When you spend most of your time digging into cyber security, testing systems for weak points, chasing down identity theft, charting increasingly sophisticated attacks and understanding at a deep level just how vulnerable people are to online threats, it’s almost inevitable that a little paranoia creeps in.
An email is in circulation allegedly written on behalf of the Winamp Team. It cleverly uses the same language as that used in the original announcement on the Winamp site, informing users about the closure.
A spate of recent hacks has exposed millions of passwords and email addresses. One organisation has even gone so far as to tell its members that at some point their cyber defences will be breached. The hacks also expose some serious passwords blunders and reveal that many people still don’t understand the need for strong passwords.
There’s been a fair amount of criticism around Facebook’s Graph Search Feature. The majority of the claims have been around the transparency it offers anyone who wants to interact with or look into your network.
Recently an American Pediatric Hospital fell victim to a massive data breach. The personal information of over 1.5 million people was leaked, including names, dates of birth, financial and medical records.
Recently, Google updated their Terms of Service. The update included permission for Google to use your reviews, name and photo for advertising purposes. Of course this update has now been set as a default setting within everyone’s account. Every time you recommend or comment on an item or service, Google is now permitted to share that reaction, and they’re referring to it as a “Shared Endorsement”.
As important as it is, the announcement that Google and Microsoft are trying to stop searches for child pornography overshadows a perhaps more important endeavour in which UK and US law enforcement are going to go hunting on the deep web for predators. This is a welcome move and one that emphasises the need for Facebook protection for children.