Posts Tagged ‘stranger’

How Online Black Markets Work

April 30th, 2012 04:55 admin View Comments

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CWmike writes “The internet is no stranger to crime, writes corporate investigator Brandon Gregg. From counterfeit and stolen products, to illegal drugs, stolen identities and weapons, nearly anything can be purchased online with a few clicks of the mouse. The online black market not only can be accessed by anyone with an Internet connection, but the whole process of ordering illicit goods and services is alarmingly easy and anonymous, with multiple marketplaces to buy or sell anything you want. Gregg started with $1000 and a took journey into the darker side of the Internet using two tools: Bitcoin and the Tor Bundle.”

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Ask Slashdot: My Host Gave a Stranger Access To My Cloud Server, What Can I Do?

April 4th, 2012 04:37 admin View Comments


zzzreyes writes “I got an email from my cloud server to reset the admin password, first dismissed it as phishing, but a few emails later I found one from an admin telling me that they had given a person full access to my server and revoked it, but not before 2 domains were moved from my account. I logged into my account to review the activity and found the form the perpetrator had submitted for appointment of new primary contact and it infuriated me, given the grave omissions. I wrote a letter to the company hoping for them to rectify the harm and they offered me half month of hosting, in a sign of good faith. For weeks I’ve been struggling with this and figure that the best thing to do is to ask my community for advice and help, so my dear slashdotters please share with me if you have any experience with this or know of anyone that has gone through this. What can I do?”

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P2P Alarm Clock Service

August 23rd, 2011 08:56 admin View Comments


bs0d3 writes “Instead of waking up to a regular alarm clock, TalkO’Clock will let others help you get out of bed. The service allows you to choose whether you want to be called by a male or a female stranger, and it has a robot – CallO’Bot – lined up in case no one is available at the time you have to wake up. All completely anonymous of course.” Not sure why this is better than your phone alarm, but if you’re starving for human contact this might not be a bad option.

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Anatomy of a Privacy Nightmare

June 2nd, 2011 06:17 admin View Comments


itwbennett writes “Gennette Cordova knows first-hand how impossible it is to erase yourself from the Internet. The 21-year-old college student was the hapless recipient of a photo of a Congressman Anthony Weiner bulging in his boxers. Ms. Cordova then ‘watched in sheer disbelief as my name, age, location, links to any social networking site I’ve ever used, my old phone numbers and pictures have been passed along from stranger to stranger.’ She then tried to remove her personal information from the web, one social network at a time. But the fact is, ‘until a site’s Webmaster removes the offending content, it will remain accessible via search engines like Google,’ says blogger Dan Tynan.”

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41% of Facebook Users Willing To Divulge Personal Info

March 13th, 2011 03:38 admin View Comments


plastick writes “In an experiment, 41% of Facebook users were willing to divulge highly personal information to a complete stranger. This according to IT security firm Sophos, which invited 200 randomly selected Facebookers to befriend a bogus Facebook user named ‘Freddi Staur’ (an anagram of ‘ID Fraudster’). Of those queried, 87 responded to the invitation, among them 82 people whose profiles included personal information such as their email address, date of birth, address or phone number.”

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Study Shows Brain Responds More To Close Friends

October 13th, 2010 10:35 admin View Comments

An anonymous reader writes People’s brains are more responsive to friends than to strangers, even if the stranger has more in common, according to a study in the Oct. 13 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience. Researchers examined a brain region known to be involved in processing social information, and the results suggest that social alliances outweigh shared interests. In a study led by graduate student Fenna Krienen and senior author Randy Buckner, PhD, of Harvard University, researchers investigated how the medial prefrontal cortex and associated brain regions signal someone’s value in a social situation. Previous work has shown that perceptions of others’ beliefs guide social interactions. Krienen and her colleagues wondered whether these brain regions respond more to those we know, or to those with whom we share similar interests.”

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Larry Ellison Rips HP Board a New One

August 10th, 2010 08:50 admin View Comments

theodp writes “No stranger himself to sexual harassment allegations, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has denounced HP’s directors for forcing the resignation of HP CEO Mark Hurd. ‘The HP board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago,’ Ellison wrote. For now, it seems that Rupert Murdoch is also standing by Hurd, who sits on News Corp’s Board of Directors and its Corporate Governance Committee. Less likely to survive the scandal is Hurd’s relationship with HP General Counsel Mike Holston, who accepted Hurd’s signed separation agreement after leading an investigation into Hurd’s actions, which Holston told the NY Times ‘showed a profound lack of judgment.’ Quite a change from just last year, when Hurd and Holston teamed up to get their daughters’ elite prep school a state-of-the-art HP Data Center.”

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School Spying Scandal Gets Even More Bizarre

February 22nd, 2010 02:52 admin View Comments

Several sources following the recent school webcam spying debacle are reporting that an even stranger twist has surfaced. The student in question that was disciplined for an “improper act” was apparently accused of either drug use or drug selling. Turns out he was eating Mike & Ike candy, not popping pills. While there is probably more to this story than has made it to the general public the officials involved have done a particularly bad job of actually managing the events.

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