Monthly Archives: January 2011

Are we at the dawn of a new cold war?

Over the past say six months there are trends and events on and around the Internet that made me come up with this bizarre sounding question. Still it may actually make sense if we look at some facts. I’ll be … Continue reading

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Dutch police arrests cyber gang

On the website of nu.nl an article is posted on the arrest of a cyber criminal gang involved in phishing by the The Hague police. Unfortunately the header sounds a little more exciting than it is. Reading the article it … Continue reading

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Is Internet part of the curriculum of universities?

Recently I joined my son, who is in his final high school year, to visit the open day of the newly founded Leiden University College in The Hague. The school focusses on Liberal Arts & Science and offers a broad … Continue reading

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International cooperation needs revising

Roger Halbheer, Microsofts worldwide security advisor, visited the UNODC conference on cyber crime this week. He draws his conclusions and in my opinion they are right on the dot. We can’t afford to wait and talk for years. Cyber criminality … Continue reading

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Sophos threat report focusses on social network spam

The latest Sophos Threat Report shows an upward trend in spam and identity theft through social networks. One of the examples Sophos gives is Facebook. In general Sophos claims that from 2009 to 2010 the spam, phishing and malware containing … Continue reading

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New botnet study by Bauer, Van Eeten, c.s.

In a new study for the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation it is stated that five to ten percent of all Dutch broadband connections were recruited into a botnet in 2009. Figures will be higher in 2010 both … Continue reading

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OPTA fines SD&P Interactive €550.000 for sms spam

On 12 January 2011 OPTA published her decision of April 2010 to fine SD&P for €550.000. The company was given this penalty for several reasons. 1. Unsolicited sms spam messages without prior consent. 2. Repeated follow up messages. 3. A … Continue reading

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