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Phone hacking: two News of the World journalists arrested

“Scotland Yard’s inquiry into allegations of phone hacking by the News of the World took a dramatic turn on Tuesday as the paper’s chief reporter, Neville Thurlbeck, and its former assistant editor Ian Edmondson were arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept mobile phone messages.

The News of the World until recently insisted that the only phone hacking carried out on behalf of the paper was by a “rogue reporter”, Clive Goodman, and the only other arrests linked to the long-running saga took place in 2006, when Goodman, the News of the World’s former royal editor, and two associates were arrested.

Suppressed evidence of further phone hacking was not revealed until a Guardian investigation in July 2009.”

From The Guardian

ISPs urged to block filesharing sites

“Rights holders from across the music and film industries have identified about 100 websites – including The Pirate Bay and “cyberlocker” sites – that they want internet service providers such as BT to block under new measures to tackle illegal filesharing.

Under a voluntary code that is under discussion, content owners would pass evidence of illegal filesharing sites to ISPs, which would then take action against those sites.

However, the proposals are fraught with complications.”

From The Guardian

UK Uncut hacks into Vodafone website

“Anti-cuts campaigners from UK Uncut have hacked into the website of phone giant Vodafone and posted blogs claiming the company has avoided millions of pounds in tax.

The group, set up to oppose government cuts and corporate tax avoidance, has staged hundreds of direct action protests against companies and banks since it was formed five months ago, many focusing on alleged tax avoidance.

Activists took over the blogs on the World of Difference website, the company’s corporate and social responsibility initiative, demanding the company “pays its tax”. Twenty minutes after activists hacked that section of Vodafone’s website, it appeared to have been taken down.”

From The Guardian

LSE director Sir Howard Davies resigns over Libya links

“The director of the London School of Economics has resigned over its links to Libyan leader Col Muammar Gaddafi.

Sir Howard Davies told the BBC the university’s reputation had been damaged, and ‘I need to take the responsibility for that’.

He said the decision to accept £300,000 for research from a foundation run by Col Gaddafi’s son Saif had ‘backfired’.”

From BBC News

London Stock Exchange site shows malicious adverts

“Booby-trapped adverts that hit visitors with fake security software have been discovered on the London Stock Exchange (LSE) website.

Analysis of the LSE site suggests that over the last 90 days, about 363 pages had hosted malware.

The LSE said its site was now safe and an investigation showed that ads provided by a third party were the culprit.”

From BBC News

Met called after hackers send obscene emails from university database

“The Metropolitan police has been called in after computer hackers gained access to a London university medical database, sending a string of expletive-laden emails to hundreds of its users.

Unidentified hackers sent emails last week pretending that members of the university’s executive board were involved in a “recent child pornography sting” and warned the database was “closed due to Aids”.

The database, which is run by St George’s University of London medical school, is an online directory for doctors and nurses across the UK.”

From The Guardian

Cyber crime ‘costs UK £27bn a year’

“Cyber crime costs the UK more than £27bn a year, according to a report commissioned by the Cabinet Office into the integrity of computer systems and threats of industrial espionage.

Attacks on the UK’s IT systems were identified in last year’s strategic defence and security review (SDSR) as one of the four most serious threats to national security, alongside terrorism, natural disasters and major accidents.”

From The Guardian

William Hague: UK is under cyber-attack

“Attempts by cyber-criminals and hostile intelligence agencies to attack the British government have been outlined by the foreign secretary.

William Hague told a conference in Munich how government computers had been infected by a virus last year.

He also detailed an attempt to steal data from a UK defence contractor.

Mr Hague claimed cyberspace was providing “rich pickings” for criminals and urged governments to move faster to counter the threat.”

From BBC News

Britain wants international rules on cyberspace

“Britain, worried about a growing threat from cyber espionage and cyber crime, offered Friday to host an international conference to tackle such issues.

Foreign Secretary William Hague, speaking at a security conference in Germany, revealed details of recent attacks on British government and defense industry computers to underline the threat from cyber spying.

He also cited how the Egyptian government had tried to shut down the Internet, mobile phone networks and broadcasters during mass protests against the rule of President Hosni Mubarak.

He said cyber security was on the agenda of some 30 international organizations, but the debate lacked focus.”

From Reuters

Lush website hack sees customers defrauded

“Handmade cosmetics group Lush has admitted its website was hacked repeatedly by fraudsters over the past three months, putting thousands of customers at risk of having their card details stolen. But the company only informed customers last night.

The fact that Lush is warning customers to contact their banks may indicate it has failed to encrypt the details held on its site – which, if true, could mean it has failed to meet regulations known as PCI compliance, which governs the storage of card details by websites in Europe.

Many customers are also speculating why it took Lush so long to inform customers if the website was first hacked in October, especially as its statement indicates it has 24-hour web security.”

From The Guardian