Legal & Security

06 August 2008

us: E-Mail Hacking Case Could Redefine Online Privacy Washington Post

A federal appeals court in California is reviewing a lower court's definition of "interception" in the digital age, in a case that some legal experts say could weaken consumer privacy protections online.

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Giant online security hole getting fixed, slowly Washington Post

A giant vulnerability in the Internet's design is allowing criminals to silently redirect traffic to Web sites under their control. The problem is being fixed, but its extent remains unknown and many people are still at risk.

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Hi-tech criminals target Twitter BBC

Micro blogging site Twitter is the latest target of cyber criminals who are increasingly finding fertile ground on social networks.

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U2 warn fans not to buy tickets to imaginary gigs The Guardian

It's a lesson for everyone - don't purchase imaginary things. Don't try to buy dreams on eBay, live unicorns by mail order, or that Radiohead/Pet Shop Boys collaboration from some shyster in Soho. These things do not exist. Nor, we are advised, do tickets to U2 concerts.

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05 August 2008

Olympic ticket scams just the start, says researcher Computerworld

Scammers have duped hundreds of people out of thousands of dollars each using bogus Olympic ticket-selling sites, reports said today. A security expert warned that more will follow.

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Grand Theft Auto withdrawn in Thailand after copycat killing The Times

One of the largest video game distributors in Asia has halted sales of the Grand Theft Auto IV in Thailand after a teenager confessed to robbing and murdering a taxi driver while trying to recreate a scene from the game.

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Australian privacy advocates say Google's gone too far The Australian

Google is back in the privacy firing line over its latest internet mapping blitz, which will make Australian streets some of the most scrutinised in the world.

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02 August 2008

US lawmakers Demand Info on Web Tracking Practices New York Times

A congressional committee wants the nation's largest telecommunications and Internet companies to explain whether they target online advertising based on consumers' search queries and Web surfing habits.

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Google accused on privacy views BBC

Google has been accused of "hypocrisy" over its stance on personal privacy. In court documents defending a lawsuit brought against its Street View mapping tool it has asserted that "complete privacy doesn't exist."

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01 August 2008

Scrabulous returns to Facebook as Wordscraper The Times

Less than two days after it was pulled from Facebook after a lawsuit, the popular online version of Scrabble - Scrabulous - has returned.

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31 July 2008

UK watchdog clears Google's street cameras The Guardian

Google's controversial Street View service - which will offer ground-level pictures of every UK street online -can finally be launched in Britain, after a privacy watchdog said it had no complaints about the service.

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FBI warns of new Storm Worm attacks Computerworld

A rash of complaints prompted the FBI to issue a warning of a new round of spam e-mails bombarding the Internet to spread the malicious Storm Worm.

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'Bumbling nerd' who broke into Pentagon computers loses battle against extradition The Guardian

A British hacker who broke into the Pentagon's computer systems said he was disappointed and angry after the House of Lords yesterday dismissed his appeal against extradition to the US.

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30 July 2008

au: eBay fraud probe could take months The Age

It could be months before police can unravel the spectacular collapse of one of the biggest Australian sellers on eBay, which left hundreds of users out of pocket hundreds of thousands of dollars.

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Game over for Scrabulous on Facebook The Times

Scrabulous, the popular Scrabble-based game on Facebook, has been taken down from the US version of the social networking site.

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29 July 2008

EBay, British luxury goods group to discuss counterfeit sales Computerworld

Intellectual property lawyers from eBay Inc. and Walpole British Luxury, a group that represents the British luxury goods industry, are meeting Monday in London to discuss ways they can work together to prevent the sale of counterfeit goods online.

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Google to face charges in Italy over Down's syndrome video The Times

Google is to face criminal charges in Italy over a video which appeared on one of its sites showing a disabled teenager being taunted by his peers.

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28 July 2008

The Briton facing 60 years in US prison after hacking into Pentagon The Observer

On the eve of a Lords ruling over US demands for his extradition, a British computer hacker claims that American prosecutors threatened to haul him before a military tribunal

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27 July 2008

Attacks begin on net address flaw BBC

Attack code that exploits flaws in the net's addressing system are starting to circulate online, say security experts. The code could be a boon to phishing gangs who redirect web users to fake bank sites and steal login details.

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Cyber-nationalism: The brave new world of e-hatred The Economist

"Nation shall speak peace unto nation." Eighty years ago, Britain’s state broadcasters adopted that motto to signal their hope that modern communications would establish new bonds of friendship between people divided by culture, political boundaries and distance. For those who still cling to that ideal, the latest trends on the internet are depressing. Of course, as anyone would expect, governments use their official websites to boast about their achievements and to argue their corner—usually rather clunkily—in disputes about territory, symbols or historical rights and wrongs.

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26 July 2008

Residents in Spain fined for putting prostitute clients on YouTube The Times

Some lauded them as plucky local heroes who harnessed new technologies to tackle problems that the authorities ignored. Others saw them as snoops with no regard for people's privacy.

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Report: Taliban using sophisticated media network The Guardian

The Taliban have created a sophisticated media network to undermine support for the Afghan government, sending threats by text message and spreading the militia's views through songs available as ring tones, according to a report released Thursday.

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25 July 2008

How a fraudster stole my identity on Facebook The Independent

The first I knew about it was a phone call. My girlfriend admonished me for succumbing to the temptations of Facebook, a website whose poisoned fruits I had previously said I found unappealing. I stood accused of two crimes: a lack of willpower and a failure to confess.

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uk: 'Fake Facebook profile' victim awarded £22,000 The Times

A businessman who had his personal life laid bare in a fake profile on the social networking website Facebook has been awarded £22,000 in a libel case he brought against a former school friend.

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24 July 2008

uk: 'Spying' requests exceed 500,000 BBC

More than 500,000 official "spying" requests for private communications data such as telephone records were made last year, a report says.

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