The Atlantic: Phishing Is the Internet’s Most Successful Con. “In the classic 1973 heist movie The Sting, two con men—played by Robert Redford and Paul Newman—build a fictitious world in a Depression-era Chicago basement to defraud a corrupt banker. They make an offtrack-betting room, hire actors to ensure the scene is convincing, and even enlist pretend law enforcement to fake-bust their mark. The film is memorable because it is one of the finest movies in the genre, well written and funny, but also because the duo’s work is so meticulously detailed. The con has changed since then, both short and long. In this age, the online equivalent of The Sting is a phishing site: a fake reality that lives online, set up to capture precious information such as logins and passwords, bank-account numbers, and the other functional secrets of modern life.”
East Bay Express: Berkeley Reconsiders Controversial Twitter Tactic. “Last year, white supremacists, fascists, and other hate groups staged rallies in downtown Berkeley, leading to bloody street brawls with the anti-fascists who confronted them. The events were depicted on social media as chaotic, with the police seemingly outnumbered and rarely intervening. Critics accused the Berkeley police of not doing enough to prevent violence, and some far-right activists even claimed that the Berkeley police were part of a conspiracy with UC Berkeley to silence political speech from conservatives.”
The Guardian: GCHQ data collection regime violated human rights, court rules. “GCHQ’s methods for bulk interception of online communications violated privacy and failed to provide sufficient surveillance safeguards, the European court of human rights has ruled. But the ECHR found that GCHQ’s regime for sharing sensitive digital intelligence with foreign governments was not illegal, and it explicitly confirmed that bulk interception with tighter safeguards was permissible.” GCHQ stands for the UK’s Government Communications Headquarters.
The Quint: Aadhaar Database Compromised, Software Hacked . “A software patch that disables critical security features of the Aadhaar enrolment software has compromised the biometric and personal data of over a billion enrolled Indians, an investigation by HuffPost has revealed.”
Ottawa Sun: Ottawa lawyers file proposed $80-million class-action lawsuit against Google. “Two Ottawa lawyers have filed a proposed $80-million class-action lawsuit, alleging that Google’s search engine allows Internet users to discover names that are supposed to be shielded by court-ordered publication bans.”
ZDNet: US government releases post-mortem report on Equifax hack. “The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has published a report to detail how the Equifax hack went down and how the credit reporting company answered during and after the incident.”