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Australia

+ - Spams and Scams are coming through the Portal->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes ""There's a staggering number of Australian's being in having their computers infected at the moment, up to 20,000, uh, can regularly be getting infected by these spams, or scams, that come through, the portal."

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gl7X6peh-w

This blathering man is the Australian Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy. He plans to force a secretive, mandatory and UNWANTED censorship regime on the Australian people. The so-called "clean feed" or "filter" will censor the Internet in Australia on an unprecedented scale.

Read more:
http://openinternet.com.au/
http://www.nocleanfeed.com/"

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Censorship

+ - Google Says China Censorship is Unfair Trade Barri

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "NPR reports that Google is asking US and European governments to put more pressure on China to stop censoring the Internet describing the practice as an unfair barrier to free trade. Google's top attorney, David Drummond says Western governments should defend the flow of information the same way they do products. "Censorship, in addition to being a human-rights problem, is a trade barrier," says Drummond. "If you look at what China does — the censorship, of course, is for political purposes, but it is also used as a way of keeping multinational companies disadvantaged in the market." Drummond added that new trade rules may be needed to cover the Internet. "Under a lot of trade rules, there's still this notion that domestic media markets should be off-limits to trade and that's got to change." Drummond did not say if he wanted the US to make a case with the World Trade Organization, which could give the US trading rights to compensate for harm to American companies."
Security

+ - ATT Leaks emails addresses of 114,000 iPad Users

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Hugh Pickens
Hugh Pickens writes "Daily Tech reports that in what is one of the biggest leaks of email addresses in recent history, a group called Goatse Security has published the personal email addresses of 114,067 iPad 3G purchasers in what appears to be a legal fashion by querying a public interface that AT&T accidentally left exposed. Apparently AT&T left a script on their public website, which when handed an ICC-ID would respond back with the email address of the subscriber. This apparently was intended for an AJAX-style response inside AT&T's web apps. Gawker reports that it's possible that confidential information about every iPad 3G owner in the U.S. has been exposed. "This is going to hurt the telecommunications company's already poor image with iPhone and iPad customers, and complicate its very profitable relationship with Apple," writes Ryan Tate adding that the leak is likely unnerve customers thinking of buying iPads that connect to AT&T's cellular network. "Although the security vulnerability was confined to AT&T servers, Apple bears responsibility for ensuring the privacy of its users, who must provide the company with their email addresses to activate their iPads." In a statement, AT&T says that the issue was escalated to the highest levels of the company and that they have essentially turned off the feature that provided the e-mail addresses. "We are continuing to investigate and will inform all customers whose e-mail addresses and ICC IDS may have been obtained," says AT&T. "We take customer privacy very seriously and while we have fixed this problem, we apologize to our customers who were impacted.""

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