The FCC Officially Votes to Kill Net Neutrality

Another victory for the Internet Service Providers and their paid lobbyists, throwing American consumers to the wolves: The FCC officially votes to kill net neutrality.

You can read the sad news in many web sites, including https://techcrunch.com/2017/12/14/the-fcc-officially-votes-to-kill-net-neutrality.

That article says, in part: “Despite overwhelming opposition from Congress, technical experts, advocacy organizations and, of course, the American people, the FCC has voted to eliminate 2015’s Open Internet Order and the net neutrality protections it established.

Yes, your Internet Service Provider probably will be spying on your online activities soon.

Ads May Soon Stalk You on TV Like They Do on Your Facebook Feed

According to a brief article in Slashdot: “The Federal Communications Commission is poised to approve a new broadcast standard that will let broadcasters do something cable TV companies already do: harvest data about what you watch so advertisers can customize pitches. ”

The short article is at http://bit.ly/2mujzoS and contains a link to the FCC’s 109-page proposed rule that is scheduled for a vote by commissioners Thursday.

Equifax CEO Quits Following Massive Data Breach

Not much of a surprise here. Almost three weeks after Equifax said that hackers had gained access to the sensitive information of 143 million Americans, the credit-reporting company’s CEO has quit.

Equifax said on Tuesday morning that Richard Smith, who had been leading the Atlanta-based company since 2005, was stepping down.

Details may be found at: https://thepointsguy.com/2017/09/equifax-ceo-quits-after-breach.

Google Experiment Tests Top 5 Browsers, Finds Safari Riddled With Security Bugs

Bleeping Computer reports that Google engineer Ivan Fratric ran security tests on the 5 most popular web browsers. The test found 17 security bugs in Safari’s DOM engine, the worst of any of the 5 web browsers tested.

NOTE: “DOM” stands for Document Object Model, a platform and language-neutral interface that will allow programs and scripts to dynamically access and update the content, structure and style of documents. A “DOM engine” is that piece of software which takes a parsed XML or HTML document into something that is readable on your computer’s screen.

Fratric took today’s top five browsers — Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Edge, and Safari — and subjected them to 100 million fuzz tests with Domato.

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New Twitter Policy Abandons a Longstanding Privacy Pledge

According to an article by Jacob Hoffman-Andrews in the Electronic Frontier Foundation web site:

Twitter plans to roll out a new privacy policy on June 18, and, with it, is promising to roll back its longstanding commitment to obey the Do Not Track (DNT) browser privacy setting. Instead, the company is switching to the Digital Advertising Alliance’s toothless and broken self-regulatory program. At the same time, the company is taking the opportunity to introduce a new tracking option and two new targeting options, all of which are set to “track and target” by default. These are not the actions of a company that respects people’s privacy choices.

If you use Twitter, you should read the article at: http://bit.ly/2rxyKyF. Better yet, perhaps you shouldn’t use Twitter at all.

WikiLeaks Reveals Grasshopper, the CIA’s Windows Hacking Tool

Are you reading this on a Windows computer? If so, you may be sharing the information with the CIA, even if you are outside the United States and even if you are using a VPN, Tor, or other encrypted connection.

WikiLeaks released new information concerning a CIA malware program called “Grasshopper,” that specifically targets Windows. The Grasshopper framework was (is?) allegedly used by the CIA to make custom malware payloads. According to the user guide: “Grasshopper is a software tool used to build custom installers for target computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems.” Grasshopper is designed to detect the OS and protection on any Windows computer on which it’s deployed, and it can escape detection by anti-malware software. If that was enough for you to put your computer in stasis, brace yourself for a doozy: Grasshopper reinstalls itself every 22 hours, even if you have Windows Update disabled.

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Security Professionals Scoff at Trump’s Position on Privacy

Attendants of this year’s RSA Conference—an event drawing thousands of digital security professionals, cryptographers, engineers, as well as tech companies and intelligence agencies looking to recruit—expressed skepticism of President Trump’s commitment to privacy.

Details may be found in an article by Rebecca Jeschke And Rainey Reitman in the Electronic Freedom Foundation web site at: http://bit.ly/2oKOHkd.