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Online scams cost $485 million in U.S. in 2011: survey

WASHINGTON — Online scams including identity theft schemes, “advance fee” and “romance fraud” cost Americans some $485 million in 2011, a report prepared for the FBI said Thursday. The Internet Crime Complaint Center annual report said the number of complaints about online fraud rose 3.4 percent to 314,246. The most…

Scotland Yard arrests 17-year-old hacker claiming Team Poison affiliation

Police have arrested a 17-year-old suspected spokesman for Team Poison, a hacking group that has claimed responsibility for a series of high-profile cyber-attacks. The boy was arrested on Wednesday in Newcastle in connection with alleged computer misuse offences, London’s Metropolitan Police said. “The suspect, who is believed to use the…

Amazon adds Harry Potter series to Kindle Prime lending library

Amazon said Thursday it has signed a deal for the electronic books rights to all seven Harry Potter titles in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish for its Kindle lending library. The deal allows subscribers of the Amazon Prime service, which requires an annual subscription, to borrow the electronic versions…

Facebook store to roll out first paid apps

Cross-platform store will take user ratings into account when deciding whether to list apps Facebook is getting into the app store game, announcing an initiative called App Center which it claims will help developers get their social web and mobile applications discovered by more people. The App Center will spotlight…

U.S. regulators urge online ‘do not track’ law

WASHINGTON — A top US regulator urged Congress Wednesday to enact an online privacy law that includes “do not track” mechanisms for consumers on the Internet, amid indications of a split among lawmakers. “Most consumers are entirely unaware of the vast amounts of data about them being sold and collected…

Canadian police bust international credit card fraud ring

Canadian police said Wednesday they have broken up an international fraud ring that drained some $100 million from the accounts of unsuspecting bank card holders. Authorities arrested 45 people in a series of raids by members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, mostly in the Montreal region but also in…

Attorney: Judge’s landmark Facebook ruling means ‘Big employer is watching’

A federal judge’s recent decision to exclude the Facebook “like” from free speech protections means that workers who also use the world’s largest social network should now just assume that “Big employer is watching,” and act accordingly, an author and labor law expert told Raw Story recently. If upheld, the U.S.…

Vietnam bloggers battle tightening censorship

When riot police broke up a recent protest over a forced eviction,Vietnam’s bloggers were ready — hidden in nearby trees, they documented the entire incident and quickly posted videos and photos online. Their shaky images spread like wildfire on Facebook, in a sign of growing online defiance in Vietnam, in the face of…

Thousands of Twitter usernames and passwords exposed online

Twitter said that it was trying to figure out how user names and passwords from thousands of accounts apparently wound up posted at an online file sharing website. Information posted on Pastebin.com pages appeared to be from about 35,000 Twitter accounts, not counting about 20,000 that seemed to be redundancies,…

Homeland Security probing cyber attacks on U.S. gas pipelines

A campaign of cyber attacks has been targeting US natural gas pipeline operators, officials acknowledged, raising security concerns about vulnerabilities in key infrastructure. The Department of Homeland Security “has been working since March 2012 with critical infrastructure owners and operators in the oil and natural gas sector to address a…

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