It's all fun and games until a mime gets cold clocked for being obnoxious, and we'd be tempted ourselves to land a right hook if a street performer followed us around all day. Government workers will have to fight the urge as Google's Eric Schmidt heads to Washington to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee over Google's dominance in Web search. The non-profit consumer advocacy group known as the Consumer Watchdog has hired mimes to follow government workers around while wearing track suits that read "Google Track Team."
AVG is going to have to rethink its mobile application strategy if it wants its security app reinstated in the Windows Phone Marketplace. Microsoft removed the security software vendor's app from the Marketplace after learning that it might be harvesting a bit too much information from users and sending data back to AVG's servers.
A well known security firm warns that the number of compromised digital security certificates from DigiNotar, a Dutch certificate authority outfit owned by VASCO Data Security International, has doubled in size over the past week from 250 false SSL certificates to 531. False certificates have now been issued for Facebook, Google, Tor, Skype, Mossad, CIA, MI6, Twitter, and several other high profile sites.
Whistleblower site WikiLeaks has gone ahead and published online its massive archive of unedited leaked U.S. diplomatic cables, exposing the names of thousands of informants and potentially putting them at risk of incarceration or deadly forms of retaliation. In the past, WikiLeaks made sure to edit out names of informants before publishing sensitive documents, and now that the cat is out of the bag, the finger pointing has begun.
Absolute Software, maker of LoJack for Laptops and other theft tracking technology, found itself on the losing end of a court case after recording sexually driven chats and nude webcam exchanges from a stolen laptop, Wired.com reports. The explicit images were handed over to local police and were used in conjunction with the laptops IP address to locate the couple in possession of the laptop.
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.