Supporters of the WikiLeaks organization unwittingly released unedited versions of U.S. displomatic cables onto the Internet, potentially putting several lives at risk of retaliation. These are the same cables that were made public in November 2010, except the originals were edited to protect the names and identities of informants.
Facebook’s pervasive web presence can be a little creepy at times, but one German state is apparently fed up with Zuckerberg’s shenanigans. Thilo Weichert, head of the Independent Centre for Privacy Protection of the German state of Schleswig-Holstein, says that the ‘Like’ button is illegal and sites based in the state must remove it or be fined up to 50,000 Euros.
There are obvious reasons you don't go scribbling your phone number on restroom walls or handing out your digits willy nilly. In theory, only the people you care to talk with should have your number. If that's the case, are you worred about Facebook harvesting your contact information? The social networking site has come under fire for collecting not just your phone number, but also numbers stored in your phone.
While Anonymous plots the destruction of Facebook and Lulzsec remains on the lam, another hacker (or group of hackers) decided to kick it old school by planting malware on a computer system at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. The security breach exposed the social security numbers of thousands of students, faculty, and staff, and if that's what the party responsible was after, the numbers could end up on the underground market.
Those attention starved script kiddies that make up the hacking group known as Anonymous have found yet another way to make headlines, this time by making public their intention to stomp out the world's largest social playground. Their vow didn't come in the form of a press release, but a YouTube video that's reminiscent of something you'd see in a bad B movie.
With the Black Hat security conference going on right now, it’s the season for new hacks. Although, we didn’t really expect Google’s cloud-based Chrome OS to be a star this year. Google highlighted the increased security of Chrome OS when it was announced, but a team of security researchers has managed to use web tools to gain access to user data.
Spotify, About.me, and over two dozen other websites got caught with their hands in KISSmetric's cookie jar and will have to defend themselves against a class action lawsuit filed by parties in Northern California. The class action suit accuses KISSmetric of mischievous monkey business in the way it continues to track Internet users even after they've deleted cookies and cleared their browser's cache, which you can read more about here.
Maintaining privacy as you surf the Web isn't rocket science, it's just a matter of knowing what you're doing and taking the proper steps to make sure sites aren't in hot pursuit. Manually deleting your browser cookies is one way to ensure a bit of privacy, and so is enabling your broswer's "Do Not Track" mechanism. If you're really worried about leaving behind bread crumbs, there's always so-called incognito browsing modes. Unfortunately, none of these work as well as you think.
China's determination to police the Internet in any and every way it sees fit seems to have no bounds. The country's officials have outdone themselves this time by ordering all public spaces offering Wi-Fi access to install specific software police can use to identify people using the service, state media said today according to the Associated Free Press.
Google certainly does not need anymore bad publicity for its Street View product after lat year’s Wi-Fi data scandal. But, here we have the French data protection authority Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL) claiming that Google’s Street View cars slurped up the MAC addresses of mobile devices and laptops.