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 Modifying the firmware of Thunderbolt adapters to make spyware implanters

“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.”

Yahoo discloses hack of 1 billion accounts

January 10, 2017

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 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
@SusanSvrluga 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 –

January 3, 2017

Worried About…#Privacy? Download Signal V. strong endorsement from @NYTimes. Perhaps useful for protecting sources

What If Apple Is Wrong?

December 23, 2016

What If $AAPL 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 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 66 hints, from evaluating password entropy to determining

things l liked from the site:

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

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

Faking your address for some sites:
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

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

November 2, 2016

See Everything #Google Knows About You (at & Delete the Embarrassing Stuff #privacy