Legal & Security

01 January 2014

Hackers reveal 4.6m mobile numbers after Snapchat claims it has safeguards The Guardian

An anonymous group of hackers has dumped a vast database of what appeared to be 4.6 million Snapchat users' mobile numbers and users names, just days after Snapchat claimed it had safeguards in place to fix a security vulnerability that could divulge users' personal information.

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30 December 2013

BBC server taken over by Russian hacker at Christmas The Guardian

A Russian hacker secretly took over a computer server at the BBC before Christmas and tried to sell access to it to other hackers, according to reports.

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16 December 2013

20,000 porn-watchers' addresses mistakenly released in German court: lawyer NBC

About 20,000 people who watched pornography on a U.S.-based website have had their names and addresses mistakenly released by a court and are now being ordered to pay fines, a lawyer said Friday.

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13 December 2013

Porn users targeted by German law firm over copyright BBC News

Thousands of Germans are reported to have been sent letters asking them to pay a fee for porn they are alleged to have streamed illegally online.

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Bots now 'account for 61% of web traffic' BBC News

If you are visiting this page the chances are that you are not a human, at least according to research.

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07 December 2013

Inside the Effort to Kill a Web Fraud 'Botnet' - Working With Law Enforcement, Team Cuts Off Servers for Zombie Computers Wall Street Journal

For months, investigators at Microsoft Corp. hunkered down in front of their computer monitors, patiently stalking the shadowy figures behind what the company says is a major Web ad-fraud machine.

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06 December 2013

How to find out if your password has been stolen ZDNet

The announcement yesterday's of the discovery of a botnet command and control database of user credentials for Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, ADP and others is just the latest in a trend going back several years. You can't trust Internet services to protect your passwords; you have to protect them yourself.

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Microsoft disrupts web fraud botnet ZeroAccess ZeroAccess, BBC News

ZeroAccess, one of the world's largest botnets - a network of computers infected with malware to trigger online fraud - has been disrupted by Microsoft and law enforcement agencies.

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In the Murky World of Bitcoin, Fraud Is Quicker Than the Law New York Times

The call went out on Twitter: "For insane profits come and join the pump." It was an invitation to a penny stock-style pump-and-dump scheme -- only this one involved Bitcoin, the soaring, slightly scary virtual currency that has beckoned and bewildered people around the world.

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05 December 2013

Pony Botnet Controller Holds 2 Million Stolen–and Weak–Credentials Threat Post

So what's worse: Finding two million passwords harvested by a botnet, or learning that most of the stolen passwords are terribly weak?

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04 December 2013

Germany may arm police with 'Nazi Shazam' phone app The Guardian

German authorities are considering equipping police with a smartphone app that would instantly recognise illegal neo-Nazi songs.

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Online drugs marketplace shut down after £3.5m bitcoin hack The Guardian

Sheep Marketplace, a darknet shopping site, has shut down following a catastrophic theft of 5,400 bitcoins, currently valued at over £3.5m.

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28 November 2013

Wikimedia is liable for contents of Wikipedia articles, German court rules PC World

The Wikimedia Foundation is liable for the contents of Wikipedia articles but does not have to fact check the contents before they are published, the Higher Regional Court of Stuttgart ruled, a spokesman said Wednesday.

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27 November 2013

US Presidential Council Calls For Feds And ISPs To Step Up In Cybersecurity Dark Reading

An advisory council to President Obama blasted the federal government for failing to lead in cybersecurity best practices and recommended, among other things, a more active role in security by Internet service providers.

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24 November 2013

Google v Authors Guild: a victory for readers' right to choose The Observer

On 14 November, after eight years of wrangling, Judge Denny Chin of the Manhattan district court finally ruled in the case of Google versus the Authors Guild. At issue was Google's scanning and digitisation of more than 20m books from libraries across the world, but at the heart of the case was question of what constitutes fair use in the age of the internet.

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Beyond 3-D Printers' Magic, Possible Legal Wrangling New York Times

When reports first appeared that computers could produce three-dimensional objects -- from toys to auto parts to household items -- it sounded like a page from a science fiction novel.

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18 November 2013

A Digital Underworld Cloaked in Anonymity New York Times

... On a sunny Tuesday in October, federal officers entered the public library in the Glen Park section of this city and arrested a young man who they say ran a vast Internet black market -- an eBay of illegal drugs.

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16 November 2013

UK faces mass 'ransomware' email attack from cybercriminal gangs The Guardian

British computer users are being warned of a mass spamming attack that aims to encrypt their computer and extort a £540 ransom - in Bitcoins - to unscramble it.

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Hacker Receives 10-Year Sentence for 'Causing Mayhem' New York Times

A federal judge in New York on Friday delivered a 10-year prison sentence to Jeremy Hammond , a prominent member of the hacking group Anonymous who pleaded guilty earlier this year to breaking into the computer servers of a string of corporations, government agencies and law enforcement advocacy groups.

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15 November 2013

Microsoft dedicates cybercrime centre PC World

Microsoft said Thursday that it had set up a facility on its Redmond, Wash., camps where members of Microsoft, other businesses, and law enforcement can team together to take on cybercrime.

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Siding With Google, Judge Says Book Search Does Not Infringe Copyright New York Times

Google's idea to scan millions of books and make them searchable online seemed audacious when it was announced in 2004. But fast-forward to today, when people expect to find almost anything they want online, and the plan seems like an unsurprising and unavoidable part of today's Internet.

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Cyber security expert Melissa Hathaway warns governments invest too little in protection from attacks ABC News

A former cyber security advisor to President Barack Obama and George W Bush is warning computer hackers are becoming more sophisticated and pose an escalating threat to global security.

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13 November 2013

Adobe Breach Inadvertently Tied to Other Accounts New York Times

This week, Ammon Bartram, a software engineer and co-founder of SocialCam, was talking to a friend about a recent security breach at Adobe in which hackers were able to gain access to tens of millions of encrypted passwords and email addresses.

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10 November 2013

Stung by revelations of ubiquitous surveillance and compromised software, the internet's engineers and programmers ponder how to fight back The Economist

Security guards (at least the good ones) are paid to be paranoid. Computer-security researchers are the same. Many had long suspected that governments use the internet not only to keep tabs on particular targets, but also to snoop on entire populations. But suspicions are not facts. So when newspapers began publishing documents leaked by Edward Snowden, once employed as a contractor by America's National Security Agency (NSA), the world's most munificently funded electronic spy agency, those researchers sat up.

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08 November 2013

Silk Road 2.0 resurrects online drugs marketplace The Guardian

Silk Road, the online drugs marketplace which was shut down by the FBI in October, has been resurrected by a group of the site's former moderators and users.

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