Legal & Security

03 September 2014

Australian euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke warns of online Nembutal scam ABC News

Voluntary euthanasia advocate Philip Nitschke says scam internet sites are using his image to sell the drug Nembutal.

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02 September 2014

FBI investigates 'Cloud' celebrity picture leaks BBC News

The FBI is looking into allegations that intimate pictures of celebrities have been stolen and posted online.

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Australia is vulnerable to cyber attack: McAfee boss Australian Financial Review

The global president of one of the world's biggest technology security firms, ­McAfee, has warned Australia's cyber security laws are lagging behind other developed nations, as it became increasingly likely a major cyber warfare attack would hit within two years.

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01 September 2014

NATO Set to Ratify Pledge on Joint Defense in Case of Major Cyberattack New York Times

When President Obama meets with other NATO leaders later this week, they are expected to ratify what seems, at first glance, a far-reaching change in the organization's mission of collective defense: For the first time, a cyberattack on any of the 28 NATO nations could be declared an attack on all of them, much like a ground invasion or an airborne bombing.

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26 August 2014

27 million South Koreans affected by data breach CSO

South Korean authorities have revealed details surrounding massive data breach that impacts 27 million people aged 15-65. The compromised data comes from website registrations for various games and online gambling promotions, ringtone storefronts, and movie ticketing.

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Report: Consumers concerned about online threats but do little to protect themselves PC World

Remember banking before the Internet? You received printed bank statements in the mail and had to manually reconcile the information with the written register in your checkbook. I don't miss it, but I also recognize the convenience of accessing my financial data through a bank website comes with some serious security considerations. According to a new consumer survey from Kaspersky Labs, I am not alone.

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23 August 2014

More Than 1,000 Businesses in U.S. Affected by Same Cyberattack That Hit Target New York Times

More than 1,000 American businesses have been affected by the cyberattack that hit the in-store cash register systems at Target, Supervalu and most recently UPS Stores.

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19 August 2014

Australian Google snippets ruling welcome The Australian

... The most significant was a finding that Google could not be treated as a publisher of automatically generated search results about which it had no notice. The potential liability of search engines for automatically generated search results has been a live question for some time.

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11 August 2014

Online dating scams to be targeted by money laundering agency and ACCC The Guardian

The consumer watchdog is joining forces with government anti-money laundering agents to crack down on internet dating scams.

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09 August 2014

USB 'critically flawed' after bug discovery, researchers say BBC News

Cyber-security experts have dramatically called into question the safety and security of using USB to connect devices to computers.

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08 August 2014

A new colour for your Facebook profile? The Guardian

A Facebook app offering to change the colour of Facebook's profile page and header scams users, hacking into their Facebook account and computer.

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07 August 2014

Russian Gang Amasses Over a Billion Internet Passwords; Cybersecurity experts take hacking scare 'with a pinch of salt' New York Times

A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say.

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03 August 2014

Australia: You Wouldn't Steal a DVD, But You Would Block Websites and Suspend Internet Accounts Electronic Frontier Foundation

When the Australian government first began requiring Internet Service Providers (ISPs) to block websites in 2012, Australians were assured that it would only be used to block the "worst of the worst" child pornography. This week, a discussion paper was issued that proposes to extend this Web blocking regime, so that it would also block sites that facilitate copyright infringement. Funny how that always seems to happen.

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01 August 2014

Dark net drugs adverts 'double in less than a year' BBC News

The number of listings offering illegal drugs for sale on the "dark net" appears to have more than doubled in less than a year, BBC News has learned.

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30 July 2014

Internet Of Things Contains Average Of 25 Vulnerabilities Per Device Dark Reading

New study finds high volume of security flaws in such IoT devices as webcams, home thermostats, remote power outlets, sprinkler controllers, home alarms, and garage door openers.

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27 July 2014

Electronic aura could be answer to lost passwords - Cambridge scientist plans to develop device that would store electronic details and keep them secure The Observer

You are trying to book theatre tickets online with a rarely used credit card. Prompted to give a password, you find you can no longer remember it. The result is a failed transaction and a minor rise in blood pressure.

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23 July 2014

Iraq conflict breeds cyber-war among rival factions BBC News

A cyber-civil war is being waged alongside the armed conflict in Iraq, research by security firms suggests.

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22 July 2014

MH17: Twitter and Facebook spammers exploit crash BBC News

Scammers are using the MH17 disaster in east Ukraine to spread objectionable links, online security experts have warned.

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14 July 2014

Defending the digital frontier The Economist

Companies, markets and countries are increasingly under attack from cyber-criminals, hacktivists and spies. They need to get much better at protecting themselves, says Martin Giles

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13 July 2014

The internet of things (to be hacked): Hooking up gadgets to the web promises huge benefits. But security must not be an afterthought The Economist

Cyber-security is now part of all our lives. "Patches" and other security updates arrive for phones, tablets and PCs. Consultants remind us all not to open unknown files or plug unfamiliar memory sticks into our computers. The bosses of some Western firms throw away phones and laptops after they have been to China assuming they have been hacked.

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11 July 2014

Prevention is better than cure: More vigilance and better defences can make cyberspace a lot safer The Economist

Cyberspace will never be completely secure. The threats posed by what Sir David Omand, an academic and former head of Britain's GCHQ intelligence agency, calls "the cesspit of modernity" -- online crime, espionage, sabotage and subversion -- are not going to disappear. Nor is the temptation for governments to treat the internet as a new combat zone, alongside land, sea, air and space.

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10 July 2014

Microsoft Aims for Cybercrime, Hits Regular Internet Users Wall Street Journal

Microsoft settled a suit it filed against a small Internet company, acknowledging that its actions to take down a cybercrime ring last month wound up knocking regular Internet users offline.

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09 July 2014

Many British consumers misled by copycat websites, ASA finds The Guardian

Consumers admit they are most misled by the use of official-looking crown logos and the prominence of disclaimers which fools them into mistaking copycat websites for the official government versions, according to research published on Tuesday by the advertising watchdog.

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08 July 2014

Kim Dotcom extradition hearing delayed again BBC News

An extradition hearing for Kim Dotcom, who stands accused of "massive" piracy, has again been delayed.

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03 July 2014

Scams: Trickling into the mobile phones, email accounts and personal lives of Australians ABC News

They once appeared in letterboxes in colourful envelopes promising millions, but scams are becoming increasingly difficult to spot as they trickle into the mobile phones, email accounts and personal lives of Australians.

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