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Suspected LulzSec member arrested in UK as census data stolen

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A 19 year old British teenager has been arrested after being suspected in having connections with, and possibly participating in attacks by the hacking group LulzSec – known for their attacks on the CIA, Nintendo and Sony. The teenager, from Wickford, Essex, has been detained after a joint operation with the Metropolitan Police and the FBI. He currently remains in custody for questioning, and is being held under the Computer […]

US Government subpoenas Twitter logs of Icelandic MP, Wikileaks volunteers

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The Department of Justice has issued subpoena to Twitter asking for the records of Twitter messages between known Wikileaks supporters since November 1, 2009, according to a message posted on Twitter by Birgitta Jónsdóttir, a member of the Icelandic Parliament. Jónsdóttir was a former supporter of Wikileaks and a member of the Movement in the country. She also is part of the NATO parliamentary assembly and a member of the […]

AFP: Wikileaks release has not broken laws (yet)

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The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has concluded that Wikileaks has not broken any Australian law when it released the United States diplomatic cables last month, ending some weeks investigating the matter after being referred to them by Attorney-General Robert McClelland.

Pakistani hackers network shutdown as police arrests owners

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Five alleged hackers have been arrested by Pakistani authorities in raids that led to the closure of the website Pakbugs, known for being a community site for hacking and carding – a technique to verify if stolen credit card details are still valid by purchasing something. The operation, run by the Cyber Crime division of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA), went ahead after numerous complaints by, according to a report […]

UK: Inquiry claims police arresting people just to get DNA

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An inquiry that is reviewing the national DNA database will make allegations that police officers in England and Wales are routinely arresting people so that their DNA sample can be added to that same database; with the inquiry hinting that some of the DNA database could be racially motivated. That same database is set to be shared with police officials in Canada and Australia; and is already being shared with […]

US teen arrested for bullying teen via website

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Cyber bullying is in the spotlight again after a ninth-grader in the US state of Missouri has been arrested for creating a website that was used to attack another female student at her school, the most recent arrest in a series of arrests under Missouri’s cyber bullying laws. School district authorities in Troy, Missouri, where she attends the Troy Buchanan Ninth Grade Centre, were alerted to the case after the […]

Stop texting while walking, Vic Police say

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A surge in pedestrian deaths have now seen the Police warning students returning to school today to get off the phone, unplug those earphones from your iPod and look while walking. Victoria Police believe that MP3 players such as the iPod, mobile phones and other electronic devices have started to become a distraction for pedestrians, with statistics showing a sharp rise of pedestrians being killed on Victorian roads each year. […]

UK, Canada, Australia to share fingerprint database

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Announced yesterday, Australia is planning to share its fingerprints database of foreign criminals and asylum seekers with Canada and the United Kingdom, allowing all three countries’ relevant departments flag migrants who try to hide away from authorities, with assurances that the data will be protected. The agreement is also set to have the United States to join at a later stage, and New Zealand considering to join in the near […]

Vic Police’s new #Ardnet operation proves successful in first day

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Victoria Police is now on Day Two on its new three-day operation, Operation Ardent; but it is already been proven successful after it has been reported that 216 motorists have been nabbed, and fourteen of them charged of going over the limit. Another 85 were nabbed for speeding, and out of them, 16 were nabbed for exceeding the limit by over 25km/h; while others include using their mobile phones (a […]

Tagged to be sued by NY Attorney General for spam emails

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The New York Attorney General’s office has announced that it plans to launch a lawsuit against Tagged.com as it alleges that the social networking site was using “deceptive email marketing practises and invasion of privacy” to lure new members. The company used the contacts of its members to send emails to all the contacts claiming that the person had posted (the non-existent) photos online and you needed to sign up […]

UK Judiciary to review Home Secretary’s handling of hacker extradition

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A British hacker who broke into the computer systems of NASA and the United States Navy is set to have his case reviewed again to see if now-former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith’s handling of his extradition proceedings were acted under the correct procedure. The hacker, Gary McKinnon – a UFO-hunter-turned-hunter, is said to be diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and faces up to 70 years in a US prison if his […]

Italy to create its own Pirate Bay trial

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Hot off the heels of the “spectrial” in Sweden, Italian prosecutors are hoping to create their own trial against the operators of the Pirate Bay, hoping to prosecute them after a failed attempt in blocking the website from Italians as it was found to be unlawful under Italian’s criminal law. Despite having no jurisdiction, the president of Italian Music Industry Federation (FIMI) Enzo Mazza has said that he is confident […]

Swedish server containing 65 terabytes of files seized

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Police in Sweden have raided an apartment and seized a giant computer server in an Stockholm suburb, according to an official said Saturday. According to Henrik Ponten, a spokesman for the Swedish Anti-Piracy Bureau, said that the server contained about 65 terabytes of files. This would equate to 16,000 full length movies. Ponten said that one suspect has been questioned, but was then released shortly afterwards; saying that the confiscation […]

Ireland to follow New Zealand in blackouts against disconnections

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Blacking out New Zealand (might have) worked, but now Ireland has decided to follow in their footsteps, with avatars on Facebook and Twitter will go black to oppose the new rules sought by the major record labels. The protests come after the IRMA (Irish Recorded Music Association) sued the largest ISP in Ireland, Eircom, and then dismissed it after Eircom agreed to disconnect P2P users that have been identified by […]

NSW Police to be given new powers to conduct secret searches, hacking

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  The New South Wales Police will be getting new powers to search suspect’s homes and hack into their computers for up to three years without the suspect knowing or consenting, under a new legislation that was introduced to Parliament today. The powers, according to the Government, will ensure the police evidence collected under the new practises will hold up in the judicial system. The practise was ruled unlawful in […]


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