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31 January 2009

Study: Cybercrime cost firms $1 trillion globally (CNET)

Data theft and breaches from cybercrime may have cost businesses as much as $1 trillion globally in lost intellectual property and expenditures for repairing the damage last year, according to a new study from McAfee.

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Google dismisses click fraud report (Computerworld)

[IDG] Google is taking issue with a report that says click fraud hit a record high in the fourth quarter.

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Data scams have kicked into high gear as markets tumble (USA Today)

Cybercriminals have launched a massive new wave of Internet-based schemes to steal personal data and carry out financial scams in an effort to take advantage of the fear and confusion created by tumbling financial markets, security specialists say.

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30 January 2009

Britain's digital future unveiled: broadband for all and a crackdown on internet pirates (The Guardian)

The communications minister, Lord Carter, has pledged to deliver broadband to every home in the UK by 2012 and intends to introduce legislation to force internet service providers to crack down on web piracy. ... The opposition parties were especially critical of the government's commitment to broadband speeds "up to" 2Mbps as part of its pledge to offer universal broadband access by 2012.

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Russian 'cybermilitia' knocks Kyrgyzstan offline (Computerworld)

A Russian "cybermilitia" has knocked the central Asian country of Kyrgyzstan off the Internet, a security researcher said today, demonstrating that the hackers are able to respond even faster than last year, when they waged a digital war against another former Soviet republic, Georgia.

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Google Aims To Expose Network Meddling (InformationWeek)

Vint Cerf puts the word out that Google's Measurement Lab will make it more difficult for telecoms to degrade or block apps, such as BitTorrent or Skype.

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Generations Online in 2009 - Americans Use of the Internet (Pew Internet & American Life Project)

Over half of the adult internet population is between 18 and 44 years old. But larger percentages of older generations are online now than in the past, and they are doing more activities online, according to surveys taken from 2006-2008.

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America's youths rule Internet, but elderly making gains: Pew study (Sydney Morning Herald)

[AFP] Growing numbers of American seniors are going online, chipping away at the dominance of 18- to 44-year-olds who comprise half the Web population, according to a study released Wednesday.

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£20 broadband charge to fight online music and film piracy (The Times)

An additional charge for broadband use will be proposed by ministers today as part of a plan to stamp out music and film piracy.

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Study: Click fraud closed 2008 at all-time high (CNET)

Thanks in part to armies of compromised computers, click fraud reached an all-time high in the fourth quarter.

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Privacy-protecting search engine ignores IP addresses (OUT-LAW News)

A Dutch search engine has become the first to operate without recording the address of the computer used to make the search. Ixquick said it had taken the move to protect users' privacy.

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NZ Govt rejects calls to alter internet law (Stuff)

[Dominion Post] Calls to repeal a law that could mean Kiwi internet users have their connections cut if they are accused of breaching copyright have been knocked back by the Government.

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Digital Britain report set to push broadband for all by 2012 (The Guardian)

Getting broadband to everyone in the UK by 2012 is expected to be one of the central ambitions of Lord Stephen Carter when the communications minister unveils his initial thoughts about creating a Digital Britain tomorrow.

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Europe Ponders Its Next Step in Intel Inquiry (New York Times)

A decision by Intel, the chip maker, to defy European antitrust investigators raised questions Wednesday about how the European Commission should handle the remainder of the investigation and discourage similar behavior.

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Microsoft Study: Users Worry About Privacy But Know Little About Threats (Dark Reading)

Microsoft today released its findings from user focus groups on privacy that raise questions about whether consumers are saddled with too much responsibility in protecting their information online.

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29 January 2009

McAfee, Inc. Predicts Slumping Economy Driving Malware Threats (McAfee)

[news release] McAfee, Inc. announced its 2009 threat predictions. The top trend to emerge for 2009 is the continued exploitation of the financial crisis to scam users with fake financial transactions services, fake investment firms, and fake legal services. The report examines the accuracy of last year's predictions and provides new insight as to where computer security threats are headed this year.

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Facebook privacy warning issued by EC (International Herald Tribune)

Young Europeans using Facebook and other social networking sites may be unwittingly risking their privacy, according to a warning from Jacques Barrot, a vice president of the European Commission.

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United States, Nordics top tech usage ranking (Reuters)

The United States and Scandinavian countries top the annual rankings on the usage of telecommunications technologies such as networks, cellphones and computers, a report released on Wednesday shows.

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3G networks don't deliver speeds users expect, Gartner says (Computerworld)

The 3G networks of all four major U.S. wireless carriers deliver slower speeds than customers expect, according to Gartner Inc., which said it has received the most complaints about AT&T's network.

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Why employers should control how staff use Facebook (OUT-LAW News)

OPINION: President Barack Obama had a shock on his first day at work. The man who had run a pioneering campaign using social media to galvanise support couldn't access Facebook - or webmail, or any number of web tools that were central to his campaign.

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Australian drug takers use web to find best deals for cocaine, ice, heroin, ecstasy (News.com.au)

Australian drug takers are using online social networks to compare prices for heroin, ice, cocaine, ecstasy and marijuana, letting them "shop around" as if they were buying legal consumer goods.

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ICANN: Application Round Opens for Sydney Meeting Fellowships (ICANN)

ICANN has launched the seventh round of fellowship program applications for its 35th International Public Meeting to be held in Sydney, Australia from 21-26 June 2009.

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Data Privacy Day's messages for Obama, consumers (CNET)

We have Valentines Day and Mothers Day and even Inauguration Day. And now that cyber crooks have turned the Internet into their playground, we've got Data Privacy Day.

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Alarm sounded over wi-fi networks (BBC News)

Wireless access points could be used by hi-tech criminals to spread viruses and worms, warn US researchers.

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au: ISPs clustered for filtering trials (Australian IT)

Participants in the federal Government's controversial mandatory internet filtering scheme will start live trials in batches, instead of en masse.

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