Legal & Security

13 December 2008

Retail Fraud Rates Plummeted the Night McColo Went Offline Washington Post

One month after the shutdown of hosting provider McColo Corp., spam volumes are nearly back to the levels seen prior to the company's take down by its upstream Internet providers. But according to one noted fraud expert, spam wasn't the only thing that may have been routed through the Silicon Valley based host: New evidence found that retail fraud dropped significantly on the same day.

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US Court Freezes Assets of Alleged 'Scareware' Purveyors Washington Post

A federal court has frozen the assets of several businesses accused of conspiring to trick more than one million consumers into purchasing and installing "scareware," which uses fake security alerts to frighten consumers into paying for bogus computer security software.

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12 December 2008

QC arrested in Australian child porn swoop Sydney Morning Herald

Police say a retired Victorian QC was among 19 men arrested during the global bust of a child pornography network that allegedly shared "among the worst" abuse images ever seen by investigators.

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Underground economy booming online, says Symantec Computerworld

[IDG] An online underground economy has recently matured into an efficient, global marketplace to trade stolen goods and offer fraud-related services.

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au: Police defend baby swinging video charge Sydney Morning Herald

Police say it is a crime for anyone to even watch a viral video of a man swinging a baby around the room. Their comment comes after uproar over 60-year-old Chris Illingworth, a father of four from Maroochydore, was charged with posting the video on Liveleak after he stumbled across it on YouTube.

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11 December 2008

US Court Weighs Internet Anonymity Washington Post

In a First Amendment case with implications for everything from neighborhood e-mail lists to national newspapers, an Eastern Shore businessman argued to Maryland's highest court yesterday that the host of an online forum should be forced to reveal the identities of people who posted allegedly defamatory comments.

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Australian Christmas shoppers warned about online scammers ABC News

Christmas shoppers are being warned to protect themselves from internet scammers this festive season.

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10 December 2008

Cybercriminals adapt tactics for financial crisis: Virtual Criminology Report 2008 Daily Telegraph

Cybercriminals are adapting their tactics to target people worried about their finances and job security during the financial crisis, experts have warned.

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us: Panel to Call for Review of Wiretapping of Scholar New York Times

A Congressional oversight panel plans to ask the National Security Agency to start an investigation into new evidence that the agency illegally wiretapped a Muslim scholar in Northern Virginia and concealed the eavesdropping during a 2005 trial in which the scholar was convicted on terrorism charges.

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Google Earth accused of aiding terrorists The Times

An Indian Court has been called to ban Google Earth amid suggestions the online satellite imaging was used to help plan the terror attacks that killed more than 170 people in Mumbai last month.

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Microsoft Offers to Reduce Search Data in Europe New York Times

Microsoft offered Monday to abide by a European privacy panel's request that it reduce the length of time it kept records of Web searches if its rivals, Yahoo and Google, did the same.

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us: Think tank panel recommends that feds make major cybersecurity changes Computerworld

[IDG] The U.S. government should overhaul its approach to cybersecurity by imposing sweeping new regulations on businesses and creating a centralized cybersecurity office in the White House, an outside group of experts recommended today.

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09 December 2008

FTC has a message for vishing victims Network World

[IDG] The e-mail looks important: "National 1st Credit Union temporarily suspended your account. Reason: Billing failure." Further down, it tells you to call this number to reactivate: 201-621-5813.

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Australian PM to beef up cybersecurity ZDNet

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has promised to bolster Australia's cyberdefenses to fend off the threat posed by hackers.

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Brown urged to keep hacker in UK BBC

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has been urged to halt the extradition to the US of computer hacker Gary McKinnon.

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08 December 2008

Google aims to set EU data protection agenda EurActiv

As EU privacy regulators maintain their focus on search engines, Internet giant Google pushed for harmonisation of EU and global rules on data protection during the first meeting of a new European Commission expert group designed to review current legislation.

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07 December 2008

Marching off to cyberwar: Estonian and Georgian attacks highlight "cyberwar" difficulties The Economist

The internet: Attacks launched over the internet on Estonia and Georgia highlight the difficulty of defining and dealing with "cyberwar"

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Koobface virus targets Facebook members Daily Telegraph

Computer hackers are targeting the 120 million users of the social networking site Facebook with the 'Koobface' virus, which takes control of a PC's internet searches and can steal sensitive personal information.

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Thieves Winning Online War, Maybe in Your PC New York Times

Internet security is broken, and nobody seems to know quite how to fix it. Despite the efforts of the computer security industry and a half-decade struggle by Microsoft to protect its Windows operating system, malicious software is spreading faster than ever. The so-called malware surreptitiously takes over a PC and then uses that computer to spread more malware to other machines exponentially. Computer scientists and security researchers acknowledge they cannot get ahead of the onslaught.

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Microsoft tackles auction pirates BBC

Microsoft has launched 63 separate lawsuits against people peddling counterfeit software on auction sites.

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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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