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Archive for June 9th, 2012


Police search for 11,000 in identity scam

“Members of a multi-million pound organised crime gang which ran the Confidential Access (CA) website were jailed on Friday but detectives are now hunting up to 11,000 people who used the service. Detective Sergeant Christopher Richards, of the Metropolitan Polices economic and specialist crime unit, said: It was basically a fraud factory, a continued conveyor belt of consistently produced fraud….”

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Two attorneys hired to lead criminal probes into national security leaks

“Two U.S.

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Spain to seek bailout from eurozone for troubled banks

“Spain will ask for a bailout for banks felled by bad real estate loans, in an about-face that European officials welcomed Saturday and said could cost up to 100 billion ($125 billlion). A rescue for Spain will be Europes fourth since the single currency blocs debt crisis erupted two years ago. While the countrys leaders have long said it would not need help righting its financial sector, markets have been nonetheless concerned about its ability to pay its way….”

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'Anonymous' activists protest against web censorship in Indian cities

“Internet activists held protests in several cities against what they claimed as 'growing censorship of internet by the government' in the country. Held under the banner of worldwide group of web hacking activists 'Anonymous', youngsters wearing 'Guy Fawkes' masks held protests in 16 cities including Bangalore, Pune and Chandigarh, the group claimed on their website….”

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Apple's Crystal Prison and the Future of Open Platforms

“A few weeks ago, Steve Wozniak made a public call for Apple to open its platforms for those who wish to tinker, tweak and innovate with their internals. EFF supports Wozniak's position: while Apple's products have many virtues, they are marred by an ugly set of restrictions on what users and programmers can do with them.

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The effect of data breaches on consumers

“Commenting on a Ponemon Report showing that 72 per cent of consumers who have been notified of a data breach at a company they had dealt were dissatisfied with the communication, David Gibson, Varonis VP of strategy, says that, this highlights the brutal fact that people are less likely to purchase or deal with an organization where their data has been lost due to a breach….”

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World's largest biometric database

“In the last two years, over 200 million Indian nationals have had their fingerprints and photographs taken and irises scanned, and given a unique 12-digit number that should identify them everywhere and to everyone. This is only the beginning, and the goal is to do the same with the entire population (1

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LinkedIn Has Neither CIO nor CISO

“LinkedIn, the social network that's investigating the pilfering of what could be more than 6. 5 million of its members' hashed passwords, has neither a chief information officer nor chief information security officer.”We don't currently have executives with those specific titles, but David Henke, senior vice president, operations, oversees the functions,” a LinkedIn spokesperson wrote in response to my inquiry. LinkedIn isn't the first technology company to experience a breach that has lacked a specific senior executive responsible for assuring the security of its data and systems….”

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MegaUpload Files to Dismiss Piracy Charges

“The weirdest part about the fact that MegaUpload has filed to dismiss the piracy charges levied against the company is that the charges might actually be thrown out. You see, the attempt hinges on the fact that MegaUpload is based out of Hong Kong and legally has no presence in the United States. If this is the case, as the dismissal argues, then the U.S

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Was U.S. Government's Stuxnet Brag A Mistake?

“That's the playground-taunt version of what anonymous sources in the Obama administration last week essentially said to Iran, after they confirmed that the U.S. government developed and launched Stuxnet, in a bid to delay Iran's nuclear weapons program….”

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