Legal & Security

29 October 2008

Belgian ISP wins reprieve in copyright infringement filtering case OUT-LAW News

A Belgian internet service provider that had been ordered by the courts to filter out copyright-infringing material from its network has won a court reprieve. It will not have to pay the €750,000 in fines that have built up over the past year.

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Twitter for terrorists: U.S. Army report lays out terror scenarios Computerworld

Terrorists could use Twitter to communicate with terrorist cells to plan, coordinate attacks

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Alarm raised on teenage hackers BBC

Increasing numbers of teenagers are starting to dabble in hi-tech crime, say experts.

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28 October 2008

Microsoft Combats Cybercrime in Nigeria PC World

Paradigm Initiative Nigeria and Microsoft have partnered to educate the country's youth on cybercrime and to provide opportunities for them to use their computer skills positively.

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27 October 2008

Courts put real value on virtual crimes vnunet

A pair of recent criminal cases are placing new value on virtual world actions. Courts in Japan and Europe have decided that damage to property in online worlds warrants real-world legal punishments.

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Japanes woman arrested for killing virtual husband in Maple Story The Times

A Japanese piano teacher has been arrested for the murder of her virtual husband after an abrupt but messy online divorce.

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us: Does Child Porn Fight Thraten Privacy? PC World

... Now his successor, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, has found a new evil to fight in order to make a name for himself: child pornography. If we are to believe the headlines, child pornography is the most prevalent crime committed online, and it seems Cuomo believes selling, trading, or downloading child pornography online is one of the biggest problems online. He has focused his attention on curtailing Internet users' access to newsgroups and pushing ISPs to take more responsibility for users' illegal activities.

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Suicide of South Korean actress fuels Internet debate Los Angeles Times

The government wants to toughen the punishment for cyber-insulters, who are cited as a factor in the death of Choi Jin-sil. But some say free speech is at stake.

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25 October 2008

uk: Surveillance - Data with destiny The Guardian

"Which side is he on?" Gordon Brown taunted David Cameron in another effective performance on the financial crisis at prime minister's questions yesterday. The same question, though, must now be asked directly of Mr Brown as the battle between liberty and the power of the state prepares to take another major turning. This new battle is summed up in two recent speeches. The first was delivered last week by the home secretary Jacqui Smith, who outlined plans for a potentially vast new state database that will contain details of every phone call, text message and internet visit made by every person in this country for all time. The new database, said Ms Smith, would be an essential part of the government's revised anti-terrorist strategy. Communications data of this kind is the lifeblood of 95% of serious crime prosecutions and of almost all security service operations in recent years, she said, but it must now be carried further to allow government to store the details of internet communications, including social networking sites.

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24 October 2008

uk: Hoon defends giant database plans BBC

Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon has said the government is prepared to go "quite a long way" with civil liberties to "stop terrorists killing people". He was responding to criticism of plans for a database of mobile and web records, saying it was needed because terrorists used such communications.

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23 October 2008

Cyber-attack theory as al-Qaida websites close The Guardian

Websites being used to disseminate propaganda by al-Qaida appear to have come under systematic cyber-attack, forcing the closure of three for well over a month and fuelling speculation that governments are targeting them in a shadowy new front in the "war on terror".

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A Robot Network Seeks to Enlist Your Computer New York Times

In a windowless room on Microsoft's campus here, T. J. Campana, a cybercrime investigator, connects an unprotected computer running an early version of Windows XP to the Internet. In about 30 seconds the computer is "owned."

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Dutch teens convicted of virtual theft The Age

A Dutch court has convicted two teenagers of theft for stealing virtual items in a computer game and sentenced them to community service.

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The Growing Security Concerns... Don't Have Nightmares by Bill Thompson Circle ID

Anyone concerned about the security of their computers and the data held on them might sleep a little uneasily tonight.

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German privacy watchdogs agree social networking ground rules OUT-LAW News

Social networking sites are not permitted to store information about people's use of the sites beyond the duration of a particular session in Germany, according to a panel of all that country's data protection officials.

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eBay in worldwide ban on sale of ivory to save endangered elephants The Times

A worldwide ban on the sale of ivory was announced today by the internet shopping site eBay after campaigns by wildlife conservation groups to save endangered elephants from extinction.

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22 October 2008

Pirates prefer Windows XP over Vista, says Microsoft Computerworld

Software counterfeiters pass on Windows Vista and instead prefer to pirate Windows XP, a Microsoft Corp. attorney said today, outlining a practice that tracks with the leanings of many of the company's customers.

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Keyboard sniffers to steal data BBC

Computer criminals could soon be eavesdropping on what you type by analysing the electromagnetic signals produced by every key press.

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21 October 2008

UK government faces fight from within for spy database Sunday Times

A Home Office revolt is stalling a plan to store our e-mails and calls but a more sinister one may take its place

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Bank hackers steal from French President's bank account The Guardian

The French government was forced to admit that no one was safe from internet fraud yesterday after it emerged that thieves had managed to hack into President Nicolas Sarkozy's personal bank account and siphon off cash.

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Georgian cyberattacks suggest Russian involvement Computerworld

The hackers who launched cyberattacks against the former Soviet republic of Georgia two months ago probably had links to the Russian government, even though no hard evidence has been uncovered of official involvement, a report by an all-volunteer group of experts said today.

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19 October 2008

Internet police catching up with outlaws The Guardian

One of the great claims about the internet has always been that it doesn't respect borders. John Perry Barlow, in his "declaration of cyberspace independence" - written way back in 1996 - claimed that national governments couldn't hold sway against the determined electrons of cyberspace: "Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. You have neither solicited nor received ours," he wrote.

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Telecom Spying Amnesty Unconstitutional, Electronic Frontiers Foundation Tells Court Wired

The government's attempt to give retroactive immunity to the companies that helped the Bush administration's warrantless spying program violates the Constitution by ripping from the courts the power to hear citizens' grievances against the government, a rights group told a federal court Thursday.

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Al-Qaeda Web Forums Abruptly Taken Offline Washington Post

Four of the five main online forums that al-Qaeda's media wing uses to distribute statements by Osama bin Laden and other extremists have been disabled since mid-September, monitors of the Web sites say.

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18 October 2008

Cybersecurity: Users, Other Groups Must Work Together PC World

Individual Internet users, businesses, the government and tech vendors all need to focus more on cybersecurity and be aware of the dangers, a group of cybersecurity experts said Thursday.

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