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Samsung in Brazilian strip: Robbers snatch $6.3m in gear from plant

Armed robbers have snatched $6.3m in smartphones, tablets and computers from the Samsung Electronics factory in São Paulo, Brazil. The bandits got into the complex by carjacking a shuttle used by factory employees, and held workers hostage while clearing out truckloads of loot, Reuters reported a spokesman for the state’s public …

European Court of Justice rips up Data Retention Directive

A European Union directive that required ISPs to retain data for two years has been deemed "invalid", Brussels' highest court ruled today. The measure "entails a wide-ranging and particularly serious interference with the fundamental rights to respect for private life and to the protection of personal data, without that …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Apr 2014
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Microsoft, Facebook: We'll pay cash if you can poke a hole in the INTERNET

While Facebook and Microsoft already run security bug bounty programs of their own, the two companies are now working together to reward researchers who can find flaws in some of the underlying technologies behind online communications. The Internet Bug Bounty program will pay a minimum for $5,000 for flaws in sandboxed …
Iain Thomson, 07 Nov 2013
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Chinese cops cuff 1,500 in fake base station spam raid

China’s police have arrested over 1,500 people on suspicion of using fake base stations to send out mobile SMS spam. The current crackdown, began in February, according to Reuters. Citing a Ministry of Public Security missive, the newswire says a group operating in north-east Liaoning province, bordering North Korea, is …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Mar 2014

China cuffs 60,000 pirates in 2013 crackdown

Police in China arrested just shy of 60,000 people suspected of copyright abuses last year, in cases worth 173 billion yuan (£17bn). A total of 59,222 perps involved in 55,180 cases were cuffed in 2013, according to Ministry of Public Security stats revealed by state-run newswire Xinhua. Some 1,260 criminal networks were …
Phil Muncaster, 24 Jan 2014
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China mulls probe into IBM, Oracle, EMC after NSA hack claims - report

China is reportedly preparing to look into NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden's claims that US spooks hacked into IBM, Oracle and EMC products sold to the Asian nation's universities. The three American corporations could face a probe by Chinese police and government officials on the subject of “security issues”. The investigation …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Aug 2013
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Three little words stall UN's 'bid for INTERNET DOMINATION'

Time is running out for the world to agree on a new ITU treaty, which will define how countries communicate electronically with each other. The daylight is failing and three words still present immovable barriers to consensus - unless the chairman can magic them away. Meanwhile, voting guidelines are starting to circulate. At …
Bill Ray, 13 Dec 2012
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Air China passenger arrested for in-flight phone abuse

Passengers on Chinese airlines were reminded this week that there’s no such thing as 'Airplane Mode' for mobiles in China, after one unfortunate passenger en route from Canada who repeatedly used his smartphone camera and music player was banged up on arrival by Beijing police. The unlucky passenger, surnamed Du, ignored the …
Phil Muncaster, 18 Oct 2012

Alibaba and the thwarted thieves: Cops, bazaar to tackle China's piracy

The biggest e-shopping site in China - a nation considered the counterfeit capital of the world - has promised to help decapitate the "snake" of knockoff goods. Online bazaar Alibaba will, we're told, work closely with five government and law enforcement agencies including the Ministry of Public Security and the State …
Phil Muncaster, 25 Apr 2013
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South Korean convicted for tweeting Pyongyang propaganda

A simple Twitter-based lampoon almost backfired for one South Korean user this week, after a Seoul court found him guilty of breaking the country’s strict national security law by retweeting North Korean propaganda. Suwon District Court handed 24-year-old Park Jeong-geun a 10-month suspended prison sentence after ruling he had …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Nov 2012
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UK plods, Vietnamese feds cuff 11 in $200m cred-card forum blag swoop

British bobbies and Vietnamese rozzers have joined forces to smash a web forum allegedly dedicated to trading stolen credit card data. Three men were arrested in the UK, while eight were taken off to the cells in Vietnam over their alleged involvement with a site called Mattfeuter.ru, which is suspected of facilitating credit- …
Jasper Hamill, 06 Jun 2013
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Chinese micro-blogs a hit with police

China’s micro-blogging platforms are a hit with the country’s web-savvy police forces, despite being forced to implement yet more prohibitive regulations this week. Provincial and local public security bureaus across the land are so keen on the Twitter-like weibos that the People’s Daily Online Public Opinion Monitoring Center …
Phil Muncaster, 30 May 2012
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China trains its cannons on digital pirates

