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Submission + - Gang Amasses Over a Billion Internet Passwords (

rotorbudd writes: The New York Times reports that Hold Security has discovered that a Russian crime ring has amassed over a billion unique records.

" A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses, security researchers say."

Submission + - Was Brendan Eich removed to get closed source DRM into Firefox?

rotorbudd writes: From Vox Popoli:
"Eich stood firmly in the way of Mozilla incorporating DRM into Firefox. Now that he's gone, and his technological authority with him, Mozilla immediately caved to Hollywood interests. It's also interesting to note that the justification for Mozilla making this change is given as fear that users will abandon them. That demonstrates that the campaign to #uninstallfirefox was based on a sound principle, even if it was not quite as successful as I would have liked it to be."

Submission + - Peoria Mayor Sends Police to Track Down Twitter Parodist (

rotorbudd writes: Guess the good Mayor has never heard of the Streisand Effect.
The original Twitter account had a total of 50 followers. The new account has over 200
"Jim Ardis, mayor of Peoria, Illinois, ordered police to track down whoever was responsible for a parody Twitter account mocking him."

Submission + - Eric Schmidt Tried To Get Google To Hide His Political Donation In Search Result (

rotorbudd writes: Departing Google CEO Eric Schmidt was known for some of his bumbling public statements — like saying that privacy didn't matter — but apparently he made some internal blunders as well.
One of the biggest: asking Google's search team to remove information about a political donation from its search results.

Submission + - Obamacare Marketplace: Info Can Be Shared With Law Enforcement (

rotorbudd writes: Maryland's Health Connection has an interesting statement at the end of it's privacy policy.
"Any information that you provide to us in your application will be used only to carry out the functions of Maryland Health Connection. The only exception to this policy is that we may share information provided in your application with the appropriate authorities for law enforcement and audit activities. "

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