Feds Issue Bulletin on Google Dorking

Feds Issue Bulletin on Google Dorking | Public Intelligence   A bulletin issued by the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI and the National Counterterrorism Center earlier this month warns law enforcement and private security personnel that malicious cyber actors can use “advanced search techniques” to discover sensitive information and other vulnerabilities in websites.  The…

Australian government apps access smartmobe cams but ‘don’t film you’

Department of Human Services says its apps need cameras to deliver better services By Richard Chirgwin, 4 May 2014 Australia’s Department of Human Services (DHS) says apparently-excessive permissions sought by its mobile apps are necessary for service delivery, and don’t put its customers’ privacy at risk. Last week, The Register quizzed the department over broad permissions sought…

US judge rules Baidu has First Amendment right to block content / Political Censorship is now an editorial freedom

EEV: Political Censorship is now an editorial freedom PUBLISHED : Friday, 28 March, 2014, 11:58pm Reuters in New York The First Amendment protects Baidu’s right to advocate for systems of government other than democracy (in China or elsewhere) just as surely as it protects plaintiffs’ rights to advocate for democracy, US District Judge Jesse Furman…

2029: the year when robots will have the power to outsmart their makers

Ray Kurzweil, Google expert in artificial intelligence, predicts that by 2029 robots will make jokes and flirt Nadia Khomani The Observer,  Saturday 22 February 2014 16.00 EST Computers will be cleverer than humans by 2029, according to Ray Kurzweil, Google’s director of engineering. The entrepreneur and futurologist has predicted that in 15 years’ time computers will…

Bing censoring Chinese language search results for users in the US

English and Chinese language queries for terms such as ‘Dalai Lama’ return radically different results on Microsoft search engine Dominic Rushe in New York theguardian.com,              Tuesday 11 February 2014 16.36 EST A Bing search in Chinese for Bo Xilai, the former Chinese government official, shows different results from an English search. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters…

Time travellers outsmart the NSA

  No sign of them on the Internet – yet By       Richard Chirgwin     6th January 2014 04:01 GMT If there are time travellers around, they’re being careful not to leave their fingerprints on the Internet. That’s the conclusion in a paper published at Arxiv, put together by Michigan Technical University physics professor Robert Nemiroff and PhD…

Snowden document reveals key role of companies in NSA data collection

NSA leverages relationships with commercial partners to collect vast quantities of data from fibre-optic cables, file shows • Tapping fibre-optic cables – see the NSA slide Ewen MacAskill and Dominic Rushe in New York theguardian.com,              Friday 1 November 2013 17.40 EDT Yahoo, Microsoft and Google deny they co-operate voluntarily with the intelligence agencies. Photograph:…