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Hotmail threatened by MSN flaw
ZD Net (UK)
by Joris Evers
June 7, 2005

A cross-scripting security hole could potentially have been used by malicious hackers to steal cookies from Hotmail users and get access to their accounts

Microsoft took part of its MSN Web site offline over the weekend, after it learned of a flaw that could let an attacker gain access to Hotmail accounts. The MSN Web site, http://ilovemessenger.msn.com/, contained a so-called cross-site scripting flaw.. In its initial review of the issue, the company found that an attacker could use the vulnerability to obtain "cookies" from Hotmail users by getting them to click on a malicious URL. That could then grant access to those email accounts.

RF-IDing the dead
ZD Net India
by Alorie Gilbert
January 13, 2006

Electronic ID chips have found their way into everything from shavers to prison inmates. In September, with the Gulf Coast reeling from Katrina, some people found an entirely new use for the technology: identifying the dead.

Gary Hargrove, coroner of Mississippi's Harrison County, began injecting radio frequency identification (RFID) chips into cadavers to cope with the mounting body count. He said the chips, supplied by a Florida company called VeriChip, helped the county identify and return storm victims to their families without mix-ups. The county also injected the chips into bodies dislodged from graves during flooding.

EFF on Zune: Risk of DRM/DMCA checkmate no longer a risk. It's reality
ZDNet
by David Berlind
September 18, 2006

Critics of DRM have long warned of the risks of strategy, policy, and technology shifts amongst the various DRM stakeholders.

In the US, the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) has, with few exceptions (none of which apply here), outlawed circumvention of content copy protection. So, with Microsoft's Zune, now comes proof that these were not Chicken Little warnings.

Google stands up to government porn probe
ZDnet (UK)
by Declan McCullagh and Elinor Mills
January 20, 2006

Microsoft, AOL and Yahoo have all handed the US government a selection of search requests and indexed Web sites, but Google is standing firm

A subpoena dated August 2005 requests a complete list of all Internet addresses that can "be located" through Google's popular search engine, and "all queries that have been entered" over a two-month period beginning on June 1, 2005. Later, prosecutors offered to narrow the request to random samples of indexed sites and search strings. It's unclear what version of the request AOL, Microsoft and Yahoo complied with.

Denial of service attackers face 10 years in jail
ZDNet Asia
by Andy McCue
November 13, 2006

Denial of service attackers in the U.K. now face up to 10 years in jail with updated computer crime laws coming into force this week, as part of the new Police and Justice Act 2006.

The long-overdue updating of the 1990 Computer Misuse Act also increases the sentence for hacking a computer from a maximum of six months to two years' imprisonment.

Publishing exploit code ruled illegal in France?
ZDNet Australia
by Munir Kotadia
July 16, 2011

Researchers that reverse engineer software to discover programming flaws can no longer legally publish their findings in France after a court fined a security expert on Tuesday.

In 2001, French security researcher Guillaume Tena found a number of vulnerabilities in the Viguard antivirus software published by Tegam. Tena, who at the time was known by his pseudonym Guillermito, published his research online in March 2002.

Ohio University suffers massive security breach
ZDNet UK
by Greg Sandoval
May 15, 2006

More than 200,000 people may have been affected, including past and present students as well as school employees.

Data thieves may have plundered Social Security numbers and other private information " including health records " belonging to students and faculty at Ohio University, following three separate computer intrusions at the school. According to a message posted on the school's Web site, more than 200,000 people may have been affected, including past and present students as well as school employees. Administrators also suggested that more thefts may be uncovered as investigators continue to review computer systems campuswide.

If you have 'nothing to hide', here's where to send your passwords
zdnet.com
by Zack Whittaker
January 23, 2016

Nearly every week, I hear someone shrug off privacy issues with a claim that they're not worried because they have "nothing to hide" from the government. Let's put a cork in it, once and for all.

"Over the last 16 months, as I've debated this issue around the world, every single time somebody has said to me, 'I don't really worry about invasions of privacy because I don't have anything to hide,' I always say the same thing to them. I get out a pen. I write down my email address. I say, 'Here's my email address. What I want you to do when you get home is email me the passwords to all of your email accounts, not just the nice, respectable work one in your name, but all of them, because I want to be able to just troll through what it is you're doing online, read what I want to read and publish whatever I find interesting. After all, if you're not a bad person, if you're doing nothing wrong, you should have nothing to hide.'

Microsoft ordered to hand over overseas email, throwing EU privacy rights in the fire
zdnet.com
by Zack Whittaker
August 2, 2014

US law can apply anywhere in the world, so long as a technology company has control over foreign data, a court rules.

A US judge has ordered Microsoft to hand over foreign data it stores back to the US, despite allegedly strong privacy protections in Europe to mitigate such processes. The logic of the court is that because the US-headquartered software giant controls the data it stores overseas, its foreign subsidiary companies are just as applicable to US law. US District Judge Loretta Preska in New York said the ruling will be stayed to allow Microsoft to appeal the decision to an appeals court. "It is a question of control, not a question of the location of that information," Preska said in the ruling.

Find out if your data was leaked in the Adobe hack
zdnet.com
by Violet Blue
November 11, 2013

Adobe's database was hacked on October 3, impacting an estimated 150 million Adobe users. Here's a simple way to see if you're affected.

Wonder if your email address, password, credit card information or more was leaked to the world when Adobe's database was hacked last October? If you've gotten your email address anywhere near an Adobe product past or present, then the answer is: probably. Recent reports reveal that Adobe's stolen database held around 150 million user accounts - and not the 2.9 million Adobe originally reported, or the 38 million Krebs on Security later reported.

     

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