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Malware now infesting my primary computer:

MacRonin No infections, just Virii in my Inbox (197 comments)

No actual infections on my Mac. Just a few lonely Windows virus siting in my email Inbox

about a year and a half ago

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Year in Communications: NSA Revelations Overshadow Communications Breakthroughs

MacRonin MacRonin writes  |  about 3 months ago

MacRonin (112572) writes "Communications news in 2013 was dominated by serial revelations of the National Security Agency’s mass collection of data from major Internet companies and mobile carriers, leading to widespread cries of governmental overreach.

But those revelations, based on leaks from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, were accompanied by remarkable advances in wireless communications. The Snowden documents also galvanized new efforts at making the Internet more secure and private.

The folks at MIT Technology Review have their year end rundown"
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DOJ needs warrant to track your cell's GPS history

MacRonin MacRonin writes  |  more than 5 years ago

MacRonin writes "Just in from the EFF — In an unprecedented victory for cell phone privacy, a federal court has affirmed that cell phone location information stored by a mobile phone provider is protected by the Fourth Amendment and that the government must obtain a warrant based on probable cause before seizing such records. EFF has successfully argued before other courts that the government needs a warrant before it can track a cell phones location in real-time. However, this is the first known case where a court has found that the government must also obtain a warrant when obtaining stored records about a cell phones location from the mobile phone provider.

"Cell phone providers store an increasing amount of sensitive data about where you are and when, based on which cell towers your phone uses when making a call. Until now, the government has routinely seized these records without search warrants," said EFF Senior Staff Attorney Kevin Bankston. "This landmark ruling is hopefully only the first of many. Just as magistrates across the country have begun denying government requests to track cell phones in real-time without warrants, based on arguments first made by EFF, so too do we hope this decision will spark new scrutiny of the governments unconstitutional seizure of stored cell phone location records."

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the ACLU Foundation of Pennsylvania, and the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) joined EFFs brief.

For Wednesdays decision:
http://www.eff.org/files/filenode/celltracking/lenihanorder.pdf

For the full amicus brief in the cell phone records case:
http://www.eff.org/files/filenode/celltracking/LenihanAmicus.pdf"

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FBI Prepares Vast Database Of Biometrics

MacRonin MacRonin writes  |  more than 6 years ago

MacRonin writes "According to a 3 page article at the Washington Post — FBI Prepares Vast Database Of Biometrics — $1 Billion Project to Include Images of Irises and Faces



The FBI is embarking on a $1 billion effort to build the world's largest computer database of peoples' physical characteristics, a project that would give the government unprecedented abilities to identify individuals in the United States and abroad.

Digital images of faces, fingerprints and palm patterns are already flowing into FBI systems in a climate-controlled, secure basement here. Next month, the FBI intends to award a 10-year contract that would significantly expand the amount and kinds of biometric information it receives. And in the coming years, law enforcement authorities around the world will be able to rely on iris patterns, face-shape data, scars and perhaps even the unique ways people walk and talk, to solve crimes and identify criminals and terrorists. The FBI will also retain, upon request by employers, the fingerprints of employees who have undergone criminal background checks so the employers can be notified if employees have brushes with the law.

"Bigger. Faster. Better. That's the bottom line," said Thomas E. Bush III, assistant director of the FBI's Criminal Justice Information Services Division
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