The next Privacy Foundation Seminar “Legal Ethics and Privacy in Cloud Computing” is scheduled for Friday, March 18, 2011. This isn't on their website yet (hint, hint) but as usual, you can contact Diane Bales at 303-871-6580 for details. For a mere $20 you get the seminar and lunch.
From Gary Alexander: Oops. A minor error that requires a lot of effort to undo.
Security Breach Unsettling for Thousands of MSU Students
More than 6,000 Missouri State University students have had their social security numbers compromised.
… According to MSU, in October and November of last year, the College of Education prepared nine lists of students, which included social security numbers. Those lists were meant to be posted on a secure server for personnel preparing the students' accreditation.
It wasn't meant to be seen by anyone outside the school and people involved in that process. However, the school says the lists were accessible to the general public and ended up on Google.
… The university says since it discovered the breach, it has worked with Google to pull the lists so there are minimal "hits."
… Google stores information, so the school had to work all the way until last weekend to get rid of those copies.
For my Ethical Hackers.
Libya Finds New Way To Cut Off Internet
Here we go again: After a six hour shutdown about two weeks ago, traffic monitors are once again reporting that Libya has lost internet connectivity, most notably that search queries to Google from Libya have flatlined starting around a day ago.
Unlike the last time Libya went offline and the process used to shut down the connectivity in Egypt (where Internet service providers simply shut down their servers) someone has come up with a more technologically advanced way of taking the country offline this time. According to Rensys the routes in Libya are still up, but there is no data packet traffic on the still open routes as the traffic is “blackholed” right before it enters the Libyan netspace.
mouth tweet! Will lawyers search (automated, of course) for potentially libelous statements and then offer to settle?
$430k Love settlement shows tweets can be costly
… "The fact is that this case shows that the forum upon which you communicate makes no difference in terms of potential legal exposure," Freedman said. "Disparaging someone on Twitter does not excuse one from liability."
Love's attorney, Jim Janowitz, said the settlement actually saved the rocker money. "This is a case where the economics of the case didn't make a lot of sense for either side," he said, noting that the costs of going to trial would have been large.
Does access establish jurisdiction?
Judge Lets Sony Unmask Visitors to PS3-Jailbreaking Site
A federal magistrate is granting Sony the right to acquire the internet IP addresses of anybody who has visited PlayStation 3 hacker George Hotz’s website from January of 2009 to the present.
Thursday’s decision by Magistrate Joseph Spero to allow Sony to subpoena Hotz’s web provider (.pdf) raises a host of web-privacy concerns.
… Sony told Spero, a San Francisco magistrate, that it needed the information for at least two reasons.
One is to prove the “defendant’s distribution” of the hack.
The other involves a jurisdictional argument over whether Sony must sue Hotz in his home state of New Jersey rather than in San Francisco, which Sony would prefer. Sony said the server logs would demonstrate that many of those who downloaded Hotz’s hack reside in Northern California — thus making San Francisco a proper venue for the case.
Jokes about Hillary Clinton being a TWITerer aside, the voice on the video sounds to me like a better version of a computer generated voice. The phrasing and hesitations are very similar to a computer searching for the next word/phrase. What do you think?
March 04, 2011
Apps@State: "Use the communications tools at your disposal to spread your values...by creating your own networks you can extend the power of governments to end hunger, defeat disease, combat climate change and give every child the ability to live up to his or her God-given potential." HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON, Secretary of State
...well, I found it amusing. e-Discovery
An Animated View of Lawyers at a Rule 26(f) Conference
I wanted to make a video, hopefully a funny one with some creativity, that shows the positive power of e-discovery skills and knowledge. I am trying to show what can happen when a properly trained attorney meets a typical e-discovery illiterate.
A guide for politicians? (A witch hunt is a witch hunt)
17th century witch chronicles put online
A 350-year-old notebook which documents the trials of women convicted of witchcraft in England during the 17th century has been published online.
… The notebook can be viewed free of charge at http://chiccmanchester.wordpress.com/