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For real, this is your absolute final, final notice..

For real, this is your absolute final, final notice..

Once again, I don’t know whether to laugh, or cry. But I think the person or persons behind this needs some education of a special style…


Hacking the Hackers

In late 2010, a team of Eastern European hackers began attacking the website of a Fortune 100 company.

They employed what’s known as an SQL injection, manipulating the online forms where visitors enter information. The hope was to trick the underlying database into spitting out valuable corporate data…” Read more..

So, there’s a rootkit hidden in millions of cellphones

The rootkit belongs to a company called Carrier IQ and it seems that it has low-level access to the system that allows it to spy on pretty much everything that you do with your handset. This, on the face of it, seems like an extremely serious breach of security, privacy and trust.” Read more..

Is it Friday yet?

Today’s quote:A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all the other virtues.” ~ Cicero

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December 1, 2011 - Posted by | Internet


  1. Finally!


    Comment by delenn13 | December 1, 2011 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      You said a mouthful.


      Comment by techpaul | December 1, 2011 | Reply

  2. …So There’s A Root Kit Hidden In Millions Of Cell Phones! WOW!
    Interesting coverage on this subject.
    To know that I am accessible to the world with all my info. and privacy being compromised over my cell phone is too risky for comfort. I’ve known that our security has been at risk in many ways…not only on the internet: there’s the cameras posted in various places keeping track of us. Google enabled access to cities,streets, pictures of our houses, even our back yards. “Yeah”..that was some what a concern … but I sort of put it out of my mind. Now to have the cell phones hacked creates a larger invasion of our privacy…as well as a bigger concern that there could be multiple players involved… like government, politicians, private industry and the tabloids…since spying is a multi-billion dollar industry…”that’s the name of the game”. Where does it all leave us… and how do we deal with it?


    Comment by Gaia | December 1, 2011 | Reply

    • Gaia,
      We live in the “Information Age”.

      Many took that to mean (to translate to) “more information is more accessible to more people”… which most take as a “good thing” (the Internet as a vast knowledge repository, open to all — a great big library).

      But what it really means is “Information Is Valuable” — as in “currency”.

      It is worth something to somebody, somewhere to know what ate for breakfast, who you talk to, your spending patterns, and more.. much much more.

      Right now (I believe) most of the creepy Big Brother information gathering our technology is doing on us is being used relatively harmlessly, for purposes of “business” (targeted marketing, people finders, demographics, etc.) but rest assured that it is being used by governments to monitor the populace (to keep us safer in some nations, to keep us from straying in others).
      There’s nothing really new in that.. but our digital “tech” sure is making the job easier for folks. (For example, not too long ago, if I wanted to listen in on your telephone conversations, I would have to obtain a warrant and “tap” your line.. or break into your living space and plant a microphone.. now all I have to do is park not too far from you.)

      … part of me just wants to pretend this all is someone else’s dream, as I really think sometimes putting it out of mind is the only way to stay sane today.
      Hidden cameras everywhere? Insane! [cameras that see through clothing?]


      Comment by techpaul | December 1, 2011 | Reply

  3. OMG, and I thought my spam folder was hilarious!

    Wow, maybe my not owning a cell phone isn’t such a bad thing after all…


    Comment by IzaakMak | December 1, 2011 | Reply

    • IzaakMak,
      Ahhhh, they’ll find out about you other ways…

      It’s their job.


      Comment by techpaul | December 1, 2011 | Reply

  4. Thank you, Virgin Mobile. “just an FYI that we don’t support or install CarrierIQ.”

    More at the Washington Post: Who’s using Carrier IQ and for what purpose? – The Washington Post

    i get so tired of ranting and raving about my privacy, I think I need a new tin foil hat. Or better yet, become the next female “James Bond” so I can do the spying.


    Comment by delenn13 | December 2, 2011 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      The “erosion of privacy” has already reached levels where some pundits are referring to privacy as a dead concept. And in fact, it seems to me that the generations younger than I are already functioning with that knowledge – and instead seem to embrace Andy Warhol’s “15 minutes of fame”.
      (That I have advised here that posting videos of yourself puking at a kegger may seem hilarious now, someday – like when you grow up, and have to obtain a JOB – that video might not seem like such a good idea doesn’t seem to have stopped people from doing such *intelligent* things.)

      I do not think you need a tinfoil hat to be concerned about civil liberties, privacy, and freedoms. And I think the CEO’s of the world need to understand that if those things are worth fighting and dying for, some (hopefully large) percentage of the market (us consumers) will choose their products if they honor those principles.
      AT&T uses Carrier ID and Verizon doesn’t? I’ll go with Verizon, then (for example). But the bottom line is, unless we “vote with our feet”, they won’t listen.
      (Would Netflix listen to squawks if membership went UP after the price hike??? Nooooo… Don’t think so.)


      Comment by techpaul | December 2, 2011 | Reply

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