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Submission + - Students Beat Mozilla and eBay to Firefox Add-on

An anonymous reader writes: The Grooveking Blog reports on a group of Stanford students who got together to help promote Firefox and ended up releasing a long overdue eBay Toolbar for Firefox before the joint extension from Mozilla and eBay could be released in Europe.

Besides basic search features, it removes external ads on the site and allows users to see thumbnail pictures on ALL search items, even those sellers didn't pay for. An eBay toolbar has been long overdue. Users have petitioned for one on eBay discussion boards since October of 2005. Succumbing to popular demand, the eBay Developer's Program put a Firefox toolbar in the pipeline, but it seems that the Stanford students beat them to the punch. eBay can't be too enthusiastic about this toolbar since it cuts directly into its main sources of revenue: ads and thumbnail fees. But eBay users get a really good deal.
According to John Lilly, COO of Mozilla, the preemptive release of the eBay Toolbar even ruffled some feathers among the eBay execs in Europe.

Submission + - Charles Schwab Picture Passwords Debuts, is Hacked

An anonymous reader writes: At the Internet Identity Workshop, Vidoop announced a picture password scheme that will be used by Charles Schwab. Starting in August, Charles Schwab users will be able to login by choosing the correct image of a pizza or car, using their scheme that is invulnerable to phishing, keyloggers and "all prevalent forms of hacking", according to Vidoop's TV commercial on YouTube. At the same workshop, Harvard researchers announced that they had broken the scheme in a few hours, and they posted a video of the attack. This relates to the Boarding Pass Guy's attack on Bank of America's SiteKey and to a previous Harvard study on SiteKey that shows how easily users get phished.

Comment Re:sniffing outbound connections from a tor node (Score 1) 403

Tor multiply encrypts all traffic passing inside of it (see "onion routing"). The only Tor router that sees your data without encryption is the last one you bounce it through, and an evil router only has a 1/400 chance of being this router.

Anyway, this probably isn't any worse than regular Internet use, where every router from you to the recipient can read the content of the traffic. It might be worse if you expect the Tor routers to be less trustworthy than the random Internet routers your traffic gets routed thrtough. I am of the opinion that it's probably better, since with Tor at least they don't know who the sender and recipient are. This may be more damaging information for some applications (indulging your tentacle porn fetish) than for others (webmail login).

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