Legal & Security

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 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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27 July 2015

Global Cyberspace Is Safer than You Think: Real Trends in Cybercrime Centre for International Governance Innovation

What are the real trends in cybercrime? Recent media coverage has been rife with stories of large-scale data breaches, hacks and online financial crime. IT security firms publish yearly reports that generally show the security of cyberspace to be poor and often getting worse, but, as argued in this paper, the level of security in cyberspace is actually far better than the picture we're given. Currently, numbers on the occurrence of cybercrime are almost always depicted in either absolute numbers or year-over-year terms. To get a more accurate picture of the security of cyberspace, cybercrime statistics -- including mobile vulnerabilities, malicious web domains, zero-day exploits and web-based attacks, among others -- need to be expressed as a proportion of the growing size of the Internet.

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Why cracking down on hackers would be bad for innovation Washington Post

Every week seems to bring a new hacking story - the massive hacking attack on the U.S. government's databases and the attacks on the U.S. health care system are just two of the bigger stories -- so it's perhaps no surprise that the knee-jerk reaction is to take the fight directly to the hackers. By making the penalties tougher, by expanding the scope of federal anti-hacking statutes and making it easier to prosecute wrongdoers, it'll convince hackers that it's just not worth the risk, right?

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How security experts protect themselves online Washington Post

With news of a big hack almost every week, the Internet can be a scary place. So how's an Internet user supposed to stay safe?

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26 July 2015

Make Your Password Exponentially More Secure Center for Democracy and Technology

If you've used the internet, you've probably created a password. There's a lot of advice out there about creating passwords: use uppercase! use lowercase! Use numbers! Symbols! Don't use a dictionary word! Use many dictionary words in a passphrase! Don't write it down! Store it in a password manager! There is so much advice, and so much of it is conflicting, and often it comes without any explanation. In this blog post, I'll detail what a good password is (and why), give you some tools to help remember your password, and give a few other simple ways to help protect your account.

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25 July 2015

The Web-Connected Car Is Cool, Until Hackers Cut Your Brakes New York Times

When the history of the connected car is written, this week may go down as a pivotal moment for consumers worried about security.

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24 July 2015

Smartwatches open to cyberattack says HP BBC News

The best-selling smartwatches on the market all have security problems, according to US tech giant Hewlett-Packard.

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19 July 2015

In the nascent "internet of things", security is the last thing on people's minds The Economist

Barbie has come a long way since Mattel, a big American toy firm, launched the plastic doll in 1959. If children wanted to give the original version a voice, they had to provide it themselves. The latest Barbie, unveiled at the New York Toy Fair in February, can do better. A built-in chip lets the doll listen as children address her. A wireless connection then sends what has been said off to other, beefier computers in a data centre somewhere, whose job is to interpret it and come up with an apt rejoinder. "Welcome to New York, Barbie," says a Mattel employee in a demonstration video. "I love New York, don't you?" responds the doll. "What's your favourite part about the city? The food, the fashion, the sights or the brothels?"

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14 July 2015

Facebook calls for end to Flash as Firefox blocks it over hacking holes The Guardian

The mob is turning against Flash. Mozilla has blocked every version of Adobe's Flash plugin from running within its Firefox browser, while Facebook's head of security has called for Adobe to kill it off.

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