Legal & Security

10 October 2008

Hacker's list of online accounts spooks users Sydney Morning Herald

When Australian web users learned from the Herald that details of their online accounts had been posted on a hacker's website for all to see, they were suspicious, then alarmed, then furious at the hacker who compromised their identities.

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Inside the hackers' den Sydney Morning Herald

Hunched over a computer terminal in his pyjamas, "Frank" makes more money than a small-time drug dealer without ever having to worry about being caught or even leaving the house.

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IBM, Secret Service, others study identity/cybercrime issues Computerworld

Center for Applied Identity Management Research organization teams experts in criminal justice, financial crime, biometrics, cybercrime and cyberdefense, data protection, homeland security and national defense.

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Security matters: Cybercrime will need company co-operation Financial Times

March was a worrying month for Dan Kaminsky. The security researcher suddenly realised the internet was inherently broken. It wasn't just slightly wonky, or coming loose at the hinges. The underlying design was kaput and if he didn't get it fixed quickly and quietly, no one would be able to rely on it any more.

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09 October 2008

uk: Lords to debate gov't progress on internet security ZDNet

The House of Lords will debate personal internet security on Friday, with the aim of assessing the progress the government has made on protecting the public.

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Clickjacking: Net game turns PC into undercover surveillance zombie The Register

Underscoring the severity of a new class of vulnerability known as clickjacking, a blogger has created a proof-of-concept game that uses a PC's video cam and microphone to secretly spy on the player.

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08 October 2008

Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn new spam sources The Age

Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn are being blamed for a boom in sophisticated email scams in which criminals mining the information on social networking sites to create personalised attacks.

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au: Privacy lags in technology rush Sydney Morning Herald

The federal minister in charge of privacy, John Faulkner, has warned that personal information posted on social networking websites can linger forever "like an ill-considered tattoo".

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Kiwi academic to co-chair APAC security forum Computerworld

A global e-business and security certification organisation is warning that the many commercial applications being produced across the globe are creating new opportunities for malicious attacks on commercial and government institutions.

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06 October 2008

British government will spy on every call and email Sunday Times

Ministers are considering spending up to £12 billion on a database to monitor and store the internet browsing habits, e-mail and telephone records of everyone in Britain.

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04 October 2008

EBay shoppers using PayPal get better protection Daily Telegraph

EBay shoppers are to receive full refunds for faulty or non-existent goods bought on the site after a long campaign against the payment service PayPal.

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British spies take war on terror into cyberspace The Independent

Britain's security agencies are fighting a covert war in cyberspace against extremist Islamist internet sites as part of a new anti-terrorist strategy, senior Whitehall officials have revealed.

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Cyber crime on the rise in Australia ABC 7.30 Report

Buying goods or services on the internet has become common practice for many Australians, but some cyber consumers have become victims to rogue sellers who fail to deliver. How common is online fraud and what are Australian authorities doing about it?

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03 October 2008

US Senate bill sets guidelines for cybersecurity center CNET

A new authorization bill would give the White House more oversight of the Homeland Security Department's much-beleaguered cybersecurity efforts.

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Defenders of cyberspace The Guardian

Questions were raised by the creation of a command to fight cyber attacks by the US - and more were raised by its sudden suspension

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02 October 2008

Britain's first internet crime unit to be established Daily Telegraph

The first specialist internet crime unit in Britain is being set up by Scotland Yard to fight £50 billion worth of fraud and organised "cyber" crime, ministers announced.

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Fighting the scourge of scareware BBC

Microsoft and Washington State's Attorney General filed lawsuits against scam artists who frighten consumers into buying useless software.

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01 October 2008

German Towns Saying 'Nein' to Google 'Street View' Der Spiegel

Google's corporate slogan might be "don't be evil," but some communities in northwestern Germany see something nefarious in the company's photographing all their streets and houses. If they get their way, they will remain black holes in Google's ambitious mapping of the universe.

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British Telecom Wants to Watch; Begins Third Phorm Trial New York Times

While Internet providers in the United States have backed off, for now, from the idea they may be able to make money by selling information on where their customers surf on the Internet, British Telecom is still moving forward with the idea.

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30 September 2008

Notorious American ISP Intercage goes dark again Network World

Accused of being home to online scammers, San Francisco Internet service provider Intercage has been unplugged from the Internet ... for the second time this week.

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28 September 2008

German gamer admits killing British rival, claim Germans The Guardian

A German internet wargame enthusiast who has confessed to murdering a Briton he met online was in love with the victim's girlfriend and had tried to woo her, German police claimed yesterday.

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27 September 2008

US ISPs endorse user opt-in on Web tracking, deflect calls for privacy laws Computerworld

Three of the four largest Internet service providers in the U.S. promised today that they will adopt policies requiring them to get meaningful permission from customers before tracking their online activities for targeted advertising purposes.

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26 September 2008

London police close file on BT's Phorm trials BBC

The City of London Police have said there will be no formal investigation of BT over its secret trials of an ad monitoring system.

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Finland massacre raises fears of online network for school killers The Times

... Tuesday's shooting horrified Finland and was seen widely as a carbon copy of the attack in Jokela, where Pekka-Erik Auvinen killed eight people. Both had placed videos of their intentions on YouTube shortly before their attacks, and both killed themselves with a shot to the head rather than face arrest.

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Controversial ISP Intercage Now Back Online PC World

Pressure from computer security researchers may have knocked ISP Intercage offline, but not for long. The San Francisco company, accused of being a haven to online criminals, is now back, just days after its last upstream network provider, Pacific Internet Exchange, dropped it as a customer.

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