Legal & Security

05 December 2008

Lori Drew Case Hinges on Dangerous Technicality PC World

Lori Drew was convicted of actions basically unrelated to what most people think she did, but even those convictions may not be what is best for you and me, or for the Internet.

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us: Our view on cyberbullying: MySpace case bends the law-Missouri mom deserves reproach, but prosecution raises concerns USA Today

When a Los Angeles jury convicted a Missouri woman last week in the online bullying of a 13-year-old girl who then took her own life, it felt like justice.

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5 Must-Do Cyber Security Steps for Obama Network World

As President-Elect Barack Obama looks for ways to deal with a shattered economy and an ongoing war on terrorism, security experts are urging him to pay attention to something that has a big impact on both: The nation's growing -- and fragile -- cyber infrastructure.

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04 December 2008

Apple pushes anti-virus for Macs BBC

Apple has urged Mac owners to use anti-virus software. In a note posted on its support site in late November, Apple said it wanted to "encourage" people to use anti-virus to stay safe online.

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03 December 2008

us: EFF to court: Don't shield telecoms from illegal-spying suits CNET

The Electronic Frontier Foundation, an advocacy group for Internet users, is expected to argue in court on Tuesday that it's unconstitutional to prevent Americans from suing the telecom companies that allegedly helped the federal government unlawfully spy on them.

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EU to search out cyber criminals BBC

Remote searches of suspect computers will form part of an EU plan to tackle hi-tech crime.

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30 November 2008

UK Coroner warns of dangers of internet drugs after policewoman overdoses Daily Telegraph

A coroner has warned of the danger of buying medicine over the internet after a policewoman with Multiple Sclerosis died of an accidental overdose of drugs she purchased from a website.

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us: Mom: Verdict shows cyberbullies will be punished Washington Post

The mother of a girl who committed suicide at age 13 after being subjected to an Internet hoax says a woman's conviction in the case shows that people who bully others online will face consequences.

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Fight against cyber crime: cyber patrols and Internet investigation teams to reinforce the EU strategy Europa

The Council of ministers of the European Union adopted today the Council's strategy to reinforce the fight against cyber crime. The strategy proposes a series of operational measures, such as cyber patrols, joint investigation teams and remote searches to become part of the fight against cybercrime in the next five years. The strategy also introduces concrete steps for closer cooperation and information exchange between law enforcement authorities and the private sector.

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29 November 2008

Searching the Web for Flu Outbreaks: Editorial New York Times

Two recent studies have shown the promise of using data from search engines to provide early warning of influenza outbreaks -- and the pitfalls and limitations, as well. Privacy considerations aside, it is a technology that will need refinement if it is to be used by public health officials for early warning duties.

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Cyber-attack on US Defense Department computers raises concerns Los Angeles Times

The 'malware' strike, thought to be from inside Russia, hit combat zone computers and the U.S. Central Command overseeing Iraq and Afghanistan. The attack underscores concerns about computer warfare.

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Cyberbully verdict poses question of online identity New York Times

Is lying about one's identity on the Internet now a crime? The verdict on Wednesday in the MySpace cyberbullying case raised a variety of questions about the terms that users agree to when they log on to Web sites.

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Ashdown: Internet is a 'lawless space' ZDNet

Lord Paddy Ashdown has said that terrorism is being facilitated by a lack of oversight of the internet.

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28 November 2008

Is a picture really worth £1,000? Getty bullies churches over image use The Guardian

The perennial tale about church fundraising is that it's to rebuild the steeple. But one church in Lichfield, Staffordshire, faced a different fundraising problem: to pay a £6,000 bill demanded for photographs used on its website. The case came to the attention of Gavin Drake, the communications director for the diocese's 600 churches. In creating the church's website, a volunteer had included a couple of images sourced from Getty, a large picture agency, without paying for them. A couple of months later, Getty sent the church a demand for £6,000.

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American Mother Convicted in MySpace Bullying Case Washington Post

A Missouri woman who posed as a 16-year-old boy on MySpace, wooed and rejected a troubled teenage girl who later committed suicide was found guilty Wednesday of three misdemeanor charges, but no felonies, by a federal jury.

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27 November 2008

Australian police hire private spies to snoop online The Age

The internet communications and websites of anti-war campaigners, environmentalists, animal rights activists and other protest groups are being secretly monitored by state and federal agencies.

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26 November 2008

Symantec takes cybercrime snapshot with new report Network World

The criminal market online for buying and selling stolen credit cards, pirated software and information about financial accounts is thriving, according to a report published Monday by Symantec.

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25 November 2008

Online fraudsters 'steal £3.3bn' BBC

Hi-tech thieves who specialise in card fraud have a credit line in excess of $5bn (£3.35bn), research suggests.

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24 November 2008

UK 'Big Brother' database plan shelved The Independent

The timetable for setting up a giant "Big Brother" database is slipping after the scheme was dropped from next month's Queen's Speech. The Independent has highlighted growing fury over government moves to collate details of every telephone call, email and internet visit.

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Cyberspace gumshoes are afoot in China Los Angeles Times

The private eyes in China's most famous detective agency rarely sleep, are relentless in pursuing their prey and can put Interpol and Homeland Security to shame. Oh, and they work for free.

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23 November 2008

China 'using cyberwarfare to challenge US power' Daily Telegraph

China is using cyberwarfare to challenge American power and distorting economic policy to exert political influence over other countries, according to a hostile congressional report.

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22 November 2008

US law firm argues that links to its website abuse its trade marks OUT-LAW News

One of the world's biggest law firms is suing a small Chicago-based website for naming the firm and linking to two of its associates' biographies. A judge rejected an attempt to have the case thrown out last week.

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China winning cyber war, Congress warned The Guardian

China is aggressively developing its power to wage cyber warfare and is now in a position to delay or disrupt the deployment of America's military forces around the world, potentially giving it the upper hand in any conflict, a panel of the US Congress has warned.

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Cyberscams Befriend Social Networks BusinessWeek

Remember the associate of that deposed dictator who needed your help transferring a few million dollars from a Swiss bank account? Well, he's back. And he -- or one of his ilk -- may show up soon posing as your "friend" on Facebook.

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Phishing, email money laundering scams on the rise CNET

As the economy worsens and more people get laid off, online fraud and financial scams are rising, security experts say.

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