Legal & Security

12 April 2009

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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11 April 2009

'Ghostnet' and the New World of Espionage Der Spiegel

The German government is constantly the target of hackers seeking to insert spy programs into its computer systems. The attacks, often originating in China, are becoming more and more sophisticated.

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China denies cyberattacks on U.S. power grid Computerworld

China denied involvement in malware attacks designed to shut down the U.S. electrical grid in a time of war, China said Thursday.

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Researchers say Conficker is all about the money CNET

The Conficker worm that has infected millions of Windows-based computers will likely be used to send spam and steal data much like one of the nastiest botnets on the Internet does, researchers said on Thursday after finding links between the two worms.

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Paul McCartney website hacked by cybercriminals Daily Telegraph (UK)

The official website of former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney was infected with the LuckySploit tool kit, say security experts.

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Extremist Web Sites Are Using U.S. Hosts Washington Post

On March 25, a Taliban Web site claiming to be the voice of the "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan" boasted of a deadly new attack on coalition forces in that country. Four soldiers were killed in an ambush, the site claimed, and the "mujahideen took the weapons and ammunition as booty."

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09 April 2009

Pentagon Bill To Fix Cyber Attacks: $100M CBS News

The Pentagon spent more than US$100 million in the last six months responding to and repairing damage from cyber attacks and other computer network problems, military leaders said Tuesday.

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US takes steps to create infrastructure against cyber attacks The Guardian

The US Congress is taking up legislation to dramatically bolster the government's response to the growing threat of international computer espionage and cyber terrorism, a move that would give the president broad authority to sever from the internet private computer networks at risk of attack.

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Electricity Grid in U.S. Penetrated By Spies Wall Street Journal

Cyberspies have penetrated the U.S. electrical grid and left behind software programs that could be used to disrupt the system, according to current and former national-security officials, reports The Wall Street Journal.

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08 April 2009

Australian government moves on e-security as spy concerns increase Australian IT

E-security will be brought under the federal Government's umbrella as it seeks to boost protection against a surge in "foreign" spying on private and public networks.

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07 April 2009

Cyberwarfare: A Chinese ghost in the machine? Identifying the perpetrator of cyber-attacks can be impossible The Economist

Cyberspace is ideal for spies. Digitally disguised and undeterred by borders or passports, they can pick locks anywhere in the world, pilfer secrets without trace and even leave toxic traps for the unwary.

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White House to oversee coordination of cybersecurity efforts NextGov

Two officials in the Obama administration confirmed on Friday that the White House would oversee the coordination of securing networks governmentwide, identifying more than 250 requirements in an on-going 60-day review of federal cybersecurity initiatives.

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05 April 2009

Google's Plan for Out-of-Print Books Is Challenged New York Times

The dusty stacks of the nation's great university and research libraries are full of orphans -- books that the author and publisher have essentially abandoned. They are out of print, and while they remain under copyright, the rights holders are unknown or cannot be found.

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FBI: Internet Fraud Rates Rose 33% Washington Post

Internet fraud complaints to the FBI by consumers increased more than 33 percent in 2008 over the previous year, according to figures released this week.

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04 April 2009

Conficker.c controls 4% of all infected PCs, IBM says Computerworld

As many as one out of every 25 Internet addresses that transmits potentially dangerous data over the Internet is infected with the Conficker.c worm, IBM Corp.'s security arm said today.

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David vs Goliath: CSIRO takes on big business over wi-fi patent ABC News

The CSIRO's legal win against Hewlett Packard over the use of its patented wireless technology could mean big bucks for the Australian science agency, says a patent attorney.

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iiNet tests legality of Conroy slur Australian IT

Perth-headquartered ISP iiNet said it has sought legal advice on Communications Minister Senator Stephen Conroy's public commentary on its legal defence in a high-profile copyright case before the NSW Federal Court.

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Dotcom companies consider boycott of Phorm's online advertising The Guardian

Digital technology company Phorm is facing a major setback, with several of the world's largest dotcom companies considering boycotting its controversial online advertising technology.

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Coy British village tells Google Street View 'spy' to beat a retreat The Guardian

Any villains inspired to check Google Street View to see whether a personal visit to the Buckinghamshire village of Broughton might be profitable, have been confounded. The residents formed a human hoarding to block the camera's view of their streets, then forced its vehicle into ignominious retreat.

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Facebook discipline may be illegal in Australia: legal expert Sydney Morning Herald

Firms who discipline or sack staff for comments made on Facebook and Twitter could be acting illegally, says a veteran lawyer.

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03 April 2009

US Senate Legislation Would Federalise Cybersecurity Washington Post

Key lawmakers are pushing to dramatically escalate U.S. defenses against cyberattacks, crafting proposals that would empower the government to set and enforce security standards for private industry for the first time.

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The end of privacy? The Guardian

Forget Street View, there is a far more subtle - and pervasive - invasion of your private life being carried out - this time through your mobile phone

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02 April 2009

Experts See Early Activity From Conficker Worm New York Times

Members of an informal global alliance of computer security specialists who have been trying to eradicate a malicious software program known as Conficker said Tuesday that they were seeing early attempts by the program to communicate with a control server. The researchers said they were uncertain if it had been successful.

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EU presses for web users' privacy BBC News

The European Union has told internet companies to make better efforts to protect information they are given by consumers, or face tougher regulation.

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Study: Enforcement spurs rise in Web sex arrests Washington Post

More people have been arrested in recent years for sexually soliciting youths online, but the sharp increase comes from better enforcement, and the Internet remains a relatively safe social environment, researchers said in a new study.

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