Friday, August 1, 2014

Microfost ordered to hand over info

Microsoft lost a federal NY court battle to not hand over info on a Dublin server which was requested in a drugs trafficking trial. Microsoft is going to appeal. Twitter released a report showing the government had made 1,257 requests for access to info in the first six month of 2014. At least some info was turned over to the government in 72% of the cases. Other tech companies support Microsoft's position. I'm thinking, yes, protect our rights, but in a drugs trafficking case? Don't we want to prosecute the criminals and put them in prison? Read more about it here

Wondering what the impact of this case's final decision will be on the rest of us and info in genera. I leave for a few days. This blog will continue on the 6th.

Have fitbit? You can be traced and id'd....

Here's an interesting bit of news. Turns out for $70 purchase of software, someone, anyone could track you if you wear any kind of wearable gadget like a fitbit. Not only that, they can pick you out and identify you in crowd, say amidst a lot of people in a park. That's a little scary. Scenarios: a bunch of guys jogging, and someone could identify the big guy at the Pentagon, or a rich person's relative at a party, or an ex-you wish to get revenge upon walking a dog. Hopefully the fitbit people will come up with new and improved less easy to identify wearable bits. Read more about it here

Irish Troubles collection free to a good home

Here's the type of collection archivists love, an interesting topic, extensive coverage on both sides of the issue, it will teach people in the future about peace, and it is free. One archives is interested in part of it, but the collector wants to keep it together. Read more about it here

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Dark net Tor is not completely dark anymore

Two Carnegie Melon U. (CMU) men described as university researchers and security specialists state they attacked Tor, the dark net site which allows anonymous communication to protect users' identities and locations. The men, Alexander Volynkin and Michael McCord were supposed to give a talk next week  about how they exploited flaws in the system in July 2014 to identify the dark net's users. They call their work the Tor Project. Doesn't sound like a new Marvel movie?  One of Tor's creators has  asked how and what they did it and got minimal responses. The presentation has now been cancelled by CMU's lawyers. Exactly who was unmasked or to what extent, or what info the researchers got is unclear. Maybe this is a NSA setup to go after certain people on Tor. Who really knows? Several countries are very interested in finding someone to unmask the users of Tor. Russia is offering a reward of $110,000.  Germany, the US and the UK are also interested. Tor can be used by reporters and their sources, by criminals, by people in countries which control communications, and by people wishing to avoid being tracked or identified for other reasons. If Tor security really was beaten, it will be interesting to see what info the researchers got and what will be done with it. Will NSA grab the info? Will Tor be finished, or be reinvented as a bigger, better, darker netter? This will cut off a safe option for many people, some with legitimate reasons for secure communications. In today's world, with constantly changing technology, the simple truth is that you can't stay anonymous forever. Read more about it here

China hacks Canada's National Research Council

Chinese-government sponsored hacker hacked Canada's prestigious National Research Council. China denies it. Canada has isolated the NRC's website from government sites which it doesn't believe  have been hacked. Why would it be hacked? Because it works on emerging technology which China would prefer to steal rather than develop on its own. Too bad someone doesn't send some malware China's way to stop it from stealing. I guess it is just too tempting and easy. Read more about it here.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Kodak film stock to continue for Hollywood?

Hollywood directors Tarantino and J.J. Abrams are attempting to save the last Kodak film company by standing orders for quantities of film into the future. They love film and fear its demise. Something not said in the article is that film can be repaired (at great cost and effort) but if everything is digital and copies lose some of the original content over time with various types of copying, then the original info isn't all there in the last format in the future to save. This is very exciting news for AMIA and all film fans. To read more about it click here

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ex-hacker now a search expert

An ex-hacker who hacked for fun into the Pentagon has become a search expert. This is interesting. You can hire him. Maybe the Clarke should hire him in an effort to boost our online statistics!  He doesn't have an MLS, though so his resume would probably not make in through personnel. He gets your business found first with online searches, guaranteeing you more business. I wonder if this is the route all the ex-hackers, saved from prison, will take? Hopefully some will go to work for the NSA.  Read more about it here