Cops learning how to extend beats online

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| Typically, he says, detectives will transfer a suspect's computer to forensic
| examiners who might need months to produce a full report on the contents,
| especially with hard drives ballooning to monumental sizes. In that time,
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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories...MPLATE=DEFAULT

College Student Gets A's and Federal Indictment

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| According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stanley A. Boone, who is prosecuting the
| case, Escalera, a student and employee of Fresno State, hacked into an
| unauthorized area of the university’s computer system in order to acquire
| names and passwords of individuals who had grade changing authority.
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http://www.linuxelectrons.com/news/g...ral-indictment

Task force aims to improve US cybersecurity

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| This year, the House Subcommittee on Emerging Threats, Cyber Security and
| Science and Technology has taken an increasing interest in federal agencies'
| failure to protect themselves against online attacks.
|
| The Department of State acknowledged in June 2006 that attackers had
| installed remote access software on systems in the agency and abroad, stolen
| passwords and targeted information on China and North Korea. In October 2006,
| the Department of Commerce took hundreds of computers offline following a
| series of attacks aimed at federal employees' computer accounts by online
| thieves that appear to be based in China.
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/11...ty_task_force/

With Linux, you /own/ your PC.

With Windows, you /share/ your PC (with untrust[ed|ing] parties).


Related:

The end of Windows, or a security expert gives up

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| And then go and warn others to do the same. Windows is defeated - its days
| are over. It carries the worm inside. So whatever will happen next: RIP,
| Windows.
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http://wolfgang.lonien.de/?p=456


Austria OKs terror snooping Trojan plan

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| Austria has become one of the first countries to officially sanction the use
| of Trojan Horse malware as a tactic for monitoring the PCs of suspected
| terrorists and criminals. Â*
|
| [...]
|
| Would-be terrorists need only use Ubuntu Linux to avoid the ploy. And even if
| they stuck with Windows their anti-virus software might detect the malware.
| Anti-virus firms that accede to law enforcement demands to turn a blind eye
| to state-sanctioned malware risk undermining trust in their software, as
| similar experience in the US has shown. Â* Â*
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http://www.theregister.co.uk/2007/10...utonic_trojan/


Schäuble renews calls for surreptitious online searches of PCs

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| In his speech towards the end of the national conference of the Junge Union,
| the youth organization of the ruling conservative Christian Democratic Union
| (CDU), in Berlin the Federal Minister of the Interior Wolfgang Schäuble has
| again come out in favor of allowing authorities to search private PCs
| secretly online and of deploying the German Armed Forces in Germany in the
| event of an emergency.
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http://www.heise.de/english/newstick...755/from/rss09


Is My Boss Reading My Personal E-mail?

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| Your employer can monitor all electronic communication
| to and from work equipment, especially when it's sent
| over the corporate network
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http://yahoo.businessweek.com/techno...025_457356.htm


German spyware plans trigger row

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| The e-mails would contain Trojans - software that secretly installs itself on
| suspects' computers, allowing agents to search the hard drives.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/6973018.stm


FBI ducks questions about its remotely installed spyware

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| There are plenty of unanswered questions about the FBI spyware that, as we
| reported earlier this week, can be delivered over the Internet and implanted
| in a suspect's computer remotely.
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http://news.com.com/8301-10784_3-9747666-7.html


United States Government Online Watchdogs? Part of the war on terror?

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| Is there anyone in the abandonia community with a US based connection who is
| experiencing this watchdog behavior? Are any foreign Vista users experiencing
| similar attacks from their own countries ministries and governing agencies?"
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http://www.whitedust.net/news/3984/U...on_terror?.../


United States Government Online Watchdogs? Part of the war on terror?

,----[ Quote
| Is there anyone in the abandonia community with a US based connection who is
| experiencing this watchdog behavior? Are any foreign Vista users experiencing
| similar attacks from their own countries ministries and governing agencies?"
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http://www.whitedust.net/news/3984/U...on_terror?.../


Back doors in Windows XP...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KGlNTEQ0RzM


Microsoft could be teaching police to hack Vista

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| Microsoft may begin training the police in ways to break the
| encryption built into its forthcoming Vista operating system.
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http://www.vnunet.com/vnunet/news/21...ng-police-hack


UK holds Microsoft security talks

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| "UK officials are talking to Microsoft over fears the new version of
| Windows could make it harder for police to read suspects' computer files."
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/4713018.stm


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| Vista--Microsoft’s latest operating system--may prove to be most
| appropriately named, especially for those seeking evidence of how a
| computer was used.
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http://www.abanet.org/journal/ereport/jy13tkjasn.html


http://news.softpedia.com/news/Forge...ft-58752.shtml


Microsoft patents the mother of all adware systems

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| The adware framework would leave almost no data untouched in its quest to
| sell you stuff. It would inspect "user document files, user e-mail files,
| user music files, downloaded podcasts, computer settings, computer status
| messages (e.g., a low memory status or low printer ink)," and more. How could
| we have been so blind as to not see the marketing value in computer status
| messages? Â* Â*
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http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post...e-systems.html


Will Microsoft Put The Colonel in the Kernel?

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| "The kernel meets The Colonel in a just-published Microsoft patent
| application for an Advertising Services Architecture, which delivers targeted
| advertising as 'part of the OS.' Â*
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http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/07/14/043200


New software can identify you from your online habits

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| That is the spectre raised by new research conducted by Microsoft.
| The computing giant is developing software that could accurately
| guess your name, age, gender and potentially even your location,
| by analysing telltale patterns in your web browsing history. But
| experts say the idea is a clear threat to privacy - and may be
| illegal in some places.
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http://www.newscientisttech.com/arti...ng-human_rss20
http://tinyurl.com/2lrazk