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What Does DHS Know About You?

What Does DHS Know About You?

Here's a real copy of an American citizen’s DHS Travel Record retrieved from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol’s Automated Targeting System (ATS). This was obtained through a FOIA/Privacy Act request and sent in by an anonymous reader. The document reveals that the DHS is storing the reader’s: Credit card number and expiration [...]

Child-safety software sells your kids’ IM conversations to market-research companies

Child-safety software sells your kids’ IM conversations to market-research companies

You know that "child-safety" software that monitors your kids' every click and sends it to some spyware creep whose main profit-center is running national firewalls for totalitarian states who use the same service to figure out whom to hood, kidnap and torture? Turns out that these same sleazeballs also monitor your kids' IM sessions and sell [...]

Copyright enforcement versus privacy

Copyright enforcement versus privacy

In a Calgary Herald op-ed, Kris Kotarski talks about the fundamental conflict between modern copyright enforcement and privacy, noting that in the pre-Internet days, "it was conceivable for copyright laws to be enforced in a manner that did not bring the state to anyone's doorstep." Whereas today, the entertainment industry has arrived at a [...]

Pittsburgh Council gets an earful on G-20 protesting rules

Pittsburgh Council gets an earful on G-20 protesting rules

Proposed new rules meant to help police handle G-20 protests faced a barrage of verbal rotten eggs yesterday at a Pittsburgh City Council public hearing, and appear to be headed for a close vote. The hearing was held to get views on rules that would allow police to cite people wearing masks or carrying items from pipes to high-powered rifles if [...]

London bus with 16 CCTV cameras inside

London bus with 16 CCTV cameras inside

It's Bank Holiday today, in the UK, so this morning we took the kid to the zoo in Regent's Park on the 205 bus. The bus we got was quite a new one, and right by the driver was a screen showing the feed from the sixteen CCTV cameras on this one bus. How much of that footage to they actually archive? For how long? And how much of it do they lose [...]

Gmail may hand over IP addresses of journalists

Gmail may hand over IP addresses of journalists

A California court has issued a subpoena demanding Google reveal the IP addresses of journalists writing for a corruption busting journal from the Caribbean. The August 28 subpoena, issued by the Superior Court, County of Santa Clara, as part of a "libel tourism" action taken by non-US property developers, demands detailed information about the [...]

Breast implant serial numbers used to identify murder victim, Playboy model, Jasmine Fiore

Breast implant serial numbers used to identify murder victim, Playboy model, Jasmine Fiore

The body of a mutilated murder-victim was positively identified by matching the serial numbers on her breast-implants: Fiore's body was found last Saturday in a Dumpster behind an apartment complex in Buena Park, just outside Anaheim, California. Her teeth had been extracted and fingers removed in what police said was an apparent attempt to [...]

SQL Injection used to steal 130,000,000 credit card numbers at Heartland

SQL Injection used to steal 130,000,000 credit card numbers at Heartland

Officials say it is the biggest case of identity theft in American history. They say Albert Gonzalez, 28, and two un-named Russian co-conspirators hacked into the payment systems of retailers, including the 7-Eleven chain. Prosecutors say they aimed to sell the data on. If convicted, Mr Gonzalez faces up to 20 years in jail for wire fraud [...]

Scientists Show DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated

Scientists Show DNA Evidence Can Be Fabricated

Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases. The scientists fabricated blood and saliva samples containing DNA from a person other than the donor of the blood and saliva. They also showed that if they [...]

How 10 digits will end privacy as we know it

How 10 digits will end privacy as we know it

Internet denizens and urban dwellers alike need to recognize that an era of anonymity is ending. The population of the world stands at about 7 billion. So it takes only 10 digits to label each human being on the planet uniquely. This simple arithmetic observation offers powerful insight into the limits of privacy. It dictates something we [...]

Fingerprint: by Andrea Anastasio

Fingerprint: by Andrea Anastasio

When designer and artist Andrea Anastasio visited the US some years ago, he was fingerprinted (like everyone else) by the airport immigration authorities. This moment, both banal and ominous, stayed with him until it worked its way into his art. The result is Fingerprint, a playful and provoking tale that celebrates resistance to state [...]

“I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist” campaign for photographers’ rights

“I’m a Photographer Not a Terrorist” campaign for photographers’ rights

The Photographer Not a Terrorist campaign is a new British organization devoted to helping photographers whom the authorities have busted or harassed for being potential terrorists, kidnapping innocent photons with deadly light-sensors. They've got a "bust card" explaining your rights to you and the officers you interact with, as well as a [...]

PayPal adds fees without bothering to tell anyone

PayPal adds fees without bothering to tell anyone

When it comes my personal finances, I like to stay informed, so imagine my dismay when PayPal quietly tacked on fees for a service I'd previously enjoyed for free. As a writer, a significant chunk of my earnings come through PayPal. For all parties involved, it's faster and more convenient than sending a check. I hold a personal account, rather [...]

This is why you shouldn’t allow your boss to be your Facebook friend

This is why you shouldn’t allow your boss to be your Facebook friend

Facebook.com screenshots... the new bash.org This is why you shouldn't allow your boss to be your Facebook friend. (imgur.com)

British fraud cop quits job, buys huge database of stolen identities, charges fees to people who want to know if their details are in the database

British fraud cop quits job, buys huge database of stolen identities, charges fees to people who want to know if their details are in the database

A former British fraud cop has assembled a database of 4,000,000 British identities, including credit card numbers and PINs, seemingly by buying data from hackers and phishers. Now he's selling access to the database to panicked members of the public who want to know if their identities have been stolen. Highly sensitive financial information, [...]

Cops suspended for Obama background check

Cops suspended for Obama background check

Two DeKalb County Officers are being investigated for allegedly performing a background check on President Barack Obama. Officers Ryan White and C.M. Route have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to DeKalb County spokeswoman Sheila Edwards. Edwards said the two patrol officers have been [...]

Network Solutions breach exposes nearly 600,000

Network Solutions breach exposes nearly 600,000

Network Solutions is investigating a breach on its servers that may have led to the theft of credit card data of 573,928 people who made purchases on Web sites hosted by the company. Networks Solutions notified 4,343 of its nearly 10,000 e-commerce merchant customers on Friday about the breach. It affects 573,928 cardholders whose name, [...]

Skynet is alive and well at Ohio State University

Skynet is alive and well at Ohio State University

Minority Report seems less like the future, and a whole LOT more like the present every day. Very scary. Science Fiction plays an absolutely crucial role in predicting the dangers of such things, why isn't public policy pushed forward before these things happen. Science fiction has been remarkably accurate about predicting these things. COLUMBUS, [...]

Amazon zaps purchased copies of Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from Kindles

Amazon zaps purchased copies of Orwell’s 1984 and Animal Farm from Kindles

People who bought Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm for their Kindle were surprised to discover that it had disappeared from their devices overnight. It turns out the publisher changed its mind about offering an electronic version, and Amazon caved into their demand to sneak into people's electronic libraries and take back the book at the publisher's [...]

Riot police raid 30th barbecue because man used Facebook to invite his friends

Riot police raid 30th barbecue because man used Facebook to invite his friends

Looks like someone should start putting up fake all-night events at random addresses in that town... "Alright boys, there's obviously forty-six raves going on all over town tonight. GEAR UP!" Riot police raided a 30th birthday barbecue because they thought the organizer, who had invited his friends via Facebook, was staging a rave. Four [...]

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