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Arizona CPS discovers computer glitch that hid files for years
by Mary K. Reinhart
September 14, 2012

Arizona's child-welfare agency has discovered a computer glitch that officials say kept public records from parents, lawyers and others for more than 15 years.

The malfunction could have led to children being wrongly removed and prevented caregivers from supporting civil claims against the state. The computer error affected thousands of families, and attorneys say it could prompt efforts to reopen civil and child-dependency cases. Officials with the state Department of Economic Security, which oversees Child Protective Services, were notifying the state's 15 presiding Juvenile Court judges of the glitch on Friday and sending notices to more than 30,000 people who received incomplete public records over the past two years. The state said it is unable to track or notify those who requested and received incomplete records before 2010.

Malware Monday: Much Ado About Nothing
by Eric Chabrow
July 5, 2012

The Fix Is In: DNS Changer No Longer a Catastrophe in the Making

Barry Greene chuckled when he heard the term "Malware Monday" applied to July 9's cutoff to the Internet for as many as 200,000 users worldwide. "I never heard of it referred to that way," says Greene, an IT security engineer who serves as a spokesman for the DNS Changer Working Group, or DCWG. DCWG, a voluntary group, is a collaboration of government and business to battle DSN Changer, malware that redirected users to websites that generated at least $14 million in fraudulent advertising fees.

UK police foil massive bank theft
BBC News
March 17, 2005

Police in London say they have foiled one of the biggest attempted bank thefts in Britain.

The plan was to steal $423m from the London offices of the Japanese bank Sumitomo Mitsui. Computer experts are believed to have tried to transfer the money electronically after hacking into the bank's systems.

Worm attack chaos fails to strike
BBC News (UK)
April 1, 2009

The chaos predicted by some as the Conficker worm updates itself have so far failed to materialise.

There had been concerns that the worm could trigger poisoned machines to access personal files, send spam, clog networks or crash sites.

'Master key' to Android phones uncovered
July 17, 2013

A 'master key' that could give cyber-thieves open access to almost any Android phone has been discovered by security researchers.

The bug could be exploited to let an attacker do what they want to a phone including stealing data, eavesdropping or using it to send junk messages. The loophole has been present in every version of the Android operating system released since 2009. Google said it currently had no comment to make on BlueBox's discovery. Writing on the BlueBox blog, Jeff Forristal, said the implications of the discovery were "huge". The bug emerges because of the way Android handles cryptographic verification of the programs installed on the phone.

Firefox Plugin Site Hijacked
by Alexander Higgins
June 28, 2013

The website has been hijacked and traffic to the site is being redirected.

Just tried to update the java plugin for Firefox on Mozilla plugin website and received an SSL certificate error. Viewing the cert, show it was issued as a wildcard for WikiPedia and WikiMedia sites.

The Government Is Planting Child Porn On Your Computer
by Amber Harrison
May 2, 2013

A new virus has been cataloged, and it appears to be planting and distributing child pornography files. Hackers? No. The government is planting child porn on your computer, or so an alert published today indicates.

Before It's News has interviewed a person, who spoke on condition of anonymity, that has been a victim of the virus implantation. The person was engaged in journalistic exposure of political corruption, and suddenly police appeared on his doorstep with a search warrant specifying a search for evidence of possessing and distributing child pornography. The story is a bit convoluted here, but basically the gentleman did a little more investigation and found rogue .exe files on his computer that appeared as normal emule sharing directories but contained "hundreds to thousands" of child pornography files. The potential whistleblower claims the virus was deliberately planted on his computer in order to stop his activity. The article surmises the Internet Crimes Against Children task force may be behind the virus planting, though why is unclear.

Mechanical Turk: Now with 40.92% spam
by Panos Ipeirotis
December 16, 2010

At this point, Amazon Mechanical Turk has reached the mainstream. Pretty much everyone knows about the concept. Post small tasks online, pay people cents, and get thousands of micro-tasks completed.

Unfortunately, this resulted in some unfortunate trends. Anyone who frequents just a little bit the market will notice the tremendous number of spammy HITs. (HIT = a task posted for completion in the market; stands for Human Intelligence Task). "Test if the ads in my website work". "Create a Twitter account and follow me". "Like my YouTube video". "Download this app". "Write a positive review on Yelp". A seemingly endless amount of spam HITs come to the market, mainly with the purpose of spamming "social media" metrics.

Edward Snowden Censored Segment: "Had All Info Needed To Detect 9/11 Plot"
by Joshua Cook
May 31, 2014

Last June, South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham said on Fox News that he was "glad" that his data was being collected and analyzed.

"I'm a Verizon customer," he added. "I don't mind Verizon turning over records to the government if the government is going to make sure that they try to match up a known terrorist phone with somebody in the United States," Graham said. In an unaired clip of NBC News' interview with Edward Snowden, he explains that mass surveillance isn't making us safer and is just taking our rights and privacy away.

Snowden: "Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your Constitution"
by Joshua Cook
May 29, 2014

In his first-ever interview with the MSM, Edward Snowden sat down with NBC's Brian Williams and offered his own insights on his alleged espionage.

Snowden recalled when his life changed when he released secret National Security Agency documents with journalists. "It was the most real point of no return," explained Snowden. And at that point he became the "most wanted man in the world," said Williams. But wanted for what? Snowden said he wanted to know. "If this has caused serious harm, I personally would like to know about it," he said. He added that no one in the U.S. government can point to instances of harm caused by Snowden's leaks. And if that's the case, "Is it really so serious?" Snowden wondered.


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