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XKeyscore: NSA tool collects 'nearly everything a user does on the internet'
by Glenn Greenwald
August 1, 2013

XKeyscore gives 'widest-reaching' collection of online data, NSA analysts require no prior authorization for searches, Sweeps up emails, social media activity and browsing history

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. The NSA boasts in training materials that the program, called XKeyscore, is its "widest-reaching" system for developing intelligence from the internet. The latest revelations will add to the intense public and congressional debate around the extent of NSA surveillance programs. They come as senior intelligence officials testify to the Senate judiciary committee on Wednesday, releasing classified documents in response to the Guardian's earlier stories on bulk collection of phone records and Fisa surveillance court oversight.

June 18, 2010

When a company is hit with a cross-site scripting (XSS) attack, the natural reaction is to downplay the significance of the incident. However, XSS is not harmless. We (F-Secure) were just hit by one last night. And we do not want to downplay it.

So, what could have been done with this vulnerability? Well, for example, somebody could have sent out a spam campaign, claiming to be from F-Secure, pointing to a link apparently at And when that link would have been clicked, it would have downloaded malware (from some other site) to the user's computer. XSS vulnerabilities can be used to create serious problems. Luckily, in this case nothing bad happened.

Yahoo bureau chief: The GOP is happy to have a party while black people drown
Hot Air
by Allahpundit
August 29, 2012

It's interesting that ABC, which was initially blamed for Chalian's remark, was so quick to identify him as the culprit. They could have gone the NBC route and refused to say, insisting only that it was "someone who doesn't work for our news department."

Maybe they got enough grief for Brian Ross's insta-scapegoating of tea partiers after the Aurora shooting that they decided they weren't going to take any new heat from the right on this, even if that meant naming Chalian as the offender. Anyway, an important lesson here for the media: The next time you're riffing with your colleagues about how much Republicans hate minorities, check the mics in the room first. Or take Patrick Brennan's advice and jump to a network where the last tattered pretense of objectivity was discarded long ago...

Yahoo confirms theft of 450,000 users' passwords
CNS News
July 12, 2012

Some 450,000 Yahoo users' email addresses and passwords have been leaked because of a security breach, the company confirmed Thursday, adding that just a small fraction of the stolen passwords were valid.

The company said in a statement that an "old file" from the Yahoo Contributor Network was compromised Wednesday. Among the stolen emails and passwords were many from Yahoo's own email service along with those of other companies. The Yahoo Contributor Network is a content-sharing platform. Yahoo said it is fixing the vulnerability that led to the disclosure, changing the passwords of affected Yahoo users, and notifying other companies whose users' accounts may have been compromised.

Yahoo escalates patent battle with Facebook
CNS News
April 27, 2012

Yahoo is bringing out more artillery in its patent battle with Facebook.

It is adding new allegations of intellectual property theft to its six-week-old lawsuit against Facebook. In court papers filed Friday, Yahoo Inc. now says Facebook's online social network infringes on 12 of its Internet patents, up from 10. Yahoo also denied allegation that it has been infringing on 10 of Facebook's patents and accused its rival of engaging in shady behavior.

Yahoo major phishing site host
by Tom Espiner
September 6, 2005

Anti-spam group Spamhaus says almost 5,000 sites on Yahoo use the words bank, eBay and PayPal in their domain names.

Spamhaus has accused Yahoo of failing in the fight against online fraud, and Microsoft has admitted there is room for improvement. Yahoo is playing host to thousands of phishing sites and doesn't have sufficiently well-trained staff to address the problem of online fraud, according to a leading anti-spam and security organization on Tuesday. Richard Cox, chief information officer of Spamhaus, told an audience of politicians, security experts and law enforcement officials that Yahoo has just under 5,000 domains hosted and registered with the words 'bank', 'eBay' and 'PayPal' within the domain names.

Yahoo Officially Launches Small Business Advisor Website
The Web Host Industry Review
by Liam Eagle
March 5, 2012

Yahoo announced this week that it has officially launched the small business advisor portal it has been operating in beta for several months.

The company says it launched the new media property today with the goal of being the "premier online destination dedicated to personalized entrepreneurial news, advice and tools for entrepreneurs and aspiring small business owners."

Yahoo phishing hides in compromised WordPress websites
Commtouch Cafe
by Avi Turiel
April 25, 2012

Yahoo users have been targeted in a phishing attack that starts with an "avoid account deactivation" email.

Mousing over the link shows the non-Yahoo link - an easy way to know that something is amiss. The phishing pages are very authentic looking. Once users have entered their login details (which are collected by the phisher), they are redirected to Yahoo Mail.

Yahoo Reporter Chris Wilson Flubs Real Story Of #FreeChrisLoesch
by Dana Loesch
April 30, 2012

Yahoo reporter Chris Wilson wrote about the progressive suppression of speech occurring at Twitter.

We confirmed with Twitter while dealing with Chris Loesch's individual suspended account that it was indeed due to users abusing the spam/block feature to suspend users with whom they disagree. Wilson, on the other hand, suggests otherwise in his "expertise" on our situation gleaned from who knows where.

Yahoo seeking patent windfall from Facebook
CNS News
February 28, 2012

Yahoo is threatening to sue Facebook unless the Internet social network agrees to license some of its patents covering a variety of online services.


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