Archive for 2011/04/14
Music streaming service Spotify has decided to cut its free music hours in half and start enforcing playback caps. Its paid subscription tiers remain intact, leading many to believe that Spotify is just trying to get more users to start paying upPosted: 2011/04/14 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models
Cecilia Malmström Member of the European Commission responsible for Home Affairs: It’s time to take cyber criminals offlinePosted: 2011/04/14 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Public Policy
Ten years after the convention we need to take stock of the new challenges. The threat is very much a real one. The number of cyber attacks in the world is on the rise and the cost of cybercrime is skyrocketing. You can seldom open a paper these days without reading about a new major cyber attack.
The EU institutions are far from immune. Some time ago it was our Emission Trading System that was hacked into, and more recently the institutions themselves (the Commission and the External Action service) became victims of a large-scale cyber attack, severely affecting our e-mailing systems.
I discovered it myself when I couldn’t access my e-mails on a trip in Cairo. That was quite annoying, as e-mailing has become almost as normal as breathing in our modern society, but even worse is the fact that the intruders attacking the Commission did not only want to create damage.
They were there to get important information. And the attack was particularly sophisticated