Legal & Security

19 April 2018

Facebook among tech firms to sign 'digital Geneva convention' The Guardian

More than 30 global technology firms have signed up to a “digital Geneva convention”, committing never to partake in cyber-attacks against individuals or businesses.

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17 April 2018

US and UK blame Russia for 'malicious' cyber-offensive New York Times

The cyberwar between the west and Russia has escalated after the UK and the US issued a joint alert accusing Moscow of mounting a “malicious” internet offensive that appeared to be aimed at espionage, stealing intellectual property and laying the foundation for an attack on infrastructure.

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15 April 2018

Google loses UK landmark 'right to be forgotten' case The Guardian

A businessman has won his legal action to remove search results about a criminal conviction in a landmark “right to be forgotten” case that could have wide-ranging repercussions.

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13 April 2018

After Cambridge Analytica, Privacy Experts Get to Say 'I Told You So' New York Times

Doc Searls met with a group of fellow internet privacy experts one recent afternoon here at the Computer History Museum. On a whiteboard were the words “OUTRAGE” and “MAKE HAY” — capitalized, underlined and surrounded by lines jutting in all directions like a cartoon “BOOM!”

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11 April 2018

Ransomware tops malicious attack charts BBC News

Ransomware has become the most popular form of malware used in cyber-attacks, suggests a study.

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28 March 2018

How Facebook Helps Shady Advertisers Pollute the Internet New York Times

It was a Davos for digital hucksters. One day last June, scammers from around the world gathered for a conference at a renovated 19th century train station in Berlin. All the most popular hustles were there: miracle diet pills, instant muscle builders, brain boosters, male enhancers. The “You Won an iPhone” companies had display booths, and the “Your Computer May Be Infected” folks sent salesmen. Russia was represented by the promoters of a black-mask face peel, and Canada made a showing with bot-infested dating sites.

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A Cyberattack Hobbles Atlanta, and Security Experts Shudder New York Times

The City of Atlanta’s 8,000 employees got the word on Tuesday that they had been waiting for: It was O.K. to turn their computers on.

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26 March 2018

People are using bitcoin's system to share child pornography, researchers say Washington Post

German researchers have found about 1,600 files of non-financial data, some of which link to or contain child pornography and other objectionable material, on the system that stores bitcoin transactions.

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23 March 2018

Revenge porn forums sharing drives full of alphabetised photos of Australian women ABC News

There's a secretive online world, where men trade nudes of women without their consent, often with their names and locations attached.

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The Darkest Web: exploring the ugly world of illegal online marketplaces The Guardian

It’s an arresting concept: the idea that rippling beneath the internet there is a dark twin breathing and growing. A place where drugs are sold; where hitmen advertise their services; where material to match any sexual urge can be found.

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21 March 2018

Bitcoin's blockchain contains child abuse images, meaning the cryptocurrency's possession could be 'illegal' ABC News

The multi-billion-dollar markets behind cryptocurrencies are in jeopardy after child abuse images were found in bitcoin's blockchain.

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16 March 2018

Cyberattacks Put Russian Fingers on the Switch at Power Plants, U.S. Says New York Times

The Trump administration accused Russia on Thursday of engineering a series of cyberattacks that targeted American and European nuclear power plants and water and electric systems, and could have sabotaged or shut power plants off at will.

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11 March 2018

Your Google Home or Fitbit could be used against you in court ABC News

If that smart new home device in your bedroom is voice activated, then it's always listening.

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08 March 2018

The Internet of Things and the law ABC Law Report

There is a growing market for those smart, home management devices that can answer a question, play you a song, control your room temperature or stream a TV series for you.

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02 March 2018

Germany Says Hackers Infiltrated Main Government Network New York Times

Hackers using highly sophisticated software penetrated the German government’s main data network, a system that was supposed to be particularly secure and is used by the chancellor’s office, ministries and the Parliament, government officials have said.

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27 February 2018

Supreme Court to hear Microsoft case: A question of law and borders Washington Post

The Supreme Court is set to hear on Tuesday a case that could have far-reaching implications for law enforcement access to digital data and for U.S. companies that store customer emails in servers overseas.

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Covert 'Replay Sessions' Have Been Harvesting Passwords by Mistake Wired

Yes, websites track your behavior online. But some go much further than what you'd reasonably expect, using so-called session replays to create a detailed log of everything you do and type on a site. And new research shows that in some cases these movie-like recordings are even storing your passwords.

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19 February 2018

The tactics of a Russian troll farm BBC News

The indictment of 13 Russians charged with attempting to manipulate American voters using social media shines a fascinating light on a sophisticated, relentless operation to exploit the internet for political gain. Here's how US investigators say the Russians did it.

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15 February 2018

Google's Chrome To Mark All HTTP Sites As Insecure Come July

Google is one of the many companies doing their bit to make the internet more secure. A significant milestone will occur in July 2018 for users of their Chrome browser when all HTTP websites will be marked as insecure with the release of Chrome 68 as they strongly advocate that sites adopt HTTPS encryption, according to a post on the Google Security Blog.

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09 February 2018

Identity Fraud Affected 16.7 Million U.S. Consumers in 2017, Report Reveals Security Intelligence

The number of identity theft victims rose by 8 percent to 16.7 million U.S. consumers in 2017, according to a new report.

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08 February 2018

Dozens charged for Infraud cyber-crime site BBC News

Thirty-six people have been charged for their alleged involvement in running a cyber-crime service responsible for more than $530m of losses.

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Cybersecurity: we can hack it CSIRO

It is estimated that 3,885,567,619 people across the world have access to the internet, roughly 51.7% of the world population. More often than not, the internet is used to benefit society — from connecting opposite sides of the world to making knowledge more accessible. But sometimes, the anonymity provided by the internet creates risks of cyberbullying as well as threats to cyber security.

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24 January 2018

Cybercrime: £130bn stolen from consumers in 2017, report says The Guardian

Hackers stole a total of £130bn from consumers in 2017, including £4.6bn from British internet users, according to a new report from cybersecurity firm Norton.

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Cyber-attack on UK a matter of 'when, not if', says security chief The Guardian

The head of the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre has warned that a major cyber-attack on the UK is a matter of “when, not if”, raising the prospect of devastating disruption to British elections and critical infrastructure.

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22 January 2018

Australia's financial regulator wants to go undercover on dark web The Guardian

The corporate watchdog wants new powers for its investigators to go undercover to combat financial crime on the dark web.

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