Legal & Security

12 March 2009

Report slams "crude" effort to fight Web militants Reuters

Western governments have overstated the role the Internet plays in the recruitment of militants, and measures to block extremist material are "crude, expensive and counterproductive," a report said on Tuesday.

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Countries Move Forward on Cybercrime Treaty PC World

[IDG] Countries are ratifying the only global cybercrime treaty slower than expected, but many are closer to implementing it, a senior Council of Europe official said Wednesday.

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Web inventor, Berners-Lee, warns against third-party internet snooping The Guardian

Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the creator of the world wide web, today warned MPs and peers that they should not allow third parties, including commercial companies, to snoop on people's internet browsing.

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US Government Needs To Get Its Cybersecurity In Gear, Experts Tell Congress Dark Reading

Some of the nation's top cybersecurity experts today told a congressional subcommittee that the United States isn't ready for a major online attack, and called on the White House and the rest of the federal government to get their acts together.

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Privacy groups rip Google's targeted advertising plan Computerworld

[IDG] Two online privacy groups slammed Google for launching a behavioral advertising program, with one advocate calling Google's plan a privacy "disaster."

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Sketching Obama's Cyberplans Forbes

President Obama may be focused on implementing the massive $787 billion stimulus plan he signed earlier this week. But when the dust settles, he'll have to address another $30 billion program that he inherited from the Bush administration: The so-called Comprehensive National Cyber Initiative (CNCI), an ambitious and expensive project designed to plug the holes that have led to uncountable breaches on government networks in recent years.

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10 March 2009

Symantec Warns of Worm's Return Network World

A third version of Downadup has been identified by Symantec, which says the new variant gives infected machines more powerful instructions to disable antivirus software and analysis tools, among other actions.

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A Struggle Over U.S. Cybersecurity Washington Post

The resignation of the federal government's cybersecurity coordinator highlights a power struggle underway over how best to defend the government's civilian computer networks against digital attacks.

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Australians need more protection online: ACMA Secure Computing

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) has said that Australian internet users "need to be more pro-active in protecting themselves online" in a report released today.

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NSW Police to get hacking powers ZDNet

The New South Wales Government has unveiled plans to give state police the power to hack into computers remotely, with owners potentially remaining in the dark about the searches for up to three years.

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L'Oréal begins UK lawsuit against eBay over sale of fake cosmetics The Times

L'Oréal, the French cosmetics giant, today accused eBay of putting consumers at risk by failing to stem the sale of fake products on its site.

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08 March 2009

When Everyone’s a Friend, Is Anything Private? New York Times

Facebook has a chief privacy officer, but I doubt that the position will exist 10 years from now. That's not because Facebook is hell-bent on stripping away privacy protections, but because the popularity of Facebook and other social networking sites has promoted the sharing of all things personal, dissolving the line that separates the private from the public.

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07 March 2009

European Push for More Online Rights to Privacy PC World

[IDG] Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will push for a re-think of the balance between the need for security and the right to privacy on the Internet, not just in Europe but around the world, they agreed during a debate at the Parliament on Thursday.

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NZ plugged into secret internet Stuff

A leaked American study into military actions in Afghanistan reveals New Zealand is quietly plugged into the world's most secret internet allowing access to the Pentagon's battle plans at strategic and tactical level.

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Why Web Site Security Matters to Us All Washington Post

For the past several months, some of the sharpest minds in the security community have teamed up to block cyber criminals from wresting control over what may be one of the largest armies of hacked computers ever built. While those efforts are ongoing and so far appear effective, all of that work could be undone thanks to the lax security of a single Web site.

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Craigslist sued for being 'single largest source of prostitution in US' The Times

Craigslist, the world's most popular online classified advertisements site, is being sued by an Illinois sheriff who alleges that the site is a clearing house for prostitution.

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05 March 2009

Cybercrime: From (& To) Russia, With Love Washington Post

Would authorities in Russia and Eastern Europe be more willing to pursue cyber crooks if they were forced to confront how deeply those groups have penetrated key government and private computer networks in those regions?

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au: Microsoft, AFP partner for online safety program PC World

The Australian Federal Police and Microsoft have brought the ThinkUKnow education program to Australia. The program, which originated in the UK, is aimed at educating parents and teachers about how to keep kids away from online predators and other threats.

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04 March 2009

Germany warns of 'catastrophic' state of Web security The Age

[AFP] German authorities on Tuesday warned against the "catastrophic" state of security on the Internet, with growing armies of viruses, worms and Trojan horses unleashed by ever savvier criminals.

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Belgian court fines Yahoo over fraud non-cooperation The Age

[AFP] A Belgian court on Monday fined Internet search engine Yahoo! 55,000 euros (69,300 US dollars) for failing to hand over personal details of users suspected of committing fraud.

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03 March 2009

Psion hits back at Intel in 'netbook' row The Times

The personal organiser manufacturer is seeking millions in damages from chip giant over its use of the word "netbook"

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"Koobface" Worm Resurfaces on Facebook, MySpace Washington Post

Security experts are warning users of Facebook, MySpace and other social networking communities to be on guard against a new strain of the "Koobface" worm, which spreads by tricking users into responding to a message apparently sent from one of their friends.

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02 March 2009

EU agency backtracks on Skype crime claims ZDNet

Eurojust, an EU agency that co-ordinates judicial co-operation across member states, has significally altered a statement in which it said criminals were using Skype to avoid detection by the authorities.

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Liberty groups unite to defend UK rights The Observer

The government and the courts are collaborating in slicing away freedoms and pushing Britain to the brink of becoming a "database" police state, a series of sold-out conferences in eight British cities heard yesterday.

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27 February 2009

Obama proposes big increase in cybersecurity spending at DHS NextGov

President Obama proposed a 21 percent increase in the Homeland Security Department's fiscal 2010 cybersecurity budget, but how the funds would be distributed remains unclear, according to the administration's proposal released on Thursday.

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