CLIP-ings: October 25, 2013
Wikipedia Wipeout: The popular online encyclopedia blocked or banned over 250 suspected “sockpuppet” accounts because they allegedly edited articles to promote a paid agenda.
No Notice For Hackers: The U.S. District Court in Idaho ordered that an ICS product developer’s computer could be seized without notice since the defendants are self-described hackers who would be likely to destroy incriminating evidence.Privacy
There’s A Pill For That: Patients utilizing Practice Fusion, a start-up company providing online patient management services, may be surprised to find that their doctor reviews – some of which contain sensitive medical data and identifying information – are publicly available on the company’s website.
Circuit Court Rules On GPS Tracking: In light of the 2012 Supreme Court decision, U.S. v. Jones, which held that installing a GPS tracking device on a suspect’s car constitutes a “search,” the Third Circuit ruled this week that law enforcement must obtain a probable cause warrant before installing the device.Information Security & Cyberthreats
Hush, Little Baby, Don’t Say A Word: A Belkin wireless baby monitor controlled by mobile phones may be turned into an iPhone-controlled bugging device by exploiting a security flaw that only requires one-time home network access to authenticate the smartphone.
Taking Terrorist Threats To Heart: Former Vice President Dick Cheney disabled the wireless feature on his pacemaker out of fear that terrorists could hack into the device and kill him.
Sony Sues United Airlines: Sony Music filed a complaint this week, alleging that the airline infringed the label’s copyrights by copying sound recordings and music videos onto aircraft servers for passenger use.
Free Expression & Censorship
With Liberty And Justice For All: In the hopes of protecting free expression in countries with restricted Internet access, Google has released three new tools designed to prevent tracking and distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks.
Full Price Legal Services: An opinion drafted by the Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility warns lawyers of the ethical dilemmas in selling discounted, prepaid deals in daily-deal marketing programs, such as Groupon.
On the Lighter Side
Double, Double, Drone And Trouble: A seasonal use for your quadcopter (now if only that ghost delivered tacos).