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How The Free Market Fails Privacy-Conscious Consumers

Editor’s Note: This is the first of a two-part podcast with security researcher Chris Soghoian. It’s a truism that the pace of technological change outstrips society’s ability to grasp the impact of that change. For the most part, the consequences of this are benign and the remedies straight-forward –think: “mobile phones ringing in the movie theater.”


U.S. Ambassador To Russia Accuses Reporters Of Hacking Cell Phone, E-mail

Call it a “rocky start”: U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul used his Twitter account to lash out at domestic news operation NTV, which he accused of hacking his e-mail account and cell phone in order to follow the Ambassador about town. The accusation has prompted a sharp response from critics in Russia.


Disaster Recovery Disaster: Drill Gone Wrong Leads To Loss Of Data On 800K

Categories: Compliance, Government

Call it a disaster recovery drill disaster. The loss of four magnetic tape cartridges containing data on 800,000 California residents was the unfortunate result of an IBM-managed disaster recovery exercise gone wrong, said Christine Lally, Assistant Secretary, Legislation & Communications for the California Technology Agency. 


Visa, MasterCard Warn Of Breach At Card Processor

UPDATE–MasterCard and Visa have confirmed that they are investigating a potentially huge data breach at one of the companies’ payment processors, which the Wall Street Journal has identified as Global Payments Inc. 


RockYou Agrees to $250K FTC Fine Over Loss Of 32m Passwords

The Federal Trade Commission announced on Tuesday that it had reached a settlement with RockYou over violations of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) after the Web site allowed hackers to gain access to the personal information of its 32 million members.


Study Finds China Censorship Of Social Media Is Real, Pervasive

A study by researchers at Carnegie Mellon University has concluded that Chinese social media sites are deleting messages with content that might be construed as controversial by the Communist Party – the first conclusive evidence that state censorship extends to social media sites like Sina Weibo, the popular micro blogging Web site that many have likened to a Chinese Twitter.


Facebook Warns Users About Timeline Adware

Facebook issued a video warning to its hundreds of millions of users on Thursday about the dangers of adware programs that lure users with promises of special features.


ISPs Signal Support For Anti-Bot Code Of Conduct

The U.S.’s leading Internet Service Providers signed on to a new Federal Communications Commission code of conduct to limit the impact of major cyber security threats including botnets, attacks on the Domain Name System (DNS) and Internet routing attacks.