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December Tuesday Tidbits

Folks, here are a few items of interest for your consideration.

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* In a newsletter article titled 100 Stress Relief Tips for IT Pros, I found one of those always-on “live’ webcam feeds.. I liked it, but it made me feel twice as cold.

NSA amasses nearly 5B cell phone records daily for location-based tracking

The National Security Agency (NSA) is using a sophisticated analytics tool that deciphers sweeping amounts of cell phone location data gleaned from worldwide mobile users, new reports reveal.Read more..

Related: “Tower dump” of consumer mobile data a popular police snooping tactic

New reports have revealed the extent to which local law enforcement engage in mass collection of consumer cell phone data to aid in their investigations.Read more..

* Discovery of two million hacked credentials, ‘123456’ is again the common password

Researchers with SpiderLabs, the advanced security team with information security company Trustwave, discovered a treasure trove of nearly two million pilfered credentials from a variety of companies, including Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Twitter, LinkedIn and payroll service provider ADP.” Read more..


* Yahoo! Mail Outage. Anyone else?

Top 3 weirdest news items of 2013

We’re all used to hearing about the typical threats and outcomes, but here are three extremely bizarre news items that stood out to us this year.See slideshow

Jingle bells, jingle bells … 

If you just have time to read one, read the ‘tower dump’ one.

Today’s quote:If history repeats itself, and the unexpected always happens, how incapable must Man be of learning from experience.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

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December 10, 2013 Posted by | advice, cellular, computers, consumer electronics, cyber crime, e-mail, hackers, Internet, mobile, News, privacy, tech | , , , , , | Leave a comment