EU announces plans to banish geo-blocking, modernize copyright law

March 27th, 2015
by The Feeder

At the heart of the European Union lies the Single Market—the possibility for people to buy and sell goods and services anywhere in the EU. So it is ironic that the European sector least constrained by geography—the digital market—is also the least unified. To remedy that situation, the European Commission has announced its Digital Single Market Strategy, which addresses three main areas.

The first is "Better access for consumers and businesses to digital goods and services" and includes two of the thorniest issues: geo-blocking and copyright. As the EU's strategy notes, "too many Europeans cannot use online services that are available in other EU countries, often without any justification; or they are re-routed to a local store with different prices. Such discrimination cannot exist in a Single Market."

There is strong resistance to removing geo-blocking, particularly from copyright companies that have traditionally sold rights on a national basis and which therefore want geo-blocking to enforce that fragmentation. The Pirate Party Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Julia Reda, quoted a fellow MEP justifying geo-blocking as follows: "I can’t buy Finnish bread in any German supermarket or bakery. Far too few people here would buy it, so the market doesn't offer it to me. And you don’t see me demanding that the European Commission bloody-well make that product available to me."

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FBI Pleads For Crypto Subversion in Congressional Budget Hearing

March 27th, 2015
by The Feeder
FBI Director James Comey pleads with Congress to create a law that would allow law enforcement access to encrypted mobile communications on Android and Apple devices.

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“Copyright troll” Perfect 10 hit with $5.6M in fees after failed Usenet assault

March 27th, 2015
by The Feeder

One of the original "copyright trolls," a porn company called Perfect 10, has been slapped with a massive $5.6 million fee award that could finally shut down the decade-old lawsuit factory.

Perfect 10's model has been to sue third-party providers for carrying images of its porn. It hasn't been afraid to go after big targets, either—Perfect 10 even sued Google over its image search, resulting in an appeals court case that made crystal clear that such searches are fair use. Despite that ruling, Perfect 10 went ahead and sued Microsoft on similar grounds three months later.

The company also sued Giganews, a Usenet provider, in April 2011. Perfect 10 pursued claims for both indirect and direct copyright infringement, stating that Giganews employees directly uploaded infringing images onto its network. Giganews ultimately prevailed on all grounds; now, Perfect 10 has been required to pay its substantial legal bill as well.

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Famous Adult website Xtube hacked, delivering malware to viewers

March 27th, 2015
by The Feeder

By Waqas

The viewers at pornographic website XTube should now be aware of using the website as it holds malware, says Malwarebytes Labs. The users are redirected to Neutrino Exploit Kit which contains a Flash vulnerability. The malware is known to be Trojan.MSIL.ED. The website has been said to be malicious as per Jerome Segura who is a senior security researcher at Malwarebytes. The issue has been corresponded to XTube but those working on the site […]

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CERT: CAs Still Accepting E-mail as Proof of Domain Ownership

March 27th, 2015
by The Feeder

In-brief: Carnegie Mellon’s CERT issued a warning that many certificate authorities continue to issue domain certificates with no more proof than the right e-mail address.  Hardly a day goes by without some kind of “gives you shivers” story about the crucial – and brittle system we rely on for proving identity online. The latest comes by way of Carnegie Mellon’s CERT, which issued a Vulnerability Note on Friday that gently reminded the world that many leading certificate authorities still issue SSL certificates for web domains based on little more proof of ownership than an e-mail address. This isn’t news, of course. Security experts and the technology press have long noted that the certificate holder verification practices of many CAs are, as Dark Reading put it, “a joke.” In a Vulnerability Note on Friday, CERT reiterated that, warning that “Multiple SSL certificate authorities may issue certificates to a customer based solely on the control of certain email […]

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Citigroup report reveals poor disclosure track record at law firms

March 27th, 2015
by The Feeder
The New York Times obtained a copy of the internal Citigroup report, published by the bank's cyberintelligence unit.

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13-year-old Minecraft player confesses to swatting, police say

March 27th, 2015
by The Feeder

A 13-year-old Southern California boy has confessed to three different swattings, one in which he threatened to blow up a house with hostages in a suburban neighborhood, police said Friday.

"The Camarillo incident there were 20-plus officers there. I was at that call. We basically surrounded the house. The caller reported there were 10 hostages in the house and demanded $30,000 in cash or he would blow up the house," Det. Gene Martinez of the Ventura County Sheriff's Department said in a telephone interview with Ars. "Whenever there is a hostage situation, we activate specialized units to respond."

The boy has been released to the custody of his parents pending a juvenile court hearing scheduled next month. Because of his age, his name was not released. He is likely to get a probation term as punishment.

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Gov’t offers $3 million reward for info on alleged Carder.su cybercriminals

March 27th, 2015
by The Feeder
The U.S. Department of State is offering up to $3 million for information leading to the arrest of two men who are allegedly tied to the Carder.su cybercrime syndicate.

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PayPal will Pay $7.7 Million to U.S. Government For Breaching Sanctions Law

March 27th, 2015
by The Feeder

By Waqas

Paypal got itself into a heavy fine totaling $7.7 million after being alleged to have processed payments for highly suspicious customers that led to the breach of US sanctions. Paypal made a settlement with the U.S Treasury Department to pay the fine for having processed the suspicious payments amounting to $44000. Paypal however did not say it had done something wrong. Paypal seemed to have failed to screen its payments against a […]

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GitHub Hit With DDoS Attack

March 27th, 2015
by The Feeder
A large-scale DDoS attack, apparently emanating from China, has been hammering the servers at GitHub over the course of the last 12 hours, periodically causing service outages at the code-sharing and collaboration site. The attack appears to have begun around 2 AM UTC on Friday and has been going in waves since then. The status page […]

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