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+ - Australian Government tries to force telcos to store user metadata for two years->

Submitted by AlbanX
AlbanX (2847805) writes "The Australian Government has introduced a bill that would require telecommunications carriers and service providers to retain the non-content data of Australian citizens for two years of it can be accessed — without a warrant- by local law enforcement agencies.

Despite tabling the draft legislation into parliament, the bill doesn't actually specify the types of data the Government wants retained. The proposal has received a huge amount of criticism from the telco industry, other members of parliament and privacy groups."

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+ - Google finds vulnerability in SSL web encryption->

Submitted by AlbanX
AlbanX (2847805) writes "Google researchers have discovered a vulnerability in a version of the SSL (secure sockets layer) web encryption protocol which allows attackers to break its cryptographic security.

The 'POODLE' attack allows attackers to steal secure HTTP cookies or other bearertokens. CDN provider CloudFlare has already disabled SSL 3.0 by default across its network, and Google said it hopes to do the same in the coming months."

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+ - Aussie state cops outed as Finfisher law enforcement malware users

Submitted by Bismillah
Bismillah (993337) writes "Wikileaks latest release of documents shows the the Australian New South Wales police force has spent millions on licenses for the FinFisher set of law enforcement spy- and malware tools — and still has active licenses. What it uses FinFisher, which has been deployed against dissidents by oppressive regimes, for is yet to be revealed."

+ - Snowden calls NZ PM a liar over mass surveillance->

Submitted by Bismillah
Bismillah (993337) writes "New Zealand prime minister John Key says there is no mass surveillance by spy agencies, but Edward Snowden says there is.Meanwhile, the Southern Cross data cable operator has come out and said there is no interception equipment installed on the trans-Pacific link, ergo no mass capture of data has taken place. Who is right? Both sides?"
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