Privacy

Google fires engineer for privacy violations

Grazed from ComputerWorld.  Author:  Sumner Lemon.

A Google engineer was fired for violating the company's privacy rules, Google said today. The search giant was responding to a report that the engineer had improperly accessed the accounts of several teenagers.

"We dismissed David Barksdale for breaking Google's strict internal privacy policies," said Bill Coughran, senior vice president of Google, in a statement.

Facebook & the Right to Privacy

Grazed from Internet Evolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

Facebook Fixes Privacy Bug

Grazed from eWeek.  Author: Brian Prince.

Facebook has fixed a bug that could have been abused by someone looking to get their hands on the full names and photos of users.

Atul Agarwal of Secfence Technologies posted information about the issue to the Full Disclosure mailing list Aug. 11. If someone entered a user’s e-mail address and the wrong password in the log-in page, the site coughed up the user’s full name and profile picture in addition to an incorrect password message.

Crypto Signatures Are Key to New DNS Security

Grazed from Internet Revolution.  Author: Sean Gallagher.

At the recent Black Hat information security conference, officials of ICANN and VeriSign Inc. (Nasdaq: VRSN) announced a major change to the Domain Name Service (DNS), the Internet’s global address book. Called Domain Name Service Security Extensions (DNSSEC), the modification adds a cryptographic signature to Websites’ addresses that verifies they are genuine.