Friday, August 25, 2017

FTC reports growing cell phone account hijacking


The Federal Trade Commission reports that mobile phone accounts have been hijacked by identity thieves, who actually call and fool service centers to get access to accounts, The FTC report is here, by Lorrie Cranor, herself an FTC technology specialist with her own story, so this seems ironic. 

In many cases, virtual wallets have been depleted (they are more common for those who use digital currencies like bitcoin).



But controversial people have also been attacked. 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

ESPN pulls sportscaster with name of "Robert Lee" from a football game in Charlottesville


In a social travesty that sounds like giving in to vigilantism, ESPN has announced it has pulled a sportscaster named Robert Lee from broadcasting the first University of Virginia football game this year.  Matthew Haag has the New York Times story here
  
ESPN said “It is a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls the play-by-play of a football game has become an issue.  

Friday, August 18, 2017

People misidentified as marching with right wing in Charlottesville get doxed


Misidentification of people at the Charlottesville riots (mostly of people in the extreme right wings groups) has been taking place, with doxing and various threats to some people.
  
MSN has republished a story from the New York Times, by Daniel Victor, “Amateur sleuths aim to identify Charlottesville marchers, but sometimes misfire”, here

The story concerns a University of Arkansas professor at the engineering school misidentified was a protestor wearing a shirt from the school.  You can imagine what followed.

The article examines how the establishment press verifies identities. 

Amateur sleuths do risk getting sued, but the targets may be in danger from some time.


This could become an existential problem in social media. 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Chip credit card technology is not perfect


ABC News reports that chips have been falling out of a few of the new chip cards, leaving consumers vulnerable, story here.
  
It’s possible for a thief to use a chip that had been found on another credit card.  So now there is a "chip hack".

  

It’s also possible for some smart phones to swipe a chip by being very new it.