Britain opts to filter out porn

David Cameron

Adam Turner   Internet pornography will be blocked in all British homes next year, unless customers opt out of the filtering scheme, in a move that could reignite Australia's own internet filtering debate.

Bush family exposed by hacker


Jon Swaine   A criminal inquiry has begun after personal photographs, paintings, security information and even funeral details involving the former US presidents George and George W. Bush were obtained by an email hacker.

Organised crime gets smart with technology

A BlackBerry handset

Ilya Gridneff   NSW's top crime-fighting agency has admitted it is being outsmarted by criminals who use BlackBerry phones and online telephone services such as Skype to prevent their illicit conversations being taped by police.

Criminals buy credit card details for $1

Credit Card

IT COSTS organised criminals less than $1 to buy a person's credit card details allowing them to fleece millions of dollars from accounts, the Australian Crime Commission has said.

Digital storm on the horizon


Michael Fraser calls it the ''rubbish web''. That is the internet we will be left with in five to 10 years unless governments and cyber corporations fix the holes that allow criminals to infiltrate the world wide web and strip global citizens of their identity, money and dignity, he believes.

Finding lost mobiles without a million Twitter followers

To catch a thief ... it helps if the thief enters indentifying information into the phone.

L.V. Anderson   Having some sort of mobile phone-recovery application, like Find My iPhone, installed is a good first step.

Crikey! We've been hacked


Michael Lallo   News website Crikey is active again after being shut down by hackers this morning.

Malware shuts down internet for many, but was it overhyped?


Samantha Murphy   Although a nasty piece of malware called DNSChanger was set to kick thousands of Mac and PC users off the internet on Monday, no major companies experienced issues related to the so-called "Doomsday Virus."

US, Israel developed Flame computer virus: report

Growing numbers of mercenaries are being hired to help twist the landscape of social media. Illustration: Karl Hilzinger.

The United States and Israel jointly developed the Flame computer virus that collected intelligence to help slow Iran's nuclear program, says a report.

Google plays hide and seek with Street View data

The Google street view

David Streitfeld and Kevin O'Brien   A German data protection official has forced Google to show him exactly what its Street View cars have collected.

Selena Gomez Facebook hacker sentenced to 1 year in jail

Selena Gomez

Britain's judiciary says that a 21-year-old sentenced last week for hacking into a US-based Facebook account accessed the page belonging to teen actress Selena Gomez, who is the girlfriend of pop idol Justin Bieber.

Hollywood hackers: how the silver screen gets it wrong


Andrew Ramadge   Video game graphics, silly buzzwords and even two people typing frantically on the same keyboard at once – Hollywood has often had a bit of fun when it comes to computer hacking.

Time to reclaim your privacy, says philosopher


Catherine Armitage   GOOGLE, Yahoo, Facebook and other commercial organisations that mine data on people's private activities should be required to regularly ''send us a report on what they have got on us'', the English celebrity philosopher A.C. Grayling argues.

Leftist website ordered offline

Han Deqiang

Philip Wen   BEIJING: The fallout from the political crisis surrounding the leading leftist Bo Xilai continues to spread, with the flagship website of the resurgent movement he championed, Utopia, ordered offline.

Anonymous says it hacked Chinese government sites

Logo of the hacker group, Anonymous.

China was struggling Thursday to restore several government websites that hacking group Anonymous says it attacked in an apparent protest against Chinese censorship.

Al-Qaeda sites go silent in possible cyber attack


Dan De Luce   Al-Qaeda's main internet sites have gone silent for more than a week in an unprecedented blackout that is most likely the result of a cyber attack, analysts said Tuesday.

British PM faces backlash over 'snooping' plans


British Prime Minister David Cameron is facing a growing backlash from within his own party over plans to extend the government's powers to monitor people's email exchanges and website visits.

Hacker group LulzSec strikes again, exposes 171,000 military accounts


Salvador Rodriguez   The hacker group known as LulzSec appears to be back after many months of laying low, claiming to have exposed the accounts of nearly 171,000 members of the military.

'Operation Hackerazz': man faces 60 years for hacking celebrities


LOS ANGELES — A Florida man has agreed to plead guilty to hacking into the email accounts of celebrities such as Christina Aguilera, Mila Kunis and Scarlett Johansson, whose nude photos eventually landed on the internet, according to court documents filed Thursday.

Police to cruise streets for unsecured Wi-Fi

War driving.

Marissa Calligeros   The Queensland Police fraud squad will be the first in Australia to go on "wardriving" missions to help residents protect their wireless internet networks.

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