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06 December 2013
The announcement yesterday's of the discovery of a botnet command and control database of user credentials for Facebook, Twitter, Yahoo, ADP and others is just the latest in a trend going back several years. You can't trust Internet services to protect your passwords; you have to protect them yourself.
ZeroAccess, one of the world's largest botnets - a network of computers infected with malware to trigger online fraud - has been disrupted by Microsoft and law enforcement agencies.
In the Murky World of Bitcoin, Fraud Is Quicker Than the Law (New York Times)
The call went out on Twitter: "For insane profits come and join the pump." It was an invitation to a penny stock-style pump-and-dump scheme -- only this one involved Bitcoin, the soaring, slightly scary virtual currency that has beckoned and bewildered people around the world.
05 December 2013
The US National Security Agency has considered spying on Australian citizens without the knowledge or consent of the Australian intelligence organisations it partners with, according to a draft 2005 NSA directive kept secret from other countries.
NSA tracking cellphone locations worldwide, Snowden documents show (Washington Post)
The National Security Agency is gathering nearly 5 billion records a day on the whereabouts of cellphones around the world, according to top-secret documents and interviews with U.S. intelligence officials, enabling the agency to track the movements of individuals -- and map their relationships -- in ways that would have been previously unimaginable.
The National Security Agency is reportedly collecting almost 5 billion cell phone records a day under a program that monitors and analyses highly personal data about the precise whereabouts of individuals, wherever they travel in the world.
Almost half of mobile phone users polled by CIRP singled out Facebook as one of their three most used apps.
Young people are anonymously bullying and trolling themselves online in what some are calling cyber self-harm. Why?
Well, it happened. Someone wore Google Glass into a restaurant and that restaurant ended up ejecting the patron over his headgear.
So what's worse: Finding two million passwords harvested by a botnet, or learning that most of the stolen passwords are terribly weak?
Microsoft: 'We Don't Provide Governments with Direct, Unfettered Access to Your Data' (Network World)
A Microsoft today pushed back once again against the idea that it's giving the National Security Agency (NSA) carte blanche access to its cloud-based services, an allegation that's cropped up in media reports since the revelations from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden began last June.
What happens when advertising stops being obvious? The Federal Trade Commission, charged with protecting consumers and guarding against deceptive advertising practices, acknowledges it does not know.
04 December 2013
The attorney general is to publish guidance on Twitter to help prevent social media users from committing a contempt of court by commenting inappropriately on criminal cases.
Germany may arm police with 'Nazi Shazam' phone app (The Guardian)
German authorities are considering equipping police with a smartphone app that would instantly recognise illegal neo-Nazi songs.
Online drugs marketplace shut down after £3.5m bitcoin hack (The Guardian)
Sheep Marketplace, a darknet shopping site, has shut down following a catastrophic theft of 5,400 bitcoins, currently valued at over £3.5m.
The Guardian has come under concerted pressure and intimidation designed to stop it from publishing stories of huge public interest that have revealed the "staggering" scale of Britain's and America's secret surveillance programmes, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper has said.
The unpredictable performance of VDSL2 technology over Telstra's copper network means that NBN Co would be unable to guarantee customers the 50Mbps speeds promised by the new government, a leaked NBN Co report has warned.
03 December 2013
Tim Berners-Lee is known as the gentle genius with the mild touch, a man who is strikingly modest despite having created one of the epochal inventions of the modern age, the world wide web. But get him on the subject of what the National Security Agency and its British equivalent, GCHQ, have been doing to crack encryption used by hundreds of millions of people to protect their personal data online, and his face hardens, his eyes squint and he fumes.
It's outrageous to accuse the Guardian of aiding terrorism by publishing Snowden's revelations (The Guardian)
The Guardian's editor, Alan Rusbridger, is due to appear before the House of Commons home affairs select committee on Tuesday to answer questions about his newspaper's publication of intelligence files leaked by Edward Snowden. Unlike the directors of MI5, MI6 and GCHQ, who gave evidence recently before the intelligence and security committee, Rusbridger will not be provided with a list of questions in advance.
Singer Beyonce was named the most-searched person in 2013 on Bing, the online search engine said on Monday, edging out 2012's list-topper reality television star Kim Kardashian, who came in second.
For brands, the key objective on all social platforms remains consumer engagement. Because content-focused social promotions are a perfect means for fuelling engagement -- and Twitter is an unmatched platform for broadcasting content -- the opportunities for delivering promotions on this platform are enticing.
How the Snowden leak is changing the tech landscape (The Guardian)
Revelations about the extent of the surveillance programmes undertaken by the NSA and GCHQ - as well as their efforts to undermine online security and encryption - have provoked fierce reaction around the world, sparking technical innovations, legal challenges, and moves towards political reform.
Another 706 Domains Selling Counterfeit Merchandise Seized By International Law Enforcement Agencies
Another 706 domain names selling counterfeit merchandise was seized in an operation with eleven international law enforcement bodies, led by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
.KIWI is setting out to be higher, faster and stronger than all other gTLDs with the gTLD operator, Dot Kiwi, announcing it is to sponsor the New Zealand Triathlon Series. The series will be called the .kiwi Tri Series and there will be six events throughout New Zealand during summer.
With 18% of the Australian population living with some form of a disability, eliminating barriers to website accessibility remains a challenge. In this blog, AusRegistry's Maggie Whitnall explores this important topic with the support of Gunela Astbrink from the Internet Society of Australia.