Legal & Security

26 September 2008

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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Computer Users Overeager to Click Popup 'OKs' PC World

Web surfers have a standard reaction to error messages that pop up in their Web browsers, according to new research published this week: They click "OK" and hope it will disappear.

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Cybercriminals go mobile Personal Computer World

The increasing use of smart mobile devices will make them a major target for cybercriminals, a security analyst warned today.

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YouTube treads fine line over Finnish gunman video The Times

Within a couple of hours of the shootings in Kaujahoki, several videos posted by the YouTube user Wumpscut86 had been taken down by the site.

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25 September 2008

Australia's cybersecurity needs work ZDNet

A previously unreleased report from Australia's attorney-general's department has urged the government to take action to curb the quick and ferocious nature of modern cyber-attacks.

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au: ACCC to name and shame dodgy websites Computerworld

More than 20 agencies worldwide - including several from Australia - will sweep thousands of sites for misleading or fraudulent claims in the next 24 hours.

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24 September 2008

Internet Shuns U.S. Based ISP Amid Fraud, Abuse Allegations Washington Post

A California based commercial Internet service provider whose clients included a laundry list of spammers and scammers is now offline, after the last of the company's upstream Internet providers decided to the pull the plug.

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Battle Over Stolen Goods Sold Online Goes to Washington New York Times

Does the freedom of selling on the Web lure otherwise law-abiding citizens into an addictive world of organized Internet crime? That's the somewhat overheated assertion being made to support three bills now under consideration by the House Judiciary Committee's subcommittee on crime, terrorism, and homeland security.

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23 September 2008

U.S. Cybersecurity Is Weak, GAO Says BusinessWeek

The federal government cybersecurity team with primary responsibility for protecting the computer networks of government and private enterprise isn't up to the job, according to a draft Government Accountability Office report obtained by BusinessWeek.

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21 September 2008

Experts: US Is Not Prepared to Handle Cyber Attacks Dark Reading

In Congressional testimony, authorities on cyber defense say neither government agencies nor private companies are ready for what may come

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20 September 2008

How telcos and ISPs are prepping for a pandemic Network World

Network operators and IT professionals already worried about how hurricanes and financial meltdowns will impact their work lives can add another potential catastrophe to their list of concerns: a global pandemic.

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Cyber Attack Data-Sharing Is Lacking, US Congress Told Washington Post

U.S. intelligence agencies are unable to share information about foreign cyber attacks against companies for fear of jeopardizing intelligence-gathering sources and methods, cyber security expert Paul B. Kurtz told lawmakers yesterday.

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EFF Sues NSA, President Bush, and Vice President Cheney to Stop Illegal Surveillance Electronic Frontiers Foundation

The Electronic Frontier Foundation filed a lawsuit against the National Security Agency and other government agencies today on behalf of AT&T customers to stop the illegal, unconstitutional, and ongoing dragnet surveillance of their communications and communications records. The five individual plaintiffs are also suing President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, Cheney's chief of staff David Addington, former Attorney General and White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and other individuals who ordered or participated in the warrantless domestic surveillance.

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FBI on the trail of hackers after Palin's emails made public The Guardian

FBI officials and secret service investigators were trying yesterday to track down hackers who broke into an email account belonging to US vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

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19 September 2008

Critics: Homeland Security unprepared for cyberthreats CNET

When politicians got together six years ago and decided to glue together a medley of federal agencies to create the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, one of the justifications was a better focus on cybersecurity.

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Anti-abortion groups to buy ads on Google The Times

Religious groups had accused the search giant of breaching equality laws by banning ads which criticised abortion

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18 September 2008

Cybercriminals use celebrity names to lure victims Reuters

Looking for information about Brad Pitt or Beyonce on the Web? It could be risky. An internet security firm has dubbed the actor and singer the most dangerous celebrities to search for on the Internet because cybercriminals use their names to lure victims.

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UK government responds on Phorm BBC

The government has outlined how a controversial online ad system can be rolled out in the UK. In response to EU questions about its legality, it said that it was happy Phorm conformed to EU data laws.

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17 September 2008

US focusing cybersecurity on backdoors in tech products Network World

As part of a comprehensive cybersecurity push, the U.S. government will focus on improving its network defense capabilities and on revamping acquisition rules to protect against malicious code installed during the manufacturing process of electronic devices.

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16 September 2008

Do ISPs pose a bigger online privacy threat than Google? Computerworld

The increased monitoring and profiling of Internet users by companies such as Google Inc. and its DoubleClick online advertising subsidiary is widely seen as one of the biggest threats to online privacy. But in reality, said university professor Paul Ohm, the potential for the same kind of activities by ISPs poses a much greater privacy risk.

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U.N. Agency Eyes Curbs On Internet Anonymity CNET

A United Nations agency is quietly drafting technical standards, proposed by the Chinese government, to define methods of tracing the original source of Internet communications and potentially curbing the ability of users to remain anonymous.

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14 September 2008

Hackers infiltrate Large Hadron Collider systems and mock IT security Daily Telegraph

Hackers have mounted an attack on the Large Hadron Collider, raising concerns about the security of the biggest experiment in the world as it passes an important new milestone.

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13 September 2008

eu: Playing a dangerous game with data The Guardian

Thanks to a collapsed ceiling in its Strasbourg chamber, the European parliament will have to stay in Brussels for its plenary session later this month. Yet it would be fanciful to imagine that the respite offered to MEPs from their exhausting high-carbon commute will make them more clear-headed than normal when crafting legislation. For many of them appear intent on using the occasion to mount an ill-conceived attack on civil liberties.

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12 September 2008

USAF: Cyberspace represents a fifth, costly, realm of warfare Computerworld

Once the USAF Cyber Command was effectively put on ice recently, coverage of the US military's approach to network warfare and defence also went away. The existing infrastructure and systems that had been in place prior to the attempted set up of Cyber Command still continue to operate and the head of US Strategic Command, General Kevin Chilton, recently spoke about a range of the issues being faced in operating the US military's lesser-classified networks.

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