Archive for 2011/10/25
New Survey Finds Consumers are Cautious About Being Online But Need More Vigilance When Protecting PrivacyPosted: 2011/10/25 in Education / Awareness
Since the advent of the Web, online publishers have had to create unique content to attract premium ad rates. Over the past few years, however, a flood of subpar content has seemingly taken over the Web, driven by high-growth sites such as Demand Media and the AOL-owned Huffington Post.
For the last two years, Google has released comprehensive reports twice a year on the frequency of takedown requests and government data requests received in countries around the worldPosted: 2011/10/25 in Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Google, Stats / reports
The latest data, released on Tuesday, focuses on the first half of 2011.
The statistics show that the United States continues to lead the world in snooping on Google users. US law enforcement made 5,950 separate requests for user data from 11,057 user accounts. Google complied with the requests 93 percent of the time. This was an almost 40 percent increase in the number of requests compared to the same period a year earlier. On a per capita basis, France (1,300 requests) and the United Kingdom (1,273 requests) were on par with the United States. Other nations were far behind.
Brazil and Germany were the leading nations for takedowns. Thanks in part to the popularity of Orkut in Brazil, Google fielded 224 requests to remove 689 items from Google services in Brazil. Germany received 125 requests to remove 2,405 items—1,585 of which were related to allegedly defamatory search results.
It’s important to reiterate a point made to us by Chris Soghoian when we covered Google’s previous data release: while Google’s release of data is laudable, it lets us see only a small fraction of government surveillance activities. Most Google competitors do not disclose comparable statistics.
Moreover, major telecommunication firms such as AT&T and Verizon have kept surveillance statistics close to their vests, and Soghoian says that those firms field tens of thousands of requests per year. And as Ryan Singel points out, even Google’s own statistics are incomplete. Singel says they exclude national security letters and requests authorized by the secret FISA court—requests that often come with gag orders preventing public disclosure of their existence.
European Court of Justice: Victims of infringements of personality rights by means of the internet may bring actions before the courts of the Member State in which they reside in respect of all of the damage causedPosted: 2011/10/25 in Education / Awareness, Jurisprudence
- The Netherlands takes top spot for high broadband connectivity
- Taiwan is origin of most attack traffic during the quarter
Today the German hacker group ‘The Hacker’s Choice’ officially released a new DDoS tool. The tool exploits a weakness in SSL to kick a server off the InternetPosted: 2011/10/25 in Education / Awareness
The newest version of Google’s Android mobile operating system has been upgraded to make it harder for hackers to hijack handsets by exploiting code errors in the underlying codePosted: 2011/10/25 in Education / Awareness
The aim of this talk is to explain how it is possible to take over a significant part of the TOR network by combining the concept of dynamic cryptographic backdoors (presented at CanSecWest 2011) with some protocol weaknesses found in the TOR network. Those attacks rely mainly on the fact that the cryptography used in TOR is weakly implemented.
European bailout fund may more than double to $1.4 trillion – Leaders are closing in on a plan to boost the Eurozone bailout fund that is partly dependent on public and private investments, which they hope will come from countries such as China and BrazilPosted: 2011/10/25 in Education / Awareness
According to the timesunion.com, state and Albany police effectively defied Governor Cuomo’s wish that curfew-breaking protestors in Albany be arrested Friday eveningPosted: 2011/10/25 in Education / Awareness
Many people commented that they were surprised to see Louise Boat in attendance, given that she is still wanted by the authorities for allegedly orchestrating some of the world’s largest hacking and distributed denial of service attacks this past year