Legal & Security

08 May 2009

McAfee: New botnets dwarf Conficker threat CNET

The Conficker worm, which has set off many a recent security alarm bell, may just be a small fry, compared to the growing number of botnets, viruses, and worms infecting cyberspace.

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06 May 2009

Craigslist on PR offensive over sex industry links The Guardian

Craigslist is trying to head off a growing revolt across America by meeting with senior officials concerned about the site's relationship with the sex industry.

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Libraries Ask Judge to Monitor Google Books Settlement New York Times

Three groups representing libraries, including the American Library Association, the largest such group in the United States, have asked a federal judge to exercise "vigorous oversight" over a class-action settlement between Google, authors and publishers.

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05 May 2009

UK accused of stalling in fight against cybercrime Reuters

Europe's top human rights body questioned Britain's commitment to fighting cybercrime and terrorism on Tuesday, asking why it had failed for more than four years to ratify key agreements.

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Should the White House Be a Place for Friends? New York Times

Last week, President Obama extended his use of social media sites, a trademark feature of his campaign, into the White House, setting up on MySpace, Facebook, Twitter and Flickr. The president, of course, has had an official blog, and he has been posting White House video on YouTube and other video sites.

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Australia to invest in cyber warfare capabilities ARN

Australia will develop greater cyber warfare capabilities as part of a $70 billion strategy announced in a Federal Government whitepaper at the weekend.

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Internet home to growing number of fraudsters The Times

A rise in pyramid and Ponzi fraud schemes in Britain and the United States is being spurred by the power of the internet, consumer and business groups fear, with old-fashioned cons repackaged as marketing enterprises backed by advertisements on Google, videos on YouTube and enticing websites. It is, they say, a fraud for the digital age.

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03 May 2009

Experts Chart Spike in Cyber Sieges Washington Post

Cyber attacks with enough firepower to knock entire countries off the Internet have spiked in recent months, raising fresh concerns within the security community about weaknesses in the Internet infrastructure that help create such weapons of mass disruption.

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Cybersecurity Review Sets White House Turf Battle Wall Street Journal

President Barack Obama's cybersecurity review has ignited turf battles inside the White House, with economic adviser Lawrence Summers weighing in to prevent what he sees as a potential threat to economic growth, according to people familiar with the deliberations.

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02 May 2009

Facebook hit by phishing attack The Guardian

A scam that tries to steal people's Facebook password details - using a website that mimics Facebook's login page - is spreading rapidly through the social networking site.

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01 May 2009

Panel Warns U.S. on Cyberwar Plans New York Times

The United States has no clear military policy about how the nation might respond to a cyberattack on its communications, financial or power networks, a panel of scientists and policy advisers warned Wednesday, and the country needs to clarify both its offensive capabilities and how it would respond to such attacks.

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29 April 2009

New US cybersecurity bill for electric grid readied Computerworld

Amid growing concern over the vulnerability of the U.S. electric grid to cyberattacks, two lawmakers are preparing to introduce new legislation aimed at bolstering the industry's responsiveness to such threats.

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US Justice Dept. Opens Antitrust Inquiry Into Google Books Deal New York Times

The Justice Department has begun an inquiry into the antitrust implications of Google's settlement with authors and publishers over its Google Book Search service, two people briefed on the matter said Tuesday.

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28 April 2009

U.S. Plans Attack and Defense in Cyberspace New York Times

When American forces in Iraq wanted to lure members of Al Qaeda into a trap, they hacked into one of the group's computers and altered information that drove them into American gun sights.

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EC's Reding urges preventive action against cyberattacks on internet infrastructure Computerworld

Europe needs a "Mister cyber security" to take control in the event of an attack on Internet infrastructure, Europe's telecommunications commissioner, Viviane Reding said Monday.

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26 April 2009

Cybersecurity's Twitter-Fast Shifts Forbes

Twitter, despite its chirpy logo and its endorsement from Oprah, isn't as harmless as it seems. Throughout April, worms have ripped through the "microblogging" platform, infecting user accounts with malicious code that spread from profile to profile as Twitterers visited one another's compromised pages.

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Conficker.E to self-destruct on May 5th? Network World

The evolution of the multi-faceted Conficker worm is expected to take another turn this May 5th when the latest version, Conficker.E, will simply self-destruct on infected machines, say a number of security researchers.

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Conficker virus begins to attack PCs Reuters

A malicious software program known as Conficker that many feared would wreak havoc on April 1 is slowly being activated, weeks after being dismissed as a false alarm, security experts said.

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23 April 2009

Cybergangs use cheap labour to break codes on social sites USA Today

It's become the new front in cybercrime: scams and identity-theft programs that attack e-mail accounts and users of social-networking sites such as Facebook and MySpace.

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UK watchdog clears Google Street View of breaking Data Protection Act Belfast Telegraph

The UK's privacy watchdog rejected a complaint against Google Street View today. The Information Commissioner said the service, which allows users to scroll around a montage of street-level photographs of Britain, does not breach the Data Protection Act.

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Pentagon to Create Command Focusing on Cyber Security Washington Post

A spokesman for Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates confirmed today that the Pentagon plans to reorganize itself to confront the "persistent and growing" problem of cyber attacks, creating a new command focused on protecting military computer networks and fielding new offensive cyber-warfare weapons.

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Botnet expert suggests hitting cybercriminals in pocket book CNET

Technology is not enough to help the security industry keep botnets from stealing peoples' money and committing denial-of-service attacks, a top botnet researcher said on Wednesday. His suggestion? Stop the flow of money to their coffers.

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Employers Watching Workers Online Spurs Privacy Debate Wall Street Journal

By now, many employees are uncomfortably aware that their every keystroke at work, from email on office computers to text messages on company phones, can be monitored legally by their employers.

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22 April 2009

A Pentagon Cyber-Command Is in the Works Washington Post

The Obama administration is finalizing plans for a new Pentagon command to coordinate the security of military computer networks and to develop new offensive cyber-weapons, sources said last night.

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Computer Spies Breach Fighter-Jet Project Wall Street Journal

Computer spies have broken into the Pentagon's $300 billion Joint Strike Fighter project -- the Defense Department's costliest weapons program ever -- according to current and former government officials familiar with the attacks.

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