Legal & Security

06 May 2015

European court says Skype's name is too similar to Sky's BBC News

Video chat software Skype's name is so similar to the broadcaster Sky's that the public is likely to be confused between the two, an EU court has ruled.

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03 May 2015

Counterfeit goods produced in the EU on the rise Europol

Today sees the release of the first extensive and in-depth situation report on counterfeit goods in the EU, which is the result of a joint project by EU agencies Europol and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM), through the European Observatory on Infringements of Intellectual Property Rights.

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25 April 2015

Declassified Report Shows Doubts About Value of N.S.A.'s Warrantless Spying New York Times

The secrecy surrounding the National Security Agency's post-9/11 warrantless surveillance and bulk data collection program hampered its effectiveness, and many members of the intelligence community later struggled to identify any specific terrorist attacks it thwarted, a newly declassified document shows.

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24 April 2015

Pentagon Announces New Strategy for Cyberwarfare New York Times

The Pentagon on Thursday took a major step designed to instill a measure of fear in potential cyberadversaries, releasing a new strategy that for the first time explicitly discusses the circumstances under which cyberweapons could be used against an attacker, and naming the countries it says present the greatest threat: China, Russia, Iran and North Korea.

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23 April 2015

Cyber attacks on Australian businesses rose 20pc last year ABC News

Cyber attacks on Australian businesses and government increased by 20 per cent last year, according to a defence force intelligence unit.

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22 April 2015

Computer Attacks Spur US Congress to Act on Cybersecurity Bill Years in Making New York Times

Responding to a series of high-profile computer security breaches, Congress is now turning its attention to far-reaching cybersecurity legislation, after years of false starts and bitter disappointments for the Obama administration.

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17 April 2015

Dotcom Speeding Offense Could Lead to Deportation "In Weeks" TorrentFreak

Even as Kim Dotcom spends millions fighting extradition to the U.S., a relatively minor issue could see him kicked out of New Zealand in a matter of weeks. When applying for residency in 2010, Dotcom failed to declare a dangerous driving speeding conviction, a matter that could now escalate into deportation from the country.

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15 April 2015

Wi-Fi on planes opens door to in-flight hacking, warns US watchdog The Guardian

Hackers on commercial flights could now bring down the plane they are on by using the on board Wi-Fi, a US government watchdog has warned.

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01 April 2015

U.S. to establish sanctions program to combat cyberattacks, cyberspying Washington Post

President Obama on Wednesday will sign an executive order establishing the first sanctions program to allow the administration to impose penalties on individuals overseas who engage in destructive attacks or commercial espionage in cyberspace.

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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 and

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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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