An attorney who is “not your average Internet consumer” and sues companies he accuses of violating California’s anti-spam law is working to eradicate all forms of spam. Though this Associated Press article says such lawsuits are “mere rain drops in the ocean” as there are approximately 200 billion spam messages each day, accounting for 90% of all email.
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This MSNBC post reports that Google has changed how some search results will appear to users. When doing a Google search, a notification may appear directly under the link that warns, “This site may be compromised.” Google says it will use “a variety of automated tools to detect common signs of a hacked site as quickly as possible.”
Do you like listening to Pandora and playing Angry Birds? Advertisers know it, too. Smartphone users are all but powerless to limit tracking among the apps they download, according to the findings of a new Wall Street Journal report that tested consumer privacy on 101 apps. Many companies allegedly sold consumer details gathered from these apps to various ad networks.
The Wall Street Journal reports on the evolving role of privacy and information security as more and more consumers and companies start doing business on their mobile devices. Case in point: AT&T has hired 13 PhDs in the last six months to focus on mobile security technology that detects and blocks malicious software from reaching mobile devices.
In this interview on The Huffington Post, a security adviser warns that “large-scale attacks on individual citizens, exploiting their online lives through bank accounts, social networking, and professional networks” could aim to “disrupt our connected lives.”
Is Diaspora the Potential Solution to Internet Privacy and Safety Concerns?: The Social Media Privacy Report
In this week’s installment of the Social Media Privacy Report, the recently launched Diaspora network is examined; will it solve the information security issues posed by Facebook and other social sites?
A new Time magazine blog reports on a proposed “privacy bill of rights” — intended to guide lawmakers and other industry groups — to set ground rules for companies that collect consumer data online and use that information for marketing and other purposes.
More airports throughout the country are offering free wireless Internet in terminals and public areas.
A new report suggests that Internet-connected HDTVs lack privacy protections. In this InformationWeek article, find out why your TV may be involved in the next hack-attack frontier.
Check out this video and related article from PBS NewsHour, which reflects on the vulnerability of online information and the danger of further cyberattacks, especially in light of the recent hacking on Gawker.
In attempts to stay competitive with the airline industry, train service and bus companies are going high-tech, installing more electrical plugs to allow riders to charge devices and unveiling free WiFi from coast to coast. But are you being careful about protecting yourself on the road?
You probably know by now that transmitting sensitive information while using a WiFi hotspot is dangerous. But now there’s another attack to worry about. A new Firefox extension called Firesheep makes hijacking WiFi hotspot sessions so simple anyone can do it.