Given the pace at which it has been moving thus far, it doesn’t seem likely that Google will be facing sanctions just yet
Archive for 2010/07/07
Hospital suspends practice of sending data via courier
FBI agents conduct raids in four states in computer crime caper
Twitter is launching @earlybird, its own take on popular daily deal sites such as Rue La La or Gilt Groupe that offer limited-time sales at deep discounts
The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs has asked 4 researchers of the Technical University of Delft to find out to what extent Dutch providers have been contaminated by botnets. They’ve been asked to look into the level of compromised networks per provider.
If one does not know how big the problem is, it will be difficult to determine just how effective the current measures are, like contacting the customers of the ISP, putting infected machines in quarantine and educating end users, the Ministry has told Dutch online magazine Webwereld.
The administrative costs related to those measures is keeping ISPs from taking the necessary steps to fight the problem.
The Ministry will use data from The Internet Storm Center, a spam trap and ‘sinkhole data’ related to the Conficker botnet.
The results are expected at the end of this year and will be used to have the so called Internet Security Platform discuss appropriate measures. That platform combines the CEO’s of Telco’s, ISP’s together with the relevant government officials.
By analyzing 63 Billion spam messages, TU Delft was able to conclude that the 50 largest ISP’s are responsible for 50 percent of all the botnet PC’s. One out of 20 PC’s is part of a botnet.
(Dutch language article) http://webwereld.nl/nieuws/66490/ministerie-meet-botnetbesmetting-per-provider.html
“It is more likely that someone will recognize one these fugitives from a social networking site or a chat room than spotting them walking down the street, but no matter how a member of the public has the information, we would ask that they pass it on,” said Mr Cox.
Due to hostility toward security researchers, the most recent example being of Tavis Ormandy, a number of us from the industry (and some not from the industry) have come together to form MSRC: the Microsoft-Spurned Researcher Collective. MSRC will fully disclose vulnerability information discovered in our free time, free from retaliation against us or any inferred employer.
A German data protection official has confirmed that his department has launched legal proceedings against social networking site Facebook
YouTube users are urged to capture moments of their lives on July 24 and upload them; an Oscar-winning director will work some of the footage into a Google-approved documentary