December 21, 2010 – Episode 192

Episode 192 of  The Cyberjungle  is 40 minutes long. You can hear it by clicking on the flash player below, or you can go to the listening options page and browse for other ways to hear the show.

To listen to Episode 192 via the flash player:

Or, download the file directly – great for listening on many smartphones

Interview

Before there was WikiLeaks, there was crytome, where publisher and information activist John Young has posted leaked documents since 1996.  Last year Young found himself in a legal scuffle with Microsoft for publishing its law enforcement guide, and we spoke with him after the company used provisions of the DMCA to briefly shut down his site.  Young has recently been seen on BBC and other news outlets offering criticism of Julian Assange, with whom he’s worked in the past.  In light of the recent spotlight on Young, we decided to run his interview again. The interview is just over 9 minutes long, and it starts about 25 minutes into the show.

Tales from the Dark Web

Database of private SSL keys for embedded devices : Yet another major security flaw in low-cost router/firewalls.

Our Take On This Week’s News

Rat on your neighbor, while you drive – A mobile phone app that lets you report the left-lane hog, the jackass who doesn’t use his turn signal, and the guy with a nicer car and a hotter girlfriend than yours.  The target of your report is entered into a database that’s being actively hawked to the insurance industry. And the developer sees no privacy issues with this.

Gawker Data Breach Could Lead to Attacks on Government Agencies: Details on the Gawker breach, as covered by The PBS Newshour.

What private does data goes to your App developers? The Wall Street Journal: Your Apps are Watching You

Major data breach at Ohio State University – 750,000 records, including students, faculty and people who did business with the university. Questions arise.  Like why is this still happening?  And why isn’t the news coverage smarter? Come on, you news organizations. You’ve had years to get up to speed on this issue!

Wrap

Why do we let this creepy company called Google spy on our emails?


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