Archive | Legal Issues


10 September 2006 | 4,821 views

What Responsibility do Anti-Spyware Researchers Have?

Ethical debates are always interesting, and people have gotten in trouble lately for reverse engineering and various other branches of research. This is a fairly old topic, but as I’m clearing out some old drafts, I still find it an interesting one. There’s been an ongoing debate in security circles concerning how security researchers should [...]

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26 July 2006 | 12,117 views

HOPE Speak Steven Rombom (Rambam) Charged

It turns out yesterday one of the planned speakers at HOPE Number 6 was arrested on Saturday and is being charged by the FBI. Security Fix obtained a copy of the complaint against “Steven Rambam” the private investigator arrested Saturday at the Hope Number Six hacker conference in New York City. The government document says [...]

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24 July 2006 | 7,487 views

IBM Accused of Hacking

This is actually a very important case depending on which way it goes. It could become a landmark case in regards to liability for machines on your network, or actually any traffic originating from your IP range. A boutique Washington, D.C.-based law firm is accusing IBM of hacking into its e-mail system and is seeking [...]

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12 July 2006 | 3,917 views

Consultant Breached FBI’s Computers

Using standard script kiddy tools a consultant managed to compromise some of the FBI’s computers containing confidential information. Quite a hack eh? A government consultant, using computer programs easily found on the Internet, managed to crack the FBI’s classified computer system and gain the passwords of 38,000 employees, including that of FBI Director Robert S. [...]

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25 June 2006 | 17,362 views

UFO ‘Hacker’ Gary McKinnon Reveals What He Found

An interesting interview had been posted on Wired with Gary McKinnon about what he actually found whilst penetrating the US government networks. After allegedly hacking into NASA websites — where he says he found images of what looked like extraterrestrial spaceships — the 40-year-old Briton faces extradition to the United States from his North London [...]

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20 June 2006 | 5,430 views

Money Lost Due to Cybercrime Down Again This Year!

It seems even though vendors are pushing their snakeoil harder than ever, the actual figures show that the money lost due to cybercrime has decreased every year for the last four years! Perhaps people are finally getting more secure, it’s not suprising with the advent of cheaper and easier to use intrusion detection and intrusion [...]

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03 June 2006 | 5,814 views

The MPAA TorrentSpy Hacker – $15,000!

Ah the big boys can’t get in legitimately, so they are starting to use underhand tactics eh? A lawsuit filed Wednesday accuses the Motion Picture Association of America of hiring a hacker to steal information from a company that the MPAA has accused of helping copyright violators. The lawsuit (click for PDF), filed in U.S. [...]

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30 May 2006 | 8,445 views

Cambodia Bans 3G So The People Can’t Get P*rn

It’s sad when a country has to resort to this to control it’s people, freedom to watch p*rn for Cambodians! Heeding a request from his wife, Prime Minister Hun Sen on Friday banned the latest generation of mobile phone services in Cambodia to curb the dissemination of p*rnography. Bun Rany, along with the wives of [...]

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29 May 2006 | 3,713 views

Amnesty International Irrepresible Internet Campaign

Irrepressible Adj. 1) Impossible to repress or control. Chat rooms monitored. Blogs deleted. Websites blocked. Search engines restricted. People imprisoned for simply posting and sharing information. The Internet is a new frontier in the struggle for human rights. Governments “with the help of some of the biggest IT companies in the world” are cracking down [...]

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28 May 2006 | 7,377 views

MySpace Hackers in Police Custody

MySpace owned again..let’s quote them for a penetration test or vulnerability assessment haha. TWO New York teenagers are reportedly in police custody after allegedly threatening to give out the personal information of users of MySpace.com unless they are paid $US150,000 ($200,000). Associated Press reported Shaun Harrison, 18, and Saverio Mondelli, 19, of Suffolk County, face [...]

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