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Fantastic, intricate values-in-design study of cookie development

November 8, 2010 8:57 am finnb 0
Since cookies have been kind of a theme recently, it seems appropriate to post this long essay on the history of cookie development (which includes a link to a contrarian argument about cookies and privacy that’s quite thought provoking). It’s quite technical and completely worth it — a step-by-step tour of the RFCs, browser development, and gradual mission creep that made cookies into the weird complicated mess they are today.…
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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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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).…
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A proof-of-concept nearly irrevocable cookie

September 29, 2010 3:27 pm finnb 0
The always-fascinating Samy Kamkar has produced a super-tenacious cookie designed to “identify a client even after they’ve removed standard cookies, Flash cookies (Local Shared Objects or LSOs), and others.” Indeed: “evercookie accomplishes this by storing the cookie data in several types of storage mechanisms that are available on the local browser.…