“Severe” password manager attacks steal digital keys and data en masse
The researchers examined LastPass and four other Web-based managers and found critical defects in all of them. The worst of the bugs allowed an attacker to remotely siphon plaintext passcodes out of users’ wallets with no outward sign that anything was amiss.
Facebook tinkered with users’ feeds for a massive psychology experiment
This whole Facebook research thing is pretty interesting. Here’s a couple of other articles that discuss whether or not this really was a big deal:
As Flies to Wanton Boys
Facebook’s emotional experiments on users aren’t all bad
How Tech Is Creating Data “Cravability,” To Make Us Digitally Obese
The more people eat (and consume, in general), the better it is for those that provide food. That’s the point of the estimated 150 pounds of food additives (mostly sugar, yeast, antioxidants, MSG, etc) that every consumer unwittingly ingests every single year. These substances are the lubricants of over-consumption, not only making food more pretty and durable but also artfully making it taste better, stringing us along by engineering a need-for-more so that it becomes very hard to find the exit from that kingdom of happy and endless consumption. That is the same principle that is happening when you use Facebook or your smartphone. The food industry actually calls this “cravability”– and in the world of technology this is often referred to as “indispensability” or, more benignly, “user engagement.”
Infographic of the Day: Privacy on Facebook Is Vanishing
Great infographic of the evolution of privacy on Facebook.
Facebook Breached My Privacy, And Other Things That Whiny, Entitled Dipshits Say
Terrible article on Facebook and privacy. The problem with what Facebook is doing is that they are changing the rules of the game while trying to hide that fact from its users. Facebook knows that most of its users have no idea about what’s public, what’s private, and the implications of generating and sharing information through Facebook, and they are trying to exploit this in order to assert their dominance over the internet.
Video: Facebook Security Hole Lets You View Your Friends’ Live Chats
Violate your friends’ privacy while you can! Facebook doesn’t feel bad about violating their users’ privacy, so why should you?
Report: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Doesn’t Believe In Privacy | Wired.com
Not to make a big deal about an “on background” comment by one Facebook employee, but Zuckerberg has only ever shown disregard for your privacy, so this isn’t all that hard to believe.
UPDATED: Facebook Privacy Concerns Spark Congressional Objections, Potential FTC Regulation, and Meeting With Senators | Fast Company
It’ll be interesting to see if and by how much Facebook becomes regulated. Too little and there are clear privacy concerns. Too tight and you cripple the usefulness of the service. Though I’m not a good judge of Facebook and its potential. I’m too far removed from it to understand the fawning that everyone is doing over its f8 announcements. I believe ‘em, but I just can’t see it myself.