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Oregon Senator Questions Homeland Security's Domain Seizures
thewhir.com
by Justin Lee
February 4, 2011

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden has sent a letter to the head of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement that questions the agency's seizure of domain names over the past few months.

In late November, Homeland Security seized the domain names of more than 70 websites it said were involved in either the sale of counterfeit goods or the distribution of pirated material. In the letter, the senator asks ICE ten questions he wants answered relating to their methods of seizing the domains. Wyden has previously called out the government on its methods of fighting copyright infringement, which included putting the Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeit Act on hold before the end of the most recent congressional meeting.

FBI Attains 40 Warrants Tied to Pro-WikiLeaks DDoS Attacks
thewhir.com
by Justin Lee
January 28, 2011

The move follows last month's raid of Texas-based web host, Tailor Made Services, where FBI confiscated a computer believed to be used in the DDoS attacks against PayPal.

Meanwhile, UK authorities arrested five men Thursday morning in connection with the DDoS attacks on Visa, Mastercard, Paypal and Amazon in mid-December. The attacks were led by a loose group of pro-WikiLeaks hackers who call themselves Anonymous. They were motivated by the financial service companies' decision to block donations to Wikileaks.

Justice Department Seeks Data Retention Requirements for ISPs
thewhir.com
by Justin Lee
January 26, 2011

The Department of Justice is looking to pass a new law that would require all Internet service providers to hold on to customer data for investigative purposes, according to a report by CNET.

The department explained that many of its criminal investigations -- such as cases involving child pornography, online fraud, and hacking -- are being hindered by the fact that it is unable to monitor and store users' online activity. The DOJ said it would make a strong effort to bridge the gap between privacy concerns and investigative concerns. While some ISP's currently have policies in place where they store customer data, the maximum time period that they hold on to data varies from a few days to months. The DOJ wants to create a standard policy that would regulate data retention.

Spam Accounts for 79 Percent of Email Traffic: MessageLabs Report
thewhir.com
by Nicole Henderson
January 25, 2011

According to the report released Tuesday, the volume of spam in circulation in January 2011 was 65.9 percent lower than that same period a year ago, when the spam rate was 83.9 percent of all email traffic.

Symantec finds that the recent decline of spam is the result of both a halt in the spam activities of three botnets -- Rustock, Lethic and Xarvester -- and "unrest among pharmaceutical spam-sending gangs".

Two Men Arrested in iPad Email Security Breach
thewhir.com
by Justin Lee
January 24, 2011

A San Francisco man was arrested and charged last week in Newark, New Jersey for allegedly stealing the email addresses of 120,000 Apple iPad users, according to a report by SF Appeal.

Daniel Spitler, a 26-year old store detective at a San Francisco-based Borders bookstore, surrendered to FBI agents in Newark on Tuesday morning. After making an initial appearance before a federal court in Newark, Spitler was released on $50,000 bail under the condition that he does not have access to computers during his bail sentence with the exception of fulfilling his job duties, said US attorney spokeswoman Rebekah Carmichael.

DNS Provider Dyn Inc. Acquires Email Delivery Firm SendLabs
thewhir.com
by Nicole Henderson
January 14, 2011

According to the press release, SendLabs offers a wide range of email solutions for enterprise companies and white label services. Its API-rich SmartMTA technology will be the focus for Dyn Inc. moving forward. SmartMTA enhances SMTP delivery results by i

"Dyn Inc. is a fast-growing, serviced-obsessed company who is focused on providing the most rock-solid Internet infrastructure around," said Brett Houle, managing director, SendLabs for Dyn. "We've built great friendships with the team at Dyn over the years which has contributed to how well our teams have worked together. We're beyond excited to combine our talented teams and efforts in order to bring our clients the most innovative email solutions available."

110,000 Credit Card Numbers Stolen in Tour Company Web Server Hack
thewhir.com
by Nicole Henderson
December 21, 2010

New York City bus tour company CitySights NY announced earlier this month that a SQL injection attack on its web server compromised about 110,000 credit card numbers.

Although the breach happened on September 26, it was discovered a month later on October 25 when a web programmer noticed the unauthorized script. The database held customer financial data, including the customer's name, address, email address and credit card information. Included in the credit card information was the expiration date and card verification value (CVV2) data.

Swedish Prosecutor Website Brought Down in Latest DDoS Attack
thewhir.com
by Justin Lee
December 15, 2010

The Swedish website went offline for nearly 11 hours on Tuesday, marking the latest in an ongoing series of attacks by Anonymous.

The group has been attacking the websites of companies and governments which it views as acting against WikiLeaks, including Mastercard, Visa, PayPal, PostFinance and Moneybookers. Assange recently called out to supporters of WikiLeaks to protect the site from these companies, referring to them as "instruments of US foreign policy". At least three hackers have been arrested this week in connection to the Anonymous attacks as authorities.

Security Firm Symantec Offers Free Trials of All VeriSign SSL Certificates
thewhir.com
by Nicole Henderson
December 14, 2010

According to Symantec, website owners can try any VeriSign SSL certificate for 30 days for free, and businesses that don't need SSL encryption can try the VeriSign Trust Seal free for 60 days.

"Even just a few weeks after engaging VeriSign SSL and EV SSL Certificates, online businesses frequently measure impressive uplifts in conversion rates, orders and revenue," said Tim Callan, head of trust services product marketing at Symantec. "This is because consumers look for reassurance online, and nothing reassures them more than the sight of the world's most recognized trust mark. Add the increased confidence that comes with the EV SSL green address bar, and businesses have a powerful toolkit for building trust. With this free trial for all of our SSL, EV SSL and Trust Seal products, Symantec is offering businesses the opportunity to measure the real-world return they get from these products at absolutely no risk."

MasterCard Website Taken Down by Second DDoS Attack
thewhir.com
by Liam Eagle
December 13, 2010

According to a report published by Internet research organization Netcraft another attack against the credit card company by Anonymous, the nebulous association of internet users behind the "Operation: Payback" attacks managed to take its website offline

The first attack, which took place last Wednesday, succeeded in disrupting the performance of MasterCard's payment processing systems, along with those of Visa and PayPal. Netcraft says consumers reported problems using credit cards online, and businesses reported a disruption in trade. Anonymous is difficult to characterize, without a distinct group, structure or leadership. But the activities around the "Operation: Payback" attacks are generally thought to be retaliations against organizations that have denied service to the whistleblower website WikiLeaks, which has been at the center of a widely-covered controversy since releasing the contents of confidential US diplomatic communications two weeks ago.

     

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