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Disruptions: Internet’s Sad Legacy: No More Secrets

Snapchat’s privacy page explains that private images are stored on someone’s phone — and on its own servers. “Forensically, even after they are deleted,” Snapchat says, those images can be retrieved. Whisper’s privacy page says the company owns the intellectual property, both images and text, that people post; Whisper reserves the right to sell that stuff to third parties. And Telegram, while seemingly less innocuous with its claims, nonetheless leaves out something you might want to know: someone can just take a screenshot or picture of that “private” conversation.



Video Games’ race problem goes all the way to the top

This article is about whether the video game has a race problem or not. what we really need to fix is an insular industry, and a gaming culture that punishes people for bringing up race. “Are video games racist?” is not an evolved enough question to ask today. Instead of prompting a discussion, it puts the medium and its players on trial. Asking “is the game you’re playing racist?” is to ask “Are you racist (for playing this game)?” The racial anxiety triggered by accusations of racism by proxy is spelled out across the forums and comment boxes of (mostly white, mostly male, mostly cis-gendered) players fighting a judgment we didn’t make.

Google, Facebook, payroll accounts targeted in major password theft, security experts say

Hackers using malicious software have scooped up the usernames and passwords from about 2 million accounts on some of the most popular sites in the Web, including Facebook and Google, security researchers say.

According to the researchers, from the Chicago-based firm Trustwave, hackers used a botnet called Pony to pull off the massive theft. Pony can capture passwords by tapping into users’ browers to collect login credentials that they enter on Web sites.

Why you may want to be tracked online

Tracking by online marketers can be annoying and even feel like an invasion of your privacy. But before you decide to go incognito, there are a few good reasons you may want to be tracked online. The problem with online tracking is there is no line, and no one has picked up the pen to draw it. There have been discussions between members of Congress, the Federal Trade Commission and the World Wide Web Consortium — the international organization that sets the standards for the Web — but those talks appear to be in trouble. While there are pros and cons to being tracked by third parties on the Internet, the one thing we still lack is a real choice in the matter.


Ethical Issues for IT Security Professionals

This article has raised a lot of questions, but has not attempted to provide set answers. That’s because, ultimately, the answer to the question “Is it ethical?” must be answered by each individual IT professional. Unlike older, more established professions such as medicine and law, most ethical issues that IT and security professionals confront have not been codified into law, nor is there a standard mandatory oversight body (such as the national or state medical association or bar association) that has established a detailed code of ethics.

However, the question of ethical behavior in the IT professions is beginning to be addressed. Voluntary professional associations such as the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) have developed their own codes of ethics and professional conduct, which can serve as a guideline for individuals and other organizations.

Cyber Monday kicks off high season for cybercrime

Cyber Monday kicks off high season for cybercrime

U.S. online purchases, including those made on Cyber Monday, are expected to hit a new record this holiday season, providing another avenue for retailers to lock in sales but exposing shoppers to more cybersecurity hazards. With a shorter shopping season between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year, security experts say that there probably will be more scams.

oppers should be wary of public wireless networks that scammers could use to snoop on devices that join for quick Internet access, said Cameron Camp, security researcher at the information technology firm ESET. The cautious ones, he said, may want to get a prepaid card that has access only to the amount of money they’ve dedicated to holiday shopping.

The increased emphasis on online sales means that retailers should take measures to combat the threats that come with any high-traffic shopping season, said Erin Nealy Cox, executive managing director for investigations and intelligence for the risk management firm Stroz Friedberg. Stores must be able not only to guarantee a safe shopping environment but also to react quickly to strange trends in customers’ buying habits. Increased mobile use also may result in more users being lured into downloading malicious apps, or clicking on bad Twitter or text messages that take shoppers to sites that steal their financial information.