Legal & Security

22 April 2009

Finjan finds botnet of 1.9 million infected computers CNET

Security firm Finjan has uncovered what it says is one of the largest bot networks controlled by a single cybergang, with 1.9 million infected zombie computers.

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Call to rally against cyber crime BBC News

Security professionals are being called on to band together to fight the highly organised cyber criminals of the world.

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Tech giants to pay Aust science agency, CSIRO, $1 billion Australian IT

Australia's top science agency has walloped some of the world's biggest industrial giants in the US patent courts to bring the country a pay check worth up to $1 billion over the next five to 10 years.

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21 April 2009

Australian courts use social networking sites as evidence Sydney Morning Herald

Constable Robert Hogan claimed he was just playing around outside a nightclub when an off-duty military commando bit his face so hard that he drew blood and a five-centimetre gash.

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20 April 2009

Estonia leads the way in countering cyber-attacks EurActiv

Estonia, which recently suffered what appeared to be the largest political cyber-attack ever seen on EU soil, is organising an EU ministerial meeting on the protection of vital infrastructure against cyber-crime, the European Commission has announced.

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19 April 2009

Google's Trademark Tussle BusinessWeek

It's vexing for a company to see its brand name disparaged. It can be downright infuriating when that brand is used to drum up business for a rival.

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18 April 2009

Phishers get more wily as cybercrime grows Reuters

Phishing scams have grown up from the unsophisticated swindles of the past in which fake Nigerian princes e-mailed victims, who would get a big windfall if they just provide their bank account number.

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Terrorists using Internet as a weapon: experts The Age

"Computer-savvy" terrorists are using the Internet as a new weapon but national authorities must be aware of individual rights when combating the threat, speakers at an international conference said Thursday.

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Control of Cybersecurity Becomes Divisive Issue New York Times

The National Security Agency has been campaigning to lead the government's rapidly growing cybersecurity programs, raising privacy and civil liberties concerns among some officials who fear that the move could give the spy agency too much control over government computer networks.

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Role of Bush NSA Plan Under Review Washington Post

The Bush administration planned last year to direct the National Security Agency, which specializes in spying electronically on foreign adversaries, to take the techniques it has employed to defend military computer networks and use them to protect U.S. government civilian networks, according to current and former officials.

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16 April 2009

CDT: Privacy, transparency needed in US cybersecurity policy PC World

[IDG] U.S. President Barack Obama's administration and Congress will have to address major civil liberties and transparency concerns as they create new policies to tackle ongoing cybersecurity vulnerabilties in the government and private industry, a digital rights group said.

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Cybercrime: GhostNets in the machine The Guardian

Cybercrime is big business - and perhaps nowhere more so than in China, with many attacks motivated by nationalism. Meet the people on the frontline

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Internet privacy: Britain in the dock The Independent

Britain's failure to protect its citizens from secret surveillance on the internet is to be investigated by the European Commission.

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Amazon blocks Phorm adverts scan BBC News

Amazon has said it will not allow online advertising system Phorm to scan its web pages to produce targeted ads.

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Symantec Internet Security Threat Report Finds Malicious Activity Continues to Grow at a Record Pace Symantec

[news release] Symantec Corp. today (April 14) announced that malicious code activity continued to grow at a record pace throughout 2008, primarily targeting confidential information of computer users. According to the company's Internet Security Threat Report Volume XIV, Symantec created more than 1.6 million new malicious code signatures in 2008. This equates to more than 60 percent of the total malicious code signatures ever created by Symantec -- a response to the rapidly increasing volume and proliferation of new malicious code threats. These signatures helped Symantec block an average of more than 245 million attempted malicious code attacks across the globe each month during 2008.

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Businesses warn of rising risk of counterfeiting on internet The Independent

Popular brands have called for stricter policing of the internet, as they fear fraud will soar during the first "digital recession".

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EC starts legal action in Britain over Phorm BBC News

The European Commission has started legal action against Britain over the online advertising technology Phorm.

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15 April 2009

Phishing Attacks Surge Amid Recession BusinessWeek

The latest evidence that economic woe is leaving more Americans vulnerable to Internet fraud came from an Apr. 14 report from Gartner. More than 5 million U.S. consumers lost money to phishing attacks in the 12 months ending in September 2008, a 39.8% increase from a year earlier, according to the new Gartner study. "Phishers are preying on the bad economy," says Avivah Litan, a security analyst at Gartner.

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How secure is the U.S. communications network? CNET

A simple snip of a few fiber-optic communications cables left thousands of people in Silicon Valley and throughout parts of the San Francisco Bay Area without phone, Internet, or wireless service for more than 12 hours on Thursday.

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Google Disables Uploads, Comments on YouTube Korea PC World

Google has disabled user uploads and comments on the Korean version of its YouTube video portal in reaction to a new law that requires the real name of a contributor be listed along each contribution they make.

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Ponzi schemes spread on YouTube Los Angeles Times

Here come the mini-Madoffs. The Better Business Bureau warned today about a proliferation of what appear to be Ponzi schemes on YouTube.

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14 April 2009

Russian President warns of foreign threat to 'Net security Network World

Foreign investors in Internet companies pose a potential threat to national security, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned members of the United Russia political party at a meeting on Wednesday.

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Australian Family Court includes Skype access in decisions The Australian

The Family Court is allowing mothers to leave the country with their children, provided they agree to sign up for the internet-based video telephone service Skype.

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12 April 2009

Conficker, the Internet's No. 1 threat, gets an update Computerworld

Security researchers say a worm that has infected millions of computers worldwide has been reprogrammed to strengthen its defenses while also trying to attack more machines.

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Google Street View does not breach UK privacy laws The Observer

Street View, the controversial service from Google that broadcasts 360-degree views of homes and roads in many of Britain's cities via the internet, is not a threat to personal privacy, the information commissioner has ruled.

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