Big problems for AT&T with Apple Data Breach

A massive breach of data security by AT&T’s has exposed some very high profile users’ email addresses and contact information from the celebrity hotlist of Apple’s select early-adopter iPad 3G users. An in-depth report by Ryan Tate (Valleywag) says, “The specific information exposed in the breach included subscribers’ email addresses, coupled with an associated ID used to authenticate the subscriber on AT&T’s network, known as the ICC-ID. ICC-ID stands for integrated circuit card identifier and is used to identify the SIM cards that associate a mobile device with a particular subscriber.” Continue reading Big problems for AT&T with Apple Data Breach

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Digital Forensics crossing into other specialisms

I’ve been working at editing a book review for Issue 3: and what an excellent book it is (the review is pretty good too, I may add). The reviewer could not have praised this book any more than he did and there is good reason for this. Dr John Olsson’s latest book on Forensic Linguistics is a fantastic read and really open up your eyes on what’s possible through the study of words alone. To be able to point the finger at a culprit on nothing more than the phrasing in a fake suicide note takes a lot of skill and experience, but also the understanding of the linguistic formulation of the prose, which is where John’s book really wins, is vital. Continue reading Digital Forensics crossing into other specialisms

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An Enumeration Shall Be Made The Census

The United States Constitution authorized the federal government to conduct a decennial census. Article 1, Section 2, states that, “[An] Enumeration shall be made … within every … Term of ten Years, in such Manner as [Congress] shall by Law direct.” Twenty ten is, of course one of the decennial census years. With both mistrust of the powers of the federal government and fears of privacy violations, some people are refusing to return census forms, in violation of federal law. In response, the Census Bureau assures the population that census information is private, protected and secure. But is it? Continue reading An Enumeration Shall Be Made The Census

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