Jul 292015
 July 29, 2015  Business, Non-U.S., Online No Responses »

The Local reports:

It may come as a surprise to those who view France as a land of easy romance, but the Gallic dating game is as ruthless as that seen anywhere else.

Indeed, France has also taken part in the global boom in the number of people looking online for love — or a little fun.

But France’s data protection watchdog, the CNIL, has now spoken out against the lax data protection practices of sites including Easyflirt and Adopte un mec (Adopt a guy).

In total, 13 sites run by eight companies have been put on notice for not protecting “sensitive” data supplied by their clients.

Read more on The Local (FR).

Jul 292015

So it seems I had tweeted a link to a story in The Register last month,   but apparently I forgot to post the item here:

“Nothing could possibly go wrong. Windows 10 will share your Wi-Fi password with your friends’ friends: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/06/30/windows_10_wi_fi_sense/?mt=1438219104333 #infosec”

Thankfully, Brian Krebs reported on the topic today, so you can read all about it on his site, now, too:

Starting today, Microsoft is offering most Windows 7 and Windows 8 users a free upgrade to the software giant’s latest operating system — Windows 10. But there’s a very important security caveat that users should know about before transitioning to the new OSUnless you opt out, Windows 10 will by default share your Wi-Fi network password with any contacts you may have listed in Outlook and Skype — and, with an opt-in, your Facebookfriends.

This brilliant new feature, which Microsoft has dubbed Wi-Fi Sense, doesn’t share your WiFi network password per se — it shares an encrypted version of that password. But it does allow anyone in your Skype or Outlook or Hotmail contacts lists to waltz onto your Wi-Fi network — should they ever wander within range of it or visit your home (or hop onto it secretly from hundreds of yards away with a good ‘ole cantenna!).

Read more on KrebsOnSecurity.com.

Thanks to Joe Cadillic for sending in this link. 

Jul 292015
 July 29, 2015  Court, Laws No Responses »

Peter Howe reports:

Embattled New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady has undoubtedly created a public relations disaster for himself with new reports that he had the smartphone he was using during the “Deflategate” saga destroyed, apparently hours before he was called before Deflategate investigator Ted Wells.

But as a member of a powerful labor union using a personal phone, not one issued by his employer, Brady appeared to be on solid ground legally tossing the “broken Samsung.”

Read more on NECN.

Jul 292015

Senator Ron Wyden writes:

The government can’t keep its own data safe, but Congress wants companies to give it even more of your private information

In the wake of a series of widely-publicized hacks, including the recent compromise of government personnel records, the US Senate rushed to take up a bill that supporters say will protect the typical supporters from the sophisticated hacks of the future. It appears Republican leaders have stepped back from that plan, but rest assured, just as night follows day, supporters are planning to bring this bill back to the Senate floor this year.

Read more on The Guardian.