Legal & Security

15 October 2015

Microsoft details takedown requests in expanded transparency report Computerworld

In response to growing government demands for data, tech companies have been detailing those requests in transparency reports that elaborate on what gets done when government agencies come calling for users' data.

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Hacking for Security, and Getting Paid for It New York Times

It should come as no surprise that the Internet is riddled with holes. For as long as people have been writing code, they have been making mistakes. And just about as long as they have been making mistakes, criminals, governments, so-called hacktivists and people who wreck things for kicks have been taking advantage.

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12 October 2015

OECD: CEOs and governments should treat digital security as an economic risk OECD

A global, interconnected, open and dynamic digital environment brings considerable business and economic opportunities - and holds even more promise as the Internet of Things and Big Data become pervasive. But countries and businesses are increasingly exposed to digital security threats that are growing in both number and sophistication.

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05 October 2015

Texas judge throws out patent claims BBC News

A judge in East Texas has wiped out 168 patent cases relating to a single patent and filed by the same company.

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01 October 2015

Google and Microsoft agree to lawsuit truce BBC News

Eighteen lawsuits had been active between the companies, relating to uses of technologies in mobile phones, wifi and other areas.

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26 September 2015

Porn sites hit by malware hidden in adverts BBC News

Security firm Malwarebytes says a campaign of malware hidden inside online ads which hit search engine Yahoo earlier this year has now also appeared on adult websites.

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Obama and Xi Jinping of China Agree to Steps on Cybertheft New York Times

President Obama and President Xi Jinping of China took their first concrete steps on Friday toward reining in the rising threat of cyberattacks between the world's two largest economies, pledging that their governments would refrain from computer-enabled theft of intellectual property for commercial gain even as Mr. Obama suggested that he might still impose sanctions if rampant Chinese hacking persisted.

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25 September 2015

Kim Dotcom case is 'simple fraud', court told The Guardian

Prosecutors have outlined their extradition case against Kim Dotcom in a New Zealand court, saying the core allegation against the internet mogul accused of multimillion-dollar online piracy was fraud.

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21 September 2015

Kim Dotcom in court for US extradition hearing after three years of delays The Guardian

After more than three years of legal wrangling, two supreme court cases and 10 delays in the proceedings, the extradition hearing for internet tycoon Kim Dotcom and his co-accused has finally begun in Auckland.

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20 September 2015

U.S. and China Seek Arms Deal for Cyberspace New York Times

The United States and China are negotiating what could become the first arms control accord for cyberspace, embracing a commitment by each country that it will not be the first to use cyberweapons to cripple the other's critical infrastructure during peacetime, according to officials involved in the talks.

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14 September 2015

America's computers and networks are under attack. Retaliation against Chinese hackers looms The Economist

If Chinese spies broke into an American government building and stole important documents, or were seen planting explosives in the electric grid, uproar or worse would ensue. Yet state-supported Chinese hackers have, officials say, been getting away with the digital equivalent for years, with notably little response.

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Internet of Things Poses Opportunities for Cyber Crime FBI's IC3

The Internet of Things (IoT) refers to any object or device which connects to the Internet to automatically send and/or receive data.

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12 September 2015

GCHQ is giving out advice on how to set a good password The Guardian

The UK intelligence agency responsible for vast amounts of snooping, as exposed by the Snowden revelations, has released new password guidelines.

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09 September 2015

Why you should care about Microsoft's latest legal battle Fortune

They say the Internet knows no borders. Well, that may soon change.

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01 September 2015

U.S. developing sanctions against China over cyberthefts Washington Post

The Obama administration is developing a package of unprecedented economic sanctions against Chinese companies and individuals who have benefited from their government's cybertheft of valuable U.S. trade secrets.

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21 August 2015

Ashley Madison: More data leaks onto dark net BBC News

A fresh set of files that appear to be leaked Ashley Madison data has been uploaded to a part of the internet known by some as the "dark web".

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20 August 2015

Ashley Madison database suggests paid-delete option left identifiable data intact The Guardian

The hacked infidelity site Ashley Madison apparently retained enough personal data about users to identify them to spouses - as the site's hackers have claimed - despite offering a paid-for "full delete" service, which charged users £15 or $20 to remove all their information.

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19 August 2015

Hackers Say They Have Released Ashley Madison Files New York Times

Hackers claim to have made good on their threat to release data they stole in a breach last month of the company behind Ashley Madison, the popular online dating website aimed at people hoping to cheat on their spouses.

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10 August 2015

Web's random numbers are too weak, researchers warn BBC News

The data scrambling systems used by millions of web servers could be much weaker than they ought to be, say researchers.

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08 August 2015

Internet firms to be subject to new cybersecurity rules in EU Reuters

Internet firms such as Cisco, Google and Amazon will be subject to a new EU cybersecurity law forcing them to adopt tough security measures and possibly report serious breaches to national authorities, according to a document seen by Reuters.

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05 August 2015

Why we should all care about cyber crime: the risk to you and me ABC News

In today's world, the reality is that all individuals and organisations connected to the internet are vulnerable to cyber attack.

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04 August 2015

US cybersecurity bill could 'sweep away' internet users' privacy, agency warns The Guardian

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Monday said a controversial new surveillance bill could sweep away "important privacy protections", a move that bodes ill for the measure's return to the floor of the Senate this week.

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01 August 2015

Ashley Madison attack prompts spam link deluge BBC News

The hack attack on the Ashley Madison site has prompted spammers to capitalise on interest in data stolen from the infidelity site.

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31 July 2015

Counterfeit.com: Makers of expensive bags, clothes and watches are fighting fakery in the courts. But the battle seems to be getting tougher The Economist

The grand golden doors of 500 Pearl Street, in Manhattan, have welcomed such glamorous names as Hermès, Tiffany & Co and Kering, a French conglomerate whose treasures include Gucci and Bottega Veneta. The building is not a posh hotel or department store. It is the federal court for the Southern District of New York, a favoured battleground for the decidedly unglamorous war against counterfeit goods.

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29 July 2015

Cybercrime-as-a-service on the rise says Australian government report Computerworld

'Cybercrime as a service is likely' to increase as criminals continue to find it easier to purchase malware rather than developing their own, according to the first report of the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

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