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Our Take on This Week’s News
Facing Threat From WikiLeaks, Bank Plays Defense: On Nov. 29,2010, the director of WikiLeaks, Julian Assange, said in an interview that he intended to “take down” a major American bank and reveal an “ecosystem of corruption” with a cache of data from an executive’s hard drive. Bank of America executives sprung into action the next day according to The New York Times. Ira mentioned 10minutemail.com as a free tool to keep your real email address more private.
Upon launching the Spokeo website, they cleverly remind you that “it’s not your grandma’s phonebook,” which is not only a hacky reference but also literally true: the old meatspace phonebooks didn’t automatically expose all of your private information like age, income, home value, credit score, relationship status and map to your house. Who the Eff are these freaks? How did they get ALL of your info? I don’t know, but all of mine was there. Fortunately, there’s an easy way to remove yourself from the database of these privacy rapists currently thriving in Zuckerberg’s America. Hat Tip to: Chris Hardwick at The Nerdist Blog.
From the “This-Affects-Just-About-Everyone” File: Security researcher Julia Wolf of FireEye pointed out numerous, previously hardly known, security problems in connection with Adobe PDF files. Microsoft warns of Word attacks; RTF-based exploits making the rounds, apply patch pronto.
Tales From The Dark Web
A new twist on an older attack: Attackers re-use older versions of the Zues bank trojan to steal government and private sector information. See the Netwitness Blog: Cyber-Crime or Cyber-Espionage?
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