Earlier this week we told you that the former AOL employee who stole the email addresses of 92 million AOL users, and then sold them to a spammer for $100,000, was due in Federal court and was going to plead “guilty” to charges that he violated CAN-SPAM. It was anticipated that Jerry Smathers would […]
Information Security Magazine, following extensive review, has published its list of the top security products for 2004. Evaluating products in a baker’s dozen of categories, and with a first, second, and third place in each (gold, silver, and bronze, respectively), this is one extensive and thorough cross-product comparison! Aunty particularly likes that they provide not […]
Jerry Smathers, a former AOL employee who first made the news by stealing more than 92 million AOL user email addresses, and selling them to spammers, is now facing up to two years in prison for his misdeed. Due in court in New York on Tuesday, it is anticipated that Smathers will plead guilty to […]
Forget upskirting and downblousing. What do you call it when you take a video of yourself during an..um…intimate moment – with a camera phone for chrissakes? How about this one: what do you call it when you take a video of yourself during an intimate moment with a camera phone, and then burn it to […]
Aren’t those new camera phones so fun? Some of them are so tiny and cute! You can put them in your pocket, take them everywhere, take pictures of people without them even realizing… Whoops, hold on, because that latter can get you into trouble, maybe even into jail. There seems to be an upsurge in […]
Jigsaw – it’s like the illegitimate love child of eBay and Linked-In. Jigsaw is a new start-up headquartered in San Mateo, California, that has decided that it would be nifty cool to incentivize people to rat you out by posting your personal contact information from your business card to the Jigsaw database, which seems to be the functional equivalent of the world’s largest business card Rolodex, cross-referenced by name, address, area code, and for all one knows, shoe size. If you have ever given your business card to a Jigsaw user, odds are that your contact information is already in there.
Cookies. Everyone has them. And everyone wants to know how to get rid of them. While for some browsers it’s fairly obvious and straight-forward, for others it’s not so much. So, without further ado, here is a list of how to remove cookies from the top five non-IE browsers (for how to remove cookies under […]
RFIDs embedded in your U.S. passport, encoded with your identity, and able to be read at a distance? GPS devices mandated by law, installed in every single new car, so that the state can monitor your every movement and tax you based on the milage you drive? It’s not 1984, the Sequel. It’s 2004, the Reality. Both of these measures seem likely before the end of 2005.
As stupid ideas go, this one is a doozy: people have long said that one of the downsides of a Do Not Email Registry is that it would be such an attractive target for spammers. Well how about this one: the states of Michigan and Utah just enacted law to create a “children’s protection registry”. […]
Users of the “Did They Read It” (“DTRI”) service run their email to you through the DTRI server, where a web bug is embedded in the email. When you open the email to read it, the web bug reports back to DTRI that you have opened the email, and where, geographically, the IP address you are using is located.
For those playing along at home who are interested in, or even concerned about, the privacy issues being raised by Google’s new Gmail service, the EFF raises some fairly thought provoking issues, to wit: with the advent of Gmail, along with a liberal application of cookies allowing them to link your archived searches to your […]
Much has been made in the past dozen days about Google’s announcement of their new service, Gmail. First, the press release was leaked on April 1st, leading to wide speculation: was it an April Fool’s gag, or was it not? (It wasn’t.) Then nobody could believe that the world’s largest search and storage machine was […]