The Chinese government has announced a tough four month crackdown targeting online piracy in the country, just as European netizens celebrate their Parliament’s rejection of the controversial ACTA treaty. A typically lengthy statement indicated four government departments would be involved in the action plan – the National …
Phil Muncaster, 05 Jul 2012

Sarcastic tweeter jailed for mocking Communist Party

A petition has been launched calling for the release of Zhai Xiaobing, a Chinese blogger who mocked the recent Communist Party Congress in an irreverent tweet and was promptly arrested on terrorism charges. Zhai, a 36-year-old financial worker from Beijing, made the mistake of belittling the Party at its most politically …
Phil Muncaster, 20 Nov 2012
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Chinese passports to get chipped

China has updated the technology it uses to secure its passports, with chip-equipped documents to be issued from March 15th. People’s Daily reports that the nation’s Ministry of Public Security has noted the 90-odd other nations to have adopted chip-equipped travel documents and decided China needed to play at the same level. …
Simon Sharwood, 04 May 2012
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Chinese arrest 9,000 cyber-crims

Chinese police have smashed over 700 cyber crime gangs and arrested nearly 9,000 alleged criminals. The Ministry of Public Security – or police force, to you and me – announced confidently that it had cracked 4,400 criminal cases in its bid to "earnestly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of the masses of the people, …
Phil Muncaster, 16 Oct 2012
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Researcher blasts Siemens for downplaying SCADA bug

A security researcher who voluntarily canceled a talk about critical holes in Siemens' industrial control systems has criticized the German company for downplaying the severity of his findings. “The vulnerabilities are far reaching and affect every industrialized nation across the globe,” Dillon Beresford wrote in an email …
Dan Goodin, 24 May 2011
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Baidu bods arrested after deleting posts for dosh

Chinese web giant Baidu has been forced to sack four employees, three of whom were arrested by local police on suspicion of accepting bribes in return for deleting user-generated posts on one of the firm's sites. Baidu PR officer Li Guoxun told Global Times that police got involved in the case due to the large sums of money …
Phil Muncaster, 06 Aug 2012
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Chinese student's smut obsession lands 2,000 in JAIL

Chinese police have smashed a major internet porn site and arrested more than 2,000 suspected users after being alerted to its existence by a mother who spied on her son after she noticed his school grades were slipping. Pornography is banned in China and local Public Security Bureau initiatives are often launched to “clean up …
Phil Muncaster, 31 Jul 2012
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China steps up crack down on hi-tech exam cheats

The Chinese ministry of education has been forced to update its rules prohibiting cheating in college entrance exams to take account of the increasingly ingenious hi-tech methods used by desperate students and their parents to succeed in the hugely important exams. State-run news agency Xinhua said the government made 15 …
Phil Muncaster, 16 May 2012
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Cops shutter net cafes to save Beijing's youth

Beijing police have announced yet another ‘clean-up’ of the web, this time closing hundreds of internet cafes and arresting thousands in the name of protecting the Chinese capital’s vulnerable youth. Fu Zhenghua, who heads up the city’s Public Security Bureau, said that just over 5,000 people had been arrested and the owners of …
Phil Muncaster, 26 Jul 2012
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Police cuff hundreds in £7.3 MILLION phone scam

Police across South East Asia have swooped on an international telephone fraud gang, arresting over 480 people in eight countries after an investigation lasting six months. The alleged gang members, most of whom are Chinese and Taiwanese, are suspected of conning their victims out of 73 million yuan (£7.3m), according to a …
Phil Muncaster, 25 May 2012
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China blames web for gun smuggling crims

The Chinese authorities are blaming the world wide web and multinational delivery companies for a rise in gun smuggling into the People’s Republic. A China Daily report claimed that criminal gangs are increasingly turning to the web to trade illegal weapons and then using express delivery networks to ship them into the country …
Phil Muncaster, 06 Apr 2012
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Cisco drives epic Chinese surveillance network, says report

Cisco and other western companies are reportedly working with the Chinese government to install a network of one half-million surveillance cameras in the rapidly growing commercial and industrial metropolis, Chongqing. Citing people familiar with the deal, The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription required) that Cisco will …
Rik Myslewski, 05 Jul 2011
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China's censors out in force as coup rumours spread

