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 Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Facebook and Twitter users are under attack by cybercriminals -- and the incidents are rising, Sophos says in its its 2010 Security Threat Report released Monday. In the past 12 months, Sophos says, cybercriminals have focused more attacks on social-network users. Spam and malware are leading the charge.

Fifty-seven percent of users surveyed reported getting spammed via social-networking sites -- an increase of 70.6 percent from 2008. And 36 percent say they have been sent malware via social-networking sites, a 69.8 percent increase.

 

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Tuesday, February 02, 2010 5:46:41 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 28, 2010

China will gradually move to cut censorship of the Internet, but it will take a long time, the man credited with inventing the World Wide Web said Wednesday.

Commenting on Google's threat to pull out of China, Tim Berners-Lee said Beijing was having to move "carefully" in opening up Internet openness, but said the "genie is out of the bottle" in terms of access. "I think that openness increases steadily. Every time you open it the genie comes out of the bottle and it's very difficult to put it (back) in the bottle," he told AFP. Speaking on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, he said: "The Internet has a tradition of bit by bit increasing openness.

 

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Thursday, January 28, 2010 3:54:03 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The design of the future German identity card has been unveiled. Credit-card sized and made of polycarbonate, it will be issued from November 2010 on. The new card aims to ease the citizens' transactions with government and businesses and to increase security as well as to enhance public confidence in electronic services.

The front side has the image of the federal eagle, whereas on its reverse side the Brandenburg Gate is depicted. The new card contains numerous security features in order to increase protection against forgery. A special feature is that the holder's details are digitally stored. It is also capable to carry a digital signature. Both features will allow card holders to complete commercial online transactions as well as official business with government offices.

 

(Source: eGov Monitor)

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Wednesday, January 27, 2010 1:58:51 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 26, 2010

If you have thousands of friends on Facebook, most of them are not your real friends, reports The Sunday Times of London.

According to a recent study by Oxford University professor of Evolutionary Anthropology Robin Dunbar, a human brain is limited to keeping up with about 150 meaningful relationships, regardless of how many Facebook friends you might have. This is in line with Dunbar's earlier research on the matter, in which he concludes that there exists a theoretical "sweet spot" for the number of relationships a human can effectively manage. Throughout history, people have formed social groupings of about 150, as larger groupings quickly begin to deteriorate and lose social cohesion.

 

(Source: PC World)

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Tuesday, January 26, 2010 1:57:03 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 25, 2010

The 'Health-e-Space' website has gone online in Moray, Scotland, aiming to encourage individuals to play an active role in personal health matters by providing them with a series of online tools and information.

The website allows anybody living in Moray to become a member and to obtain local health information, links to recommended websites and suggestions on how to live with health conditions. Its sister website, the 'Health-e-Space Community', serves as a social networking platform for people to share their health concerns and experiences among them in the Moray area.

 

(Source: eGov Monitor)

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Monday, January 25, 2010 3:48:14 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, January 22, 2010

Egypt, Russia, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are the first countries to win preliminary approval for Internet addresses written entirely in their native scripts. Since their creation in the 1980s, Internet domain names have been limited to the 26 characters in the Latin alphabet used in English, as well as 10 numerals and the hyphen. Technical tricks have been used to allow portions of the Internet address to use other scripts, but until now, the suffix had to use those 37 characters.

An announcement Thursday by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, known as ICANN, paves the way for an entire domain name to appear in Cyrillic or Arabic by the middle of this year. Applications for strings in other languages are pending.

 

(Source: AP)

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Friday, January 22, 2010 1:53:10 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

If Your Password Is 123456, Just Make It HackMe. Back at the dawn of the Web, the most popular account password was “12345.” Today, it’s one digit longer but hardly safer: “123456.”

Despite all the reports of Internet security breaches over the years, including the recent attacks on Google’s e-mail service, many people have reacted to the break-ins with a shrug. According to a new analysis, one out of five Web users still decides to leave the digital equivalent of a key under the doormat: they choose a simple, easily guessed password like “abc123,” “iloveyou” or even “password” to protect their data.

