Another day, another data thievery revelation at Facebook, Inc. (Nasdaq: FB). It's time for our national law enforcement agencies to take action and act in the manner they would against any other organized criminal enterprise. Raid the corporate headquarters, arrest, detain, interrogate and incarcerate the C-level personnel (including recently separated personnel) and prosecute. Then there's this well crafted explanaotry post at The Hacker News providing another take on the company's criminal behaviors...
'An anonymous security researcher, who sports the handle e-sushi on Twitter, first noticed that the company was asking some new users to enter their email passwords to verify their identities, a deeply anti-security request even on its own. Business Insider then spotted that if you did this a dialogue box popped up warning you – with no chance to cancel, pause or opt out – that it was importing all your contacts.' - via John Oates reporting for El Reg
In perhaps the singularly snarky (yet fundamentally true) privacy piece posted targeting privacy invading smart devices on El Reg in the past couple of weeks, comes reporter Alistair Dabbs' jaundiced (and highly entertaining) focused, tech-askew-world-view of so-called 'smart speakers', and other detritus emanating out of the 'robber-baron-age-of-tech'. Enjoy.
"Some 14 years after the publication of NASA-linked research on sub-vocal speech recognition, the genre is currently enjoying a bit of a revival. In the near future, you will acquire the valuable skill to accidentally tell Alexa to buy 400 rolls of toilet paper simply by clearing your throat." - via Alistair Dabbs' privacy piece posted at The Register
The Chairman has apparently decided it's OK to front load a consumer level commission with anti-consumer business 'leaders'... Pai's behavior as Chairman certainly crosses the line into the realm of corruption and, at the very least malfeasance. When will this clown's malign actions be investigated?
'Sprint and T-Mobile had quit ALEC in 2012 and 2015, respectively, "leav[ing] Comcast, Charter Communications, CenturyLink, and Cox Communications as the last major telecom companies sticking with the corporate bill mill," PR Watch reported in November 2018,..' via Jon Brodkin, writing at Ars Technica
Lily Hay Newman, writing at Wired, brings us the bad-news of robo-calling mitigation efforts in the United States (also published on Wired's sister site - Ars Technica - both Conde Nast properties). As usual, the incompetence of the telecom's participating in these mitigation and remediation efforts combined with the signature lack of technological know-how in the United States government has brought us to this unfortunate-old-box-of-1st-world-pain.
'Though it's frustrating that existing efforts haven't made much of a dent in robocalling yet, Ian Barlow, who oversees the FTC's Do Not Call Registry, says that things would be even more dire without the measures that are already in place. "Like any law enforcement agency we're never going to stamp out every crime," he says. "But without that enforcement the problem would be much worse."' - via Lily Hay Newman, writing at Wired, brings us the bad-news of robo-calling mitigation efforts in the United States