Legal & Security

27 October 2016

DDoS attack that disrupted internet was largest of its kind in history, experts say The Guardian

The cyber-attack that brought down much of America's internet last week was caused by a new weapon called the Mirai botnet and was likely the largest of its kind in history, experts said.

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Trust isn't easy: Drawing an agenda from Friday's DDoS Attack and the Internet of Things by Mr. Olaf Kolkman, Chief Internet Technology Officer Internet Society

Last week, millions of infected devices directed Internet traffic to DNS service provider Dyn, resulting in a Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attack that took down major websites including Twitter, Amazon, Netflix, and more. In a recent blog post, security expert Bruce Schneier argued that "someone has been probing the defences of the companies that run critical pieces of the Internet". This attack seems to be part of that trend.

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25 October 2016

U.S. takes aim at cyber attacks from connected devices as recalls mount Reuters

Obama administration officials sought on Monday to reassure the public that it was taking steps to counter new types of cyber attacks such as the one Friday that rendered Twitter, Spotify, Netflix and dozens of other major websites unavailable.

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23 October 2016

A New Era of Internet Attacks Powered by Everyday Devices New York Times

When surveillance cameras began popping up in the 1970s and '80s, they were welcomed as a crime-fighting tool, then as a way to monitor traffic congestion, factory floors and even baby cribs. Later, they were adopted for darker purposes, as authoritarian governments like China's used them to prevent challenges to power by keeping tabs on protesters and dissidents.

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22 October 2016

Hackers Used New Weapons to Disrupt Major Websites Across U.S. New York Times

Major websites were inaccessible to people across wide swaths of the United States on Friday after a company that manages crucial parts of the internet's infrastructure said it was under attack.

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20 October 2016

Stepping Up Security for an Internet-of-Things World New York Times

The vision of the so-called internet of things -- giving all sorts of physical things a digital makeover -- has been years ahead of reality. But that gap is closing fast.

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12 October 2016

Australian woman fights to have harmless selfie removed from 'parasite' porn sites ABC News

A young woman who had her photo stolen off social media and used in porn websites is calling on regulators to crack down on an emerging practice known as "parasite" or "morph" porn.

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07 October 2016

When Free Speech and German Law Collide on Facebook Der Spiegel

American authorities are fining companies like Volkswagen and Deutsche Bank billions of dollars for violating the law. In Germany, though, where Facebook is allowing mass violations of hate speech legislation, the government is letting the social media platform get away scot-free.

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04 October 2016

Fears of massive net attacks as code shared online BBC News

Computer code used to mount one of the biggest web attacks ever seen has been released online.

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02 October 2016

Cyber Security a Top Concern in Asia Pacific, says Internet Society Survey Internet Society

Online security is the area that warrants the most urgent attention from policymakers, according to the recently published Internet Society Survey on Policy Issues in Asia Pacific. The survey polled almost 2,000 end-users from across the region on their attitudes towards current Internet policy issues.

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01 October 2016

Prosecutors want worldwide crackdown on online sex trafficking The Guardian

Prosecutors from around the world say the fight against sex trafficking is moving online as traffickers use popular websites to advertise sexual services.

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29 September 2016

Europol report reveals rise in child sex abuse online BBC News

Sex offenders are using increasingly sophisticated techniques to target children online and investment is needed for the technologies to track them, Europe's police agency warns.

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28 September 2016

At your service: cyber criminals for hire to militants, EU says Reuters

Cybercriminals offering contract services for hire offer militant groups the means to attack Europe but such groups have yet to employ such techniques in major attacks, EU police agency Europol said on Wednesday.

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27 September 2016

The Democratization of Censorship Krebs On Security

... However, events of the past week have convinced me that one of the fastest-growing censorship threats on the Internet today comes not from nation-states, but from super-empowered individuals who have been quietly building extremely potent cyber weapons with transnational reach.

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24 September 2016

Hackers Trawl User Data in Hopes a Small Target Will Lead to a Big One New York Times

In disclosing that at least 500 million of its user accounts had been hacked, Yahoo blamed an unnamed "state-sponsored actor" for the intrusion. While Yahoo customers were caught by surprise, officials in Washington were not.

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23 September 2016

Attack on Yahoo hit 500 million users BBC News

Yahoo says hackers stole information from about 500 million users in 2014 in what appears to be the largest publicly disclosed cyber-breach in history.

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22 September 2016

Cyber attacks on satellites could spark global catastrophe, experts warn The Independent

The world is dangerously unprepared for a global disaster sparked by cyber attacks on space infrastructure, experts have warned.

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09 September 2016

EU Court: Not-For-Profit Hyperlinking Usually Not Copyright Infringement TorrentFreak

A ruling from the European Court of Justice has clarified when the posting of hyperlinks to infringing works is to be considered a 'communication to the public'. Those who post links to content they do not know is infringing in a non-commercial environment can relax, but for those doing so during the course of business the rules are much tighter.

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06 September 2016

Fighting crime on the taxpayer dime: Australian telcos share in $80m windfall ABC News

Australia's three biggest telecommunications companies will share in more than $80 million worth of taxpayer-funded grants to compensate for their role in fighting crime and terrorism.

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31 August 2016

Internet of hacked things: the biggest threat to online safety is ourselves ABC News

The Four Corners revelations about hackers' activities have highlighted that the threat to Australians -- and anyone who uses the internet -- is real.

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30 August 2016

The Guardian view on internet security: a huge and growing problem The Guardian

The phone in your pocket gives you powers that were hard to imagine even five years ago. It can talk to you, listen, and give sensible answers to questions. It knows your fingerprint and recognises your face and those of all your friends. It can buy almost anything, sell almost anything, bring you all the news you want, as well as almost all the books, films and music you might want to look at. What's more, it will even allow you to talk to your friends and to communicate with almost anyone.

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25 August 2016

Asian companies have world's worst cybersecurity says study BBC News

Many Asian organisations are badly defended against cyber-attacks, a year-long investigation by US security company Mandiant indicates.

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16 August 2016

French blogger turns tables on cyber-scammer BBC News

A French security researcher says he managed to turn the tables on a cyber-scammer by sending him malware.

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15 August 2016

London police to hire law firms to tackle cyber criminals in radical pilot project The Guardian

Private law firms will be hired by police to pursue criminal suspects for profit, under a radical new scheme to target cyber criminals and fraudsters.

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11 August 2016

Can this Australian census now be trusted? The Australian

The Australian Bureau of Statistics says its meltdown on Tuesday night was the result of a hack attack. ABS chief statistician, David Kalisch says there were four DDoS attacks during the day.

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