Legal & Security

31 March 2015

Cyber-attacks hit British Airways, GitHub and Slack BBC News

British Airways' air-miles accounts, the coding site GitHub and the work chat service Slack have all been hit in the latest wave of cyber-attacks.

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30 March 2015

How to tell if you've been hacked - Worried that you might get compromised by hackers? The bad news is that the rest of the internet might know before you do The Observer

According to the UK Government's 2014 cybersecurity survey, 81% of large businesses have suffered malicious data breaches. That suggests almost one in five didn't. But how can those companies be sure?

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Europol chief warns on computer encryption BBC News

A European police chief says the sophisticated online communications are the biggest problem for security agencies tackling terrorism.

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29 March 2015

Someone hijacked the Google of China to attack anti-censorship tools Washington Post

An unknown party hijacked widely used tools developed by Baidu, the largest search engine in China, this week in an apparent attempt to target online software used to get around Chinese censorship.

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25 March 2015

U.S. calls for global consensus on tackling cyber crime Reuters

The United States called on Wednesday for an international consensus to tackle the growing threat of cyber crime in financial services and other sectors, saying governments alone cannot tackle the problem.

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21 March 2015

Estonia redefines national security in a digital age Al Jazeera

Estonia's ambitious plan to protect the digital identity of its citizens and rewrite international cyber-security law.

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U.S. Must Step Up Capacity for Cyberattacks, Chief Argues New York Times

The admiral who directs American cyberforces told a Senate committee on Thursday that the United States was "at a tipping point" where it needed to increase its ability to conduct cyberattacks, to create a deterrent against other countries that are attacking it.

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20 March 2015

Big dark-web drug market goes offline BBC News

One of the biggest drug marketplaces on the dark web has abruptly shut down.

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19 March 2015

Uber banned in Germany as police swoop in other countries BBC News

Uber's "low-cost" UberPop service has been banned in Germany after a court decided it contravened transport laws.

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14 March 2015

US Senate committee advances cybersecurity bill in secret session The Guardian

The Senate intelligence committee advanced a priority bill for the National Security Agency on Thursday afternoon, approving long-stalled cybersecurity legislation that civil libertarians consider the latest pathway for surveillance abuse.

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12 March 2015

Tor 'should not be banned in Britain' The Guardian

Banning online anonymity systems such as Tor in Britain is neither practical nor acceptable, according to the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology.

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08 March 2015

Massive changes in the criminal landscape Europol

A decline of traditional hierarchical criminal groups and networks will be accompanied by the expansion of a virtual criminal underground made up of individual criminal entrepreneurs, who come together on a project basis. These people will lend their knowledge, experience and expertise as part of a 'crime-as-a-service' business model. Such dynamics can already be seen in the realm of cybercrime, but in the future these will extend to the domain of 'traditional' organised crime, governing crime areas such as drugs trafficking, illegal immigration facilitation and counterfeiting of goods.

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07 March 2015

Millions at risk from 'Freak' encryption bug BBC News

Microsoft has issued a security warning about a bug that could let attackers spy on supposedly secure communications.

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06 March 2015

How to back up a country: To protect itself from attack, Estonia is finding ways to back up its data The Economist

Wiping a country off the map is one thing. Wiping its data is another. Estonians know what the former is like. They are determined to avoid the latter. Just as computer users back up their laptops in case they break or are lost, Estonia is working out how to back up the country, in case it is attacked by Russia.

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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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