As a response to the everyday increasing level of cyber attacks the EU Commission has presented, on September 30, 2010, a proposal for a new EU Directive on attacks against information systems.

The BBC have reported that nineteen people have been arrested in London under the Computer Misuse Act.

Read the full report here:

Those arrested are suspected of stealing millions of pounds in the past few months. Its encouraging to see high profile arrests for serious cybercriminal activity.

We saw something similar in Manchester last year. The UK's e-Crime Unit are clearly on the ball:

It’s been a busy few weeks in terms of cyber justice.

Just last week, news broke that three men were indicted in connection with an online fraud operation that sold $100 million in rogue anti-virus software to victims in over 60 countries.

As reported by, three men - from the US and Sweden - responsible for spreading infamous scareware such as "Errorsafe" and "Drivecleaner" may be facing hard penalties for their fraudulent activities. They operated via a Ukraine-based company called "Innovative Marketing" located in Kiev. The fraud scheme of the perpetrators was based on tricking gullible users into believing that their computers were heavily infected.

Last June, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) broke the news that it had shut down a notorious rogue Internet service provider that was accused of actively participating in hosting and distributing spam-spreading botnets, phishing sites, spyware, child pornography and other illegal content.

Big news today in terms of battling botnets:

Spanish authorities have taken down one of the world’s largest botnets, and have arrested three of the alleged masterminds behind it.

This spring a U.S. Senate bill proposed a right for the White House to disconnect “critical” private computer systems and networks from the Internet in case of emergencies. The bill shifts the responsibility for cyber security from the Homeland Security Department to the White House and the overall purpose with the bill is to ensure the protection of vital infrastructure such as water, electricity, banking and electronic health records from cyber attacks.

If you follow this blog, you know all about rogues and scareware on the Web, how these scam products are proliferating at a rapid rate, fooling users into buying software that offers little or no security against the real threats that abound online.

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) broke the news yesterday that it shut down a notorious rogue Internet service provider which, it claims, actively participated in hosting spam-spreading botnets, phishing sites, child pornography, and other illegal and malicious content.

From the FTC news release

The French Government is currently discussing a new law proposal referred to as “Loppsi 2” (Loi d’orientation et de programmation pour la performance de la securité intérieure) which is intended to be implemented in France between 2010 and 2015. The French Government refers to “Loppsi 2” as an efficient tool in the war against illegal activities on the internet such as pedophilia, however, even if that remains unsaid the law is of course also intended to be used in order to prevent other types of illegal online activities. 

As a response to the EU Action Agenda to strengthen consumer protection for software products, two EU Commissioners, Viviane Reding and Meglena Kuneva, have proposed consumer protection rules for software products which are in line with the current consumer protection rules for physical products.


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