Short URLs Can Equal Large Security Risks

URL shortening services like bit.ly and tinyurl.com have grown as demand for leaner and cleaner web links has grown due to social networking and microblogging sites like Twitter and Facebook. In addition, the frequent use of shortened URLs on these social media sites has increased the trust that people have in their legitimacy. However, clicking […]

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Washington D.C. Creating City-Wide Surveillance Network

Washington D.C. is attempting to build a city-wide surveillance system that would bring together thousands of city-owned video cameras, but city officials don’t yet have the money to complete the network or privacy rules in place to govern its use. The security system will conduct 24/7 monitoring of public camera systems run by nine city […]

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Congress Proposes Funding For School Surveillance Cameras

The Threat Level blog from Wired.com is reporting on a proposal in congress that would provide millions of dollars for the funding of video surveillance cameras to be used in US elementary schools. On April 17, federal lawmakers will have a hearing on a proposal that allows public schools to use millions in federal grants […]

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Home Security System & YouTube Video Catch Thieves

CNet News is reporting on how an Indiana man named Fred Thompson used a homemade, automated security system connected to his personal computer to catch thieves who broke into his house. Thompson’s interest in automated, do-it-yourself home security started after his home in Fort Wayne, Indiana was burglarized. He responded to the first burglary by […]

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US Government Outsources Electronic Passports

Washington Times reporter Bill Gertz is reporting that the US Government’s Printing Office is outsourcing the production of its electronic passports to overseas companies, including one Thailand company that was the victim of Chinese espionage efforts. The outsourcing of passports raises concerns that the government is putting cost savings ahead of national security. The Government […]

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