Stolen credit card data cheap on cyber-black market
The black market economy of the cyber-world is always busy, especially in an age of massive data breaches like the ones that occurred at Heartland Payment Systems and Hannaford Brothers.
According to research from Kaspersky Lab posted Aug. 17, U.S. credit cards are not worth as much as you might think. While analyzing malware, Kaspersky Lab virus analyst Dmitry Bestuzhev came across a Website with pricing information for the credit cards swiped by cyber-crooks. The highest prices belonged to German credit cards, which sold for $6 (USD) a piece. U.S. Visa cards sold for $2.
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Much ado about something?
Flickr v. Free Speech. Where Is Their Courage?
by Michael Arrington on August 21, 2009
… Flickr really stepped in it this time. And they’ve sparked a free speech and copyright fascism debate that is unlikely to cool down any time soon.
Sometime last week they took down a photoshopped image of President Obama that makes him look like the Heath Ledger (Joker) character from The Dark Knight.
… Thomas Hawk has a good overview of some of the other details, but the short version is the image was removed by Flickr sometime last week due to “due to copyright-infringement concerns.”
(Related) At last, a business model for cheap Internet music?
Yahoo wins appeal of music-streaming case
by Tom Krazit August 21, 2009 4:45 PM PDT
A three-judge panel ruled Friday that Yahoo will not have to pay up every time it plays a song on its Internet radio service, affirming an earlier verdict.
In what is being seen as a defeat for the music industry, Yahoo Music was not deemed "interactive" enough to require the company to negotiate with record companies for the rights to play songs over the Internet. Instead, according to Reuters, it merely has to pay licensing fees to digital music rights organization SoundExchange.
(Related) If it's stupid and it works, it ain't stupid.
You Tube Search-and-Delete Code Makes Money for Rights-Holders
By Eliot Van Buskirk Email Author August 21, 2009 9:47 am
You know how digital music works: People get sued, content gets deleted, startups go bankrupt. But with its ContentID program YouTube has created a mechanism that makes it just as easy for copyright owners to make money from unauthorized uploads as to order them deleted, the system’s design purpose. And they are starting to get with the program.
In an area known for bitter lawsuits and hastily issued take-down notices, this is that rarest of birds: a feel-good digital music story. YouTube accomplished this by writing what Lawrence Lessig calls “East Coast code” (in this case, copyright law) into “West Coast code” (computer code).
… Every minute, the world uploads roughly 20 hours of video to Google’s YouTube site, according to Zamost. Here’s what happens when it encounters YouTube’s ContentID system.
Why AT&T Killed iPhone Google Voice
Posted by CmdrTaco on Friday August 21, @05:54PM from the doesn't-take-a-genius dept.
"The Wall Street Journal has a very interesting article about the likely reasons that AT&T and Apple killed the Google Voice application." ' With Google Voice, you have one Google phone number that callers use to reach you, and you pick up whichever phone--office, home or cellular--rings. You can screen calls, listen in before answering, record calls, read transcripts of your voicemails, and do free conference calls. Domestic calls and texting are free, and international calls to Europe are two cents a minute. In other words, a unified voice system, something a real phone company should have offered years ago.'"
[From the article:
What this episode really uncovers is that AT&T is dying. AT&T is dragging down the rest of us by overcharging us for voice calls and stifling innovation in a mobile data market critical to the U.S. economy.
Is it okay to be an idiot on your own time? Perhaps an article outlining the legal implications would be useful?
Uncouth Facebook postings closing doors for job candidates
More employers than ever are researching job candidates on sites like Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter in order to find out more about their activities and character. And, it turns out, many candidates are doing a great job of showing their potential bosses poor communication skills, inappropriate pictures, and even how many workplace secrets they can leak.
By Jacqui Cheng Last updated August 20, 2009 3:02 PM CT
(Related) Would we (the US) call this bullying? Isn't it Assault?
Teen becomes first jailed in U.K. for cyberbullying
by Chris Matyszczyk August 21, 2009 12:10 PM PDT
… In Worcester Magistrates Court of England, an 18-year-old woman was allegedly sent to three months in a young-offenders institute after being found guilty of posting death threats on Facebook, according to the Daily Mail. It's thought to be the country's first jail sentence for cyberbullying.
Anyone think Microsoft will turn this into an ad for Internet Explorer?
Criminals Prefer Firefox, Opera Web Browsers
Posted by CmdrTaco on Friday August 21, @06:37PM from the choosy-criminals-choose-chimera dept.
An anonymous reader writes
"Security researchers at Purewire have leveraged vulnerabilities in malware infrastructure to track the criminals behind it. In a three-month long project, they used security flaws in exploit kits to get operators to expose themselves (Obnoxious interstitial ad between link and content) when they access the kits' admin control panels. Data collected shows that 50% of those tracked use Firefox, while 25% use Opera."
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