Data Security Podcast Episode 84, Dec 7 2009

30 minutes every week on data security, privacy, and the law…..(plus or minus ten)

On this week’s program:

* Is there is a Russian connection to the “Climategate” attack?

* ‘Take Back Your Privacy’ — A new nation-wide effort ramps up

* Our take on this week’s news.

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Show Notes for Episode 84 of the Data Security Podcast

* Samantha has a conversation with Leslie Harris, president and CEO of The Center for Democracy and Technology. They are a D.C. group launching a consumer privacy campaign. They want to educate consumers, pressure businesses, and push for a new law. Read more at the “Take Back Our Privacy” area of their site.

* Tales From The Dark Web:  What, if any connection is there between Russian and the “Climategate” attack? Read more in the The UK Daily Mail story. And, Adobe to release critical security patches tomorrow .

* From Our Take on The News: SC police academy IT chief nabbed in Web sting‘Accidental’ Download Sending Man To Prison.

* From Our Take on The News:  Department of Defense misses its own deadline for removing social security numbers from military ID cards. Read about it at Stars and Stripes.

* From Our Take on The News: Sprint received 8 million requests from Law Enforcement for GPS location data. EFF is on the case, but this story has a fascinating origin… and an almost instantaneous rebuttal from Sprint. (Which doesn’t deny the 8 million figure, but attempts to give it some context… The company is, of course, a regulated industry stuck in the middle, between the demands of its customers and the demands of congress, law enforcement and FTC… ). Read more at EFF.

* From Our Take on The News: The economics of security advice; a very interesting MSFT research paper, and a related SANS posting. Read more at The SANS Internet Storm Center.

* The Wrap:  Many More Government Records Compromised in 2009 than Year Ago, Report Claims. Read more at databreaches.net .

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