August 16, 2012 Added by:Brian Dean
The bottom line: Hacking is lucrative and can be executed from nearly anywhere in the world. Security professionals should be providing risk assessment results annually to executive management. Of course, providing a list of vulnerabilities is probably career limiting. This is the balancing act we must perform...
August 14, 2012 Added by:Brent Huston
"Watch the scams and traps that are strewn like land mines throughout the site. Watch the free give-aways, be wary of clicking on pictures and videos and look carefully at any messages that contain links or suggest web sites to visit. Also, be VERY careful about ‘friends’ of friends..."
August 09, 2012 Added by:Danny Lieberman
Health information exchanges (HIE) enable the sharing of health records by physicians and other providers, enabling my family physician to see the results without getting up from her desk or without me shlepping paper or CD. Unfortunately, HIE are being modeled after the retail industry supply-chain model...
August 07, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation
The FBI wants to be able to search and identify people in photos of crowds and in pictures posted on social media sites—even if the people in those photos haven’t been arrested for or even suspected of a crime. The FBI may also want to incorporate those crowd or social media photos into its face recognition database...
August 05, 2012 Added by:Allan Pratt, MBA
If we don’t continue to raise issues about online privacy and security, websites and their companies’ leadership will continue to demand access to our confidential information under the pretense of doing business, or in scarier terms, doing business as usual. One website that causes concern is Foursquare...
August 04, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation
Congress has been working to pass cybersecurity legislation for years – and EFF has fought to ensure that civil liberties weren’t sacrificed in the process. This year was the hardest: Congress got closer than ever to enacting a bill that could threaten the privacy of online communications. We fought back...
July 29, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation
Face recognition in online applications is particularly problematic as personal data is sometimes used out of context by employers and law enforcement. Therefore, European privacy officials’ opinion recommending various practices for these applications could not have come at a better time...
July 22, 2012 Added by:Fergal Glynn
If most websites can’t get password storage right, you can bet they can’t get storage of the content you are trusting them with right either. The private documents that you stored with your favorite cloud service are probably not encrypted in a way that only your account can decrypt, if they’re encrypted at all...
July 22, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation
Under the national security letter statute, the FBI can issue demands for records and gag provisions without court authorization, and recipient telecommunications and financial companies have no way to determine whether and how the government might be overreaching or otherwise abusing its authority...
July 19, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation
Senator Rockefeller was skeptical about the industry’s claims that they needed to engage in pervasive tracking for cybersecurity purposes. He stated: “I just want to declare the whole cybersecurity matter a total red herring.” We agree that strong cybersecurity does not necessitate surveillance of our browsing habits...
July 13, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation
Efforts to break the partisan stalemate over the Cybersecurity Act, a bill that would allow Internet companies to monitor the communications of users and pass that data to the government without any judicial oversight, have backers of the bill attempting to drum up fears about catastrophic cyberattacks...
July 12, 2012 Added by:Electronic Frontier Foundation
A controversial, anti-privacy data retention mandate is notably absent from the child protection bill recently introduced by Rep. Lamar Smith. Smith had previously introduced H.R. 1981, which would have mandated that ISPs collect and maintain data on Internet users not suspected of any crime...
July 09, 2012 Added by:Robert Siciliano
It’s no longer possible to deny that your life in the physical world and your digital life are one and the same. While you are present here on the ground, you also exist online, whether you know it or like it or not. Coming to terms with this reality will help you make better decisions in many aspects of your life...
July 08, 2012 Added by:Allan Pratt, MBA
It should come as no surprise that businesses are taking advantage of the public’s fascination of placing their day-to-day activities on social networking sites. This may seem inappropriate and offensive, and it might be – but for the moment, it’s not illegal. We have only ourselves to blame...
July 05, 2012 Added by:Scott Thomas
Privacy is a huge issue to most of us in the infosec community. Where this hits home though is when you're contemplating making a career move. You want the industry to know that you're considering your choices, but you don't want "the wrong people" to know (read: your current employer)...
July 04, 2012 Added by:Theresa Payton
We have mentioned before that Twitter will send every tweet to the National Archives and the Library of Congress, so watch what you tweet. Now new tools unleash a trove of data in moments. For the 140 million and growing user base that tweets over 400 million tweets per day, this might be a little more than alarming...
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