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12 August 2008 | 7,614 views

TJX Credit Card Hackers Busted – Largest US Data Breach

We reported on this case back in September 2007, the largest US data breach in history so far (45 million customer records!). It seems like finally the people behind it have been busted, 11 people have been charged by US authorities. The US authorities have charged 11 people in connection with the theft of credit-card […]

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31 July 2008 | 8,337 views

Site Guesses Your Gender via Browsing History

This is a pretty old issue, but this is an interesting new implementation of an old idea. Using your browser history and by matching your browsing habits the site attempts to guess your gender with a weighting system according to the gender demographics for a list of fairly popular sites. It’s not super accurate unless […]

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29 July 2008 | 9,326 views

Widespread Flaws in Online Banking Systems

After a recent survey it shows online banking may not be as secure as you might think. People tend to think banks are the pinnacle of security and that assumption continues to their websites. Sadly however, even in my own personal experience, the truth is far from that. Many many banks have flaws that can […]

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17 July 2008 | 5,847 views

Facebook Bug Leaks Birthday Data

It’s not a big deal but it does show a problem with the way Facebook deals with data and how much power they have over people’s privacy. A small slip in coding could cause much worse problems that this, plus this could have happened before but no one picked up on it. It takes a […]

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11 July 2008 | 5,207 views

Google to Reveal Youtube Viewing Details to Viacom

Now this is an interesting privacy related case to think about over the weekend, Google has to reveal viewing details for Youtube to Viacom. Anyone who has EVER watched a Youtube video, that’s pretty extreme. Luckily most people are using dynamic IP addresses, so it shouldn’t be too much of a concern. Unless of course […]

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02 July 2008 | 4,732 views

Google Calendar a New Target for Phishing

It seems like the Phishing crews at trying to get some new ideas on how to con people into giving away their credentials and leaking info. The latest target appears to be Google Calendar. As always be on your guard as these scams are coming from all directions. A few months ago, spam came to […]

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18 June 2008 | 6,192 views

WikiScanner – Find Interesting Anonymous Edits on Wikipedia

Now this isn’t a new tool, and it’s not quite up to date as the author hasn’t updated it for a while – but it’s still exceedingly cool! As you know most IP addresses are registered to companies or organizations in blocks, so you can identify which network an edit is coming from as Wikipedia […]

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02 June 2008 | 5,164 views

Don’t Sweat or Scratch Your Face Whilst Flying

If not the magic camera in the sky might think you are a terrorist and a squad of crack F16s might be dispatched to blow up your plane.. Don’t go to the toilet too often too, or walk around too much…or do anything really. Better just sit in your seat with a blank expression on […]

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29 May 2008 | 7,333 views

TJX Employee Fired for Trying to Fix Things

Ah TJX in the news again….after previously having the Largest Breach of Customer Data in U.S. History, now they are screwing people over that try to help them and their seemingly ridiculous information security policies. Hello blank passwords? Sounds crazy but I believe it happens, at more places than just TJX. It’s sad that someone […]

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26 May 2008 | 4,116 views

UK to Become Even More Draconian with Privacy Laws

Oh dear, UK going backwards again. A bad case of Big Brother syndrome and once again under the blanket excuse of efforts against terrorism. Please! That’s so old and tired now, do governments seriously think they can keep infringing people’s privacy and rights under the same old guise? Strike terror into the public by continually […]

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