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Vendor of Stolen Bank Cards Hacked — Krebs on Security Brian Krebs has an interesting blog post on how all of the credit card information was stolen by a hacker from a website that sells stolen credit cards. This is in the “don’t know whether to laugh or cry” department.

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This article on The Consumerist reports that Capital One provides different car loan rates based on the browser you use when visiting their site. I suspect that there are some strong demographic trends among the users of various browsers. It would be interesting to see if they give different rates to the same browser in […]

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Wikileaks domain name yanked in spat over leaked documents | The Iconoclast – politics, law, and technology – CNET News.comDeclan does a really good job here of discussing a fascinating case. WikiLeaks is a Wiki based website designed to enable completely anonymous posting of tips and leaked documents. It is focused around enabling disclosure of […]

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As a followup to my discussion of risks of online tax filing, here is an article on security weaknesses at the IRS. Report: IRS bungles may imperil data It does not appear that this is particularly connected to online filing, but rather an overall laxness in their security.

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The Motley Fool has a nice blog post on issues involved in electronic filing of tax returns. There are a couple of important points to be made here. First of all… The IRS has all your information and it will be in digital format (accessible by computer); You are exposed to some points of vulnerability […]

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