This edition of Social Media CyberWatch looks at new developments in privacy research, legal debates, and online service provider policies and decisions.
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Source: Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg
Facebook Inc., Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. may face stricter privacy rules requiring them to let users shift data to competitors in the EU under proposed changes to a draft law.
Digitask, a company whose reputation was clearly damaged after its trojan virus was found and analysed by the Chaos Computer Club in 2011, seems to still be a regular contractor of German authorities.
Source: AP via The Washington Post
Microsoft says it has settled a computer-fraud case against a website operated by a Chinese businessman that had become a major hub for illicit Internet activity.
Source: Dan Goodin, ars technica
Researchers have uncovered a malware-based espionage campaign that subjects Mac users to the same techniques that have been used for years to surreptitiously siphon confidential data out of Windows machines.
Source: Elinor Mills, CNET
In December 1998, a U.S.-based hacker group called Legions of the Underground declared cyberwar on Iraq and China and prepared to protest human rights abuses in those countries by disrupting their Internet access.
Source: Krebs on Security
Experts from across the security industry collaborated this week to quarantine more than 110,000 Microsoft Windows PCs that were infected with the Khelios worm, a contagion that forces infected PCs to blast out junk email advertising rogue Internet pharmacies.
A new Mac backdoor exploiting CVE-2011-3544 (a Java vulnerability) is being reported. The backdoor appears to be connected to GhostNet. The malware is being used in targeted attacks against non-governmental organizations (NGO).
Source: Brian Krebs, Krebs on Security
In a post to the Official Microsoft Blog, the company identified 31-year-old Andrey N. Sabelnikov of St. Petersburg, Russia as responsible for the operations of the botnet.
Microsoft this week provided an update to its ongoing investigation of the Kelihos botnet case and now alleges that a Russian citizen is responsible for the creation and operation of the botnet.