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NSA Exploited Heartbleed Bug for Years

Posted in Internet Privacy
A report that the NSA regularly used the Heartbleed bug for years “to gather critical intelligence” but kept “the bug secret in pursuit of national security interests threatens to renew the rancorous debate over the role of the government’s top computer experts” according to Bloomberg News.  Bloomberg went on to report: The NSA and other elite … 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

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

Former Employee Had Valid Access, Not Guilty of Violating Federal & State Laws

Posted in Internet Privacy, IT Industry
“When a former employee uses a customer’s working log-in credentials to access his former employer’s scripts, are he and the customer hackers?” No ruled a federal court which denied that the defendants violated the US Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) and California Computer Data Access And Fraud Act (CDAFA). In January 2013 US Magistrate … Continue Reading

Google Fined for French Privacy Law Violation

Posted in Internet Privacy
In 2012 Google consolidated more than 60 privacy policies into 1 which led to complaints that the new privacy policy breached French laws and has now resulted in a fine of $205,000 (€150 000).  French National Commission on Computing and Liberty (CNIL) issued the fine on January 8, 2014 which included the following complaints about … Continue Reading

Hacker Sells Secrets to the FBI and Gets 18 Months in Jail

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy, IT Industry
A member of the Underground Intelligence Agency pled guilty for hacking “into multiple corporate, university and government computer networks… including access to supercomputers from a U.S. national security laboratory” as reported by Computerworld.  24 year old Andrew Miller pled guilty in August 2013 “to one count of conspiracy and two counts of computer fraud for actions … Continue Reading

NSA Tracking 5 BILLION Cell Records Daily

Posted in Internet Privacy
Billions of cellphone locations are apparently collected daily by the NSA of the “whereabouts of cellphones around the world” according documents from NSA contractor Edward Snowden.  On December 4, 2013 the Washington Post reported: The NSA does not target Americans’ location data by design, but the agency acquires a substantial amount of information on the … Continue Reading

Opposition to Surveillance

Posted in Internet Privacy
An international coalition of more 300 human rights, privacy organizations, and privacy leaders established policies “that governments must follow to protect human rights in an age of digital surveillance” which has been led by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), Access, and Privacy International.  These “Necessary and Proportionate Principles” outline 13 policies that governments must follow … Continue Reading

Court Shuts Down Yellow Page Websites for Bilking $14M

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
US small businesses and churches were targeted by websites based in Montreal, Canada and as a result were bilked out of $14 million .  After receiving more than 13,000 consumer complaints the FTC filed a Complaint against Modern Technology Inc. and 14 other related businesses (incorporated in Wyoming, Nevada, New York, Delaware, and Vermont) and the FTC … Continue Reading

Pew Reports that Privacy Laws are Inadequate

Posted in Internet Privacy
Pew reported that 68% of Internet users believe that “current laws are not good enough in protecting people’s privacy online” and as result 86% of Internet users “have taken steps online to remove or mask their digital footprints.”  In September 2013 Pew Research published its Anonymity, Privacy, and Security Online report which also included the … Continue Reading

Google Ordered to Comply with French Privacy Laws

Posted in Internet Privacy
A French court ruled that that it is “illegal to take and distribute images of an individual in a private space without that person’s permission” which requires Google to “automatically filter its search engine” in France as reported by the New York Times.  The case against Google was brought by Max Mosley (the former president … Continue Reading

Can the Supreme Court Stop the NSA from Spying on Phone Records?

Posted in eCommerce, Internet Privacy
The NSA is arguing to the Supreme Court that the collection of telephone records may not be challenged because the Patriot Act precludes challenges in the name of national security.  On October 28, 2013 EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) filed a brief at the Supreme Court asking the Supreme Court to stop Verizon from routing … Continue Reading