China’s internet censors have been forced into overdrive this week after rumours swirled the country’s popular micro-blogging weibo platforms of an attempted coup in Beijing and the mysterious death of a man driving a Ferrari in the capital. Twitter users presumably using a VPN or other set-up to access the banned site in China …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Mar 2012
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EU bottoms up committee slates body scanners

An obscure EU Committee has slammed the introduction of body scanners, raising concerns over the health and human rights risks of the technology. The European Economic and Social Committee has delivered an opinion on scanner technology, which sets out concerns over the scanners' ability to improve security "which, coupled with …
Joe Fay, 17 Feb 2011
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China cuffs 905 suspects in online black market purge

The Chinese authorities have gone on yet another web crackdown, shutting close to 8,000 websites, although this time the target appears to have been genuine criminal ventures rather than sites spouting politically incorrect sentiments or peddling smut. State-run news agency Xinhua reported that 7,846 sites were axed by the …
Phil Muncaster, 23 Feb 2012
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Brutal web vice of the People's Republic crushes innovation, growth

Recent high profile scandals in China, the fall of Poliburo member Bo Xilai and the US Embassy dash of human rights activist Chen Guangcheng, have highlighted the limits and the grim extent of country’s world-leading online censorship regime. However, web firms within the People’s Republic and online businesses looking to …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Jun 2012
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Architect of Great Firewall of China 'takes shoe to face'

The creator of the Great Firewall of China was reportedly pelted with shoes and eggs during a visit to Wuhan University last week. Fang Binxing was hit by one of the Nike trainers flung by an anonymous protestor*, whose actions have been met with a groundswell of online support, The Guardian reports. Staff in the office of Fang …
John Leyden, 23 May 2011
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Chinese official gets suspended death sentence over anti-virus scam

A Chinese appeals court has confirmed a suspended death sentence against a corrupt official who took bribes and sent an innocent marketing executive to prison for a year in order to line his pockets. Yu Bing, a former director of the network monitoring department of the Ministry of Public Security, embezzled 4.52 million yuan ($ …
John Leyden, 13 Dec 2010
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PATRIOT Act author tapped for Homeland Security

After the Bush Administration's embarrassing nomination of the buffoon Bernard Kerik to replace Tom Ridge as Homeland Security Secretary, a far more sober nominee has emerged in the person of former federal prosecutor Michael Chertoff. The well-educated and articulate Chertoff has earned a reputation as a hard-nosed prosecutor …
Thomas C Greene, 12 Jan 2005
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China drafts in parent army to battle internet addiction

China has sought to battle the scourge of internet addiction among the youth by giving parents the right to monitor their offspring's online meanderings. Eight government departments have issued new guidelines due to come into force from next month. These will allow, among other things, parents to set restrictions on their kids …
Joe Fay, 01 Feb 2011
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Intel floats hybrid cloud scheme for SMB apps

There are 22 million small and medium businesses in the world, and the last thing that Intel wants them to do is say to hell with servers and move all their workloads and data to public clouds. So Intel has come up with a clever scheme that will let service and application providers cloudwash their traditional SMB setup – i.e. …
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China trumpets 'human rights action plan'

China has declared that it will instigate a "human rights action plan" over the next two years designed in part to "expand democracy and strengthen rule of law". According to Xinhua, the document will be formulated with contributions from the courts, parliament and non-government groups. Wang Chen of the government's PR …
Lester Haines, 04 Nov 2008
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Chinese porn crackdown goes mobile

China intends to broaden its crackdown on internet pornography to banning overly-amorous messages sent by mobile phones. The People's Republic announced it will extend its iron fist policy on hairy palms after shutting down 1,250 websites because of their so-called explicit content. "We will incorporate 'lewd' messages spread …
Austin Modine, 21 Jan 2009
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China rattles sabre at Google

China has announced a new clampdown on websites accused of "threatening morals by spreading pornography and vulgarity" - including Baidu, Google and Sina.com. China's Ministry of Public Security and six other government agencies today launched a "nationwide campaign to clean up a vulgar current on the internet and named and …
Lester Haines, 05 Jan 2009
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Chinese internet surveillance boss arrested for bungs

A top Chinese censor has been arrested over suspicions he took millions in bribes to help a local anti-virus firm to crush a competitor. Yu Bing, head of the internet monitoring department of Beijing's Municipal Public Security Bureau, allegedly took RMB 40m ($5.8m) in backhanders from Rising to frame criminal charges against an …
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2009
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Home Office acts to kick out Iceland's hate preachers

