Posts Tagged ‘privacy’

WikiLeaks Shows How the CIA Can Hack a Mac’s Hidden Code

March 25, 2017

WikiLeaks Shows How the CIA Can Hack a Mac
https://www.wired.com/2017/03/wikileaks-shows-cia-can-hack-macs-hidden-code/ Modifying the firmware of Thunderbolt adapters to make spyware implanters

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“The CIA’s documents describe a series of tools that agents can use to install “implants” on target machines, capable of silently monitoring everything that occurs within its operating system and transmitting it to a remote operator. One manual explains how to modify the firmware of a standard Apple Thunderbolt-to-ethernet adapter, turniing it into an spyware-planting tool the CIA calls “Sonic Screwdriver.” When plugged in, the altered adapter can trick a Mac into thinking it’s booting its operating from a spoofed network source that the adapter impersonates, allowing tweaks to its firmware even in the rare cases when the user has set a password for any changes to that deep-seated code.”
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Yahoo discloses hack of 1 billion accounts

January 10, 2017

Yahoo discloses #hack of 1 billion accounts
http://social.techcrunch.com/2016/12/14/yahoo-discloses-hack-of-1-billion-accounts/ Seems the scale of this affects a large fraction of all Internet users

The Amazon Echo’s always-listening feature entangles it in a murder case | PCWorld

January 6, 2017

The $AMZN Echo’s always-listening feature entangles it in a murder
case http://www.pcworld.com/article/3152899/smart-appliance/the-amazon-echos-always-listening-feature-entangles-it-in-a-murder-case.html Did the victim say “#Alexa, call the cops”

To bring a divided country together, start with a little spit – The Washington Post

January 5, 2017

To bring a divided country together, start w…spit by
@SusanSvrlugahttps://www.washingtonpost.com/news/grade-point/wp/2016/12/24/to-bring-a-divided-country-together-start-with-a-little-spit Prominent piece on frosh #personalgenomics

@SusanSvrluga Surprised there’s so little discussion of #privacy, consent & ethics in this prominent piece

Worried About the Privacy of Your Messages? Download Signal – NYTimes.com

January 3, 2017

Worried About…#Privacy? Download Signal http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/07/technology/personaltech/worried-about-the-privacy-of-your-messages-download-signal.html V. strong endorsement from @NYTimes. Perhaps useful for protecting sources

What If Apple Is Wrong?

December 23, 2016

What If $AAPL Is Wrong?
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/601145/what-if-apple-is-wrong/ The risks of too much #privacy (ie of too strongly locking down our phones)

IHEC Consortium Papers (Cell + other journals)

November 28, 2016

#IHECpapers rollout http://www.Cell.com/consortium/ihec Gr8 work! incl. #privacy, normal breast epigenetics, ETG links, deconvolution, #allelic activity

Protecting Your Digital Privacy – Consumer Reports

November 5, 2016

Protecting Your Digital #Privacy
http://www.consumerreports.org/privacy/protecting-your-digital-privacy-is-not-as-hard-as-you-might-think 66 hints, from evaluating password entropy to determining
https://HaveIBeenPWNed.com

http://www.consumerreports.org/privacy/66-ways-to-protect-your-privacy-right-now/

things l liked from the site:

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Your Long-approved list of paperwork to shred includes any documents containing the following:

• Social Security number (even just the last four digits)
• Birth date
• Credit card numbers
• Account numbers from financial institutions
• Medical insurance numbers
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http://dmachoice.org

https://haveibeenpwned.com/

Password-entropy (bigger is better) = log2 ([alphabet-size]^[password-length])

Faking your address for some sites:
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For an address, may we suggest Bart Simpson’s—742 Evergreen Terrace? “}}

Have I been pwned? Check if your email has been compromised in a data breach

November 3, 2016

https://haveibeenpwned.com/

Now You Can See Everything Google Knows About You and Delete the Embarrassing Stuff

November 2, 2016

See Everything #Google Knows About You (at MyActivity.Google.com) & Delete the Embarrassing Stuff
http://www.slate.com/blogs/moneybox/2016/07/01/google_launches_my_activity_browsing_history_tool.html #privacy