Archive for 2012/05/25
A former Lloyds Banking Group head of digital banking fraud and security has been charged with defrauding her employer by submitting false expenses claims that totalled £2.46mPosted: 2012/05/25 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Litigation, Stats / reports
‘Father of the Internet’ and Googler Vint Cerf calls out U.S. government on CISPA and called hacktivists groups like Anonymous “counterproductive”Posted: 2012/05/25 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Google, Legislation, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Hacker collective becoming more and more ‘loosely-knit’
Oddly enough Cerf did not talk about Google’s silence on these new cybersecurity bills…
Publishers Association chief executive Richard Mollet attacks Open Rights Group, research councils and the British LibraryPosted: 2012/05/25 in Copyright, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Illegal File Sharing, Stats / reports
Al-Qaida terrorists, are using Facebook to post the names, phone numbers and residential addresses of pro-Assad government supporters. At the end of these posts, the terrorists then leave a note of encouragement for other opposition members to “go and kill them”Posted: 2012/05/25 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Statistics reflecting the number of malicious attachments seen after initial SPAM and anti-virus filteringPosted: 2012/05/25 in Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Stats / reports
The intent was for a Google search of the assistant principal’s name to return the massively embarrassing profile. And that’s what happened when another school offered him a job as head principal
Dutch ISPs just lost one of many court cases against BREIN and will now have to block the additional IP addresses or domain names of The Pirate Bay too. Lawyers are nonetheless looking forward to the next ‘circumvention method’ The Pirate Bay will try and use, only to have that method formally declared useless too.
Dutch language news article:
Does A Change Of IP Address Change The Illegallity Of A Website? KPN And Tele2 Seem To Think So
The Dutch Are Helping Turkish Businesses In Dealing With EU Legislation And Policies Related To Privacy, Cyber Security And CopyrightPosted: 2012/05/25 in Copyright, Cybercrime, Education / Awareness, Enforcement, Legislation, Network Security, New Business Models, Privacy / Data Protection, Public Policy, Stats / reports
Dutch Vice-prime Minister Maxime Verhagen:
“Since 2008, the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation and the EU have been supporting the Turkish Ministry of Justice with the harmonisation of Turkish law with the European E-commerce Directive and the European rules for privacy and data protection. This exchange of knowledge and experience contributed to a sound legal framework for e-commerce in Turkey (…) E-commerce in Turkey has great potential. To exploit the full potential of the Turkish online market, it is important to create a level playing field with the EU. Also, companies need to invest in creating trust in e-commerce by complying with the rules, respecting privacy of consumers and using adequate security measures. In our experience, sectors that invest in trust marks and dispute resolution mechanisms benefit most in the long run.”
Censored video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYjjlKgQRLQ
Dutch language news article:
Neelie Kroes: Europe needs innovation in the electronics sector. Imagine if we built a whole electronics ecosystem right herePosted: 2012/05/25 in Education / Awareness, New Business Models, Public Policy, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
Content vs infrastructure
BitTorrent traffic is now responsible for 11.3% of all U.S. Internet traffic during peak hours, compared to 17.3% last yearPosted: 2012/05/25 in Bandwidth Management, Copyright, Education / Awareness, File Sharing, Illegal File Sharing, New Business Models, Stats / reports, Tech Evolution
In Europe for example, BitTorrent traffic still accounts for 20.32% of all Internet traffic during peak hours, while eDonkey adds another 9.39% to the P2P total. During the last 18 months the share of P2P traffic nearly quadrupled, and this increase is even larger in absolute traffic.
According to Sandvine, the absence of legal alternatives is one of the reasons for these high P2P traffic shares.
“We see higher levels of P2P filesharing than in many other regions, at least partially due to geographical licensing challenges that restrict the availability of legitimate Real-Time Entertainment services.”
In the U.S. on the other hand, the availability of legal content has flourished in recent years. To illustrate this, Sandvine reports that one-third (32.9%) of all downstream traffic during peak hours is now generated by Netflix subscribers. In addition, Hulu has doubled its share in the last year to 1.8%.
The above seems to suggest that due to these alternatives, people are less inclined to pirate.
The MPAA is slowly starting to realize that consumers are not all out to steal content, they simply want to consume.
“I believe it’s critical to find solutions to the challenges facing both these consumers and the people who create the content. Because at the end of the day, this discussion is about consumers and by consumers who love TV shows and movies. They want to be able to access them quickly and safely online,” the MPAA’s Marc Miller wrote yesterday.
Doctors have been reporting more and more cases of little kids eating concentrated detergent pacs, with pretty serious results like needing to be put on a ventilator, or falling into a comaPosted: 2012/05/25 in Education / Awareness
Apparently, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), these pacs pose a serious poison risk for children. The enticing form factor and swirling colors of these pacs scream “candy” to the little ones, and they already want to put everything in their mouths as it is!
Fox and NBCUniversal have both separately sued Dish Network in a Los Angeles federal court over its new service that lets consumers skip TV adsPosted: 2012/05/25 in Education / Awareness, Litigation
According to the ALPA and Gaumont, illegal downloads of movies (presumably only international films) saw a 50 percent reduction in the last year.