Just weeks after the UK government used the 2001 Anti-terrorism, Crime and Security Act to seize all of the IOUs in British branches of Icelandic banks, tough-talking Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has made it clear that Britain will no longer be a safe haven for terror preachers from Iceland. Or indeed from Norway or Liechtenstein …
John Lettice, 28 Oct 2008
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Brit firm aims to make airport perv scans obsolete

A British firm is aiming to capitalise on travellers' body issues with a security scanner that does not produce an image, yet can identify a wide range of concealed explosives. Following Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab's failed attempt to blow up a transatlantic airliner over Detroit, body scanners are firmly on the security agenda. …
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Google China and Baidu apologize for porn links

Three of China's most popular search engines have apologized for being slow to remove links to pornographic material, following the government's pledge on Monday to crack down on "vulgar" content on the web. The Chinese Ministry of Public Security is heading a nationwide campaign to purge the internet of websites accused of " …
Austin Modine, 07 Jan 2009
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Microsoft sued in China for black screen of death

A Chinese lawyer has filed a legal complaint against Microsoft for installing Windows Genuine Advantage on his computer. He has asked the Ministry of Public Security to file criminal charges against Microsoft. Dong Zhengwei accused the company of hacking into people's computers. He said: "I respect the right of Microsoft to …
John Oates, 22 Oct 2008
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China launches DNA database to track trafficked kids

China's Ministry of Public Security is to use DNA testing to help police identify kidnapped children and return them to their homes. The database is meant to help deal with children who are kidnapped or abducted for money. Five groups will be tested according to the report: parents whose children have been confirmed kidnapped …
John Oates, 01 May 2009
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Gome appoints new chairman as police continue investigation

Gome Electrical Appliances Holdings has rejigged its management team while a police probe into the former chairman's finances continues. China’s biggest electrical retailer has been attempting to distance itself from former chairman Huang Guangyu and his wife after he was asked to leave the company last month amid allegations of …
Kelly Fiveash, 19 Jan 2009
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UK.gov to send your holidays to sunny Manchester

The government is building a new data storage and processing centre near Manchester, as the £1.2bn e-Borders programme gears up to monitor every movement in and out of the UK. According to the Sunday Times, an industrial estate in the Wythenshawe suburb will host the e-Borders Operations Centre (e-BOC) and its reams of data on …
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China cracks down on net porn

China's Ministry of Public Security today announced a six month crackdown on net pornography, AP reports. The campaign will target "cyber strip shows and sexually explicit images, stories and audio and video clips" according to state news agency Xinhua. Zhang Xinfeng, a deputy public security minister, declared: "The boom of …
Lester Haines, 13 Apr 2007
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China nabs website staff for erotic audiobooks

Authorities behind China's nationwide crackdown on internet pornography have turned their eyes — or rather, their ears — to a less-traditional form of online erotica: dirty audiobooks. Four employees at one of China's largest online audiobook providers, ilisten.cn, have been detained for "spreading pornography and harming the …
Austin Modine, 20 Mar 2009
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Zhao 'C' - Chinese police computer says no

A Chinese student who for 22 years happily carried the name Zhao C (Zhao "Left Crescent") fell foul of the powers that be when he came to get a new "second generation" ID card at his local Public Security Bureau (PSB) - police informed him "it was technically not possible to put English letters in names and told him to get a new …
Lester Haines, 09 Mar 2009
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China deploys virtual coppers

China has announced it will this Saturday send out two virtual coppers to patrol all Beijing-based news portals, websites and online forums as part of the Communist state's ongoing war against "illicit" net activity, Reuters reports. According to China Daily, the male and female officers "will appear either on motorcycles, in a …
Lester Haines, 29 Aug 2007
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The EU is out to get you, after all

Apologies - from The Register, no less - for appearing to give the impression that the latest piece of Euro-surveillance was not actually part of an ongoing dastardly plot to have each and every one of us "pushed, filed, stamped, indexed, briefed, debriefed and, er, numbered". Half an apology, perhaps. We reported recently that …
Jane Fae Ozimek, 15 Sep 2008
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China bans virtual cash for real-world trade

Officials in China are banning use of virtual money to buy real-world goods and services. Under new regulations released jointly by the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Culture, virtual currency can now only be used for virtual goods and services that are provided by the issuer of the virtual currency. Several sites are …
Austin Modine, 30 Jun 2009