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Have You Been Hacked?

Written by Gary North on October 1, 2016

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The breach at Yahoo is said to be huge. Supposedly, 500 million names/emails were stolen. My first response: How is it possible that Yahoo has been so unprofitable? Any outfit with 500 million names ought to be very profitable. Verizon just paid $4.8 billion for Yahoo. They did not know about the stolen emails. Oops. […]

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Surrendering Your Privacy, Digit by Digit

Written by Gary North on August 20, 2016

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We are losing our privacy forever. Most people just don’t care. We can see this with the free upgrade to Windows 10. It went on for a year. It was difficult not to accept the upgrade. You had to take steps to avoid it or the promotion. I sent out instructions on how to avoid […]

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Minority Report’s Mall Scene . . . It’s Almost Here

Written by Gary North on June 4, 2016

You recall this: It’s coming to a mall near you. The technology is here. Nearly 250 million video surveillance cameras have been installed throughout the world, and chances are you’ve been seen by several of them today. Most people barely notice their presence anymore — on the streets, inside stores, and even within our homes. […]

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Shhhh! Password! 37 Million Adulterers Hacked

Written by Gary North on August 22, 2015

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The Ashley Madison site had over 37 million adulterers or wannabes signed up. That is a huge number of people to subscribe to any site. The hackers threatened the company with exposure of these accounts if the company did not shut down the site. The company didn’t. The hackers have now posted the account data […]

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Hello, Windows 10. Goodbye, Privacy.

Posted on August 1, 2015

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And you thought Google was snoopy! I always find it interesting when Microsoft ships a new product. They have a long history of forgetting about security and privacy. The reason may be business, or perhaps the influence of law enforcement or nation states. In either case here is a summary of the landmines individuals and […]

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Pre-Crime: “No Saved History, Defrag Automatically”

Written by Gary North on June 13, 2015

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For years, I have set my browser not to save any history of my searching. For years, I have set Windows 7 to defragment my hard disk once a week. Now I learn this. In 2010 David Kernell, a University of Tennessee student, was convicted under Sarbanes-Oxley after he deleted digital records that showed he […]

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Neocon Outrage: Rand “Hangs Up” on NSA

Written by Gary North on June 2, 2015

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Neocons in the Senate are furious. Rand Paul last week filibustered the NSA’s eavesdropping program into at least temporary oblivion. It sank into the sunset on Sunday night. It had to be renewed before midnight. It wasn’t. The NSA saw it coming. On Sunday afternoon, it pulled the order from America’s phone companies to supply […]

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The NSA and Your License Plate

Posted on May 2, 2015

A year after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) scuttled plans to build its own nationwide database of vehicle license plate data, the agency is seeking bids from private contractors to provide the agency access to the same information. DHS canceled last year’s plan in the wake of TSA domestic spying revelations and subsequent outrage […]

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Reagan’s Law Lets the Feds Search Your Old Emails

Written by Gary North on February 12, 2015

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If an email you sent is over 180 days old, the federal government has legal access to it. No warrant is required. This has been true since 1986. If they are any server, anywhere, they are fair game. You say no one told you? Of course no one told you. Privacy? What a quaint concept. […]

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