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Internet of Things (IoT) is Transforming Internet Security

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy, IT Industry
IoT  means “potentially billions of devices will report data about themselves, making it possible to create new applications in areas as diverse as factory optimization, car maintenance, or simply keeping track of your stuff online” as reported in MIT Technology Review.  The IoT allows Internet communications with unique objects using Radio-frequency identification (RFID), QR codes, … Continue Reading

9 Problems with Big Data

Posted in eCommerce, Social Media
There may be too many headlines about “combining the power of modern computing with the plentiful data of the digital era, it promises to solve virtually any problem — crime, public health, the evolution of grammar, the perils of dating — just by crunching the numbers” as opined in the New York Times.  This opinion … Continue Reading

New Federal Rules Require Banks to Fight DDoS

Posted in eCommerce
US Banks and financial institutions “must now monitor for”” DDoS (distributed denial-of-service) “attacks against their networks and have a plan in place to try and mitigate against such attacks” as reported by Infoweek.  The Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council (FFIEC) issued a “Joint Statement – Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) Cyber-Attacks, Risk Mitigation, and Additional Resources” which … Continue Reading

Google Wins! No Class Action Suit for Monetizing Gmail Content

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A court ruled that Gmail users consented to Google’s monetization of Gmail content ended the class action lawsuit since “consent must be litigated on an individual, rather than class-wide basis.”  The class action suit filed in 2011 In Re Google Gmail Litigation was dismissed “with prejudice,” which means the plaintiffs cannot revise its complaint with … Continue Reading

Predicting the Future – Digital Life in 2025

Posted in eCommerce, Social Media
Pew reported it canvassed “2,558 experts and technology builders” who “predict the Internet will become ‘like electricity’ — less visible, yet more deeply embedded in people’s lives for good and ill.” Included in the Report were my comments about education by 2025: The greatest social change between now and 2025 will be to raise the … Continue Reading

Google’s View of the Future of Internet Freedom

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Over the next 10 years “approximately five billion people will become connected to the Internet,” however in countries with the most severe censorship including “places where clicking on an objectionable article can get your entire extended family thrown in prison, or worse” according to a NY Times Editorial written by Google.  The Editorial included these … Continue Reading

Congress Considers Mandated Use of Chips & PINs to Fix Data Breaches

Posted in eCommerce
Since the current US payment and financial system makes “things easy for fraudsters” Congress is considering a requirement that the US financial industry “adopt new card security measures used in other countries” as reported by Computerworld.  On March 5, 2013 members of the US House Financial Services Committee called for new cybersecurity mandate including Georgia … Continue Reading

Bitcoin Update -Class Action Against Bankrupt Mt. Gox

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Mt. Gox shut down and a lawsuit was filed that alleges Mt. Gox and Mark Karpeles’ “catastrophic loss …uncovered a massive scheme to defraud millions of consumers into providing a private company with real, paper money in exchange for virtual currency.”  Computerworld reported that Mt. Gox and Mark Karpeles’ bankruptcy filing in Japan “implied that hackers … Continue Reading

Another Disturbing Report about Cyber Threats

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
“Acts of cyberwarfare –whereby a nation state launches cyberattacks against another country –are on the increase”…and “Cybercriminals are keen to learn new techniques that can make their own attacks more effective” are comments in Kaspersky’s Special Report entitled “Who is Spying on you?” Among other threats in the Report these cyberattacks against a nation’s critical … Continue Reading

EU Data ONLY in the EU? – A Boost to Data Localization Efforts

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Access
German Chancellor Angela Merkel “has embraced proposals to create European data networks that would keep emails and other communications on the European side of the Atlantic, farther from prying American eyes” as reported in the New York Times.  Chancellor Merkel also stated that ‘that companies like Google and Facebook base their European data operations in … Continue Reading

Parents Appeal Facebook’s Use of Pictures of Teenagers

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy, Social Media
A brief was filed challenging a $20 million settlement that “authorizes Facebook to continue to use minors’ images for advertising without parental consent — in direct violation of the laws of seven states, including California, where Facebook is located.”  On February 13, 2014 on behalf of parents of teenagers, Public Citizen Litigation Group filed an appeal … Continue Reading

2014 Cybersecurity Threats to Money & Data

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
“Cybercriminal gangs of the 21st century will target cloud-based applications and data repositories because that’s where the data is” as predicted in  McAfee® Labs’ 2014 Threat Predictions.  Cloud cyber vulnerability was stressed by McAfee: This could be through business applications that have not been assessed by IT against corporate security policies. According to a recent … Continue Reading

Amazon Cloud – World Leader for Malware?

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The Amazon public cloud is the largest in the world and so the recent reports that Amazon hosts more malware than any other cloud provider is not a surprise given all the recent publicity about the rise of malware.  The Washington Post reported that the IT security firm Solutionary stated that Amazon had more malware than … Continue Reading

Dropbox Hacked or Maintenance Error?

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A member of Anonymous, the loose collective of hackers, took credit for knocking cloud storage provider Dropbox offline and sending error messages, when in fact Dropbox claims it was merely any error on their part.  Dropbox was down on Friday evening, January 10, 2014 for a few hours and a spokesman for Dropbox sent an … Continue Reading

EU Antitrust Claims Plague Google

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Search engine competitors in the EU released an e-konomica report critical of Google’s October 2013 settlement offer claiming it provides “a way for the company to grow its advertising revenues by increasing paid advertising space and decreasing space dedicated to organic search results.”  The Wall Street Journal reports that Google accounts for about 90% of … Continue Reading