Week in Geek: AT&T Customers’ Facebook Data Went Through China

By Akemi Iwaya on March 27th, 2011


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Weekly News Links


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  • Facebook detour through China: Accident or not?
    A funny thing happened to some traffic heading to Facebook this past week. It ended up going out of the way through China.
  • U.S. warns of more SCADA software holes
    Flaws in SCADA software, used to monitor and control sensors and operations at utilities and other critical infrastructure facilities, seem to keep coming out of the woodwork.
  • SSL meltdown: a cyber war attack?
    Comodo has released further information on the intrusion into its Certificate Authority (CA) that enabled unknown attackers to obtain SSL certificates for existing web sites.
  • Password service locks out hackers
    Password service Lastpass simply blocks the IP addresses of users who test the site’s security measures in a move which may very well cause collateral damage.
  • Survey: Millions risk ID theft via social networks
    Leaving personal information public and allowing practically anyone to view your profile is a dangerous prospect, Harris Interactive observed. The company said that the basic information found in a social profile can help “build the dossiers [that criminals] need to beat challenge questions and other security measures on financial accounts.”
  • Google accuses China of meddling with Gmail
    Gmail customers in China have complained during the past month of experiencing problems with the e-mail service, including difficulty sending e-mails and marking them as unread, in addition to other issues.
  • Chinese firms embroiled in mobile app scam
    Chinese antivirus software company NetQin has been accused of being in cahoots with mobile software firm, Feiliu, to deliberately infect smartphones with malware before charging users to clean up the virus, according to reports.
  • US senator pushes for mobile privacy reform
    Draft legislation would provide new privacy protections for Americans by requiring police to obtain search warrants to track the locations of cars and cell phones.
  • German court rules Google Street View is legal
    A Berlin court has ruled, according to Deutsche Welle, that it’s legal for Google to take the street-level pictures, striking down a lawsuit brought on by a German woman who sued Google over Street View and cited privacy and property rights.
  • Browser communication boost back on track
    After a security problem derailed it last year, a technology to open a high-speed browser communications link is getting back on track again. (WebSocket)
  • Corporate Web sites to ‘outlive Facebook’
    Companies turning to Facebook for consumer interactions and commercial transactions will not spell the end of corporate Web sites, say industry watchers. Rather, organizations face security and loss of identity risks if they yield their unique digital outposts to the social media site, they cautioned.
  • Google working to reverse Chrome bloat
    When Chrome got its start, the browser was svelte and fast-loading if limited. Now, it’s got plenty of features, but two years later, it’s nearly three times bigger. And Google, deciding that’s not a good thing, has set up a task force to curtail Chrome bloat.
  • Google not ready to share Honeycomb source code
    Though it prides itself on Android being an “open” mobile operating system, Google says it’s being extra-protective of the tablet version of its OS before releasing it to the world.
  • EA free-to-play exec: $60 games are ‘exploitative’
    All the consumers who complain about paying $60 for a video game have an important ally in their corner. Ben Cousins, general manager of Electronic Arts’ Easy Studios, told Rock, Paper, Shotgun it’s simply awful that consumers must shell out $60 for a game they may or may not like.
  • Digital medical records provide critical backup
    The wide-scale destruction caused by the recent north Japan earthquake and tsunami has highlighted the importance of electronic health records (EHR), with industry watchers urging for countries to digitize healthcare data.

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Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/27/11
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