Month: September 2007

TD Ameritrade hacked!

TD Ameritrade follows www.monster.com ‘s footsteps.  About 6.3 million customer records were hacked, although TD Ameritrade states that the records did not contain social security numbers and account numbers.  No other details around the incident were disclosed. As a result of this customer have started receiving phishing emails, which could lead to identity theft. In …

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Google Maps Street View violates Canadian Privacy Laws

The new Google Maps feature “Street View” could violate Canadian Privacy Laws, which state that “businesses first obtain consent from individuals before disclosing it”.  The street level views also include individuals’ pictures making them identifiable.  These pictures were taken without individuals consent.  This feature is available for 9 major US cities, and the plans are …

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Parts of PATRTIOT ACT scrutinized

Finally, PATRIOT ACT is being scrutinized for being too one sided and not caring about an individuals privacy.  The questions that are being asked are “should the ISP’s relinquish their customer records on a request from FBI” without proper paperwork.  FBI has in issued NSL‘s (National Security Letters) to get private & personal information from …

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DHS abandons anti-privacy data mining program

This highly intrusive program which violated personal privacy at every level has been abandoned, why?  Because the genii (plural of genius) testing the application violated all security principles by performing test on REAL personal data.  Known as ADVISE (Analysis, Dissemination, Visualization, Insight and Semantic Enhancement) was initiated in 2003, it was to be used by …

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Wikipedia entry cleaned up

Wikipedia entry was updated and the wikipedia folks were able to trace the origin.  This is one of the things I said in my blog earlier, how traceable your activity is on the Internet.  If the folks at wikipedia were able to get into the machine they could get a whole lot of information which …

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