Archive for April, 2011


FBI child porn raid a strong argument for locking down WiFi networks

Will it take being accused of downloading child pornography to get people to lock down their WiFi networks once and for all? Although that’s not the only reason to keep your network secure, perhaps some users will be scared into doing so after reading a number of horror stories collected by the Associated Press over the weekend. The underlying lesson: keep your WiFi networks locked down, lest you find law enforcement kicking down your door in the middle of the night.

The three stories all fall along the same theme: a Buffalo man, Sarasota man, and Syracuse man all found themselves being raided by the FBI or police after their wireless networks were allegedly used to download child pornography. “You’re a creep… just admit it,” one FBI agent was quoted saying to the accused party. In all three cases, the accused ended up getting off the hook after their files were examined and neighbors were found to be responsible for downloading child porn via unsecured WiFi networks.

Being accused of amassing the world’s largest collection of child pornography is just one of the many downsides to leaving your network open, yet people (including some self-identified geeks) continue to do it. But why? As evidenced by reader e-mail over the last few years, some users claim they’re providing a service to their neighbors by letting them use their WiFi every so often (in turn, these users tend to also make use of open WiFi networks when they see them). Others hope that leaving their WiFi networks open will help to exonerate them if they were to be accused of downloading copyrighted music or movies—Big Content would never sue the wrong individual for copyright infringement, right?

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iPhone keeps record of everywhere you go

Privacy fears raised as researchers reveal file on iPhone that stores location coordinates and timestamps of owner’s movements.

Security researchers have discovered that Apple’s iPhone keeps track of where you go – and saves every detail of it to a secret file on the device which is then copied to the owner’s computer when the two are synchronised.

The file contains the latitude and longitude of the phone’s recorded coordinates along with a timestamp, meaning that anyone who stole the phone or the computer could discover details about the owner’s movements using a simple program.

For some phones, there could be almost a year’s worth of data stored, as the recording of data seems to have started with Apple’s iOS 4 update to the phone’s operating system, released in June 2010.

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Questions about iPhone Tracker


Bill would criminalize some sexting

HARRISBURG – The state Senate’s Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would make it a crime for a minor to electronically transmit sexually explicit images of another minor with the intent to harass the person depicted in the image

Senate Bill 850, which was presented to committee Tuesday by state Sen. Stuart Greenleaf, R-Willow Grove, would modify the crimes code to create the offense of “cyber bullying and sexting by minors,” which would be classified as a third-degree misdemeanor.

Greenleaf’s bill would target only those minors who utilize images to intentionally harm another person, which clearly constitutes a crime, Levick said.

“It does not penalize children for engaging in what is often stupid, reckless, adolescent behavior, but focuses on harm, which is what our criminal justice system is designed to address,” Levick said.

The Greenleaf bill specifically makes it illegal for a minor to transmit an image of another minor in a state of nudity with the intent to “coerce, intimidate, torment, harass or otherwise cause emotional distress to the other minor.” The transmission must have been done without the minor’s knowledge or his or her consent.

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Mother seeks justice after cyber-bullied daughter’s attempted suicide

When Lennell Blackwell saw her 16-year-old daughter’s suicide note on Facebook, she knew she had lost a piece of her heart that would never come back again.

Posted just mere minutes before she attempted to take her own life on Tuesday by jumping off a South Scranton bridge only a short distance from their home, it read:

“If You Got An I Love You, Know That It Means You Meant Something To Me. I’m Sorry I Disappointed You All Especially FAMILY I must Go Now, I Am A Disgrace, Love You All. GOODBYE!”

“Your heart is gone: a piece of you just leaves,” said Blackwell, 50, in an interview with Times-Shamrock newspapers. “This could have been prevented. She was being terrorized. I’m really, really angry for this even happening.”

Blackwell and authorities say it may have happened because of social media.

While Blackwell said her daughter has been the target of severe torment and bullying in and out of school over the past two months by a small group of teenagers, the trigger may have been when the harassment seeped onto the pages of Facebook
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