Legal & Security

19 November 2008

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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06 November 2008

UK government black boxes will 'collect every email' The Independent

Home Office says all data from web could be stored in giant government database

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05 November 2008

Google's browser labelled a 'digital Trojan horse' Sydney Morning Herald

Perhaps the biggest threat to Google'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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Russian scammers cash in on pop-up menace The Age

Cyber criminals are earning up to $US150,000 a week selling fake anti-virus software to naive internet users, confidential documents obtained by a US security researcher reveal.

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Three ways Internet crime has changed Computerworld

Gone are the days when most hackers were looking for fame with a splashy, large-scale attack on a network that made headlines. Today's cybercriminals are quietly taking over vulnerable web sites as part of an elaborate process in the underground economy.

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04 November 2008

us: Partnering for Cyberspace Security Washington Post

In two recent speeches that have attracted little notice, Donald Kerr, principal deputy director of national intelligence, has called for a radical new relationship between government and the private sector to counter what he called the "malicious activity in cyberspace [that] is a growing threat to everyone."

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On Security, Microsoft Reports Progress and Alarm New York Times

Microsoft plans to report on Monday that the security of its Windows operating system has significantly improved, while at the same time the threat of computer viruses, frauds and other online scourges has become much more serious.

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Japan clamps down on suicide sites as number of gassings soar Daily Telegraph

Police in Japan have launched a crackdown on internet suicide sites after the number of people gassing themselves with household chemicals rose almost 30 times in one year.

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Tech industry group battles botnets New York Times

Several ISPs and Internet companies will meet in San Francisco early next year to adopt a common strategy for combating botnets, the remotely controlled networks that are used to carry out distributed denial-of-service attacks and massive spam campaigns.

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They've Got Your Number: Book Review New York Times

Maybe you're the kind of person who doesn't believe that the kind of person you are can be deduced by an algorithm and expressed through shorthand categorizations like "urban youth" or "hearth keeper." Maybe I'd agree with you, and maybe we're right. But the kind of people -- "crack mathematicians, computer scientists and engineers" -- whom Stephen Baker writes about in "The Numerati" clearly see things differently. In fact, they probably regard such skepticism as more fodder for the math-driven identity formulas they've created to satisfy the consumer-product companies and politicians who hire them.

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