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  • Chinese hackers breach federal government’s personnel office

    06/04/2015 2:46:58 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    WaPo ^ | June 4, 2015 | Ellen Nakashimi
    Chinese hackers breached the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December, officials said Thursday, and the agency will notify some 4 million current and former federal employees that their personal data may have been compromised. The hack was the second major intrusion of the agency by China in less than a year. OPM, using new tools, discovered the breach in April, said officials at the agency who declined to comment on who was behind the hack. Other U.S. officials, who spoke on conditions of anonymity because it is an ongoing investigation, identified the hackers as being from...
  • U.S. top court rejects Google bid to drop Street View privacy case [illegal Wi-Fi wiretap]

    06/30/2014 10:07:27 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 67 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 30, 2014 | BY LAWRENCE HURLEY
    (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected Google Inc's bid to dismiss a lawsuit accusing it of violating federal wiretap law when it accidentally collected emails and other personal data while building its popular Street View program. The justices left intact a September 2013 ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which refused to exempt Google from liability under the federal Wiretap Act for having inadvertently intercepted emails, user names, passwords and other data from private Wi-Fi networks to create Street View, which provides panoramic views of city streets. The lawsuit arose soon after the Mountain...
  • Woman receives FedEx box of strangers' sensitive documents

    02/28/2014 4:30:04 PM PST · by bgill · 5 replies
    the sideshow ^ | Feb. 28, 2014 | Mike Krumboltz
    A woman says she got a box of papers [medical records] she should not have gotten. The company on the return label says it didn't send the documents. The shipping company says they do what the label says. Still, somebody must have sent the box. But who? And why?
  • Could the smell of your EARWAX reveal where you’ve been, what you’ve eaten and even if you are gay?…

    02/16/2014 2:22:58 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 17:20 EST, 14 February 2014 | Mark Prigg
    Our earwax could help prove our identity and even reveal what we’ve eaten and where we’ve been, researchers have discovered. Scientists from the Monell Center say the substance could even reveal information about our sexual orientation and health. They say new tests could be developed to prove people’s ID—and their ethnicity could be determined simply by looking in their ear. “Our previous research has shown that underarm odors can convey a great deal of information about an individual, including personal identity, gender, sexual orientation, and health status,” said study senior author George Preti, Ph.D, an organic chemist at Monell. “We...
  • Hiding the Hacking at [will not let you know]

    12/23/2013 4:22:31 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    National Review ^ | December 23, 2013 | John Fund
    Christmas shoppers were stunned to learn last Thursday that computer hackers had made off with the names and other personal info of some 40 million Target customers. Some of the pilfered information is reportedly being sold on the black market, prompting JP Morgan Chase to limit purchases and cash withdrawals on debit cards owned by recent Target shoppers. But at least Target informed its customers of the security breach, as it is required by federal law to do. faces no such requirement; it need never notify customers that their personal information has been hacked or possibly compromised. The Department...
  • Security Experts Warn Is Vulnerable to Hacking

    12/03/2013 9:18:34 AM PST · by topher · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | Nov 19, 2013 6:01pm | John Parkinson
    Cyber security experts told Congress today that the Obama administration should take offline until privacy vulnerabilities are addressed and detection capabilities are improved. David Kennedy, a so-called “white hat hacker” who tests security flaws by hacking online systems to help identify weaknesses, warned that there are critical flaws and exposures “currently on the website that hackers could use to extract sensitive information.” “The purpose of security isn’t to say, ‘Hey, we’re 100 percent impenetrable all the time,’ but can we detect the hackers in the very early stages of the life cycle of the attack, monitor that, and prevent...
  • Obamacare Marketplace: Personal Data Can Be Used For ‘Law Enforcement and Audit Activities’

    10/08/2013 12:59:48 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 17 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | October 8, 2013 | Jeryl Bier
    Maryland's Health Connection, the state's Obamacare marketplace, has been plagued by delays in the first days of open enrollment. If users are able to endure long page-loading delays, they are presented with the website's privacy policy, a ubiquitous fine-print feature on websites that often go unread. Nevertheless, users are asked to check off a box that they agree to the terms. [snip] .......Any information that you provide to us in your application will be used only to carry out the functions of Maryland Health Connection. The only exception to this policy is that we may share information provided in your...
  • Company plans to sell genetic testing kit at drugstores

    05/11/2010 6:42:06 AM PDT · by Palter · 11 replies · 471+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 11 May 2010 | Rob Stein
    Beginning Friday, shoppers in search of toothpaste, deodorant and laxatives at more than 6,000 drugstores across the nation will be able to pick up something new: a test to scan their genes for a propensity for Alzheimer's disease, breast cancer, diabetes and other ailments. The test also claims to offer a window into the chances of becoming obese, developing psoriasis and going blind. For those thinking of starting a family, it could alert them to their risk of having a baby with cystic fibrosis, Tay-Sachs and other genetic disorders. The test also promises users insights into how caffeine, cholesterol-lowering drugs...
  • US banks fight plan to share information abroad

    12/27/2009 2:34:08 PM PST · by FromLori · 7 replies · 388+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/24/09 | Dan Margolies
    A U.S. financial crime agency's plan to let foreign police seek information from American banks is drawing opposition from groups representing U.S. financial institutions. The proposed rule by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a division of the Treasury Department, would also permit U.S. state and local law enforcement authorities to make similar information-sharing requests of banks. Regulations adopted after the 9/11 attacks in 2001 allow only federal law enforcement agencies, through FinCEN, to request such information. FinCEN can require U.S. financial institutions to search their records to determine whether they have done business with individuals suspected, based on credible...
  • Harvard student database hacked, posted on BitTorrent

    03/14/2008 2:01:03 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 817+ views
    ZDNet Asia ^ | 03/14/08 | Robert Vamosi
    Harvard student database hacked, posted on BitTorrent By Robert Vamosi, CNET Friday, March 14, 2008 12:03 PM Harvard University says about 10,000 of last year's applicants may have had their personal information compromised. At least 6,600 Social Security numbers were exposed. Worse, a compressed 125 M-byte file containing the stolen student data is currently available via BitTorrent, a peer-to-peer network. In a statement published Monday night Harvard officials said the database containing summaries of GSAS applicant data for entry to the Fall 2007 academic year, summaries of GSAS housing applicant data for the 2007-08 and 2006-07 academic years, and...
  • Email Scam?

    06/19/2005 6:52:34 PM PDT · by Racehorse · 4 replies · 952+ views
    We received a call from friends working in Shanghai warning us we might receive an email containing an input form dressed up as an online address book.  The email bears a request to complete OUR FRIEND'S NAME address book.  Information requests name, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, just the sort of information you might expect to find in an address book.  It also included an option authorizing the collector (something called Ringo) to use the information.Our friends had not requested nor authorized the email to be sent nor the information collected.  They believe their home computer was hacked and the...