Legal & Security

02 September 2008

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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za: Every Call You Take, They'll Be Watching You IOL

Imagine eavesdropping on criminals or terrorists plotting to smuggle drugs or weapons into South Africa, knowing their exact location and time of delivery.

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26 August 2008

For Sale: Your Browser History Slate

In May, Charter Communications, one of the nation's largest Internet service providers, sent letters to hundreds of thousands of its customers promising "an enhancement coming soon to your Web browsing experience." This was a heroic bit of corporate doublespeak -- Charter planned to "enhance" its service by installing software on its Internet lines to scrutinize its customers' browsing habits. The company's aim: to sell lucrative ads tailored to users' interests. For instance, if Charter saw that you'd been reading lots of auto reviews, it might show you spots for new cars. The company described the plan as a benefit for users. "You will not see more ads -- just ads that are more relevant to you," it said.

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24 August 2008

Thousands of cyber attacks each day on Britain's key utilities The Times

Computer networks controlling electricity supplies, telecommunications and banking are being attacked thousands of times a day in a new cyberwar against Britain waged by criminals and terrorists -- some of them backed by foreign states -- the Government has said.

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22 August 2008

Mutually assured destruction in cyberspace Financial Times

The crisis in Georgia has not only stoked fears of a belligerent Russia. It has also served as a reminder that a new style of warfare - potentially as devastating as those that terrified previous generations - is almost upon us: cyberwar.

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Cyberwar isn't a grand struggle - it's a scary prospect of pure chaos The Guardian

When Russian tanks rolled into Georgia, it brought back memories of Soviet-era military conquest - a reminder of the cold war. But whether by accident or design, the fight for South Ossettia appears to have given us a taste of the future as well, with internet attacks on Georgian computer systems resulting in theories about 21st-century warfare spilling out everywhere.

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Nelson Mandela's name hijacked in internet fraud Daily Telegraph

In a statement on Wednesday night, the Nelson Mandela Foundation said it wanted to warn the public about the scheme, which appears to be a variation on the "advance fee" or "419" frauds which originated in Nigeria.

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No such thing as privacy: top Australian judge Sydney Morning Herald

People's willingness to talk loudly on mobile phones and reveal personal information about themselves online indicates that the privacy laws may require a rethink, says the country's top judge, Murray Gleeson.

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us: Internet Providers' New Tool Raises Deep Privacy Concerns Washington Post

... Peering inside the digital packets of data zipping across the Internet -- in real time, for tens of thousands of users at once -- was commercially impractical until recently. But the ceaseless march of processing power has made it feasible.

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Georgia Cyberwar Overblown PC World

Last week Russian tanks rolled into South Ossetia while Russian bombers were taking out critical communications infrastructure. But even before the first tank rolled across the disputed borders, another war was brewing in cyberspace.

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Germans urge tougher laws after new privacy scandal Reuters

German politicians called for tougher privacy laws on Tuesday after officials revealed personal and financial information on millions of Germans was readily available for cash on the Internet.

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Cybersecurity and the Law: Dangerous Cybersilence Forbes

Sometimes no news is worse than bad news. When a company's data is stolen by hackers, affected customers typically receive a disturbing note from the breached firm, warning that they could soon become victims of identity theft.

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