Posted: September 21st, 2012 | Author: Verity Penfold | Filed under: CRIME!, ONLINE SECURITY | Tags: Anti-Terrorism Laws, ASIO, Australian Federal Police, Australian Police and Law Enforcement, Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Bugging, Civil Liberties, Email, fbi, Intelligence, Joint Parliamentary Committee on Intelligence and Security, Law Reform, Metadata, MI5, NSW Crime Commission, Phone Tap, Police Force, SMS, Telecommunications Data, Terrorist Cell, Terrorist Organisation, Text Message, The Telecommunications Interception and Access Act - | No Comments »
The Australian Security Intelligence Organisation – ASIO - Australia’s national spy agency has backed controversial legislation which would force telcos to retain customer communication – phone, internet – data for at least two years.
ASIO says basic communications – meta - data from phones and emails, such as when a call was made or whom an email was sent to, is crucial to the gathering of evidence. The spy agency has given an unclassified submission to a parliamentary committee, saying telecommunications companies have traditionally kept the data to bill customers but new technology means there is less need to do so.
It says the legislation will not give it access to the content of calls or emails, just the time they were sent or who they were sent to. Currently no warrant is required to peruse an individuals data records, unlike phone tapping.
ASIO says this type of data retention leads to tip-offs about terrorist cells and can confirm intelligence reports. The agency says it would support new penalties to stop the misuse of the powers. However, Australia’s second largest telco, Optus, says the proposed data retention will be expensive. It’s understood that Telstra – Australia’s largest telco -currently keeps data records for 5 years.
The Australian Government hasn’t made a final decision on the laws ::
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Posted: July 9th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: CRIME!, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Bail, copyright, DeepField, fbi, File Sharing, Filesharing, Hollywood, Kim Dotcom, Kim Schmitz, Law Court, Megaupload, New Zealand, Piracy, SOPA, US Government, Whitehouse | No Comments »
MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom claims Hollywood executives are pressuring the White House to tackle the file-sharing website. The US is trying to extradite Mr Dotcom from New Zealand to face racketeering, copyright and money laundering charges. American authorities claim his MegaUpload website facilitated internet piracy and cost copyright owners more than $US500 million.
The US Government indictment goes after six individuals. the case is a major one, involving international cooperation between the US, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, the UK, Germany, Canada, Philippines and New Zealand. In addition to the arrests, 20 search warrants were executed in multiple countries.
Kim Dotcom was one of four men arrested in New Zealand in January this year as part of an investigation of his Megaupload.com website led by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: May 29th, 2012 | Author: Michael Courtenay | Filed under: CRIME!, Standout, Tech-Business News, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Bail, DeepField, fbi, File Sharing, Filesharing, Kim Dotcom, Kim Schmitz, Law Court, Megaupload, New Zealand, Piracy, SOPA | No Comments »
Kim Dotcom has been allowed to once again tread the plush carpets of his rented mansion in tranquil New Zealand. The alleged superduper bad guy, criminal mastermind, internet pirate and international copyright infringer – Kim Dotcom – has welcomed the relaxing of his bail conditions and says it will improve his ability to fight extradition to the United States.
An Auckland district court judge today ruled Dotcom’s flight risk was minimal and had been overstated. The German national and Megaupload founder is wanted in the United States for alleged copyright infringement worth hundreds of millions of dollars.
Judge David Harvey told the Auckland District Court he believes it is unlikely that Mr Dotcom will flee New Zealand, saying the original flight risk was overstated and he no longer needs to be electronically monitored. Judge Harvey said that Mr Dotcom and his co-accused had abided by all their bail conditions :: Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 22nd, 2012 | Author: The Technoid | Filed under: News From the web, Technoid Computer News | Tags: Bail, DeepField, fbi, File Sharing, Filesharing, Kim Dotcom, Kim Schmitz, Law Court, Megaupload, New Zealand, Piracy, SOPA | No Comments »
The German founder of file-sharing website Megaupload has been granted bail by a New Zealand court after a month in custody. Kim Dotcom, who has New Zealand residency, is preparing to fight US extradition hearings over internet-piracy and money-laundering charges. The 38-year-old was arrested on January 20 after about 70 armed New Zealand police raided his country estate at the request of the FBI.
Prosecutors say Dotcom – also known as Kim Schmitz and Kim Tim Jim Vestor – was the ringleader of a group that netted $US175 million ($164 million) since 2005 by copying and distributing music, movies and other copyrighted content without authorisation.Dotcom’s lawyers say the company simply offered online storage and that he strenuously denies the charges. Read the full article »»»»
Posted: February 15th, 2012 | Author: Marcus Dangerfield | Filed under: UPDATED! | Tags: DeepField, fbi, File Sharing, Filesharing, Kim Dotcom, Kim Schmitz, Megaupload, New Zealand, Piracy, SOPA | No Comments »
Much fuss has been made over the supposed impact the US authorities have had on illegal filesharing/piracy, with their much publicised takedown of Megaupload. The US government, in its indictment against the Megaupload said that the company had raised US$175 million – partly from piracy – since its inception.
Going after Megaupload, one of the most popular sites in the world and one that uses a surprising amount of corporate bandwidth, might seem a strange choice. (As an example of its scale, Megaupload controlled 525 servers in Virginia alone and had another 630 in the Netherlands—and many more around the world.)
It turns out – according to a study conducted by DeepField Networks – that while the Megaupload takedown did have an impact on global web traffic, it did little-to-nothing to stem file-sharing traffic, web traffic that’s often looked at as the acts of copyrighted content pirates. Read the full article »»»»