Posts tagged tech
Posts tagged tech
Last week, a group of hackers sparked an Internet firestorm by claiming to have broken into an FBI agent’s laptop where they found more than 12 million numbers used to track Apple mobile devices.
The hackers released 1 million of the numbers online and said their findings demonstrated how the FBI was using citizens’ smartphone data to spy on them.
I’m still thinking they did this on purpose, and I’m now wondering what they benefited by claiming the leak was from the FBI. There is a tactic used sometimes of calling in a bomb threat before an actual attack to watch the response, and prepare a more devastating attack based on the observed behaviors. Either they did this to gauge response, or they just wanted to throw egg in the face of the FBI, and hoped that would cover their real tracks.
Luis CdeBaca, director of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (via aatombomb)
This worries me. It should worry you.
The truth is that the numbers for AOL’s Patch efforts look bad, based on the southern California numbers leaked to Business Insider. It’s especially bad when you contrast them with traffic generated by Huffington Post, with is topical, not local.
The reality is…
For Apple this might just be the price of success. The truth is, Apple doesn’t have any magic potion that protects its machines. Rather, Macs have enjoyed something techies called “security through obscurity,” meaning there were so few Macs out there that hackers didn’t bother to target them, preferring instead to go after Windows PCs, which represented 95 percent of the market.
The Walled Garden crumbles…
The Samsung Chromebooks come out today on early release. Google is giving first access to people who tried to get them as beta testers. Supposedly, they’ve even redone the caps lock button to make it do something else, and everything it runs it does over the cloud, with no, or very little storage space…so in theory you could use ANY computer, and still access all your stuff.
So jealous right now.