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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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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.…