Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Who looks at who in Internet?

Be careful with that! An investigative reportage warns on the monitoring services of those who use pornography services at the Internet. This is a sensitive issue not only about privacy but about security, because these data could be used to "set traps" to managerial positions and put the security of a whole company at risk. Today we also put an eye on other news: the voracity of Facebook, Russia assaults the White House and telephonic crime. 

We are already used to websites monitoring our steps and building profiles: where we came from, which links we click, how long we stay at the site... But we may not have in mind that so do 88% of online porn sites, plus the advertisements and statistical services of these sites monitoring, regardless browsing in incognito mode. It's told by an interesting journalistic investigation.

Talking about pornography, Facebook´s interest on storing more and more user´s data is beginning to be pornographic, indeed.  A US citizen has sued Mark Zuckerberg's company for collecting photos of its members labeled with his names. In 2012, European data protection law forced Facebook to delete the facial recognition and automatic photo tagging services on the old continent.

We continue with the breaking new in the world of Cyber War: between October and November, Russia paced illegally by the White House and the State Department computer systems. China has spent years doing similar things or worse, but the symbolic value of Russian assaulting the White House will help quite possibly to approve new budgets to fight on networks.

And just a note about the more innovative computer crime, which is trying to storm onto mobile telephony. There are a new markets appearing for selling and rental services for committing crimes in this field, such as Denial of Service attacks using mobile phones botnets.  One of these new services are  virtual mobile numbers, which open a wide array of applications in telephonic crime world.

Telephonic crime is booming. We will have to keep us safe until the flurry is over and powerful advocacy tools are developed. 


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