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Evil Yoda posted a topic in National/World NewsJohn Perry Barlow has died. He did a great many things with his life; I know him because of his work with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which he and two other men created in 1990. Law enforcement investigating computer crimes back then was terribly misinformed and poorly educated, and Barlow, Mitch Kapor (of Lotus) and John Gilmore (Sun employee #5) set about to create an organization to defend those online from government zeal. Their first case, involving a game company, eventually showed that the Secret Service knew nothing about what it was investigating, and resulted in a substantial settlement for that company. I thank Mr. Barlow for his pioneering work in this area. May there always be people willing to tell law enforcement when it is wrong.
EL-FLIPPO posted a topic in National/World NewsA huge, unprotected WWE database containing information on more than 3 million users, noting it was open to anyone who knew the web address to search. All data was stored in plain text. The data - which included home and email addresses, birthdates, as well as customers' children's age ranges and genders where supplied - was sitting on an Amazon Web Services S3 server without username or password protection. Another exposed WWE database contained reams of information primarily on European fans, though the information contained only addresses, telephone numbers and names. While the security lapse is cause for concern, that WWE is also collecting ethnicity information and children's age ranges has privacy advocates anxious. It would appear, however, that the fans had volunteered that information, having the choice to do so on their WWE Network profile. Multiple leaks have occurred on Amazon in recent months, largely thanks to misconfigurations of servers. The most notable was that of a Republican Party marketing contractor that left data on more than 198 million voters on an open database in June. In that case the information appeared to be amassed from a wide range of sources, and included addresses, birthdates, phone numbers and sentiment analyses for predicting individuals' opinions, religion and ethnicity.