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Submission + - Minneapolis police catalog license plates and location data (

tripleevenfall writes: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Minneapolis police used automated scanning technology to log location data for over 800,000 license plates in June alone, with 4.9 million scans having taken place this year. The data includes the date, time, and location where the plate was seen.

Worse, it appears this data is compiled and stored for up to a year and is disclosed to anyone who asks for it.


Submission + - Homeland Security monitoring journalists (

tripleevenfall writes: Freedom of speech might allow journalists to get away with a lot in America, but the Department of Homeland Security is on the ready to make sure that the government is keeping dibs on who is saying what.

Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.

The development comes at the same time a U.S. Judge denied pleas from supporters of WikiLeaks who had tried to prevent account information pertaining to their Twitter accounts from being provided to federal prosecutors.


Submission + - Library of Congress to receive entire Twitter arch (

tripleevenfall writes: The Library of Congress and Twitter have signed agreement that will see an archive of every public Tweet ever sent handed over to the library's repository of historical documents.

"We have an agreement with Twitter where they have a bunch of servers with their historic archive of tweets, everything that was sent out and declared to be public," said Bill Lefurgy, the digital initiatives program manager at the library's national digital information infrastructure and preservation program. "The archives don't contain tweets that users have protected, but everything else — billions and billions of tweets — are there."


Submission + - Sophisticated rootkit may infect millions of Andro (

tripleevenfall writes: Carrier iQ is a piece of software that is embedded as a rootkit into most mobile devices, not just Android but Nokia, Blackberry, and likely more. Carrier IQ as a platform is designed to collect "metrics" at any scale. Carrier IQ sits in the middle of, and "checks" the data of, SMS and MMS messages. It listens for and receives every battery change notifications. It hooks into every web page you view, and every XML file your device reads. It receives every press of the touch screen. It 'sees' what you type on the physical keyboard. It reads every number you press in the dialer. It can track which applications you use, what 'type' they are, how often, and for how long. Samsung and Sprint, why do you want this information?

Google Starts Indexing Facebook Comments 167

First time accepted submitter SharkLaser writes "Users of Facebook Connect have previously enjoyed extra privacy as it was harder for Google to index comments made on the platform. Google, which also runs the competing service Google+, has now started indexing Facebook's public comments as well as comments made on platforms Disqus and Intense Debate, which all used programming that was hard for Google to read. Public comments and links made on those platforms will now be directly visible and searchable in Google."

MasterCard Transactions To Be Mined For CO2 Data 124

seamus1abshere writes "In the latest twist from Big Data, MasterCard and Brighter Planet today announced that cardholder transaction data will be mined for clues about CO2 emissions. Initial coverage will be of flights, car rentals, hotels and other purchases for which the credit card company stores extra metadata. Interestingly, the science behind the offering is all open source."

Submission + - Hackers offer PSN credit cards for sale (

tripleevenfall writes: The hackers who broke into the PlayStation Network are now reportedly attempting to sell the stolen credit card numbers on "underground hacker forums."

"The hackers that hacked PSN are selling off the DB," Keven Stevens, a security analyst with Trend Micro, wrote on Twitter. "They reportedly have 2.2 million credit cards with CVVs." With that ominous notice, the word went out that PSN customers who provided their credit card details to Sony are indeed facing a very real risk of fraud.

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Submission + - A Playstation Network Hack Timeline (

tripleevenfall writes: A timeline regarding the PSN hack shows that Sony was aware of the intrusion on Tuesday, April 19, but didn't bring the network down until Wednesday and didn't reveal consumer information was stolen until Friday. There is still no guess as to how long the data has actually been in the black-hats' hands.

Submission + - Android commiting similar sins on user monitoring (

tripleevenfall writes: According to new research by a security analyst, an HTC Android phone collected its location every few seconds and transmitted the data to Google at least several times an hour. Google and Apple are gathering location information as part of their race to build massive databases capable of pinpointing people's locations via their cellphones. These databases could help them tap the $2.9 billion market for location-based services—expected to rise to $8.3 billion in 2014, according to research firm Gartner Inc.

Submission + - ACLU: Michigan cops downloading drivers' phonedata (

tripleevenfall writes: The Michigan State Police have started using handheld machines called "extraction devices" to download personal information from motorists they pull over, even if they're not suspected of any crime. The devices, sold by a company called Cellebrite, can download text messages, photos, video, and even GPS data from most brands of cell phones. The handheld machines have various interfaces to work with different models and can even bypass security passwords and access some information.

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