Legal & Security

22 November 2008

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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21 November 2008

Arguments in Case Involving Net and Suicide: MySpace Suicide Case New York Times

Federal prosecutors in court on Wednesday depicted a woman accused of creating a phony account on MySpace to taunt a 13-year-old girl as cravenly preying on the "vulnerable" and "boy crazy" teenager, who had a history of depression and suicidal thoughts.

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New York Police Fight With U.S. On Surveillance New York Times

An effort by the New York Police Department to get broader latitude to eavesdrop on terrorism suspects has run into sharp resistance from the Justice Department in a bitter struggle that has left the police commissioner and the attorney general accusing each other of putting the public at risk.

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Cybercrime as destructive as credit crisis: experts Reuters

Cybercrime is likely to wreak as much havoc as the credit crisis in the coming years if international regulation is not improved, some of the world's top crime experts said on Wednesday.

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Broadband Explosion in China And India To Fuel Bots, Spam Dark Reading

Botnet operators have begun to quietly expand their recruiting efforts to China and India, as broadband adoption begins to take off in these countries.

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Obama administration to inherit tough cybersecurity challenges Computerworld

As President Bush prepares to leave office, the task of upgrading the security of federal information systems to deal with new cyberthreats continues to be very much a work in progress.

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19 November 2008

Cyber defense, not cyberattacks, top priority NextGov

The United States remains the country most vulnerable to a cyberattack and should concentrate more on defending its computer networks, not on launching offensive cyberattacks, said one of the nation's top cybersecurity officials.

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UK identities sold for £80 online BBC

Internet fraudsters sell complete financial identities for just £80, according to an online safety group.

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Black Monday fear for malware spike Sydney Morning Herald

Security researchers have deemed November 24 "black Monday" following predictions it will herald this year's peak in the spread of information-stealing malware.

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18 November 2008

us: A New Voice in Online Privacy - Group Wants Tighter Rules for Collecting, Using Consumer Data Washington Post

A group of privacy scholars, lawyers and corporate officials are launching an advocacy group today designed to help shape standards around how companies collect, store and use consumer data for business and advertising.

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Google and Europe at odds over privacy International Herald Tribune

When Google began hiring in Zurich for its new engineering center in 2004, local officials welcomed the U.S. company with open arms. Google's arrival is still bearing fruit for Zurich: 450 employees, about 300 of them engineers, work in Google's seven-story complex in a converted brewery on the outskirts of the placid mountain metropolis.

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Can One Lawsuit in the US Kill Behavioral Ads? PC World

A lawsuit filed against NebuAd may cause the death of online behavioral advertising, or in the very least, provide a cautionary tale to ISPs.

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15 November 2008

uk: Denial of Service and distributing hacking tools finally criminalised OUT-LAW News

A law criminalising denial of service attacks and the supply of hacking tools has been brought into force in England and Wales after a number of delays. The law was already in force in Scotland.

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Internet drug peddlers raided in nine countries Reuters

Authorities in nine countries have raided businesses suspected of supplying medicines illegally over the Internet in an unprecedented global swoop coordinated by Interpol, officials said on Thursday.

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Is There a Privacy Risk in Google Flu Trends? New York Times

When Google released its Flu Trends service earlier this week, the Drudge Report flashed a headline that read: "SICK SURVEILLANCE: GOOGLE REPORTS FLU SEARCHES, LOCATIONS TO FEDS."

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13 November 2008

UK data retention laws: what they mean for ISPs OUT-LAW News

If you think you're making a private call, or sending a discreet message, think again. Under an anti-terrorism law passed in late 2001 in the wake of the atrocities of September 11, details of every website visited and the transmission of every email sent and every phone call made in the UK can be retained and made available to authorities. This may give individuals privacy concerns but for telcos and internet service providers faced with the consequent storage and retrieval requirements, it is cause for financial concern.

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Facebook 'infiltrated by Nigerian fraudsters' Daily Telegraph

Criminals are hijacking Facebook accounts to con other members of the social networking site into sending them money, in the latest cyber scam.

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11 November 2008

Internet Attacks Grow More Potent and Complex New York Times

Attackers bent on shutting down large Web sites — even the operators that run the backbone of the Internet — are arming themselves with what are effectively vast digital fire hoses capable of overwhelming the world’s largest networks, according to a new report on online security reports The New York Times.

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10 November 2008

Cybercriminals target Facebook users The Age

Facebook has been infiltrated by Nigerian scammers and other cyber criminals who use compromised accounts to con users out of cash.

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08 November 2008

Pakistan proposes death penalty for 'cyber-terrorists' ABC News

Cyber-terrorism causing death is to be a capital crime, Pakistan's government has declared, as it seeks to get tough with extremism and high-tech offences.

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07 November 2008

Google's growth makes privacy advocates wary Washington Post

Perhaps the biggest threat to Google Inc.'s increasing dominance of Internet search and advertising is the rising fear, justified or not, that Google's broadening reach is giving it unchecked power.

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us: Board urges full funding of cybersecurity initiative NextGov

The nation's information infrastructure remains vulnerable to cyberattack and the incoming Obama administration must take immediate steps to improve cybersecurity, the Defense Science Board warned in a report released on Tuesday.

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Volume of cyber security threats on the rise, warns Microsoft Silicon Republic

The volume of threats in the online world is increasing and the distribution of these threats continues to evolve, Microsoft has warned in its Security Intelligence Report on the first half of 2008.

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Virtual Worlds Riskier in Financial Crisis Dark Reading

Criminals 'follow the money' to where virtual and real-world economies converge

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