 

(Source: The New York Times)

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Friday, January 22, 2010 11:42:15 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 21, 2010

For the first time, the Ministerial High Level Conference on eHealth and the World Health IT Conference and Exhibition are being held in the same week in a joint initiative called “e-Health Week 2010”, the most prestigious event in the European eHealth sector. Barcelona International Conventions Centre (CCIB) will open its doors from March 15 to 18 to receive the European meeting most attended by the healthcare sector interest groups.

March 15 will see the start of the High Level eHealth Conference, an E.U. event organised by the Spanish Presidency of the E.U., the European Commission, the Government of Catalonia and the TicSalut Foundation. The conference is presented under the motto of “eHealth for sustainable healthcare: global changes through local actions”

 

(Source: eHealth Week)

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Thursday, January 21, 2010 5:22:48 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Hundreds of tech volunteers spurred to action by Haiti's killer quake are adding a new dimension to disaster relief, developing new tools and services for first responders and the public in an unprecedented effort. "It really is amazing the change in the way crisis response can be done now," said Noel Dickover, a Washington, D.C.-based organizer of the CrisisCamp tech volunteer movement, which is central to the Haiti effort. "Developers, crisis mappers and even Internet-savvy folks can actually make a difference."

Another volunteer project forged in the quake's aftermath is a cell phone text-messaging system that has helped the U.N., Red Cross and other relief groups dispatch rescuers, food and water.

 

(Source: AP)

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Thursday, January 21, 2010 4:53:16 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 20, 2010

The World Economic Forum today released its study on Scaling Opportunity: Information and Communications Technology for Social Inclusion, an analysis of how ICT is evolving to address the social and economic needs of the poor. The study notes that, as 4 billion people have access to the global communications infrastructure, the opportunity to create innovative and inclusively tailored solutions for connecting the unconnected is extraordinary.

Along with highlighting the rapid adoption rate of mobile phone usage within emerging economies, the report focuses on the question: “What’s next?”

 

(Source: eGov Monitor)

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010 11:45:25 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Hackers are attacking consumers with an exploit of Internet Explorer (IE) that was allegedly used last month by the Chinese to break into Google's corporate network, a security company said Monday.

That news came on the heels of warnings by the information security agencies of the French and German governments, which recommended that IE users switch to an alternate browser, such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Opera, until Microsoft fixes the flaw. In a Monday alert Websense said it identified "limited public use" of the unpatched IE vulnerability in drive-by attacks against users who strayed onto malicious Web sites.

 

(Source: ComputerWorld)

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Wednesday, January 20, 2010 10:59:42 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 19, 2010

A man who ran a music-sharing website with almost 200,000 members has been found not guilty of conspiracy to defraud at Teesside Crown Court. Alan Ellis, 26, was the first person in the UK to be prosecuted for illegal file-sharing. He operated the site, called Oink, from his flat in Middlesbrough from 2004 until it was closed down in a police raid in October 2007. In that time Oink facilitated the download of 21 million music files.

 

(Source: BBC)

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010 4:30:00 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 18, 2010

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is advising people to be careful when evaluating donation programs related to the earthquake in Haiti as one security firm is already seeing scam e-mails circulate. People should apply a "critical eye" to requests for financial donations following Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti, which caused an unknown number of deaths and severe damage to the country's infrastructure.

Scam e-mails are already emerging. Symantec noted a so-called 419-style e-mail that purported to come from the British Red Cross. A 419 scam, named after the number of a statute in Nigeria's criminal code banning the practice, is one in which an e-mail or a letter implores a person to send money for some bogus reason.

 

(Source: ComputerWorld)

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Monday, January 18, 2010 2:06:57 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, January 14, 2010

With communications in Haiti ravaged by an earthquake, tech-savvy residents turned to Twitter to send pictures and news of the destruction while others used the Web service to mobilize appeals for aid.

