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Man Who Exposed iPad Security Flaws Sentenced to 3 Years in Federal Prison

Is he a hacker or a man who did the public a favor by exposing a gaping online security hole?

Andrew Auernheimer (@rabite on Twitter) will now spend 41 months in a federal prison, with concurrent probation for three years. He also owes restitution to the U.S. Treasury to be dispersed to AT&T in the amount of $73,000.

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Ask the Expert: Why Are People Calling HTML5 a ‘Game Changer’ For Online Security?

Q: "I’ve heard some web experts mention something called HTML5. I know that HTML is the code used to build websites, but I don’t know anything about HTML5. Some people have said it’s vastly different from older versions of HTML. Can you tell me more about it and any security risks it may pose?"

A: As I mentioned in my piece on the InfoSec World Conference, HTML5 is indeed a game changer.

Marc Andreessen, the guy who helped invent Netscape, the first successful web browser, says, “HTML5 is a major step forward.”

While HTML5 can do things never before possible on the web, the security holes have not been fully addressed, so it’s important to know how you might be at risk with this new technology. Before we get into that, I want to give a little background on both HTML in general and HTML5 specifically. Read More

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iPads in Kindergarten? Tips for Online Security, Wifi Safety

Some schools are now requiring iPads as part of kindergarten curriculum, but are you aware of the potential privacy risks inherent in allowing your 5-year-old to handle something that runs on wireless radio waves? This Naked Security article reminds parents to "request written confirmation from the school on what steps have been taken to ensure their kids will be safe when surfing on the school's WiFi Internet connection." Unless they are using the "three legs" of encryption (antivirus, encryption, and personal VPN), think twice before sending your child to school with any wireless-enabled device! Read More

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Inside the Mind of an iPad Hacker: Helpful or Hurtful?

Two men, part of a hacker group known as Goatse Security, have been accused of breaking into servers run by AT&T in order to steal the email addresses of more than 120,000 iPad customers. Possible victims of the hacking include New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, news anchor Diane Sawyer, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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Survey: 75% of Top Apps Lack Privacy Policies

A new report shows that 22 of the top 30 paid mobile apps lack even a basic privacy policy. The creators of the Future of Privacy Forum survey even downloaded a sample of the paid apps to determine whether they would get to see a policy at any point during the download processs. This article on MediaPost.com says a privacy policy is “the essential first step for companies to take to be accountable for their practices of collecting and using online data."

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Online Privacy Q&A With Robert Vamosi, Author of ‘When Gadgets Betray Us’

We recently chatted about online privacy and other security issues with Robert Vamosi, award-winning tech journalist for Forbes.com and author of When Gadgets Betray Us: The Dark Side of our Infatuation with New Technologies. Vamosi says he was inspired to write the book – which he calls “the first hardware hacking book written for a mass audience” – because gadgets now outnumber the PC on the Internet by 5 to 1. Before you open the box and set up your new smartphone or iPad, take a few minutes to read his thoughts about online security, WiFi safety, mobile viruses, the impact of the massive data breaches at Sony and Epsilon, and much more. Read More

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Computer Privacy: Two Are Charged With Fraud in iPad Security Breach

Two men who are associated with a loose group of hackers and programmers, and who have previously exposed the security vulnerabilities on Apple computing devices, have been arrested for conspiracy to access a computer without authorization and one count of fraud. The New York Times reports that some think blame could be "leveled at both sides” since the men claimed “all data was gathered from a public Web server with no password, accessible by anyone on the Internet.”

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