Tag Archive | "Privacy"


06 September 2010 | 5,129 views

Google Agrees To Pay $ 8.5 Million To Settle Buzz Class Action Lawsuit

And once again Google is in the news regarding privacy issues, this time it’s regarded their social networking service Buzz (which by all accounts is pretty much a flop). The way in which the service used Gmail users address books alarmed a lot of people and the default settings were rather risky and revealed a [...]

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04 August 2010 | 15,571 views

UAE (Dubai) & Saudi Arabia To Ban BlackBerry Services With India To Follow

Well there’s been a lot of news these past few days so it was pretty tough to choose what to cover today, anyway I chose this story as it interests me and could be a real problem for RIM the makers of the popular (and fastest growing) BlackBerry smart-phone device. The latest news is due [...]

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29 July 2010 | 7,434 views

UK ISP TalkTalk Monitoring Users Without Consent (Deep Packet Inspection)

Well this can be looked at in a number of ways, many would say “If you’ve nothing to hide, why worry?” – but then we know people in the UK can be fairly fanatical when it comes to issues regarding privacy. Also TalkTalk are claiming it’s an anonymous system, so actual user details aren’t stored. [...]

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16 June 2010 | 7,500 views

iPhone 4 Pre-Order System Exposes Customer Data

The big talk over the past weekend was about this, the AT&T system for recording pre-sales records for the new Apple iPad exposed account information. I didn’t think it was a big deal until they did something similar again today with the iPhone 4…the second time in one week – that must be some kind [...]

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04 June 2010 | 5,301 views

FTC Cracks Down On Spyware Seller CyberSpy Software

Well this case has taken a while but the FTC won in the end and reached a settlement two years after halting the company from selling it’s “100 per cent undetectable” commercial keylogging application. It’s interesting to see court cases that venture into the grey area of ethics, I think the main problem stemmed from [...]

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21 May 2010 | 9,848 views

76% Of Users Exposing Their Browsing Histories

This is actually a very old flaw as it’s part of the core HTTP standards, it’s exploiting the very way in which the Internet works. Basically most browsers expose browsing history if probed in the right way, the fact was that it was just too resource intensive to get any useful data. Someone has refined [...]

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01 April 2010 | 17,555 views

Open Source Keykeriki Captures Wireless Keyboard Traffic

Another interesting attack, rather than going after the PC/Server this one goes after the data sent by wireless devices such as the wireless keyboards sold by Microsoft. The neat thing is by using a replay attack you could also send rogue inputs to the device. But then it serves Microsoft right for using XOR encryption [...]

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29 March 2010 | 9,441 views

Browser Fingerprints – How Unique Is Your Browser – Panopticlick

Now this is another interesting attack vector using little bits of data not many people consider. I have heard about this kind of technique before and considered how it’d be done myself. Finally someone has put together a public version of a tool that can tell you how unique your browser footprint is. As for [...]

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25 February 2010 | 6,703 views

US School Remotely Spying On Kids With Webcams

The big news that has been blowing up in the past week or so is about a relatively unknown school district in Pennsylvania, US that has been spying on its students using Macbook webcams. It has actually turned into a class action lawsuit and there is a lot of debate surrounding the story, the school [...]

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10 December 2009 | 16,029 views

Facebook Pushes Out New Privacy Settings

There have been plenty of stories about Facebook in the past and the latest is about their new privacy system. From what I understand they have abandoned the previous concept of “Networks” and now everyone is open to everyone else. The network system was initially relevant when the site was targeted at only US college [...]

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