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ZIP codes out as checkout queries found illegal

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“Can I have your ZIP code please?” is a question Americans are used to hearing as they check out at many of the major retailers in the US. And for years, few people have bothered to ask why or say no. A recent court ruling in California’s Supreme Court, however,… Read more »

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IP theft tackled with new hub

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Following the recent government-backed study by the Office of Cyber Security (OCS) which estimated that the UK loses 27bn each year due to cybercrime, the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has backed the recommendation that a central hub for UK firms be developed for the reporting of cyber fraud. In… Read more »

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Cyber crime costs Britain £1,000 a second

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As businesses of all types move almost exclusively online and individuals rarely separate from their web devices, cyber crime is quickly becoming a widespread problem, costing the UK an estimated £27bn last year alone. This includes £3.1bn affecting ordinary citizens through identity theft and online scams and £21bn affecting businesses… Read more »

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File-sharing portal loses landmark case

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FTD, The Netherlands’ largest Usenet community, has recently lost a court case against Dutch anti-piracy outfit BREIN resulting in a landmark decision. FTD, who were hoping that their operations would be deemed legal, were found to be in breach of copyright laws and not because they actually hosted or linked… Read more »

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PCC ruling will have you thinking twice about what you tweet

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In November 2010, UK newspaper the “Daily Mail” published an article which detailed the then publically available Twitter comments of civil servant Sarah Baskerville. Baskerville had made remarks alluding to working while hungover as well as several political in nature that showed her disagreement with the current UK government. Baskerville… Read more »

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American security firm hacked by political group Anonymous

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HBGary Federal, an American security firm, has recently had its website hacked by the online activist group Anonymous. The group has been involved in a number of high profile online attacks recently, including strikes on Visa, PayPal and others after the companies withdrew their support from WikiLeaks. It gets worse…. Read more »

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Settlement reached in Facebook user’s dismissal case

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As the usage of social media grows exponentially and the opinions of one can be read by all in just an instant, companies are left in a quandary. The knee jerk reaction is to just turn it all off and ban employees from saying anything whatsoever about the company online…. Read more »

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Claims of fraud brought against online dating company

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We all know that people embellish or neglect certain facts about themselves in the online dating arena. But completely fictional people with completely made-up profiles? That might be crossing the line. A group of plaintiffs who brought claims for fraud, amongst others, against a Canadian online dating website think so…. Read more »

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Lush hit as website is repeatedly hacked

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If you’re a fan of fragrant bath soaps and face creams, you may have noticed that Lush.co.uk is currently out of order, the victim of repeat hacking that has compromised customers’ credit card details. In numerous cases, the credit card fraud has changed from a potential danger to a reality…. Read more »

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Vodafone Australia dealer shut down after data breach

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Vodafone Australia has recently come under scrutiny after billing details and call history of millions of its customers were found to be available through a publicly accessible website. Upon further investigation, Vodafone Australia’s largest premium partner, Communications Direct, was found to be at the source of the data breach. Not… Read more »

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