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“Shadow Profiles” and “zombie apocolypse” — business as usual?

There have been several tech news headlines of late that everyone should be aware of, so you may want to “forward” (some of) these to friends and family..

You probably already know about Verizon (a cellular provider [a big one]) and the gov’t, but did you hear about Facebook’s “shadow profiles”? (if you didn’t think the Internet companies were doing this ‘profiles’ stuff, you must’ve had your head in the sand like the ostrich. It’s why it’s called “The Information Age”!)

Anger mounts after Facebook’s ‘shadow profiles’ leak in bug

Facebook said Friday it fixed a bug that exposed contact info for over six million accounts. The admission revealed its ‘shadow profile’ data collection activities, and users are furious.

The personal information leaked by the bug is information that had not been given to Facebook by the users – it is data Facebook has been compiling on its users behind closed doors, without their consent.UPDATED. Read more..

[note: If you only read one of these, read this one; and, the Comments are a good read in themselves, too .. if you've time. (Even better today..[Thurs]).]

New plan to stop leaks: Squeal on your cubicle mate who may or may not be a whistleblower

An investigative report shows the Obama administration’s insider threat program is far more expansive, and troubling, than even critics had thought.Read more..

*  The approaching datacenter zombie apocalypse

 “If IBM’s recent workforce rebalancing act is any indication of future trends, then we’re going to see an awful lot of vacant datacenter space and vacant datacenter jobs.Read more..

More users than ever experiencing phishing attack attempts (87% increase..)

* and last but not least.. Dangerous waters..

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Today’s quote:I am glad I’ve never used a Facebook app or allowed Facebook access to my contacts in any way whatsoever. (Yay paranoia.)” ~ Violet Blue

[note: it's the "yay paranoia" part I liked best.]

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June 25, 2013 - Posted by | cloud computing, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, Cyberwarfare, hackers, Internet, News, privacy, security, tech | , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Just listened to Amit’s presentation. Scary as hell, and absolutely plausible.

    Comment by All Mankind | June 26, 2013 | Reply

    • All Mankind,
      I would not argue one thing he said.

      And I’ll go further and say that (I suspect that) what we actually do see (have evidence of) is quite a bit like “tips of icebergs”…

      Comment by techpaul | June 26, 2013 | Reply


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