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If you care at all about security and privacy, a recent security analysis of the D-Link DWR-932 B LTE router will make your head explode. Researcher Pierre Kim found an amazing set of security vulnerabilities that should embarrass a first year developer.

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The Internet is on fire with outrage right now about the security warnings in the Facebook Messenger app. The furor is based on the viral spread of a post on the Huffington Post back in December of last year. The issue has come to the fore because Facebook is taking the messaging capability out of […]

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Courthouse News Service reports that a virginia judge has ruled Facebook “Likes” are not protected speech. The case was related to employees of the Hampton VA sheriff’s office who “Liked” the current sheriff’s opponent in the last election. After he was re-elected, he fired many of the people who had supported his opponent. The judge ruled […]

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The FBI in conjunction with the Bureau of Justice Assistance and Joint Regional Intelligence Center have produced a number of fliers to help the public identify possible terrorists. While some of the points have merit, it is very likely that this will generate an extremely high proportion of false alerts based on perfectly reasonable and […]

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The NYTimes.com reports that Kapil Sibal, the acting telecommunications minister for India is pushing Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Facebook to more actively and effectively screen their content for disparaging, inflammatory and defamatory content. Specifically Mr. Sibal is telling these companies that automated screening is insufficient and that they should have humans read and approve allmessages […]

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Thanks to a PrivacyBlog reader for pointing me to this article: Blackhat SEO – Esrun » Youtube privacy failure It looks like it is easy to find thumbnail images from YouTube videos that have been marked private. If you have any such videos, go back and check that you are comfortable with the information in the […]

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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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Publicly accessible Wi-Fi geolocation databases enable tracking of individual laptops and cell phones.

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House panel approves broadened ISP snooping bill | Privacy Inc. – CNET News Declan McCullagh of CNET is reporting on a bill to require ISPs to maintain massive records on their users. According to the article this bill requires commercial Internet providers to retain “customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card numbers, bank account numbers, […]

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Schneier on Security: Full Body Scanners: What’s Next?. I have been avoiding talking about the TSA airport screening insanity, but wanted to post a link to this excellent essay.

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