Legal & Security

21 May 2014

In cyber spying row, Chinese media call U.S. a 'mincing rascal' Reuters

Chinese state media labelled the United States a "mincing rascal" and "high-level hooligan" on Wednesday in response to Washington charging five Chinese military officers with hacking U.S. companies to steal trade secrets.

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The U.S., China and Internet Glass Houses Threat Post

That was quite a show the government put on Monday. The dramatic press conference featuring Attorney General Eric Holder, the coordinated press leaks ahead of the announcement, the strong statements about the sanctity of American commerce and how the United States will prosecute those who conduct cyberespionage against American targets. There were even cyber-wanted posters. All that was missing was a folding table loaded down with the weapons of choice: hard drives, mouses and keyboards.

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20 May 2014

U.S. Indicts Five Chinese Army Officers for Alleged Cyberespionage Operations Threat Post

The United States government on Monday made an unprecedented move in its efforts to combat cyberespionage operations against American companies, efforts that until now had mainly consisted of strongly worded statements and diplomacy. The Department of Justice indicted five officers of the Chinese People's Liberation Army for allegedly hacking into networks run by companies such as U.S. Steel, Westinghouse and Alcoa and stealing proprietary information that allegedly then was passed on to Chinese-owned companies.

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10 May 2014

FBI wants easier process to hack suspects' computers Washington Post

The Justice Department is seeking a change in criminal rules that would make it easier for the FBI to obtain warrants to hack into suspects' computers for evidence when the computer's physical location is unknown -- a problem that officials say is increasing as more and more crime is conducted online with tools to conceal identity.

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08 May 2014

Malware infections tripled in late 2013 thanks to sneaky browser plugin, Microsoft says PC World

A three-fold increase in Microsoft Windows computers infected with malicious software in late 2013 came from an application that was for some time classified as harmless by security companies.

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07 May 2014

Identity crime now amongst most common crimes in Australia Australian Attorney-General

The results of a community survey on identity crime by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) show that identity crime is now one of the more common crimes in Australia.

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Should Apple finally call time on smartphone patent wars? The Guardian

Steve Jobs once described Apple's biggest rival as "grand theft Android" because he believed the main alternative to the iPhone had stolen his company's ideas.

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03 May 2014

Steve Jobs Defied Convention, and Perhaps the Law New York Times

If Steve Jobs were alive today, should he be in jail? That's the provocative question being debated in antitrust circles in the wake of revelations that Mr. Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, who is deeply revered in Silicon Valley, was the driving force in a conspiracy to prevent competitors from poaching employees. Mr. Jobs seems never to have read, or may have chosen to ignore, the first paragraph of the Sherman Antitrust Act:

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Google faces antitrust lawsuit on U.S. mobile internet search Reuters

Consumer rights law firm Hagens Berman said it filed a nationwide antitrust class-action lawsuit against Google Inc alleging the company "illegally monopolized" the Internet and mobile search market in the United States.

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Joe Biden Calls Intellectual Property Theft a 'Multibillion-Dollar' Issue Hollywood Reporter

The vice president told Hollywood and tech leaders at Washington's Creativity Conference that the U.S. must fight piracy in the nations where it flourishes.

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02 May 2014

Dotcom Thanks RIAA and MPAA for Mega's Massive Growth TorrentFreak

Mega.co.nz, the cloud storage company founded by Kim Dotcom, has seen the number of uploads triple in the past six months. Mega users now upload a total of half a billion files per month. According to Kim Dotcom, the MPAA and RIAA deserve some credit for the unprecedented growth.

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30 April 2014

UK Police Suspend 2,500 Websites Over Counterfeit Goods

The City of London's Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit (PIPCU) marked World IP Day (26 April) by announcing it has suspended more than 2,500 websites selling counterfeit goods since the unit launched in September 2013.

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Heartbleed used to uncover data from cyber-criminals BBC News

The Heartbleed bug has turned cyber criminals from attackers into victims as researchers use it to grab material from chatrooms where they trade data.

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29 April 2014

White House Details Thinking on Cybersecurity Flaws New York Times

In a rare insight into the government's thinking on the use of cyberweapons, the White House on Monday published a series of questions it asks in deciding when to make public the discovery of major flaws in computer security or whether to keep them secret so that American intelligence agencies can use them to enable surveillance or an attack.

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Europe Begins Its Largest-Ever Cyberwar Stress Test Wall Street Journal

In a sign of just how seriously Europe is taking the cyber threat, more than 400 cyber security professionals from 29 countries and 200 organisations are today beginning a biannual cyber exercise coordinated by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA).

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28 April 2014

Cyber firms look to move the electrical grid Washington Post

At a keynote speech in Washington last month, former CIA director Leon E. Panetta warned that cyberspace is the "battlefield of the future." Hackers could trigger disruptions similar to those caused by Hurricane Sandy if they gain access to electricity grids, transportation systems or other networks, he said.

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19 April 2014

Heartbleed Highlights a Contradiction in the Web New York Times

The Heartbleed bug that made news last week drew attention to one of the least understood elements of the Internet: Much of the invisible backbone of websites from Google to Amazon to the Federal Bureau of Investigation was built by volunteer programmers in what is known as the open-source community.

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It's simple: criminalize revenge porn, or let men punish women they don't like The Guardian

Parting from someone you love is never easy. It often means watching the affection and intimacy you once shared turn into bitterness and resentment. It often means sorting out who sees the children when, who lives where, and who gets what.

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18 April 2014

Just how safe is the Internet of Things? Business Spectator

A disgruntled job applicant hacks into Maroochydore's sewerage system, releasing a lethal stink across the town. Political pranksters hack into a Sydney road traffic sign and tweak it to display a less than pleasant missive to the government.

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17 April 2014

NZ High Court: Kim Dotcom Can Have His Cars, Millions in Cash Returned TorrentFreak

The High Court in New Zealand today ruled that police may not keep possession of assets seized in a 2012 raid on Kim Dotcom's mansion. This means that a potential appeal aside, Dotcom may soon be reunited with millions of dollars in cash, his luxury car collection, artwork, and other assets seized by the authorities.

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Study Finds No Evidence of Heartbleed Attacks Before the Bug Was Exposed New York Times

Ever since the Heartbleed bug was exposed last week, the question everyone has been asking is: Did anyone exploit it before a Google researcher first discovered it?

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16 April 2014

Heartbleed fallout may 'slow' browsing speeds BBC News

The struggle to fix problems caused by the Heartbleed bug may slow browsing speeds, warns analysis firm Netcraft.

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Heartbleed makes 50m Android phones vulnerable, data shows The Guardian

At least 4m Android smartphones in the US, and tens of millions worldwide, could be exploited by a version of the "Heartbleed" security flaw, data provided to the Guardian shows.

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14 April 2014

US government warns of Heartbleed bug danger BBC News

The US government has warned that it believes hackers are trying to make use of the Heartbleed bug.

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Online business and security: A flaw in popular internet-security software could have serious consequences for all sorts of business The Economist

The Heartbleed bug sounds like a nasty coronary condition. But it is in fact a software flaw that has left up to two-thirds of the world's websites vulnerable to attack by hackers. "This is potentially the most dangerous bug that we have seen for a long, long time," says James Beeson, the chief information security officer of GE Capital Americas, an arm of GE. Since its existence was revealed on April 7th by researchers at Codenomicon, a security outfit, and Google, countless companies around the world that rely on the internet for part or all of their business have been scrambling to fix the flaw.

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