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NSA: It Would Violate Your Privacy to Say if We Spied on You
by Spencer Ackerman
June 18, 2012

The surveillance experts at the National Security Agency won't tell two powerful United States Senators how many Americans have had their communications picked up by the agency as part of its sweeping new counterterrorism powers.

The reason: it would violate your privacy to say so. That claim comes in a short letter sent Monday to civil libertarian Senators Ron Wyden and Mark Udall. The two members of the Senate's intelligence oversight committee asked the NSA a simple question last month: under the broad powers granted in 2008's expansion of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, how many persons inside the United States have been spied upon by the NSA? The query bounced around the intelligence bureaucracy until it reached I. Charles McCullough, the Inspector General of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the nominal head of the 16 U.S. spy agencies. In a letter acquired by Danger Room, McCullough told the senators that the NSA inspector general "and NSA leadership agreed that an IG review of the sort suggested would itself violate the privacy of U.S. persons," McCullough wrote.

TSA Worker Gets 2 Years for Planting Logic Bomb in Screening System
by Kim Zetter
January 12, 2011

A former TSA worker convicted of planting a logic bomb on a system used to screen airline passengers was sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay about $60,000 in restitution to the TSA.

Douglas Duchak, 46, had worked as a data analyst at the TSA's Colorado Springs Operations Center, or CSOC, since 2004. He planted the malware in late 2009, after the agency gave him two weeks' notice that he was being terminated from the job he'd held for five years.

U.S. Declares iPhone Jailbreaking Legal, Over Apple's Objections
July 26, 2010

Federal regulators lifted a cloud of uncertainty when they announced it was lawful to hack or jailbreak an iPhone.

Portable phpMyAdmin - Unsafe For WordPress Consumption
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by James Dunn
December 19, 2012

In June of 2011, my colleague Sarah Gooding wrote about a phpMyAdmin plugin that posed a HUGE security risk. Because of the security risk, this plugin was removed from the WordPress repository and it was recommended that everyone remove it.

Now, there's another dangerous plugin in the WordPress repository - Portable phpMyAdmin. How Dangerous Is This Plugin? VERY!! In fact, stop reading right now. Go to any websites where you have this installed, deactivate it, and delete it. If after reading this you want to reinstall it, the information will still be in the database, but you'll be protected in the meantime.

Improving Plugin Coding Standards in WordPress Plugins
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by Tom Ewer
October 26, 2012

If you're a plugin developer, you may benefit from these coding standards resources!

If you are a regular WPMU reader you may have read my rant on plugin usability back in May. Whist I am no developer, I think it is safe to say that the kind of inconsistencies we see with in certain plugins' user interfaces often walk hand in hand with poor coding standards. Not only that, but poor coding standards can lead to a raft of even greater issues such as resource intensive processes, incompatibilities, and security vulnerabilities.

Introducing WP Recycle: A Recycling Program for Abandoned WordPress Plugins
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by Sarah Gooding
October 25, 2012

There's now some hope for old abandoned WordPress plugins. Check out this awesome new program for plugin adoption.

The Velveteen Rabbit once had a shiny coat, bright button eyes, and a boy that loved it very, very much. But after years of wear and tear, it grew shabby and didn't look so good anymore. It wished that someday it would be a real live rabbit, bright and shiny once again. Maybe you once had a "Velveteen Rabbit" WordPress plugin: a plugin that filled a purpose that nothing else could, a bright and shiny plugin that you loved intensely for a while, only to watch it fall into disrepair and grow shabby and un-maintained. Perhaps you want to see this plugin get a new start and become a "real live plugin," one that is regularly maintained and updated. Now you have the chance.

The Best WordPress Backup Plugin - Snapshot
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by James Farmer
October 23, 2012

If you haven't already, you should take a look at our stunning Snapshot WordPress Backup plugin, it'll completely blow your socks off.

No need to spend a fortune every month on VaultPress, BackupBuddy or some other expensive third party backup service when you can just use Snapshot and Dropbox Oh, and did we mention it even works with Multisite. Yep. Multisite!

How to Tackle Spam With The BuddyPress Spam Link Plugin
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by Sarah Gooding
October 10, 2012

Are you getting overrun by BuddyPress spam? Here's a new plugin that will help you to eliminate spammers quickly and easily.

BuddyPress spam is a perennial problem that can negatively affect your social network. At times it can seem like weeds taking over your beautiful garden. Everyone knows what it's like to receive spam emails but when your members begin receiving spam messages through your community, they may feel as though their profile, participation and experiences are not secure. That is why, when building a community, it's important to maintain good spam protection; a spam-free experience produces subtle confidence that will keep your users returning.

Your WordPress Disaster Recovery Plan
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by James Dunn
October 3, 2012

Successful recovery from a WordPress disaster depends on planning ahead. Having a plan that includes these pieces of information can make recovery easier.

I didn't sleep very well last night. No, it wasn't because of a barking dog, a crying child, or my WordPress website had been hacked. We had a very rough storm roll through - complete with lightning, thunder, a tornado warning, and more rain that we've had in a single night in quite a while. While laying awake watching the storm, what I usually do so my family can sleep uninterrupted, I got to thinking about where all of our important papers were and how easily we could locate them in the event of a natural disaster.

Does WordPress Keep Your Content Safe?
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by Tom Ewer
September 28, 2012

Is the time right for a major overhaul of WordPress' content saving functionality?

Cloud computing has taken over my life. I use Dropbox and Google Drive to store and share documents. I use Evernote to keep track of everything from my shopping list to my plan for world domination (it's a secret). iTunes is all but redundant to me now - Spotify is now my music app of choice. And then there's WordPress - a form of cloud computing in its own right. Content production is just so damned easy - you log in, fire up a new post, and you're off to the races. Any content you produce in WordPress becomes available to you (and anyone else) across any device. And best of all, with WordPress' "Save as Draft", autosave, and revision history features, your content is totally safe and secure. ...or is it?


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