Posted November 11, 2014
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- A communication firm that powers a number of popular websites in Vietnam said it fell victim to a targeted attack which hackers had spent half a year preparing for and invested some half a million U.S. dollars. An initial investigation report suggests that the culprit behind the attack in mid-October is the infamous Sinh Tu Lenh (Life and Death Command) hacker group.
Legal and Regulations
- The Spanish parliament has passed what is being called the “Google tax,” although it’s technically not a tax and doesn’t apply solely to Google. Rather, it’s an intellectual property law requiring online news aggregators to pay fees for describing and linking to stories published by Spanish newspapers; failure to pay can expose the aggregator to penalties up to $758,000 (€600,000). Moreover, according to The Independent, the Spanish law characterizes these fees as an “inalienable right” (derecho irrenunciable) that “overrides any concept of ‘fair use’.” Not surprisingly, the new law has sparked criticism, with Gizmodo observing that this makes Spain essentially “the first country in the world to charge for linking online.”
- Silk Road 2, a replacement for the notorious online drug bazaar that went dark in October 2013, has been seized in a joint action involving the FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and European law enforcement. The hidden site and its forums now display only a splash page, and an FBI spokesperson confirmed with The Verge that the domain name had been shut down. In a public statement, the FBI and Homeland Security said that they had also arrested suspected operator Blake Benthall (“Defcon”) in California on Wednesday.
- Home Depot announced that hackers stole more than 53 million e-mail addresses. This is in addition to the previously-reported 56 million payment cards that the same hackers grabbed.
- NATO is now taking cyber threats as seriously as the Russian tanks and nuclear weapons it was created to deter. But the alliance has a long way to go just to shore up its own network defenses, and it explicitly eschews any role on the offense. NATO has not even written a formal policy on how it would deter a cyber-attack. The net result is a certain degree of strategic ambiguity.
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