Legal & Security

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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02 July 2014

UK Justice Secretary indicates 'revenge pornography' could soon be outlawed The Guardian

Publishing sexually explicit pictures of former partners - known as "revenge pornography" - could soon become a crime, the justice secretary has said.

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01 July 2014

Microsoft Darkens 4MM Sites in Malware Fight Krebs On Security

Millions of Web sites were shuttered Monday morning after Microsoft executed a legal sneak attack against a malware network thought to be responsible for more than 7.4 million infections of Windows PCs worldwide.

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26 June 2014

U.S. Ambassador Baucus Says China Cyber Theft Is a Threat Bloomberg

The U.S. will use diplomatic and legal means to halt China's computer theft of trade secrets, its new ambassador in Beijing said today, amid escalating tensions between the two sides over cybersecurity.

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22 June 2014

The case that might cripple Facebook Washington Post

An Irish judge has rendered a preliminary judgment that may have sweeping consequences for U.S. e-commerce firms. The judgment involves a case by a European privacy activist against Facebook. Businesses like Facebook, Google and Microsoft use an arrangement called Safe Harbor (which I've written about at length) to export personal data from Europe to the U.S. They also base their operations in Ireland for tax reasons, and because they see Irish privacy officials as more flexible than their mainland European counterparts. The activist claimed that the Safe Harbor arrangement didn't protect his personal data, because Snowden's revelations about NSA surveillance shows that the U.S. don't protect the privacy of foreigners. The judge seems inclined to think that he's right.

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Bad Day for Bad Patents: US Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down Abstract Software Patent Electronic Frontier Foundation

In a long-awaited decision, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank today, striking down an abstract software patent. Essentially, the Court ruled that adding "on a computer" to an abstract idea does not make it patentable. Many thousands of software patents -- particularly the vague and overbroad patents so beloved by patent trolls -- should be struck down under this standard. Because the opinion leaves many details to be worked out (such as the scope of an "abstract idea"), it might be a few years until we understand its full impact.

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21 June 2014

Tally of Cyber Extortion Attacks on Tech Companies Grows New York Times

Tech start-ups continue to get hit by extortion attempts from cybercriminals who aim to shut down their systems until companies pay their ransom.

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19 June 2014

German publishers start legal action against Google over news snippets PC World

German news publishers are escalating their fight to get a cut of the ad revenue that Google makes when it republishes parts of their news articles.

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