Data Security Podcast Episode 79, Nov 16 2009

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

On this week’s program:

* The odds of unknowingly logging onto an ‘evil twin’ of your online banking site is increasing due to new broadband hazards.

* A revised Google Book Settlement was submitted to the courts . It doesn’t address privacy at all.

* Our take on this week’s news.

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Show Notes for Episode 79 of the Data Security Podcast

* Program note about this week’s Conversation:  Ira will have an extended, technical conversation with Pedro Bustamante, Senior Security Researcher with PandaSecurity.  Ira and Pedro will discuss web drive-by downloads and other security issues in a special interview segment that will appear in a separate posting later this week. You can listen to the segment by streaming on this site, on iTunes, or other RSS feeds you use to listen to the Data Security Podcast.

* Tales From The Dark Web: What if you typed in your bank’s web address, but unknown to you, you were taken to an evil twin of your bank, controlled by cyber criminals? Well, the odds of that happening is increasing, due to Domain Name System (DNS)  issues in a significant number of broadband modems and routers.  Many other attacks can use these DNS flaws. Hat tip to the coverage by Robert McMillan of the IDG News Service.

* From Our Take on The News:  Airport security in Saint Louis hassled one guy for half an hour, because he was carrying $4,700 in a cash box, which he placed on the x-ray conveyor belt and subjected to TSA scrutiny, as is required for all carry-on cargo. The money was connected with his (legal) job with Campaign for Liberty. The guy recorded the abusive inquisition on his iPhone. The ACLU sued the TSA. Now the airport security rules have changed. Read the coverage in The Washington Times.

* From Our Take on The News:  A flaw in Adobe Flash has a huge impact on web usage, especially those businesses that use Google Gmail/Google Apps/PHP Discussions, and sites the scores of sites that allow the upload of information to the site.  Mike Bailey, an expert on web application security, has an excellent infosec write up at the Foreground Security blog.  Faster read in Computerworld.

*  From The Wrap:  Revised Google Book Settlement was submitted to the court late Friday night. It doesn’t address privacy at all, even after EFF and other parties submitted a legal brief outlining legitimate fears that Google can track, and is likely to share individual book search information with law enforcement and anyone else who issues a subpoena. Google will retain book-search details, right down to page number and how long you lingered there, for every book you search. Read this account of the revised settlement.

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