Category: Privacy

Data breaches: an über-headache

Data breaches: an über-headache

In November 2017, a raft of news agencies reported of a scandal at the ride-sharing company, Uber. Per ABC Australia: According to the company’s account, two individuals downloaded data from a third-party cloud server used by Uber, which contained names, email addresses and mobile phone numbers of 57 million users around the world. They also …

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Social engineering and the role of business

Social engineering and the role of business

In the context of security, social engineering refers to the act of tricking a person into handing over financial, sensitive or security details by impersonating someone the victim might normally expect to deal with. This differs from identity theft, in that the goal is to get the victim to handover useful information that might be used …

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Peek-a-boo, your boss might be tracking you

Peek-a-boo, your boss might be tracking you

Background On Friday, 24 April 1992, Brian Kush reported to the RISKS List: Yesterday while driving through GA, my Cellular Phone rang. Since I was roaming I was not expecting a call. When I answered it, it was a recording welcoming me to Bell South Mobility and offered instructions on using there [sic] service. I …

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A Chinese Panopticon

A Chinese Panopticon

In the late 18th Century, Jeremy Bentham, often considered to be the father of utilitarianism, codified the notion of the panopticon. The panopticon was at once simple and disturbing. Conceived as a new form of gaol, the panopticon would be a prison where all cells were arranged around a central guard or watchtower. There would be …

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