Sunday, November 21, 2010

This is interesting if you were following the Lower Merion School District webcam spying story. Now laptop owners can install their own “Lower Merion-like” tool!

LockitTight: Helps to Locate Your Stolen Laptop

LockItTight is a free web service that can serve as a sort of insurance for your laptop. This tool can help you recover your laptop if you ever lose it, by constantly keeping track of its location. It can also do screen and even webcam captures, which will give you or the authorities an idea of where your laptop is.

Using LockItTight is pretty simple. All you have to do is sign up for an account and download the client on your device. Then you can configure the tracking settings for your device in the website. You may choose to turn the location tracking on or off, screen capturing, and webcam capturing. In addition, you may set the reporting interval for your device.

Similar Tools: LAlarm, Adeona, Firefound and Prey Project.

Since the guy used a Google Blog for this, it was easy for Google to shut it down and (I assume) to determine how he was doing it. They claim to have closed this hole.

Whoa, Google, That’s A Pretty Big Security Hole

November 20, 2010 by Dissent

Michael Arrington writes:

Facebook would probably just consider this a feature, but the rest of us will definitely consider this a big security hole. The creator of (don’t visit that site just yet) emailed us this morning to explain.

If you’re already logged in to any Google account (Gmail, etc.), and visit that site, he’s harvested your Google email. And proves it by emailing you immediately.

And it even works in “incognito” mode (also known as porn mode).

Read more on TechCrunch.

Back in 2007... How would this poor schmo know that an “official” link was an IT screw-up and not really an “official” feed?

Swedish Man Fined For Posting Links To Online Video Feeds

Posted by timothy on Sunday November 21, @05:03AM

"Over in Sweden, it appears that a guy has been fined for linking to an online broadcast of a hockey game. We've heard stories of people getting in trouble merely for linking to unauthorized content, but this story is even more ridiculous. The guy wasn't linking to unauthorized content. He was linking to an online video feed from the official broadcaster, Canal Plus. The issue was that Canal Plus was apparently technically incompetent in how they set up the feeds, and never intended to make the feeds public."

[From the TorrentFreak article:

Yesterday, and despite Canal Plus being completely unable to show that anyone at all had clicked the links or viewed the streams, the Hudiksvall District Court found the man who posted the links guilty of copyright infringement. He was fined 3,500 kronor ($520) and ordered to pay 11,780 kronor ($1,747) in compensation to Canal Plus.

Although the fines may be almost laughably small by United States standards, this decision by the District Court has the potential to send shivers down the spine of anyone running a website who links to a media source, even when provided by an official outlet but not in accordance with their wishes.

I should have thought of this. I could have made a fortune with my “220volt Anti-Groping” underwear!

Got a gripe about TSA screening? Sound off here

After receiving nearly 1,000 unsolicited comments over the past week about stepped-up security procedures, the U.S. Travel Association has launched a website that encourages passengers to share their opinions with the Obama Administration, Congress and the travel industry.

Though comments submitted to are private, the industry trade group is also posting public feedback on a Facebook page and via Twitter, with tweets tagged #travelvoice.

(Related) TSA has a Blog to calm all our fears...

Lone TSA Twitter Account Fights Entire Internet

In case you’re confused by @tsagov, @tsabloggerbob, @tsaagent, @TSAsupervisor, @tsablog and countless other parody accounts, the real Transportation Safety Administration is actually on Twitter at @TSABlogTeam and wow, talk about the worst social media job ever (but definitely not the overall worst job ever).

For those of you who haven’t been following along, the Internet has been one big anti-TSA flash mob ever since the TSA implemented its new Advanced Imaging Technology body scanning and pat down procedures on November 1st. Just take look at these @replies.

It’s no surprise that the TSA “porn scans” would get so much backlash — Nobody I repeat nobody is comfortable with their body, but especially those of us who spend most of our time online. As representative for the nerd contingent, software engineer John Tyner’s “Don’t Touch My Junk” blog post was the viral tipping point that unleashed the Pandora’s box of meta OMG WTF TSA round ups like this one.

For my Ethical Hackers

Spoof Your Caller ID With an iPhone Web App

For those of you that think every iPhone application must be approved by Apple's App Store guardians… think again.


Top 10 Places to Find Banned iPhone Apps

This comes up every few months. Credit cards were seen as “cash killers,” then debit cards, here it is “smart” credit cards. Why not 'whatever electronic device you happen to be carrying?”

Estonian Economist Suggests Abandoning Cash

Posted by timothy on Saturday November 20, @10:56PM

"Raul Eamets, professor of macroeconomics at the University of Tartu, proposed today during his TEDx talk that Estonia should stop using cash at all when adopting the Euro as the national currency (Estonian original). He also pointed out that abandoning cash would not be only important for the Estonian economy as a whole but also is a real challenge for both IT and banking sectors and would also improve Estonia's image as an IT-tiger."

Toward a single, global library?

November 20, 2010

The European Library - search the content of European national libraries

"The European Library is a free service that offers access to the resources of the 48 national libraries of Europe in 35 languages. Resources can be both digital (books, posters, maps, sound recordings, videos, etc.) and bibliographical. Quality and reliability are guaranteed by the 48 collaborating national libraries of Europe. The European Library represents Europe in all the colours of its cultural heritage. Being owned by public institutions guarantees its long-term preservation. Furthermore, quality and reliability are guaranteed. All content has been selected and categorised by experts who have done this work over centuries and centuries: Europe’s national librarians."

No comments: