Monthly Archives: February 2009

Terrorist search -use of language searches

I read the post sent by Statewatch in its last newsletter. I clicked rather out of habit/curiosity than anything else, but what I read, I found deeply disturbing. Please read the whole post before reading mine – you will then … Continue reading

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Facebook fraud

nothing new; common sense may be the best security feature… “Man falls victim to Facebook hackers ” (CCRC, 2 February 2009) “That Person Asking For $3000 On Facebook Might Not Actually Be Your Friend” (TechDirt, 9 February 2009)

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Online watch for illicit content – France

After a bit of research (online though), the text for fraud is a Ministerial Decree from the Home Secretary – Décret n° 2008-1109 du 29 octobre 2008, available at Legifrance http://www.legifrance.gouv.fr/affichTexte.do?cidTexte=JORFTEXT000019708364&dateTexteThe title itself is “experimental automatic treatment of online pre-complaint”. … Continue reading

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Transparency in cybercrime reporting/filtering of content

The following paper of Dr. Ian Brown, published on SSRN, touches upon an important issue in my opinion linked with cybercrime. The Internet Watch Foundation filters contents from the web after reporting by users. BUt the process is far from … Continue reading

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Fraud – France launced a new reporting website

To combat fraud, the French Government launched in November 2008, a new website to enable user to report frauds (escroquerie in French) https://www.internet-signalement.gouv.fr/PortailWeb/planets/Accueil!input.action the complaints are investigated by police officers and then refered to the Prosecutor if the facts fit … Continue reading

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Google’s criminal liability

Just two informations on this: the trial is opening; Google’s exec was silly enough to travel to Italy for a conference and got arrested.I can’t find information about which bits of the criminal code or legislation has been used, but … Continue reading

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Cost of cybercrime – another study

“Global cost of cybercrime hit $1tn, study finds” by McAfee, (ZDnet.co.uk, 29 January 2009)

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Fraud – clickjacking increase; and police training

The American firm Clic Forensics registers a sharp increase in clickjacking, fraudulent modification of HTML code underlying a weblink on a website.“Recrudescence de la fraude au clic fin 2008” (JDN, 30 January 2009) – the article shows graphs that are … Continue reading

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sex offenders and MySpace

Two interesting bits of information here: 1) that MySpace does filter its users’ profile to search for sex offenders; I can understand why, but this is a permanent ban or ostracism on those offenders based on the philosophy of no … Continue reading

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Obscenity (UK) and outsiders’ view

The new offence of extreme porn attracts more media coverage than Government’s funding. So is there a point in enacting such laws if they cannot be enforced? Let’s hope one day Government will wake up to cybercrime’s threats…“Police will not … Continue reading

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