorists Online Der Spiegel

For years, al-Qaida and other terror groups have set up shop in the Internet. Those who track them have covertly followed. The companies SITE and IntelCenter have penetrated even deeper into the terror Web than most intelligence agencies.

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On the Web, battle over trademarks begins International Herald Tribune

Trademark issues may take on a higher profile, fueled by the escalating value of brands in general and trademark holders increasingly trying to assert their rights, especially on the Internet.

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30 August 2008

Microsoft slams Google on privacy ZDNet

Google's approach to privacy is a decade behind Microsoft, the Redmond software giant's chief privacy strategist told on Thursday in a video interview.

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UK hacker Gary McKinnon loses appeal against extradition to US The Guardian

Gary McKinnon, a computer expert who hacked into dozens of US military computers, lost his appeal to the European court of human rights today and faces extradition to the US in the next fortnight, his solicitor said.

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Copyright Law and the Web, Part 2: Who Are the IP Police? TechNewsWorld

Intellectual property like name brands and company logos can be ripped off with just a few clicks of a mouse. When IP pirates then attempt to profit through channels like counterfeit goods and phishing, corporations lay the hammer down -- if they manage to find out about it. Often, the IP owner itself is the one on patrol.

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Report Slams USA Host as Major Source of Badware Washington Post

Last week, I examined a series of Web services that make profiting from cyber crime a point-and-click exercise that even the most novice hackers can master. Today, I'd like to highlight the activities of Atrivo, a Concord, Calif., based network provider that hosts some of these services.

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How Captcha was foiled: Are you a man or a mouse? The Guardian

Captcha systems to stop automated posting have been "completely broken" by spammers, experts say. So what's the alternative?

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29 August 2008

Trusted sites thwart net hijacks BBC

US researchers have found a way to thwart hack attacks which intercept data passing from a PC to a website.

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Computer virus infects orbiting space station The Guardian

As far as space monsters go it is less menacing than Daleks or Klingons, but an unwanted intruder has made its way aboard the international space station.

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28 August 2008

uk: Bank account details sold on eBay for £35 The Times

Personal bank account details of up to one million Natwest and Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) customers have been found on a computer that was sold for £35 on eBAY, the online auction site.

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A New Breed Of Hackers Tracks Online Acts of War Washington Post

Here in the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto, a new breed of hackers is conducting digital espionage.

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Print-only media restrictions hit New Zealand trial OUT-LAW News

A New Zealand judge has told journalists that they can print the names of two murder suspects in their paper but not online. The judge said he was worried about the fact that publication online is more permanent than that in newsprint.

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27 August 2008

Moderators say reader comments on news stories are higher risk than forums OUT-LAW News

Media sites which ask readers to comment on news stories are at greater risk of bearing responsibility for those comments than for comments in online forums or discussion groups, leading web moderators have warned.

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RAM raiders: inside secrets of the cyber hackers The Times

Hackers have a reputation for sneaking around the internet stealing money and identities, even threatening national security. But the White Hats are hackers who spot security breaches and are a force for good

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