Archive for 2011/02/14
Egypt’s main Internet service providers will refund customers for the interruption in Web access two weeks ago during early days of the country’s uprisingPosted: 2011/02/14 in Education / Awareness
Gemalto Brings Facebook to All Mobile Phones. Facebook for SIM – now working on any handset and for any subscription modelPosted: 2011/02/14 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
UK: There are fears that personal bank details may have been stolen after ‘snooping devices’ were found plugged into public computers at libraries in WilmslowPosted: 2011/02/14 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection
Police are investigating after the small gadgets were spotted attached to keyboard sockets at the back of two machines in Wilmslow and Handforth libraries. It is not known how long they had been there
“The role of government should not be to have to do the job that corporations should be doing themselves in trying to prevent the theft of intellectual property, but rather to do as law enforcement and our military have done since their inception: to identify criminals and those who would threaten our freedom to prosper and either bring them to justice or draw a line in the sand of what will no longer be tolerated without facing retribution”Posted: 2011/02/14 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy
If China is the aggressor that it appears to be in cyberspace, then it is time to elevate this conversation and debate to one of substantial action, instead of wielding it as another weapon of fear for security industry sales and budget increase requests.
eps, giropay and iDEAL promote the internationalization of e-payment schemes based on online bankingPosted: 2011/02/14 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Tech Evolution
Three payment schemes, eps e-payment standard (Austria), giropay (Germany) and iDEAL (Netherlands) have started working together on the development of interoperability in the European (SEPA) market. The agreed objective is to create an open infrastructure where a consumer in one European country can pay online/real-time a web-retailer in another European country for ordered goods and services, using his usual online banking facilities.
Piet Mallekoote CEO of iDEAL stated that “the fast growing e-commerce has created a strong demand for a trusted, reliable and safe e-payment method in a competitive environment, where already other payment methods are being offered to web-retailers and consumers.”
A Chinese man cited by a U.S. security firm as being linked to cyberspying on Western oil companies said his company rents server space to hundreds of hackersPosted: 2011/02/14 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness
The National Identity Register (NIR), which was built to hold the fingerprints and personal details of millions of ID card holders, has been publicly destroyed. Home Office Minister Damian Green visited an industrial site in Essex today to shred the last of 500 hard disk drives and end the National Identity Scheme. The Deputy Prime Minister, Rt Hon Nick Clegg MP, said:
“I have always called in the strongest terms for the National Identity Register to be scrapped, and it was one of the first things the Coalition pledged to do. I am delighted that Damian has today laid it to rest once and for all. “The ID cards scheme was a direct assault on our liberty, something too precious to be tossed aside, and something which this government is determined to restore. The government is committed to rolling back as much state interference as humanly possible, and the destruction of the register is only the beginning.”
An email containing a spreadsheet of the results of around 10,000 Criminal Records Bureau enquiries was mistakenly sent to a website journalist when a staff member at Gwent Police inadvertently copied the wrong person into the email. 863 of the records indicated that the individual had personal information recorded but no details of criminal convictions were disclosed and the nature of the information was not identifiable.
The New South Wales government says it will launch an inquiry into a glitch that has shut down the state’s paramedics’ computer system. The Ambulance of NSW’s computer dispatch system was infected by a virus at about 1pm (AEDT) yesterday, forcing staff to shut it downPosted: 2011/02/14 in Education / Awareness, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC) on February 9, 2011 began to notify 1.7 million patients, staff, contractors, vendors and others who were treated by and/or provided services during the past twenty years for or at Jacobi Medical Center, North Central Bronx Hospital, or their offsite clinics. The notification is about a recent reported theft of electronic record files that contained their personal information, protected health information (PHI), or personally identifiable employee medical information (PIEMI).Posted: 2011/02/14 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection
Personal information can include social security numbers, names, addresses, and other information that may be used to identify individuals. PHI can include personal information and patients’ medical histories. PIEMI can include personal information and employees’ health information.
The Privacy and Information Security Blog reports that Representative Jackie Speier (D-Calif.) has introduced legislation to protect consumer privacy. The legislation is in the form of two bills, the “Do Not Track Me Online Act of 2011″ and the “Financial Information Privacy Act of 2011″. They are supported by several consumer and privacy advocate groupsPosted: 2011/02/14 in Education / Awareness, Legislation, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy
Almost two thirds of UK internet users would be put off from buying a beautiful new house if it lacked a fast broadband connection and half would pay more for a house with faster connectivity than they currently ownedPosted: 2011/02/14 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
The controversial UK solicitors firm ACS:Law, which accused thousands of broadband ISP customers in the UK of being involved with “illegal” internet copyright infringement, is in more hot water after an ex-employee claimed to have left the company because some of those it targetted “were clearly not guilty”Posted: 2011/02/14 in Education / Awareness, Litigation
“It’s a pretty long PDF that isn’t actually OCRd but there’s some crazy stuff in there”, he says, “But my personal favorite is the scanned in images of 3.5″ floppy disks.”
It’s inconceivable to the powers that used to be that a group of people, young and old, could take matters into their own hands without someone leading them, and it’s a dead certainty others will try to penetrate the Anonymous Global CommandPosted: 2011/02/14 in Education / Awareness, Network Security, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy
Which doesn’t exist.
The BBC has splendidly reported that all of the data we accumulated between 1986 and 2007 on PCs, DVDs and good old-fashioned paper would, if slapped on CDs, create a megastack of discs “that would reach beyond the Moon”Posted: 2011/02/14 in Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
Sony is promising 60fps playback of these games with the built-in Andreno 205 GPU, and over five hours of gameplay isn’t bad. This is the phone that’s really going to show off what Sony’s PlayStation Suite is capable of, and may even make iPhone gamers jealous of those built-in buttons.
Seriously, have we noted that we like the idea of a phone with gaming controls?
Canada’s telecom regulator has suspended its decision to allow Bell Canada to bill consumers and smaller ISPs on a metered basis. Just in time too, since the telco admitted last week that it has been misestimating data consumption for some subscribersPosted: 2011/02/14 in Bandwidth Management, Education / Awareness, Public Policy, Stats / reports
A week after publishing more than 50,000 private emails of Aaron Barr, CEO of digital intelligence firm HBGary Federal who had publicly claimed to have penetrated Anonymous’ ranks, the group this morning republished those emails with another 27,606 from Greg Hoglund, the chief executive of sister company HBGaryPosted: 2011/02/14 in Education / Awareness, Privacy / Data Protection
And instead of just uploading the email packet to bittorrent site Pirate Bay, they’ve created on online reader for easy perusing