Harrowing personal accounts, heart-rending pictures and rallying cries for relief for quake-ravaged Haiti spread swiftly on Twitter as the microblogging platform once again became a key communications tool during disaster. Haiti solidarity groups sprang up on social network Facebook, meanwhile, including one that quickly attracted more than 142,000 members, and video of the aftermath of the 7.0-magnitude quake appeared on YouTube.

 

(Source: AFP)

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Thursday, January 14, 2010 11:41:01 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Facebook is trying to strengthen security on its Web site with some outside help. Computer security company McAfee Inc. will now scan and repair the computers of Facebook users whose accounts have been compromised, the company said Wednesday. The scanning process will be added to the steps that Facebook already makes the users of such accounts go through if they want to reclaim their pages.

Facebook says spam and viruses affect a tiny percentage of its users. But hackers are increasingly targeting the social sites as they become a core part of the Web. Spokesman Barry Schnitt said Facebook spends a lot of time and resources to keep users' accounts secure.

 

(Source: AP)

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Thursday, January 14, 2010 10:50:08 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, January 13, 2010

The cyber threat environment is constantly changing and becoming more challenging with every day that passes. Malware grew last year at the highest rate in 20 years. Multiple security reports showed that more than 25 million new strains of malware were identified in 2009.

Forecasts suggest that 2010 will again see unprecedented growth in malware and the trend is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. Not only will the cyber attack volume escalated dramatically, but the sophistication of malware delivery modalities will also become much more sophisticated and dangerous. In addition, social networking sites will become major targets of choice for cyber criminals.

 

(Source: Defense Tech)

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010 4:31:43 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Despite the prevalence and popularity of social networking sites like Facebook, almost a third of respondents said that they preferred to meet friends face-to-face, although 44 percent said the internet made it easier to keep in touch with them. More than seven in 10 children said their most common use of the Internet was for gaming, while 59 percent said that they used the worldwide web in the course of doing their homework. The youngsters from Britain, Germany, France, Spain, Italy and Poland also expressed a strong sense of social responsibility, with 90 percent saying it was important to look after the planet, and 74 percent saying they recycled regularly.

They've never known a world without the Internet, but they still prefer to meet their friends offline.

 

(Source: Reuters)

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Wednesday, January 13, 2010 11:10:29 AM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Violent video games have "a much bigger negative influence on kids" than pornography, a leading porn star has claimed. He said parents should be more worried about the harmful effects of such games. Mr Jeremy's comments were made at a session called the Great Porn Debate during the Consumer Electronics Show, CES, in Las Vegas. His comments angered gamers, who accused him of "ignorance".

Mr Jeremy also urged parents to play their part in preventing children from accessing adult websites. He said the industry already does all it can to protect youngsters. "Parents can block this stuff and need to stop blaming porn for a bad case of parenting," Mr Jeremy told BBC News.

 

(Source: BBC)

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010 3:35:04 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Hackers calling themselves the Iranian Cyber Army briefly hijacked the home page of China's top search engine, Baidu Inc, on Tuesday weeks after doing the same thing to Twitter.com.

Media carried screenshots of Baidu's home page showing a message: "This site has been hacked by Iranian Cyber Army" against a dark background and the flag of Iran. The group hacked popular microblogging website Twitter in December replacing Twitter's home page with the same headline and an anti-American message.

 

(Source: Reuters)

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Tuesday, January 12, 2010 2:49:45 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, January 11, 2010

A wireless industry group said mobile phone conversations are safe from eavesdropping, even after a German security expert released the code for unscrambling calls made using most of the world's cell phones. Concerns spread last week that cell phone calls could easily be intercepted after encryption expert Karsten Nohl unveiled his research at Europe's largest hacking conference, in Berlin.

The London-based GSM Association said on Thursday that it has spent the past few years figuring out ways to thwart hackers who might try to tap into wireless calls using Nohl's research, which it first learned of in 2007.

 

(Source: Reuters)

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Monday, January 11, 2010 12:06:38 PM (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |