Legal & Security

20 June 2015

Estonian News Site Can Be Held Liable for Defamatory Comments, Court Rules New York Times

One of Europe's top courts has ruled that an Estonian news organization can be held liable for defamatory comments posted on its website.

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18 June 2015

Shock European court decision: Websites are liable for users' comments Ars Technica

In a surprise decision, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg has ruled that the Estonian news site Delfi may be held responsible for anonymous and allegedly defamatory comments from its readers. As the digital rights organization Access notes, this goes against the European Union's e-commerce directive, which "guarantees liability protection for intermediaries that implement notice-and-takedown mechanisms on third-party comments." As such, Peter Micek, Senior Policy Counsel at Access, says the ECHR judgment has "dramatically shifted the internet away from the free expression and privacy protections that created the internet as we know it."

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17 June 2015

Bing Moving to Encrypt Search Traffic by Default Bing Blog

At Microsoft, we're committed to helping users keep their data safe and secure.

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15 June 2015

Cyber attacks: More than 3,500 breaches in April and threats set to increase, Australian police say ABC News

More than 3,500 cyber attacks on Australia from foreign countries and criminals were reported in April, the Australian Federal Police says.

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Global cybercrime has infected the very soul of capitalism with evil The Guardian

As we lug our heavy satchels on to the stage, there is a moment of mutual recognition. A cop, a security specialist, a man in the electronic-payments business and a journalist: we've all learned that you don't check your laptop into a cloakroom, no matter how swish the venue.

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12 June 2015

Virus Hunter Kaspersky Becomes the Hunted Der Spiegel

The Russian IT security firm Kaspersky Lab has discovered a new, powerful cyber weapon, apparently a successor to the notorious Duqu software. But this time the virus hunter itself is a target. Now experts are scrambling to identify who's behind it.

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11 June 2015

Cyber attack on German parliament still active, could cost millions: media Reuters

A cyber attack on the German Bundestag lower house of parliament reported last month is still stealing data and could force officials to spend millions of euros replacing the entire computer system, German media reported on Wednesday.

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Cyber-Espionage Nightmare: A groundbreaking online-spying case unearths details that companies wish you didn't know about how vital information slips away from them. MIT Technology Review

On a wall facing dozens of cubicles at the FBI office in Pittsburgh, five guys from Shanghai stare from "Wanted" posters. Wang Dong, Sun Kailiang, Wen Xinyu, Huang Zhenyu, and Gu Chunhui are, according to a federal indictment unsealed last year, agents of China's People's Liberation Army Unit 61398, who hacked into networks at American companies -- U.S. Steel, Alcoa, Allegheny Technologies (ATI), Westinghouse -- plus the biggest industrial labor union in North America, United Steelworkers, and the U.S. subsidiary of SolarWorld, a German solar-panel maker. Over several years, prosecutors say, the agents stole thousands of e-mails about business strategy, documents about unfair-trade cases some of the U.S. companies had filed against China, and even piping designs for nuclear power plants -- all allegedly to benefit Chinese companies.

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07 June 2015

With a series of major hacks, China builds a database on Americans Washington Post

China is building massive databases of Americans' personal information by hacking government agencies and U.S. health-care companies, using a high-tech tactic to achieve an age-old goal of espionage: recruiting spies or gaining more information on an adversary, U.S. officials and analysts say.

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The government won't say what was in the hacked federal database, but experts have suspicions Washington Post

Here's what we know from federal officials about the database that was hacked, compromising the personal information of 4 million current and retired employees: It is kept in a data center at the Department of the Interior.

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06 June 2015

U.S. Was Warned of System Open to Cyberattacks New York Times

The inspector general at the Office of Personnel Management, which keeps the records and security clearance information for millions of current and retired federal employees, issued a report in November that essentially described the agency's computer security system as a Chinese hacker's dream.

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US government responds to latest hack: give us more power over data collection The Guardian

Congressional leaders are warning the latest major government data hack proves the Senate should hand the US government greater cybersecurity powers - even as the stalled legislation to do so would place even more consumer data into the hands of the same government that could not secure its existing information.

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Cyberwar: hacking attacks between nations are difficult to prove The Guardian

It is a story that is becoming all-too-familiar: the US government had to admit on Thursday that one of its key personnel databases, containing the records of up to 4 million staff, had been compromised in a large-scale hacking attack. Officials speaking off the record laid the blame at China's door, though did not immediately provide any evidence for this claim.

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05 June 2015

Data Breach Linked to China Exposes Millions of U.S. Workers New York Times

The Obama administration on Thursday announced what appeared to be one of the largest breaches of federal employees' data, involving at least four million current and former government workers in an intrusion that officials said apparently originated in China.

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03 June 2015

The US Supreme Court just made the Web even more hostile for women Washington Post

You have to mean it before it's a crime. So said the Supreme Court in a ruling this week about online threats of violence. The opinion reverses a lower court's conviction of a man who fantasized on Facebook about killing his ex-wife. That may ease the fear many of us have about inadvertently putting something on the Internet that gets misconstrued. But the finding is a major setback for those trying to make the Web a less hateful and hostile place, particularly for women.

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30 May 2015

Silk Road drug website founder Ross Ulbricht jailed BBC News

The founder of online illegal drug marketplace the Silk Road has been sentenced to life in prison in the US.

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29 May 2015

North Korean hackers 'could kill', warns key defector BBC News

North Korean hackers are capable of attacks that could destroy critical infrastructure and even kill people, a high-profile defector has warned.

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28 May 2015

Obama administration asks U.S. top court to decline Google copyright appeal Reuters

The Obama administration on Tuesday sided against Google Inc and said the U.S. Supreme Court should not hear the company's appeal in a case against Oracle Corp with wide implications for the technology industry, according to a court filing.

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AdBlock Plus secures another court victory in Germany BBC News

AdBlock Plus has successfully defended itself in court for the second time in five weeks.

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27 May 2015

Security Researchers Start Effort to Protect 'Smart' Cities New York Times

It's a brave new world when hackers step in to protect citizens because regulators are not getting the job done.

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25 May 2015

Cyber-Attack Warning: Could Hackers Bring Down a Plane? Der Spiegel

For years, hackers have been warning that passenger jets are vulnerable to cyber-attacks. Airlines and plane manufacturers have largely ignored the risks, but recent events are leading German authorities and pilots to take the threats extremely seriously.

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21 May 2015

Organised crime targeting more Australians than ever, Crime Commission report says ABC News

Organised crime is targeting more Australians than ever before and becoming more sophisticated, resilient and dangerous, the Australian Crime Commission has found.

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18 May 2015

Australians lose over $80 million to scams in 2014 Australian Competition and Consumer Commission

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's Targeting Scams Report reveals that 91,637 Australians scam complaints were made to the ACCC last year, with $81,832,793 reported lost.

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12 May 2015

Every computer border search requires case-by-case reasonableness, DC court holds Washington Post

Imagine you're flying from the United States to a foreign country and you're carrying a laptop. Federal agents stop you on the jetway as you're about to board your flight. They want to take your computer and search it. Can they? And if they can do that, what are the limits on how much they can search, for how long, and where?

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06 May 2015

Fairfax v. Telstra: Metadata Ruling Adds Confusion to Australia's Privacy Laws ClickZ

An Australian journalist has won the right to obtain his metadata from telco provider Telstra, creating an increasingly murky definition of what constitutes private information.

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