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Free service unmasks Caller ID on blocked incoming calls

Free service unmasks Caller ID on blocked incoming calls

Wired.com reports on a service launched today called TrapCall, which unmasks the Caller ID on blocked incoming calls. TrapCall instructs new customers to reprogram their cellphones to send all rejected, missed and unanswered calls to TrapCall’s own toll-free number. If the user sees an incoming call with Caller ID blocked, he just presses the [...]

Federal Reserve Police Tells Reporter to Stop Filming

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HOWTO: Write a Linux virus in five easy steps

HOWTO: Write a Linux virus in five easy steps

There is this rumor going around that Linux is virus free. It is said that the old-fashioned multi-user heritage of Linux (and other *nix OSs) prevents malware, since users are not normally running their programs in admin mode (as root user). We are reminded that execute bits are needed to run anything – contrary to Windows – and that execute [...]

Bobbie teaches you about SSH tunnels

Here’s a quick video covering some of the pitfalls you may encounter when setting up SSH tunnels.

Dynastree Maps Your Last Name

Dynastree Maps Your Last Name

Web site Dynastree's surname map lays out how people with your last name are distributed across the US (along with Canada and Germany). The search tool is a breeze to use. Just enter your last name, hit Search, and Dynastree returns a very simple "heatmap" displaying the distribution of your last name across the United States. The map defaults [...]

Where Are Your Friends and Family? Check Google Maps

Where Are Your Friends and Family? Check Google Maps

With an upgrade to its mobile maps, Google Inc. hopes to prove it can track people on the go as effectively as it searches for information on the Internet. The new software to be released Wednesday will enable people with mobile phones and other wireless devices to automatically share their whereabouts with family and friends. The feature, [...]

Microsoft is giving cops free COFEE

Microsoft is giving cops free COFEE

This (old) article is making it's rounds on the news aggregator sites again; but since no one actually wants to RTFA: COFEE is designed for saving any data from a LIVE system. A suspect is sitting at his computer when the cops bust in. They can use this to save whatever he was doing, since it'll probably be lost when the computer is shut down and [...]

Your Facebook is their fortune

Your Facebook is their fortune

Below is an interesting article from The Sydney Morning Herald. I am just terrified of the prospect of ignoring targeted ads in the future. :) Facebook is planning to exploit the vast amount of personal information it holds on its 150 million members by creating one of the world's largest market research databases. In an attempt to finally [...]

All your passports are belong to us

Think of it this way: Chris Paget just did you a service by hacking your passport and stealing your identity. Using a $250 Motorola RFID reader and antenna connected to his laptop, Chris recently drove around San Francisco reading RFID tags from passports, driver licenses, and other identity documents. In just 20 minutes, he found and cloned the [...]

Do police have the right to confiscate your camera?

Do police have the right to confiscate your camera?

By Carlos Miller -- Seconds after BART police officer Johannes Mehserle shot and killed Oscar Grant, police immediately began confiscating cell phones containing videos that have yet to see the light of day. In fact, the only videos that have been seen by the public were filmed by people who managed to leave the scene before police confronted [...]

New Law Will Require Camera Phones to “Click”

New Law Will Require Camera Phones to “Click”

A new bill is being introduced called, Camera Phone Predator Alert Act, which would require any mobile phone containing a digital camera to sound a tone whenever a photograph is taken with the camera's phone. It would also prohibit such a phone from being equipped with a means of disabling or silencing the tone. While its a good gesture, I do [...]

Linux Kernel eCryptfs vulnerability

Linux Kernel eCryptfs vulnerability

Due to a vulnerability in the Linux kernel, a local attacker on a system with Linux kernel series 2.6 could crash the system to deny service to legitimate users or possibly obtain root privileges. Security Lab say the vulnerability is in fs/ecryptfs/inode.c in the eCryptfs subsystem in the Linux kernel before 2.6.28.1 allows local users to [...]

Learn where someone was born from their Social Security number

Learn where someone was born from their Social Security number

In the United States, a Social Security number (SSN) is a nine-digit number issued to U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and temporary (working) residents under section 205(c)(2) of the Social Security Act, codified as 42 U.S.C. § 405(c)(2). The number is issued to an individual by the Social Security Administration, an independent agency of the [...]

Defendants in Music-Industry Lawsuit Ask for Trial to Be Broadcast Online

Defendants in Music-Industry Lawsuit Ask for Trial to Be Broadcast Online

Campaigning law prof Charlie Nesson wants the whole world to see how the RIAA shakes down students, so he's asked for the proceedings to be webcast. Apparently, the RIAA wants to hide under a rock... A Harvard Law professor representing some students sued by the recording industry for illegally downloading music has filed a motion to broadcast [...]

Clown strip-searched before children’s charity flight

Clown strip-searched before children’s charity flight

David Vaughan, aka PC Konk the clown, was made to strip down to his underwear at Birmingham Airport, England when his costume set off the metal detectors. He was booked to do an in-air charity show for disadvantaged children. Apparently, PC Konk was good humored about it. A piece of metal on his costume set off the security alarm, prompting [...]

Consumer advocacy group demands Google stop keeping data against users’ will

Consumer advocacy group demands Google stop keeping data against users’ will

One of the most controversial topics online is privacy.  On the one hand there are the advertisers and content providers (and those who do both) like Google. They say that keeping user statistics is essential to offering more effective advertising, which in turn is key to generating more revenue and being able to provide users with more [...]

Yahoo To Anonymize Logs After 90 Days (compared to Google’s 9 Month retention)

Yahoo To Anonymize Logs After 90 Days (compared to Google’s 9 Month retention)

The Electronic Frontier Foundation's Kevin Bankston discusses the news that Yahoo! will radically reduce the retention period for its logs, anonymizing them after just 90 days (compared with Google's 9 months). It's a pretty radical development: for years, I've been skeptical of claims that tech companies would compete on privacy, issuing press [...]

Should employers discriminate against World of Warcraft players?

Should employers discriminate against World of Warcraft players?

On a gamer forum, a vigorous discussion about whether it's fair for employers to discriminate against World of Warcraft players when hiring, on the grounds that WoW players are never fully out of the game. A surprising number of players agree with this proposition. I met with a recruiter recently (online media industry) and in conversation I [...]

McCain Campaign Sells Info-Loaded Blackberry to Reporter

McCain Campaign Sells Info-Loaded Blackberry to Reporter

ARLINGTON, Va. - Private information at bargain prices.  It was a high-tech flub at the McCain-Palin campaign headquarters in Arlington when Fox 5’s Investigative Reporter Tisha Thompson bought a Blackberry device containing confidential campaign information. It started with a snippet we read on page A23 in Thursday’s Washington Post.  [...]

Mexico plans to fingerprint mobile-phone owners

Mexico plans to fingerprint mobile-phone owners

Mexico's just passed a raft of invasive surveillance rules that require phone companies to get the fingerprints of everyone who buys a phone: Also Tuesday, the Senate voted to create a registry of cell phone owners to combat kidnappings and extortions in which gangs often use untraceable mobile phones to make ransom demands.Telecoms would be [...]

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