Legal & Security

13 February 2009

Facebook pays $65m to settle rival's claim The Guardian

Facebook paid $65m (£45m) to squash allegations that its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, stole the idea that has grown to become the world's largest social networking site, with more than 150 million users, it has been revealed.

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12 February 2009

Germany's National Defense in Cyberspace Der Spiegel

Germany's military, the Bundeswehr, trains its own hackers -- and it's not the only official effort to defend a nation from denial-of-service attacks. Governments around the world are preparing for the future of war.

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EU's charges against Microsoft over IE 'just silly,' says expert Computerworld

The European Union's pursuit of Microsoft Corp. over new charges that Internet Explorer stifles browser competition is "silly" and "dumb," a noted antitrust expert said today.

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UK government sites hit by hackers The Times

Thousands of government, NHS, school and police websites have been doctored to include links to pornography, viruses and other inappropriate material.

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us: Judge orders Web site to unmask anonymous posters in libel case Computerworld

The First Amendment protects the right to free speech and anonymous free speech. But it doesn't offer the right to libel someone, anonymously or otherwise.

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Identity fraud fraud up, but low-tech methods still prevalent CNET

Identity fraud rose 22 percent in 2008 from the year before, reaching the highest level since 2004, according to a report released on Monday by Javelin Research.

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11 February 2009

Google on trial: Privacy, Italian Style Der Spiegel

Criminal charges against four Google executives over an allegedly offensive video posting raise troubling questions about the liabilities of Web companies.

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Cyber-Scams on the Uptick in Downturn Wall Street Journal

The bear economy is creating a bull market for cyber-crooks.

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10 February 2009

Official: Obama orders review of cyber security The Age

An administration official says that President Barack Obama has ordered a 60-day review of the nation's cybersecurity to examine how federal agencies are using technology to protect U.S. secrets and data.

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eBay stops sale of illegal knives The Independent

The online auction site eBay has admitted it needs to do more to protect its users after allowing the sale of illegal knives. Researchers on the BBC's Watchdog bought five knives, including a stealth knife and a dagger disguised as a pen, on the website. All were illegal to sell or carry in the UK and cost less than £10 each. They were sold by US vendors through eBay's British website.

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08 February 2009

US teen accused of 'Facebook sex assaults' Daily Telegraph (UK)

An 18-year-old US student has been accused of posing as a girl on Facebook, tricking at least 31 male classmates into sending him naked photos of themselves and then blackmailing some for sex acts.

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07 February 2009

Can the all-seeing, all-knowing Google be trusted to rule the world? The Times

It has been a busy week for Google. It started last weekend, when a Google employee typed a single backslash in the wrong place at the wrong time. This act resulted in the Google website marking every page on the internet as potentially harmful. The internet was no longer a safe place. Google, the web's gatekeepers, said so.

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06 February 2009

Surveillance is 'inescapable' part of life in Britain The Guardian

You don't have to be paranoid any more to believe you are being watched. It is the pretence that you are unobserved that is an act of self-delusion.

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The fog of cyberwar The Guardian

As Kyrgyzstan reels from a sustained cyberattack, Danny Bradbury asks whether it was a show of strength from Russia, or whether the perpetrators are closer to home

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Google Latitude: Is the public ready for mobile tracking? The Guardian

Google's march into the location-aware services space attracted a considerable amount of concern over privacy when its latest project, Latitude, was unveiled.

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05 February 2009

Google executives on trial in Italy International Herald Tribune

Four executives of Google went on trial Tuesday, accused of crimes stemming from the posting of a video on its Italian-language Web site in a case that could have wide-ranging implications.

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04 February 2009

French court fines Google over trade marked keywords OUT-LAW News

A French court has fined search engine giant Google €350,000 and said that its search advertising business has infringed on two companies' trade marks.

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03 February 2009

A Field Day for Financial Cyber-Scammers BusinessWeek

When rumors swirled in late September that regulators had brokered a deal for Citigroup to buy Wachovia, cybercriminals capitalized on the chaos. An estimated 5,000 Wachovia customers received a fraudulent e-mail instructing them to update their accounts in anticipation of the merger. Many gave the hackers Social Security numbers and other sensitive financial information. Wachovia posted an alert within 24 hours, and Wells Fargo (WFC) emerged as the buyer a few days later. But the damage had been done. "It's us against these criminals," says Matt Wadley, a spokesman for Wachovia, which is helping those duped by the fraud.

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02 February 2009

Cybercrime threat rising sharply BBC News

The threat of cybercrime is rising sharply, experts have warned at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

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31 January 2009

Study: Cybercrime cost firms $1 trillion globally CNET

Data theft and breaches from cybercrime may have cost businesses as much as $1 trillion globally in lost intellectual property and expenditures for repairing the damage last year, according to a new study from McAfee.

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Google dismisses click fraud report Computerworld

[IDG] Google is taking issue with a report that says click fraud hit a record high in the fourth quarter.

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Data scams have kicked into high gear as markets tumble USA Today

Cybercriminals have launched a massive new wave of Internet-based schemes to steal personal data and carry out financial scams in an effort to take advantage of the fear and confusion created by tumbling financial markets, security specialists say.

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30 January 2009

Russian 'cybermilitia' knocks Kyrgyzstan offline Computerworld

A Russian "cybermilitia" has knocked the central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan off the Internet, a security researcher said today, demonstrating that the hackers are able to respond even faster than last year, when they waged a digital war against another former Soviet republic, Georgia.

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Study: Click fraud closed 2008 at all-time high CNET

Thanks in part to armies of compromised computers, click fraud reached an all-time high in the fourth quarter.

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Privacy-protecting search engine ignores IP addresses OUT-LAW News

A Dutch search engine has become the first to operate without recording the address of the computer used to make the search. Ixquick said it had taken the move to protect users' privacy.

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