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Addressing the Spectre and Meltdown Exploits

You may have noticed a few short stretches of downtime recently. These are planned events, as we are working to apply patches and mitigations in response to those nasty Spectre and Meltdown exploits you may have heard about in the news over the past couple of weeks. There is of course no sign of any intrusion related to these attack vectors, be we are taking proactive steps to ensure that we are as prepared for attacks of these sorts as we possibly can be. Rest ...

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Uber Did (Another) Bad, Bad Thing

This week on Badly Handled Data Breach Theater, it's Uber in the hotseat. New CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, who seems to have inherited from Noted Dirtbag Travis Kalanick the business equivalent of a flaming used diaper, reveals (ta-da!) in a solemn blog post that personal information belonging to 57 million Uber customers was stolen in 2016 by "two individuals outside the company." Stolen data includes names, email addresses, and mobile phone numbers. Oh, and also: they knew this a year ago and never bothered to ...

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A Few Privacy Tips for Travelers

Traveling is usually a nerve-wracking experience, and it becomes even more so when you stop to think about all of the various ways in which your privacy is either compromised or at risk while you're en route from one city to another. That airport WiFi looks pretty attractive until you realize that any rando can be sitting in the terminal running a honeypot network called "Free Airprot WiFi" [sic] on his laptop, ready to scrape your data (or to completely pwn you) the second you jump on. TSA would just love to see what you've been up to on Facebook, particularly if you're headed to Bahrain. That USB charging station? Who know where that thing has been? The whole thing is a mess, but there are few things you can do to avoid these issues.

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The Cell Phone Location-tracking Case Before the Supreme Court Might Be a Big Deal

I began donating to the ACLU last November 9, and I remain happy with that decision. They are currently bringing the Carpenter v. U.S. case to the Supreme Court, and the way this case turns out could have a major impact on the privacy of all Americans who have cellular phones1. At issue, roughly speaking, is the fact that U.S. government—as well as state and local law enforcement agencies—are currently able to access the location data generated by your cellular ...

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Essentially Stupid: Essential Leaks Customer ID Data

In case you haven't heard, one of the dopiest screwups in tech history stumbled stupidly into the news yesterday. Andy Rubin's new hardware startup, Essential, has massively borked what should be a relatively simple order fulfillment process in shipping their new smartphone. What happened is just so unimaginably wrong in so many ways. There simply are not enough facepalm memes in the world to express the magnitude of imbecility on display in this debacle. Let's walk through what happened. Perhaps other companies ...

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