Archive | July, 2012

Predictive policing brings burglary numbers down, but is privacy at risk?

Posted July 3, 2012 Police in LA are embracing “predictive policing” to identify crime hot spots based on past crimes and patterns. The technology seems to be working, but what does it mean for our civil liberties? Read.

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Drone hijacked by hackers from Texas college with $1,000 spoofer

Posted July 2, 2012 University researchers have hacked and hijacked a drone, after officials from the Department of Homeland Security offered them $1,000 to try. Read.

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Apple’s Siri voiceprints raise privacy concerns

Posted June 28, 2012 Most of us likely wouldn’t want Apple to store a copy of our DNA or our fingerprints, but that’s pretty much what it’s doing with another one of our biometric identifiers: namely, our voices. Read it. 

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Truly embarrassing Facebook status updates exposed by website

Posted  June 27, 2012 Remember, if you post updates publicly, potential or current employers have a harbor-front seat to whatever flavor of debauchery floats your boat. Read.

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PayPal starts bounty program for security bugs

Posted June 25, 2012 If you’ve found a security issue with PayPal, you could receive a monetary reward for informing the firm responsibly. Read.

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Apple patents clone-making technology to sabotage electronic profiling

June 22, 2012 Apple has filed a patent for making clones of your online identity that will serve up misinformation to data collectors, thus polluting the data stream that feeds electronic profiling. Read.

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LinkedIn slapped with $5 million class action suit over leaked passwords

Posted June 21, 2012 LinkedIn has been served with a potential $5 million class-action lawsuit on behalf of all users that charges the company with failing to use “basic industry standard” security practices. Here’s the story.

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Facebook to pay out $10 million to settle ‘Sponsored story’ lawsuit

Posted June 19, 2012 Facebook has agreed to pay out $10 million to settle a class action lawsuit brought by users unhappy over the use of their details in Sponsored Story ads. Read.

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Megaupload users who want their data have to pay (or sue), feds say

Posted June 18, 2012 It’s not looking good for those Megaupload users who want their files returned, unless they want to pay, or sue, to get it back. Read it here.

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