Archive for the ‘Privacy’ Category

Jan 28th – Data Privacy Day

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

yahoo pwned

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Title says all. 400K accounts compromised. The attack vector involved the good old sql injection. If you have a yahoo account and waiting for that excuse to migrate to gmail, hold your horses; “all eggs in one basket” is not the best solution. Again, it is a matter of processes in place, trust no one, change passwords frequently (if you can), but also consult services like pwnedlist.con to see if your account was disclosed or leaked. No hope. More info here.

SOPA & PIPA: In case of DNS takedown…

Sunday, January 22nd, 2012

click here

The Lives of Others – cyberspace edition

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Yep, it seems that history may as well repeat itself in a modern context though.

Members of the Chaos Computer Club have analysed an intercepted segment that strongly supports the view that German government has deployed its own spyware.

I have to note that I had met members of CCC back in the late 90′s – incidentally I am very grateful for daveg for the introduction – and these guys do know what they are talking about.

Details here.

Privacy rot

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

If facebook reflects the opinion of 500+ milion users concerning their attitude on privacy of their personal information, we can safely conclude that privacy is a not so welcomed option…

How did we get here? You can find out from the source of the above diagram.

At last, twitter/fb free!

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

The tool of this month has to be Web2.0 suicide machine. Once you are done with sharing all your personal data to get that extra eggplant present from a “neighbour” in Farmville, and you realize that you may have a life where cherries actually do grow on trees, you may think that it is too late to return to reality. Well, probably not, social networking hit men are here. We have not tried out their services so we cannot form an opinion with regards to the effectiveness of the tools, but such initiative is certainly welcome.

I wonder though, if I get rid of my social networking account, wouldn’t there be someone eager in taking over my profile? similar to expiring DNS domains…

Tool of the month

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Tool of the month: Privacy Blocker for Android

https://market.android.com/details?id=com.xeudoxus.privacy.blocker

As reported, a large share of users access the Internet (and mostly social networking sites) via smart phones. It was about time a privacy protecting app made it to the market. I wonder, would the privacy-indifferent social-networking fanatics appreciate and application like this one?

Essential reading

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

Challenges and Opportunities in Identity Assurance, by Sir James Crosby, an excellent thesis on the ID technologies and solutions for the masses (civilians).

A Report on the Surveillance Society, from the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Ordering pizza in the future

Monday, December 20th, 2010


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