Monthly Archives: March 2011

Who makes spin-off money from cyber crime?

OPTA has a new task: Regulating mobile operators from disconnecting and/or charging their customers for unsolicited sms services/subscriptions. According to OPTA chair Chris Fonteijn most mobile operators have already made it known to comply to the new rules. Mobile phone … Continue reading

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Neelie Kroes, the EU, cloud computing, regulation and Good Ears

In her blog EU Commissioner Neelie Kroes blogs on her stance on cloud computing. In short: this is a good development which the EU will embrace and advocate, but may need regulation in order to ensure a safe environment for … Continue reading

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Review: How to run the world. Parag Khanna

Khanna presents the world as if it is in a new Middle Ages with pockets of power or innovation in the world that are not necessarily in (close) contact or maybe not even aware of each other’s existence. Isolated knowledge … Continue reading

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Tips on cyber protection from your employees

Just before the EU summit it became known that the EU Commission was under attack. This suggests a d-dos attack, but from this article in the Register it becomes clear that this is not a one off. So what seems … Continue reading

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Direct marketers Germany step up self regulation

The German direct marketers association DDV has put in new self regulation that goes a few steps beyond what is standard in most countries: a double opt-in and the names of sponsors to an action have to be revealed. Let’s … Continue reading

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RIPE NCC – LEA meeting on cooperation

On Wednesday 16 March the Serious Organised Crime Agency organised a meeting in London with the RIPE NCC. For the second time law enforcers from the whole world met with the RIPE NCC and RIPE community representatives to discuss cooperation. … Continue reading

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Microsoft and FBI take down botnet “Rustock” (Revised)

Subsequent articles published after my blog caused me to a revision of the original article. Information provided by Microsoft’s EMEA Director Digital Crimes Unit, Jean-Christophe le Toquin, brought me up to speed. In a coordinated action Microsoft, armed with a … Continue reading

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