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Bill O’Reilly on Sarah Palin Yahoo email hack

Looks like Bill O'Reilly skipped the First Amendment section of Journalism 101. He thinks owners of websites (4chan is NSFW) that posted Sarah Palin's hacked emails should be prosecuted along with the hacker who broke into her account. When a Fox news anchor attempts to explain why the websites can't be prosecuted, he refuses to accept it, arguing [...]

Meet Frankenboob (Don’t Throw Out Old Hard Drives!)

Meet Frankenboob (Don’t Throw Out Old Hard Drives!)

Aug 31st is move-out day in college town, and that means dumpster diving! This years haul: 3 computers (2 P4 Dells and an HP Laptop!), a 20" monitor, 2 power conditioners, a lot of furniture and the Cryptonomicon! So, after booting up the computers and a bit of poking around, we found this in Mr. Kyle M's photos folder... People! Never, ever [...]

This Post Not Made In Google Chrome

Well there's no Linux version out yet, but if you're like every other Windows dork, you were one of the many people who downloaded Google Chrome within minutes of it's 3:00PM EST release yesterday. There's no doubt about it -- Chrome is ridiculously faster than Firefox and IE. But you, like virtually every computer user out there, probably didn't [...]

Cartoon depicts what went on in the NSA’s wiretapping room at AT&T

Frontier Foundation designer Hugh D'Andrade sez, "I did a 'live-painting' last Friday at a gallery -- a mural-sized cartoon depicting the goings-on inside the "secret room" at AT&T's Folsom Street facility. My EFF co-workers created a time-lapse video with a decent ska soundtrack!" Source

Microsoft adds privacy tools to IE8

Microsoft adds privacy tools to IE8

Microsoft Corp. today spelled out new privacy tools in Internet Explorer 8 (IE8) that some have dubbed "porn mode" in a nod to the most obvious use of a browser privacy mode. A privacy advocate applauded the move, calling it a "great step forward," while rival browser builder Mozilla Corp. said it is working to add similar features to a future [...]

Joe Biden’s pro-RIAA, pro-FBI voting record: Biden’s legislation is the reason PGP was invented. He wanted to make it a federal felony to have your computer run “unauthorized programs.”

Joe Biden’s pro-RIAA, pro-FBI voting record: Biden’s legislation is the reason PGP was invented. He wanted to make it a federal felony to have your computer run “unauthorized programs.”

The Democratic Party is pro-regulation. Why does this come as a surprise? By choosing Joe Biden as their vice presidential candidate, the Democrats have selected a politician with a mixed record on technology who has spent most of his Senate career allied with the FBI and copyright holders, who ranks toward the bottom of CNET's Technology [...]

DEFCON 16 – The Tools

DEFCON 16 – The Tools

DEFCON, the 9000+ attendee hacker conference in Vegas has become a sort of hydra conference. It has become more like a global fair than what most people think of conferences; even the badge is highly unique. I say this because there are so many things to do at DEFCON, other than going to talks, that you could spend your whole weekend looking at [...]

Londoner videos his bullshit anti-terror stop-and-search

A Londoner was stopped by a London Transport Police officer under S.44 of the Terrorism Act 2000, and had the presence of mind to whip out his video camera and record the officers tearing through his stuff. They officers admitted that they had no suspicion of him, no reason to search him and told him he'd be arrested if he refused. They riffle [...]

Attacks Continue on Retail Stores and Restaurants

Attacks Continue on Retail Stores and Restaurants

Attacks on local retail establishments continue to net criminals large volumes of personal data, despite the recent arrest and indictment of a large group of criminals using the same attack vector. Authorities late last week acknowledged that a ring of cyber-thieves has stolen tens of thousands of credit card numbers from Louisiana and [...]

TSA adds 16,500 people to terror watchlist for forgetting ID, then reconsiders

The TSA maintains a list of "suspicious" fliers who do things like forget to take their sewing scissors out of their knitting bags before boarding a flight. To this list, they have added 16,500 fliers who forgot to bring ID to the airport, though they say that forgetting your ID will no longer brand you forever as a potential terrorist. Forgetting [...]

E-Passports Can Be Hacked and Cloned in Minutes

E-Passports Can Be Hacked and Cloned in Minutes

Tests conducted for the UK's Times Online have concluded that the new high-tech e-passports being distributed around the world can be hacked and cloned within minutes. A computer researcher proved it by cloning the chips in two British passports and then implanting digital images of Osama bin Laden and a suicide bomber. Both passports passed as [...]

Lawrence Lessig on the coming “i-Patriot Act”

Lawrence Lessig, a respected Law Professor from Stanford University told an audience at this years Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference in Half Moon Bay, California, that “There’s going to be an i-9/11 event” which will act as a catalyst for a radical reworking of the law pertaining to the Internet.Lessig also revealed [...]

US Agents Can Seize Laptops at Border

US Agents Can Seize Laptops at Border

In a move sure to agitate privacy advocates, the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) revealed last week that federal agents have now been given the power to seize and detain laptops and certain other electronics without any suspicion of wrongdoing during a border search. In addition, agents can hold these devices for unspecified [...]

Laptop with data about 33,000 Clear card applicants lost at SFO

Laptop with data about 33,000 Clear card applicants lost at SFO

The TSA says a laptop with the personal information of 33,000 Clear card applicants was lost at San Francisco Airport on July 26. They need to check the sidewalks along Market Street... and bring crack to trade for it. The TSA has suspended new enrollments in the program, known as Clear, which allows passengers to pay to use special "fast lanes" [...]

The Minimum Security Prison of America (aka “Fun Times at the Canadian Border!”)

The Minimum Security Prison of America (aka “Fun Times at the Canadian Border!”)

You know when your country is in an economic downturn and your currency is tanking? One of the best ways to make the most of the situation is to make sure you appeal to foreign visitors to take advantage of your low, low prices. Tourism is brilliant for keeping the money flowing when the locals aren't spending. Now, if you were really, really [...]

TSA Proud of Confiscating Non-Dangerous Items

TSA Proud of Confiscating Non-Dangerous Items

This is just sad. The TSA confiscated a battery pack not because it's dangerous, but because other passengers might think its dangerous. And they're proud of the fact. "We must treat every suspicious item the same and utilize the tools we have available to make a final determination," said Federal Security Director David Wynn. "Procedures are [...]

The Government Keeps Losing Laptops With Sensitive Info

The Government Keeps Losing Laptops With Sensitive Info

During wartime, one of America's most solemn duties is to take care of its veterans. So why do careless government workers keep putting our vets at risk? That happened last January at a Department of Veterans Affairs medical center in Birmingham, Alabama, when an employee's portable hard drive containing Social Security numbers of more than [...]

Facebook – the CIA conspiracy?

Facebook – the CIA conspiracy?

The fact that Facebook is well designed, well run, and reliable is sufficient evidence that it isn't run by the government... but enjoy this article from "Down Under" anyway... "Facebook has 20 million users worldwide, is worth billions of dollars and, if internet sources are to be believed, was started by the CIA. The social networking [...]

If you’ve used a telephone in the last 5 years…

If you’ve used a telephone in the last 5 years…

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UK Local Governments Selling Voters’ Personal Data

UK Local Governments Selling Voters’ Personal Data

British citizens don't have to worry about hackers stealing their information and selling it. Their local governments are already doing that. According to a report in today's London Times, an obscure proviso in British law allows local government "councils" to sell voter information to direct marketing organizations without informing them of [...]

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