Archive for October 15th, 2007

Our Day is Tracked by Digital Breadcrumbs

October 15, 2007

Modern gadgets make life easier, and along the way create a data trail that others can access and preserve, sometimes permanently. Phone calls logged, internet searches stored, comings and goings monitored by security cameras; ordinary Americans leave a trail of digital data throughout their day that is being gathered, stored and analyzed.

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Wal-Mart Terminates Technician for Recording Calls and Text Messages

October 15, 2007

Wal-Mart recently terminated a Wal-Mart systems technician for intercepting text messages and recording telephone conversations without authorization. The calls and text messages being recorded were between Wal-Mart’s PR and a New York Times reporter.

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The Fight Against Phishing- 44 Tips to Protect Yourself

October 15, 2007

Phishing costs businesses and consumers billions of dollars a year, even though only a small percentage of darts hit the target. Yes, even savvy Web users can get scammed. Here are 44 tips to make sure you don’t.

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Windows Live Barcode Launches

October 15, 2007

No this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. Windows Live Barcode enables users to store their own data in QR codes, which are already present on Spaces for markets like Japan.

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Universities Vulnerable to ID Thieves

October 15, 2007

“Universities have become attractive targets for hackers who are taking advantage of the openness of the schools’ networks, their decentralized security and the personal information they keep on millions of young adults. Universities account for more than 50 data breaches on a list of more than 300 so far this year.”

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ePassports ‘at risk’ from cloning

October 15, 2007

Lukas demonstrated to me, he can easily download the data from his passport using an RFID reader he got for 200 Euros on eBay. Lukas is less forthcoming about where he got what is called the Golden Reader Tool, it is the software used by border police and it allows him to read the chip on his ePassport, including the photo.

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New phishing statistics

October 15, 2007

Phishtank, a service run by the good folks at OpenDNS, have published their first set of phishing statistics. Interesting stuff, showing that Paypal and eBay continue to be the most targeted organizations in phishing attacks, but some German banks are climbing up the scales.

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Sleepwalking into a Surveillance Society

October 15, 2007

We no longer have any real privacy

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Stalkers Go High Tech to Intimidate Victims

October 15, 2007

“Cases from across the country have shown that stalkers with little more than cursory computer knowledge have been able to track the e-mail and Web activity of current or recently divorced spouses. In other cases, some cellphones, outfitted with GPS chips, are secretly attached to cars, and the signals are then followed online.”

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Welcome to the world of botnets

October 15, 2007

“Eric Sites stares at the screen of a “dirty box,” a Windows machine infected with the self-replicating Wootbot network worm. Within seconds, there is a significant spike in CPU usage as the infected computer starts scanning the network, looking for vulnerable hosts. Basically, this machine is now owned by a criminal.”

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