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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

August 6, 2012

A Canadian woman called police when she found an online ad offering her baby for sale based on photos she'd posted on Facebook.

The unidentified woman in the central British Columbia town of Fort St. John called the Royal Canadian Mounted Police when she spotted the ad in an online buy-and-sell site, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. RCMP Sgt. Steve Perret told the broadcaster the ad had been removed this week and electronic forensic investigators had a suspect.

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 27, 2012

Skype, the online phone company now owned by Microsoft, is more willing to work with law enforcement to track its users, The Washington Post says.

The Post, citing industry and government officials, said online voice conversations are still safe because the technology to monitor them does not yet exist. But Skype has become more cooperative with requests for text exchanges and other information.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 23, 2012

Russian President Vladimir Putin has put a cork in print media and Internet alcohol advertising in Russia, the Kremlin said.

Putin signed a ban on advertising alcohol drinks that is to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013, for print media, as many of those companies have annual advertising contracts with alcohol producers, RIA Novosti reported Saturday.

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 23, 2012

Colorado shooting suspect James Holmes bought his 6,000-round arsenal legally and easily over the Internet, police said as Holmes was to appear in court Monday.

Holmes, 24, accused of killing 12 people and injuring 58 others inside an Aurora, Colo., movie theater Friday, ordered 3,000 rounds of handgun ammunition, 3,000 rounds for an assault rifle and 350 shells for a 12-gauge shotgun almost as easily as a person orders a book from Amazon.com, police told The New York Times. He spent an estimated $3,000 at the online sites in the four months before the shooting, police told the newspaper.

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 20, 2012

U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday Congress "must pass" the Cybersecurity Act of 2012 to address cyberthreats to the country's infrastructure.

In an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, the president said "critical infrastructure networks" have not been disrupted or damaged, but "foreign governments, criminal syndicates and lone individuals are probing our financial, energy and public safety systems every day." "Last year, a water plant in Texas disconnected its control system from the Internet after a hacker posted pictures of the facility's internal controls," he said. "More recently, hackers penetrated the networks of companies that operate our natural-gas pipelines. Computer systems in critical sectors of our economy - including the nuclear and chemical industries - are being increasingly targeted."

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 18, 2012

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., (UPI) -- Mozilla says it has begun distributing its latest version of the Firefox browser with a new feature that will encrypt all Google searches by default.

The security feature in Firefox 14, dubbed HTTPS Google Search, can shield users from advertisers or hackers that harvest data about users or attempt to modify their search results, ZDNet.com reported Tuesday.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 17, 2012

Security firm Symantec has acknowledged a recent update to its antivirus software is causing some Windows-based PCs to crash repeatedly.

In a statement on its Web site, Symantec confirmed it has received numerous reports of machines running Windows XP crashing and displaying the notorious "blue screen of death," even after reboot attempts, Slash Gear reported Monday. The company said the issue had been limited to machines running any combination of Windows XP, Symantic's Sonar antivirus software version with the latest July 11 revision and software from third parties.

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 16, 2012

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration used computer spyware to keep tabs on agency scientists who were communicating with members of Congress, records revealed.

The New York Times said Sunday the computer eavesdropping began in 2010 as an investigation into leaks of confidential information but ballooned into what the newspaper termed an enemies list used to crack down on the FDA's critics and potential whistle-blowers. Members of Congress whose offices were caught up in the spyware operation were outraged at the monitoring, they told The Times. "They think they can be the Gestapo and do anything they want," fumed Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 16, 2012

Two-thirds of respondents in a poll said the United States should not ask Google to censor content although many said Google should comply where appropriate.

Sixty-five percent of U.S. adults polled said they disagree with the U.S. government making requests that Google remove content, IBOPE Inteligencia reported. However, when the Brazil-based IBOPE asked what the tech giant's policy should be when they do receive such requests, 54 percent said Google should comply if it believes there is adequate cause.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

July 13, 2012

The Finnish company behind the popular Angry Birds game has released its new offering, Amazing Alex, in hopes of creating another games franchise, analysts say.

The physics-based game released Thursday - in which players manipulate objects to bounce, jump, ricochet, fall and collide with each other to achieve a goal - is available on iPhone, iPad and Android and will also come to PCs, Macs and Windows Phones, techcrunch.com reported Thursday.

      
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