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Russian ATM Skimmers

Russian ATM Skimmers

We leeched these skimmer photos off a Russian kiddie-hax site. Skimmers are old news in Europe, but I read stories about them every once-in-awhile here in North America. Be careful. Study the photos below and be on the lookout for these devices whenever you use the ATM. They are usually double-sided taped to the card slot and the keypad, as well. [...]

More FBI privacy violations confirmed

More FBI privacy violations confirmed

WASHINGTON - The FBI acknowledged Wednesday it improperly accessed Americans' telephone records, credit reports and Internet traffic in 2006, the fourth straight year of privacy abuses resulting from investigations aimed at tracking terrorists and spies. The breach occurred before the FBI enacted broad new reforms in March 2007 to prevent [...]

Just in case you missed the memo: Tracking you with torrents

Good video for Torrent beginners...

Billboard Liberation Front vs. ATT + NSA

Billboard Liberation Front vs. ATT + NSA

AT&T, Your world delivered. To the NSA. Snipped from a BLF missive: The Billboard Liberation Front today announced a major new advertising improvement campaign executed on behalf of clients AT&T and the National Security Agency. Focusing on billboards in the San Francisco area, this improvement action is designed to promote and [...]

Track Down Whoever Keeps Calling with 800Notes.com

Track Down Whoever Keeps Calling with 800Notes.com

Tired of getting phone calls from the same 800-type phone number, but have no idea who's calling? 800Notes.com, a free user-submitted reverse phone directory, lets you see who might be ringing, whether it's a sales firm, debt collection agency, or other cloaked caller. Whether or not you find a match depends on if anybody else has reported the [...]

Manage Your Online Reputation

Manage Your Online Reputation

Are you happy with the results people get back when they Google your name? If not, there are easy ways to monitor and guide what information is published about you online. Two years ago Lifehacker.com covered how to have a say in what Google says about you, and more recently, and how to track down anyone online. But a rash of social media sites [...]

Google Ventures Into Health Records Business

Google Ventures Into Health Records Business

SAN FRANCISCO, California (AP) -- Google Inc. will begin storing the medical records of a few thousand people as it tests a long-awaited health service that's likely to raise more concerns about the volume of sensitive information entrusted to the Internet search leader. The pilot project to be announced Thursday will involve 1,500 to 10,000 [...]

TurnItIn.com

TurnItIn.com

This is old news but still deserves a mention. In case you haven't been a student in awhile TurnItIn is a service for educational institutions. They make it compulsive for students to allow their paper to be submitted to Turnitin or receive a failing grade of 0. The service, a profit entity, operates by archiving student papers to detect [...]

Facebook can ruin your life… and so can MySpace, Bebo…

Facebook can ruin your life… and so can MySpace, Bebo…

People will post just about anything on social networking sites. And the information can be used against them. Suddenly, those saucy pictures and intimate confessions on social networking sites can be taken down and used in evidence against you in ways never dreamed of. In the judicial backwater of a New Jersey federal court, a case is being [...]

Masked hoodie sweatshirts stir debate in UK

Masked hoodie sweatshirts stir debate in UK

A range of hoodies which covers the face is sparking fears they could be used for criminal activity. With designs like skeletons, or Hannibal, referring to the cannibal villain in the movie "Silence of the Lambs", the masks are meant to stir up a reaction. The masked hoodies range in price from 30 to 600 British pounds (60 to 1200 [...]

RIAA wants filtering on the end-user level (aka your PC)

RIAA wants filtering on the end-user level (aka your PC)

Jesus these goons don't know when to quit. If they could make you install a brain filter that prevented you from hearing pirated music I'm sure they would. At a Washington, DC, tech conference last week, RIAA boss Cary Sherman suggested that Internet filtering was a super idea but that he saw no reason to mandate it. Turns out that was only part [...]

TrueCrypt 5.0 now supports OSX

TrueCrypt 5.0 now supports OSX

Since so many Mac users are also child porn enthusiasts, I thought you might like to know that the newest version of TrueCrypt came out last night and they support OS X now. Now my trendy Mac friends can stop having to mess around with their USB keychain, mirroring their passwords and bill pay confirmations from a Mac sparseimage to a TrueCrypt [...]

Your Bank Account Is Never Really Closed At Bank Of America

Your Bank Account Is Never Really Closed At Bank Of America

From the Consumerist: "Did you know a "closed" checking account is never really closed? Today I walked to the local BofA for the third time to close a checking account that every month seems to magically re-open with a $5.95 account fee. What the manager told me was quite shocking." While checks that come in for a closed account will "bounce," [...]

What Websites are Hosted at this IP?

Using the "Reverse IP Domain Check," you can see all of the other sites hosted on the same web server as a particular domain name. Try it. Linky Linky

Ron Paul Is Right Again

Ron Paul Is Right Again

Of course, Ron opposed the Bush administration's latest police-state powergrab. He said: "Mr. Speaker I rise in opposition to the extension of the Protect America Act of 2007 because the underlying legislation violates the US Constitution. "The misnamed Protect America Act allows the US government to monitor telephone calls and other electronic [...]

Wal*Mart Doesn’t Like My ID

Wal*Mart Doesn’t Like My ID

"I was at Wal*Mart recently with a few friends, and before we left one of my friends wanted to pick up some cigarettes. We went to the one lane where you could make such a purchase and the lady asked to see ALL of our IDs. Annoying and pointless, sure, but I didn’t mind showing her my ID. She claimed she was just following the rules, so it [...]

ZOMG!!1! Google Is Out To Get Us!

Queue the gasp! Google is out to get you! (more…)

Guiliani thinks you should have REAL ID to get online

Below is a video clip from the FL Republican debate voicing Rudy's position on a national ID card...

AlterNet: The End of Privacy

AlterNet: The End of Privacy

Honestly, I don't know how people still believe in a right to privacy over the web. The actual arteries of the net are based on land lines that are mostly owned and maintained by {gasp} Corporations! It's not like the wonderful feel good days when people dialed into their friendly neighborhood BBS to play LoRD. You can be traced, analyzed, and [...]

500,000 private Myspace pictures leaked and available for download

500,000 private Myspace pictures leaked and available for download

Sorry for the typical and tredy "myspace pic" above. This is an article from Wired Magazine. It might be the largest "security breach" in awhile but what on earth would anyone do with 17gb of random Myspace teenagers? A 17-gigabyte file purporting to contain more than half a million images lifted from private MySpace profiles has shown up on [...]

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