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Firesheep

October 26, 2010 11:53 pm finnb 0
Short and sweet: a Firefox extension that exposes the fact that login cookies are transacted unencrypted for a lot of the biggest social networking sites — meaning that you can sit on an open wi-fi network and harvest all the authentication data you like (known as a sidejacking attack): Firesheep.…
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Chief Justice John Roberts doesn’t read EULAs either

October 24, 2010 4:01 pm SBarocas 0
In a recent appearance at Canisius College, Chief Justice John Roberts addressed two interesting questions from the floor.  One concerned the issue of televised oral arguments.  Roberts expressed concern about the hesitation some might feel when answering questions on camera for an invisible and potentially limitless audience. …
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There’s One in Every Crowd

October 23, 2010 3:39 pm jmadell 0
Right on time for Halloween, a spooky post reminding us that creepy people offline + creepy people online = creepy people across domains. It never hurts to remember to always be careful out there……
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More on Street View

October 22, 2010 4:42 pm jmadell 0
So, there has been a fair amount of talk about Google’s Street View faux pas. Apparently, the data breach was more significant than some had anticipated. Apparently, among the bits and pieces of data collected were full emails!. Perhaps more interesting is a hack developed by Samy Kamkar that uses MAC address information collected by Google to maliciously (and extremely accurately) determine a user’s geographical coordinates.…
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Facebook’s Lobbying

October 22, 2010 11:43 am jmadell 0
Probably a good idea to keep an eye on lobbying efforts. Not that we don’t all do this anyway, but it’s the kind of thing that can fall under the radar in light of the more headline-friendly privacy issues. Here are some informative related links: Facebook’s lobbying Google’s lobbying Full 4Q 2010 information here.…
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HTML5 and Mobile Tracking

October 21, 2010 12:03 am JScott 0
From Ars Technica Article: “A New York-based mobile-web advertising company was hit Wednesday with a proposed class action lawsuit over its use of an HTML5 trick to track iPhone and iPad users across a number of websites, in what is believed to be the first privacy lawsuit of its kind in the mobile space.”  …
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Smart grid technology and privacy

October 18, 2010 9:08 am finnb 0
Smart grid technology offers major improvements and efficiencies for our power system, creating a dynamically responsive grid that can do things like manage peak load energy consumption, optimize transmission routes, smoothly integrate other generation options like solar and wind, and can help users monitor and control their own consumption (including creating more accurate pricing for energy).…