Legal & Security

05 March 2015

Outdated Encryption Leaves Phones Vulnerable to Hackers New York Times

A government policy that forbade the export of products with strong encryption in the 1990s has years later left users of devices like Android and Apple phones vulnerable to hackers when they visit one-third of all websites, including whitehouse.gov and nsa.gov.

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01 March 2015

Spyware and malware availability sparks surge in internet stalking The Observer

Domestic violence experts have warned that the use of specialist technology that enables abusers to stalk victims online and via mobile phones is growing at an alarming rate.

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26 February 2015

Europol shuts down Ramnit botnet that infected 3.2m computers The Guardian

A cybercrime ring that used millions of hacked computers in Britain to steal banking information has been shut down by European police and technology companies.

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24 February 2015

Why People Probably Won't Pay to Keep Their Web History Secret The Atlantic

AT&T is conducting an experiment in how much money Americans will pay for privacy. If consumers in Kansas are willing to pay an extra $30 per month for super-fast fiber-optic Internet access, the telecom giant won't track their online browsing for targeted ads. It turns out, most people opt for the cheaper service, according to AT&T.

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22 February 2015

Cyber-security: The Kaspersky equation: A Russian antivirus firm impresses the sceptics, again The Economist

There is more than one reason to harbour doubts about Eugene Kaspersky and the computer-security company that bears his name. He graduated from an institute close to the KGB and later worked for the Red Army. He has called Edward Snowden, the whistle-blower, a "traitor" for having broken his contract with his former employer, America's National Security Agency (NSA). And, like many an executive in his industry, his regular warnings about big, emerging cyber-threats just happen to be good for drumming up business.

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20 February 2015

'Revenge porn' mogul Hunter Moore pleads guilty BBC News

The man behind a "revenge porn" website has pleaded guilty to hacking and identity theft, in Los Angeles.

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19 February 2015

How law enforcement monitors the Dark Web IT World

The Dark Web is something that most users might not be familiar with in their day to day use of the Internet. But law enforcement is certainly aware of it, and they are beginning to keep tabs on it in a number of different ways.

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14 February 2015

Obama Calls for New Cooperation to Wrangle the 'Wild West' Internet New York Times

Declaring that the Internet has become the "Wild Wild West" with consumers and industries as top targets, President Obama on Friday called for a new era of cooperation between the government and the private sector to defeat a range of fast-evolving online threats.

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13 February 2015

White House Cybersecurity Event to Draw Top Tech, Wall Street Execs Wall Street Journal

President Barack Obama will convene top executives from Silicon Valley, Wall Street, and a number of other industries on Friday in a first-of-its kind cybersecurity "summit" taking place as the government and corporate executives each struggle to adjust to persistent and sophisticated breaches.

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Facebook, Twitter and other web firms battle botnets with ThreatExchange The Guardian

Facebook has teamed up with a group of other internet firms to launch ThreatExchange, a way to share information on cyber-attacks and other online security threats.

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11 February 2015

Obama Administration Plans to Open Center to Fight Cyberattacks New York Times

President Obama's homeland security adviser said Tuesday that the administration was planning to open a new center that would quickly assess and deter cyberattacks on the United States.

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08 February 2015

The Dark Web Remains: government may have won its case against Silk Road's Ross Ulbricht, but the hidden sites are getting bigger—and smarter. The Atlantic

The Wednesday conviction of Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht on seven felony charges demonstrated at least one thing pretty clearly: U.S. law enforcement can not only find, but successfully prosecute online operators of the drug market who cloak their criminal dealings behind hidden web addresses -- especially when those operators slip up by, say, talking about their drug deals in messages linked to a personal Gmail account.

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04 February 2015

'Revenge porn' site owner convicted of extortion BBC News

A man who ran a so-called "revenge porn" site has been convicted of identity theft and extortion.

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28 January 2015

Hacktivists step up web attack volumes BBC News

Hacktivists and gamers are becoming big users of net attacks that knock sites offline by bombarding them with data, suggests a report.

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27 January 2015

Australia launches cyber-weapons in global counter-terrorist operations Australian Financial Review

The frequency and severity of global cyber-attacks is rising rapidly and extending into outright cyber-war between states. And Australia is no innocent bystander, developing its own cyber-weapons, which we can reveal for the first time have been deployed in counter-terrorist operations overseas.

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26 January 2015

Spyware and smartphones: how abusive men track their partners The Guardian

Apps offer abusers a terrifying new toolbox to control their partners and exes. Phone software allows them to follow people's movements, monitor their calls, texts and emails - and even watch them

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21 January 2015

France, Germany Seek Help From Tech Firms in Policing Terrorism Online Wall Street Journal

France and Germany demanded that U.S. tech companies help them police terrorism on the Internet, escalating European efforts to wrangle more law-enforcement help from Silicon Valley.

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20 January 2015

Without Drugs, What's the Point of Bitcoin? The trial of the Silk Road founder reveals enormous flaws in the decentralised currency. The Atlantic

The trial of Ross Ulbricht, which began last week in Manhattan, doesn't lack for entertainment value. The 30-year-old is accused of founding and administering Silk Road, an online market that allowed users to buy and sell illegal drugs using bitcoin as currency. Founded in 2011, prosecutors allege that Silk Road generated $1.2 billion in revenue -- including an estimated $80 million paid in commissions -- until the FBI shut it down in 2013. Ulbricht has pled not guilty. But whatever the verdict, the legacy of Ulbricht's high-profile case may strike a blow against Bitcoin's future viability.

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19 January 2015

Think of a number and double it: Businesses would benefit from reliable information on cyber-crime's costs The Economist

Chick-fil-a, a fast-food chain, and Morgan Stanley, a bank, have in recent days joined a long list of big American companies to admit that their systems have been hacked into, putting customers' financial information at risk. But how many businesses suffer from cyber-crime, and how much it ultimately costs them, are huge unknowns. In part this is because much hacking goes undetected, and partly it is because businesses sometimes try to cover up breaches of data security, to avoid embarrassment. On January 12th President Obama launched a new drive to improve data security and privacy, to include a new Personal Data Notification and Protection Act. This would require companies to tell customers within 30 days of discovering that their information has been hacked into.

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17 January 2015

Silk Road trial to begin as prosecution may introduce evidence of murder plots The Guardian

Murder-for-hire allegations are central to a New York trial starting this week for a San Francisco man charged with running an online black market where drugs were sold as easily as books and electronics.

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Charlie Hebdo: 'Islamist cyber attacks' hit France BBC News

Numerous French media websites have gone down a day after warnings of a wave of Islamist cyber attacks.

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16 January 2015

Marriot hotels do U-turn over wi-fi hotspot blocks BBC News

Hotel group Marriott International has announced it will stop blocking guests from using personal wi-fi kits.

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14 January 2015

Obama makes push for stronger cyber security laws BBC News

US President Barack Obama has unveiled proposals to strengthen cyber security laws following a spate of attacks against high-profile US targets.

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13 January 2015

Obama to propose legislation to protect firms that share cyberthreat data Washington Post

President Obama plans to announce legislation Tuesday that would shield companies from lawsuits for sharing computer threat data with the government in an effort to prevent cyber­attacks.

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11 January 2015

Obama to Announce Cybersecurity Plans in State of the Union Preview New York Times

President Obama will announce new initiatives next week designed to bolster online security and improve access to cyberspace, White House officials said Saturday.

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