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14 February 2014
Cyber-thieves are increasingly grabbing video of how victims use their computer, to better steal from online bank accounts, a security firm reveals.
A third of the members of the European Commission opposed the EU's decision to strike a deal with Google and end a three-year antitrust investigation, officials said, underlining the political sensitivity of the decision.
The Attorney-General has flagged a rewrite of the Copyright Act that could force the nation's internet service providers to crack down on pirates who illegally download TV shows and movies.
13 February 2014
Hands Off the Internet, EU Tech Chief Warns U.S., UN (Wall Street Journal)
European Union technology chief Neelie Kroes staked out territory for the bloc at the center of reforming the Internet's infrastructure, saying control shouldn't be handed to the United Nations.
US Government Targets Pirate Bay and Other "Notorious" Sites (TorrentFreak)
The US Government has today classified some of the largest websites as notorious piracy venues. The USTR list draws heavily on recommendations from copyright holders and includes popular torrent sites such as The Pirate Bay and cloud-hosting service RapidShare. DVD ripping software vendor Aiseesoft is also mentioned, even though its products are perfectly legitimate in many countries.
Glenn Greenwald is back reporting about the NSA, now with Pierre Omidyar's news organization FirstLook and its introductory publication, The Intercept. Writing with national security reporter Jeremy Scahill, his first article covers how the NSA helps target individuals for assassination by drone.
Facebook Deal on Privacy Is Under Attack (New York Times)
Despite a class-action settlement in August that was supposed to ensure that Facebook users clearly consent to their comments, images and "likes" being used in ads, it has been business as usual on the service.
Microsoft has blamed an "error in our system" for producing results on its Bing search engine that appear to censor information for Chinese language users in the same way it filters results in mainland China.
Legislation governing the collection of communication data by Britain's eavesdropping agency, GCHQ, is complex, the senior official responsible for its oversight has said .
Spy Chief Says Snowden Took Advantage of 'Perfect Storm' (New York Times)
The director of national intelligence acknowledged Tuesday that nearly a year after the contractor Edward J. Snowden "scraped" highly classified documents from the National Security Agency's networks, the technology was not yet fully in place to prevent another insider from stealing top-secret data on a similarly large scale.
12 February 2014
If you've ever complained that the trolls junking up online comment sections are a bunch of sadistic psychopaths, you might be onto something.
A massive attack that exploited a key vulnerability in the infrastructure of the internet is the "start of ugly things to come", it has been warned.
EU Pushes to Globalize Internet Governance - European Commission to Propose Steps to Curb U.S. Influence Over Key Web Functions (Wall Street Journal)
The European Union's executive body is raising pressure to reduce U.S. influence over the Internet's architecture amid what it called weakened confidence in the network's governance after revelations of U.S. surveillance.
11 February 2014
Internet security: British parents oblivious as 2m children targeted by strangers online, study suggests (Daily Telegraph [UK])
Almost two million British children under 16 have targeted by strangers on the internet, often without their parents knowing, new research suggests.
Restricting the Internet is a Business Killer (Computerworld)
Turkey is the latest country to mess with the Internet, passing a law that, according to GigaOM, enables authorities to block content at the URL level. When will countries learn that limiting the Internet is a horrible idea?
A coalition of 25 consumer, civil liberties and privacy groups have written to the White House calling for President Obama's review of "Big Data and the Future of Privacy" to be opened up for participation by the public.
A new website featuring journalist Glenn Greenwald and funded by the billionaire founder of eBay was unveiled early Monday, with two stories about US government surveillance.
10 February 2014
CENTR recently published findings of research they conducted into TLD growth from 2008 to 2013. The research was written up in a blog posting on the SIDN, the .nl registry, website by the organisation's Marketing Manager Michiel Henneke.
Graduated Response Policy and the Behavior of Digital Pirates: Evidence from the French Three-Strike (Hadopi) Law by Michael A. Arnold, Eric Darmon, Sylvain Dejean & Thierry Pénard (Social Science Research Network)
Abstract: Most developed countries have tried to restrain digital piracy by strengthening laws against copyright infringement. In 2009, France implemented the Hadopi law. Under this law individuals receive a warning the first two times they are detected illegally sharing content through peer to peer (P2P) networks. Legal action is only taken when a third violation is detected. We analyze the impact of this law on individual behavior.
Children should be taught "attentiveness" skills to help combat the influence of social media, the shadow Education Secretary has said.
Edward Snowden revelations: GCHQ 'using online viruses and honey traps to discredit targets' (The Independent)
Britain's GCHQ has a covert unit which uses dirty tricks from "honey trap" sexual liaisons to texting anonymous messages to friends and neighbours to discredit targets from hackers to governments, according to the latest leaks from whistleblower Edward Snowden.
Confirming public concerns, the Turkish Parliament passed an internet bill which takes the country into an Orwellian territory. The bill, which made it through with the votes of the Justice and Development Party (AKP) majority, brings the country much closer to China and Iran and threatens its already vulnerable accession process with the European Union.
Russia prepares crackdown on Bitcoin (Financial Times)
Russian authorities are preparing to crack down on Bitcoin and have warned that those who use "cryptocurrencies" are breaking the law, as regulatory scrutiny of the virtual payment system intensifies around the world.
GCHQ disrupted "hacktivist" communications by using one of their own techniques against them, according to the latest Edward Snowden leaks.
Google has complied with a French court requirement that it notify people visiting its main search page about finding that it violated France's privacy law.