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Cops Can Search You… and Your Phone’s Memory

Cops Can Search You… and Your Phone’s Memory

Here's a frightening but real proposition: if you are caught breaking certain traffic laws, not only do police have the right to search you—they can go through all your electronic data as well—your text messages, call histories, browsing history, downloaded emails and photos. In a recent academic paper, South Texas Assistant [...]

No REAL ID, No problem. You just won’t be able to fly.

Another decent Real ID article I found. If states do not comply to the Real ID act, or file paperwork for extension for compliance, then passengers will not be able to use there state issued ID for purposes of flying. Any state that continues to fight the Real ID act will find its citizens unable to fly with their state issues ID after May 1 of [...]

Real ID is postponed for 5 years

Real ID is postponed for 5 years

But starting this May, states resisting the law will be penalized: Their driver's licenses won't be valid for air travel. WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration hit the brakes Friday on a controversial law requiring Americans to carry tamper-proof driver's licenses, delaying its final implementation by five years, until 2017. A number of [...]

Your Papers Please

Does Wiping a Hard Drive with Zeros Really Work?

 This might be pretty interesting as long as someone doesnt just steal the guys drive. Q. What is this? A. A challenge to confirm whether or not a professional data recovery firm or any individual(s) or organization(s) can recover data from a hard drive that has been overwritten with zeros once. I used the 32 year-old Unix dd command using [...]

If Your Hard Drive Could Testify

If Your Hard Drive Could Testify

Federal government claims it has the power to search citizens' laptops upon re-entry into US. Ugh. A couple of years ago, Michael T. Arnold landed at the Los Angeles International Airport after a 20-hour flight from the Philippines. He had his laptop with him, and a customs officer took a look at what was on his hard drive. Clicking on folders [...]

Clarkson stung after bank prank

Clarkson stung after bank prank

  Top Gear TV presenter Jeremy Clarkson has lost money after publishing his bank details in his newspaper column. The Top Gear host revealed his account numbers after rubbishing the furore over the loss of 25 million people's personal details on two computer discs. He wanted to prove the story was a fuss about nothing. [...]

See Everything Your Friends And Neighbors Have Ever Bought At Sears

See Everything Your Friends And Neighbors Have Ever Bought At Sears

Want to see all the major appliances and repair services that your friends and neighbors... (and anyone else who you can look up in the phone book) have ever purchased at Sears?Want to know what your mom might have purchased for your birthday? Want to know which houses in your neighborhood have really nice expensive TVs? Sears provides a [...]

Is Sears Engaging in Criminal Hacking Behavior?

Is Sears Engaging in Criminal Hacking Behavior?

Join "My SHC Community" on Sears.com, and the company will install some pretty impressive spyware on your computer: (more…)

Questions to Consider in the Coming Privacy Wars

Questions to Consider in the Coming Privacy Wars

It seems obvious that privacy is going to be a major point of contention in the near-term future. It's only going to get hotter as major online services compile huge amounts of data about us, as Open Data advocates push for that data to be freed up for reuse and as more cluster incidents like the Facebook Beacon and the AOL search data release hit [...]

AOL, Netflix, and the end of open access to research data

AOL, Netflix, and the end of open access to research data

Correction: The authors of the Netflix de-anonymization study contacted me to point out that they originally published a draft of their results a mere two weeks after Netflix released its dataset. Netflix has known about their study for over a year. Over the past year, there have been a number of high-profile incidents in which sensitive user [...]

Why REALLY needs your SSN?

Why REALLY needs your SSN?

The issue is that our SSN was neither designed to be a private number nor something for other organizations to use to identify someone. It's unfortunate how it's now used for that and that basically with it, you can take over almost anyone's accounts. Bruce Schneier talks about using a SSN as ID in his book "Beyond Fear". I don't have it on me [...]

“Look”: The First Major US Film Made Entirely With Surveillance Footage

Look, which has already won major kudos on the film festival circuit and will be in theaters this Friday, is sure to be a thought provoking and controversial film. It purports to be made entirely out of surveillance footage shot without the knowledge the people involved. According to the film's director Adam Rifkin, 37 states say it's legal to [...]

Google removes thousands of malware sites

Google removes thousands of malware sites

On Monday, Sunbelt Software's security blog revealed that thousands of malware redirects were showing up in search engine results. Network bots designed to post relevant keywords and spam links in various online forms (think forum posts or blog comments) helped attackers claim high-ranking search engine positions for various obscure and seemingly [...]

Protecting your IMs from prying eyes with OTR

Protecting your IMs from prying eyes with OTR

Leading security researcher and co-creator of the Off-the-Record Messaging (OTR) protocol discusses why you should use OTR to make sure your instant messages remain private. This is especially important given the NSA's recent wiretapping activities and the increasing prominence of Big Brother. Off-the-Record Messaging, commonly referred to as [...]

Your Privacy Is An Illusion

Your Privacy Is An Illusion

Everyone should already know that Facebook employees can see your profile even if it is private. Now we hear that they are willing to share your private profile with your boss. All he has to do is ask. A poster on the AR-15 Forums, a firearms-enthusiast website, says her bosses asked Facebook for permission to see her profile -- which is normally [...]

iPhone Phoning Home

iPhone Phoning Home

Big surprise. Apple’s much loved iPhone has a hidden feature, and it’s not going to be welcomed by everyone: it phones home.According to 9 to 5 Mac, the iPhone sends the users IMEI number, IP address and stock quote preferences amongst a number of things via a hidden string to Apple via the Weather and Stock apps. The information [...]

How To Freeze Your Credit Report Turn Your Browser Into a Weapon

How To Freeze Your Credit Report
Turn Your Browser Into a Weapon

Red Tape Chronicles has a good guide for how to set up a credit report freeze at each of the three major credit bureaus. A freeze means no one can access your credit report unless you "thaw" your report. This means no new credit cards, loans, or mortgages, either by you, or by a potential identity thief. You will need to freeze the report with [...]

Bypass any Firewall or Throttling ISP with SSH

Bypass any Firewall or Throttling ISP with SSH

On some networks it’s impossible to use BitTorrent. For example, if you’re at work, school, or connected to Comcast or a public hotspot. But there’s an easy solution to overcome this problem. By using a secure connection (SSH), you can bypass almost every firewall or traffic shaping application. (more…)

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