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01 August 2015

Ashley Madison attack prompts spam link deluge (BBC News)

The hack attack on the Ashley Madison site has prompted spammers to capitalise on interest in data stolen from the infidelity site.

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French Dating Sites Warned to Tighten Up Data Privacy (Wall Street Journal)

Last year, Florence Bonnet, founder of CIL Consulting, a French data compliance advisor, sent out emails and LinkedIn messages offering her company's services to operators of French dating websites. None replied, Bonnet said, except for one, who said data protection was not a priority.

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31 July 2015

Google Fights Effort to Apply 'Right to Be Forgotten' Ruling Worldwide (New York Times)

The company said Thursday that it would not comply with demands from the country's privacy regulator, who has said Google must apply a European data protection ruling to all of its global domains.

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Google says non to French demand to expand right to be forgotten worldwide (The Guardian)

Google has rejected the French data protection authority's demand that it censor search results worldwide in order to comply with the European Court of Justice's so-called right to be forgotten ruling.

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Counterfeit.com: Makers of expensive bags, clothes and watches are fighting fakery in the courts. But the battle seems to be getting tougher (The Economist)

The grand golden doors of 500 Pearl Street, in Manhattan, have welcomed such glamorous names as Herm├Ęs, Tiffany & Co and Kering, a French conglomerate whose treasures include Gucci and Bottega Veneta. The building is not a posh hotel or department store. It is the federal court for the Southern District of New York, a favoured battleground for the decidedly unglamorous war against counterfeit goods.

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Neustar Buys Company Behind AusRegistry and ARI Registry Services

Neustar has bought Bombora Technologies Pty Ltd (Bombora), based in Australia, for A$118.5 million, or approximately US$86.9 million. Bombora and its subsidiaries, which include ARI Registry Services and AusRegistry, provide registry services for a number of top-level domains (TLDs) including .au, .melbourne, .sydney, and over 100 new TLDs, including several in the Fortune 500.

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30 July 2015

Facebook now used by half of world's online users (BBC News)

Half the world's estimated online population now check into social networking giant Facebook at least once a month.

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29 July 2015

A Steady Percentage of Americans Still Do Not Go Online, Study Says (New York Times)

For the first 13 years of the decade, Americans embraced the Internet at a whirlwind pace. The percentage of Americans who use the Internet grew to 84 percent in 2013 from 52 percent at the turn of the century, according to data from the Pew Research Center.

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Paced by Facebook, Customer Satisfaction Up for Social-Media Sites (Wall Street Journal)

User satisfaction with social media websites is improving, paced by Facebook's success with its mobile app and advertising, according to new data from the American Customer Satisfaction Index.

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Cybercrime-as-a-service on the rise says Australian government report (Computerworld)

'Cybercrime as a service is likely' to increase as criminals continue to find it easier to purchase malware rather than developing their own, according to the first report of the Australian Cyber Security Centre.

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German regulator orders Facebook to allow pseudonyms (Reuters)

Facebook may not prevent its users from using fake names, a German privacy watchdog said on Tuesday, in the latest privacy setback for the U.S. company in Europe.

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EU Privacy Watchdog Backs Strict Fines for Firms Abusing Data (Wall Street Journal)

Europe's data-protection watchdog is advising European Union lawmakers to slap strict fines on businesses violating new data-privacy rules that will tighten guidelines on how companies -- including U.S. firms operating in Europe -- manage their customers' data.

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Australian National University selected as Australian office for World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) (ABC News)

The Australian office for a major international consortium which oversees internet standards and guidelines will be established at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.

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Italian parliament drafts a declaration of Internet rights (Computerworld)

The Italian parliament wants to have its say in the creation of an international legal framework promoting freedom, equality and access to cyberspace for all, and on Tuesday it presented a Declaration of Internet Rights that it will bring to the Internet Governance Forum in Brazil in November.

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Spanish Government Claims Success in Internet Piracy Fight (TorrentFreak)

The Spanish government says it's making headway in its battle against online piracy. In a report issued by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports, the government claims that illegal downloads are down, with 247 sites responding positively to copyright complaints and 31 shutting down completely.

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28 July 2015

Facebook says there's money to be made bringing Internet to the developing world (Washington Post)

With Internet.org turning one this week, Facebook's project to spread Internet access to the developing world isn't just getting older -- it's also targeting new telecommunications partners in hopes of connecting more people to the Web.

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27 July 2015

Global Cyberspace Is Safer than You Think: Real Trends in Cybercrime (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

What are the real trends in cybercrime? Recent media coverage has been rife with stories of large-scale data breaches, hacks and online financial crime. IT security firms publish yearly reports that generally show the security of cyberspace to be poor and often getting worse, but, as argued in this paper, the level of security in cyberspace is actually far better than the picture we're given. Currently, numbers on the occurrence of cybercrime are almost always depicted in either absolute numbers or year-over-year terms. To get a more accurate picture of the security of cyberspace, cybercrime statistics -- including mobile vulnerabilities, malicious web domains, zero-day exploits and web-based attacks, among others -- need to be expressed as a proportion of the growing size of the Internet.

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Why cracking down on hackers would be bad for innovation (Washington Post)

Every week seems to bring a new hacking story - the massive hacking attack on the U.S. government's databases and the attacks on the U.S. health care system are just two of the bigger stories -- so it's perhaps no surprise that the knee-jerk reaction is to take the fight directly to the hackers. By making the penalties tougher, by expanding the scope of federal anti-hacking statutes and making it easier to prosecute wrongdoers, it'll convince hackers that it's just not worth the risk, right?

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How security experts protect themselves online (Washington Post)

With news of a big hack almost every week, the Internet can be a scary place. So how's an Internet user supposed to stay safe?

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26 July 2015

Make Your Password Exponentially More Secure (Center for Democracy and Technology)

If you've used the internet, you've probably created a password. There's a lot of advice out there about creating passwords: use uppercase! use lowercase! Use numbers! Symbols! Don't use a dictionary word! Use many dictionary words in a passphrase! Don't write it down! Store it in a password manager! There is so much advice, and so much of it is conflicting, and often it comes without any explanation. In this blog post, I'll detail what a good password is (and why), give you some tools to help remember your password, and give a few other simple ways to help protect your account.

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25 July 2015

French surveillance law is constitutional, highest court says (Computerworld)

A surveillance law rushed through the French parliament in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo shootings in Paris in January is constitutional, the country's highest court ruled late Thursday. The decision gives law enforcers and intelligence agencies the power to gather communications metadata -- who is communicating with whom, where, and when -- in real time, with few restrictions.

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The Web-Connected Car Is Cool, Until Hackers Cut Your Brakes (New York Times)

When the history of the connected car is written, this week may go down as a pivotal moment for consumers worried about security.

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24 July 2015

Australia's ccTLD Reaches 3 Million Registrations

The Australian ccTLD, .au, has reached the three million registrations milestone today (24 July) putting it easily within the top ten ccTLDs.

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CIGI-Windsor Law IP law clinic offers model to protect early-stage innovations on global stage (Centre for International Governance Innovation)

The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and the University of Windsor's Faculty of Law are filling a crucial innovation gap in business services available to entrepreneurs in Canada by providing early-stage startups with access to pro bono intellectual property legal advice. The joint law clinic serves as a model to raise Canada's innovation profile on a global scale.

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Smartwatches open to cyberattack says HP (BBC News)

The best-selling smartwatches on the market all have security problems, according to US tech giant Hewlett-Packard.

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