Legal & Security

24 December 2015

Kim Dotcom's Megaupload heyday is ancient history for the music industry The Guardian

You might expect champagne corks to be popping within major music labels at the news that a New Zealand court has ruled Kim Dotcom can be extradited to the US to face charges of copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering. In his heyday at cloud storage service Megaupload, Dotcom became a cartoon villain for music rightsholders – and their compatriots in the film, games and software industries – as they saw the company as a haven for illegal filesharing. Yet that heyday is ancient history for a music industry that has been going through an intense period of digital disruption in recent years. Dotcom was arrested and his site shut down nearly four years ago, in January 2012.

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Turkish Internet servers under sustained cyberattack - internet body Reuters

Turkish Internet servers under sustained cyberattack - internet body Turkish Internet servers have suffered one of the most intense cyberattacks ever seen in the country over the last week, according to an Internet management body, raising fears Ankara may be a target of political hackers. Internet experts said it was not clear who was behind the attacks that began on Monday. But Nic.tr, a non-government body that administers addresses for websites using the ".tr" domain, including ministries, the military, banks and many commercial sites, said they originated from "organised sources" outside Turkey.

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23 December 2015

Kim Dotcom's extradition to US cleared by New Zealand judge The Guardian

A New Zealand court has ruled that Kim Dotcom, the Megaupload founder, can be extradited to the United States to face charges of copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering. The decision, which can be appealed, comes almost four years after New Zealand police first raided Dotcom’s mansion west of Auckland at the behest of the FBI. US authorities shut down the entrepreneur’s file-sharing website, which had been used to illegally download songs and movies.

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Google ordered to pay Australian doctor $100,000 plus interest in defamation case ABC News

A former SA health department researcher who successfully sued internet giant Google for defamation has been awarded $100,000 in damages, plus interest. Janice Duffy, 59, claimed that articles published on the "Ripoff Report" website from 2007 defamed her and that Google had denied her request to remove the material from its search engine.

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18 December 2015

More than 1,000 extremist websites taken down every week, London police chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe says The Independent

London police take down over 1,000 extremist web pages every week, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said.

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09 December 2015

Australian police raid Sydney home of reported bitcoin creator Reuters

Australian Federal Police raided the Sydney home on Wednesday of a man named by Wired magazine as the probable creator of cryptocurrency bitcoin, a Reuters witness said.

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08 December 2015

French police want to ban Tor, public Wi-Fi Computerworld

French police have made their Christmas wish-list, and it includes banning Tor and public Wi-Fi.

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04 December 2015

US revenge pornography website operator sentenced to 25 months in prison The Guardian

Hunter Moore, the operator of revenge pornography website IsAnyoneUp.com, has been sentenced to two and a half years in prison, his defense lawyer, Robert Holley, has said.

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Fake LinkedIn profiles used by hackers BBC News

A growing number of hackers are targeting professionals on LinkedIn, according to security firm Symantec.

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29 November 2015

Children's electronic toy maker Vtech hacked BBC News

Vtech, a company which specialises in electronic toys and educational material for children, has had its app store database, Learning Lodge, hacked.

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26 November 2015

Cyber-thieves 'target Christmas shoppers' BBC News

Cyber-thieves are preparing malware and spam campaigns in a bid to catch out retailers and shoppers during the run-up to Christmas, experts say.

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25 November 2015

These 3 US judges hold the fate of the Internet in their hands Washington Post

Next week, a federal appeals court in Washington will hear one of its biggest cases of the year, one whose outcome will directly affect how Internet providers can alter your experience online.

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24 November 2015

Apple, Google and Microsoft: weakening encryption lets the bad guys in The Guardian

Apple, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Twitter, Facebook and 56 other technology companies have joined together to reject calls for weakening encryption saying it would be "exploited by the bad guys".

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Cybercriminals net $1.2b from Australians: Report Computerworld

Australians lost $1.2 billion to cybercriminals in 2015 according to a new report.

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20 November 2015

Small Australian ISP threatened with legal action under new site-blocking laws ABC News

A small Australian ISP has received a demand that it block access to an overseas website or face legal action in the Federal Court.

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18 November 2015

UK to double cyber spending to prevent militant attacks via web - Osborne Reuters

Britain will nearly double its spending on cyber security to prevent Islamic militants from launching online attacks on the country, Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said on Tuesday.

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Microsoft, Once Infested With Security Flaws, Does an About-Face New York Times

Microsoft was once the epitome of everything wrong with security in technology. Its products were so infested with vulnerabilities that the company's co-founder, Bill Gates, once ordered all of Microsoft engineers to stop writing new code for a month and focus on fixing the bugs in software they had already built.

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14 November 2015

FBI accused of paying US university for dark net attack BBC News

Anonymity network Tor, notorious for illegal activity, has claimed that researchers at US Carnegie Mellon university were paid by the FBI to launch an attack on them.

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08 November 2015

The kernel of the argument: Fast, flexible and free, Linux is taking over the online world. But there is growing unease about security weaknesses. Washington Post

It took years for the Internet to reach its first 100 computers. Today, 100 new ones join each second. And running deep within the silicon souls of most of these machines is the work of a technical wizard of remarkable power, a man described as a genius and a bully, a spiritual leader and a benevolent dictator.

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The cost of immaturity: The business of protecting against computer-hacking is booming The Economist

The average time between an attacker breaching a network and its owner noticing the intrusion is 205 days. Like most statistics touted by the cyber-security industry, such as the supposed annual $575 billion global cost of 90m cyber-attacks, it is little more than a guesstimate. But there is no doubt that criminals and pranksters are thriving by attacking computers and networks (see article), that companies are struggling to cope and that businesses offering answers are charging fat fees.

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04 November 2015

Over 40 pct of China's online sales counterfeit, shoddy - Xinhua Reuters

More than 40 percent of goods sold online in China last year were either counterfeits or of bad quality, the official Xinhua news agency said, illustrating the extent of a problem that has bogged down the fast-growing online sector.

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28 October 2015

US Senate passes controversial cybersecurity bill Cisa 74 to 21 The Guardian

The US Senate overwhelmingly passed a controversial cybersecurity bill critics say will allow the government to collect sensitive personal data unchecked, over the objections of civil liberties groups and many of the biggest names in the tech sector.

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Australia requires more streamlined cyber policy structure: Report Computerworld

Australia's cyber security readiness has received high scores but a new cyber strategy and more streamlined cyber policy structure is needed, according to a new report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

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27 October 2015

Young Australians need to become 'human firewall' against cyber threats: Government commissioner ABC News

More young Australians need to be encouraged to consider a career in cyber-security to help build a "human firewall" against online attacks, according to the Federal Government's eSafety Commissioner for Children.

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NSA warns of growing danger of cyber-attack by nation states BBC News

The deputy director of the US National Security Agency, Richard Ledgett, has warned of the increasing danger of destructive cyber attacks by states.

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