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Public Records

Does ZabaSearch make your private information public?

Personal information and privacy on the internet can be a sticky issue – and ZabaSearch is just one of many public-records search engines available online. Some worry that ZabaSearch may be used to share information they don’t want shared. ZabaSearch results aren’t ‘t always accurate, however. How ZabaSearch works ZabaSearch operates much like Spokeo or
firesheep sidejacking on open wireless network

Firesheep Firefox extension: sidejacking made easy makes a point

Firesheep is a Firefox extension that captures user names and passwords of anyone using the same open wireless network. Firesheep’s developer released the extension to demonstrate how exposed people are on open networks when they log into social network sites that employ cookies for user authentication. The good news is that certain Firefox extensions are
Harvard Hacked Page

Hackers plant pages on university websites

In an apparent exploitation of security holes, for-profit hackers have uploaded unauthorized pages to hundreds of universities’ websites. None of the schools knew of the pages’ existence. These pages were planted with the intent of making the hackers money, though it appears no personal information was compromised. Hacker pages on higher ed websites The attack
The Facebook logo embedded within a cartoon heart.

Lovely Faces scraped from Facebook without permission

In 2003, then Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg scraped the names and photos of co-eds from university servers in order to create a “hot or not” site called FaceMash. Zuckerberg, who would go on to found Facebook, was accused of stealing data and identities. Today, Wired reports that a media artist and a media critic have
Sony Playstation controller

Sony sued over Playstation Network hack that exposed millions

The data breach of the Sony Playstation Network has exposed millions of users to possible identity theft. Experts call it one of the biggest data hacks in recorded history, possibly opening 77 million people up to identity theft, and Sony is scrambling to fix the problem. The company has been slapped with a class action

Personal Money Store’s complaint resources

Personal Money Store weeds out bad lenders Personal Money Store offers Complaint Resources. This information is helpful for borrowers who have had a bad experience with lenders. The purpose of Complaint Resources are twofold: To ensure borrowers have the tools they need to file a complaint against a lender who they feel has treated them
A man submerged in murky financial waters is about to bite on the hook of the EPPICard phishing scam.

EPPICard: Less phishing, more administrative fees

Unemployed Americans looking to access their state benefits have had a difficult time with the EPPICard debit card system in the past. The ATM card-style distribution system was designed to make it easy for the unemployed to access their benefits money. Unfortunately, numerous media reports have indicated that the program failed to go off without
Screenshot of one kind of IRS e-mail

Beware the new IRS e-mail phishing scam, taxpayers

Each tax season, unscrupulous individuals come out of the cyber-woodwork to prey on unsuspecting taxpayers. Unfortunately, 2011 tax time is no different. According to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette, a new IRS e-mail scam is circulating that can infect your computer with malware and viruses and even place your sensitive financial data in the hands of identity

Kneber botnet can steal your Facebook, banking logins

Yet another way to rob you blind in cyberspace If someone breaks into your home and steals your stuff, there are ways to cover expenses until you recover. Cash advance loans come to mind. However, if your sensitive log-ons for E-mail, social networking and banking are compromised, lasting damage can be the result. Guess what?
Phishing scams

The ePrivacy app: See-who-views-your-profile Facebook scam

If you value your Facebook account and the people you’re connected with, the last thing you want is to fall for and spread yet another viral scam. The ePrivacy app is among one of the latest Facebook scams to look out for. Like many other Facebook scams, you could fall victim if you’re easily enticed

Jeffrey Cox Twitter gaffe slays another career with social media

Jeffrey Cox, formerly a deputy attorney general for the state of Indiana, was recently fired for comments he made on social media sites. He said on Twitter that pro-union protesters in Wisconsin should be cleared from the capital with “live ammunition,” and the comment was relayed to his bosses. This is only the latest piece
Absurdist photo art depicting the dangers of browsing online. The user is depicted holding an open laptop computer up in front of their face, obscuring it from view. On the laptop screen is a menacing face, suggesting that there are dangerous forces online that can make life very difficult for Web surfers, such as those who encounter the Kenzero porn virus at the file sharing site Winni.

Porn virus Kenzero shakes down users for cash

A malicious porn virus known as Kenzero is spreading online. If being held for ransom by a Japanese criminal gang because you downloaded illegal copies of hentai video games sounds like a good time to you, then you may have already visited the Winni file sharing site. Those who prefer a safer online experience, one
facebook phone number sharing

Facebook phone number sharing is latest privacy issue debate

Facebook privacy issues became a problem for the social networking site again over the weekend. Facebook tried to trick users into supplying Facebook app developers with phone numbers and addresses as part of standard permissions dialogs. A wave of negative feedback compelled Facebook to suspend the practice shortly after it was implemented. Facebook wants to
A screen from the Facebook social game “Pet Society.”

Virtual home burglary yet another peril of Facebook

Securing one’s home with the best anti-intrusion and alarm systems money can buy is a great idea in the real world, but securing a virtual home can be equally important when Facebook is involved. As MSNBC reports, Italian authorities are currently investigating a virtual home burglary that occurred in the Facebook game “Pet Society.” Playfish