Why one US Republican voted to kill privacy rules: “Nobody has to use the Internet” | Ars Technica UK


A Republican lawmaker who voted to eliminate Internet privacy rules said, “Nobody’s got to use the Internet” when asked why ISPs should be able to use and share their customers’ Web browsing history for advertising purposes.

Source: Why one US Republican voted to kill privacy rules: “Nobody has to use the Internet” | Ars Technica UK

Copyright troll David Lowe dropped eleventh defendant after defense attorney threatened to expose fraud | Fight © Trolls

David A. Lowe
…a bittorent copyright troll David A. Lowe (Guardaley) became a laughing stock over the last couple of months by predictably dismissing his victims – one after another – as soon as the next said victim retained attorney Christopher Lynch, and Mr. Lynch sent a demand letter threatening to expose the troll’s fraudulent conduct.When I reported this pattern for the first time, there were only four dismissed defendants. Today the count is eleven.

Source: Copyright troll David Lowe dropped eleventh defendant after defense attorney threatened to expose fraud | Fight © Trolls

US border cops must get warrants to search citizens’ gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges • The Register

Right now, anyone – citizen or not – entering the Land of the FreeTM can be subject to warrantless probing of their electronics, which can be seized for further study in the lab for months if necessary. It’s just that citizens can’t be prevented from entering their home country: you can have your equipment taken and scanned, you can be questioned for hours, but you’re still ultimately allowed in. Foreigners, on the other hand, have no such protections: they can be searched, grilled, and sent back the way they came, if immigration officials deem you to be a problem.
The draft legislation – which is still in its early stages – is essentially designed to make it a lot tougher to stop and search citizens on the spot when they return to the US of A. However, the bill is weighed down with one major caveat. If officers have serious concerns about a traveller but have no time to get a warrant, they can seize the electronics and later apply for a warrant retroactively. If the warrant application fails, all the information harvested must be destroyed and may not be used in further prosecutions.

Source: US border cops must get warrants to search citizens’ gadgets – draft bipartisan law emerges • The Register

Startup remotely ‘bricks’ grumpy bloke’s IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear • The Register


An Internet of Things maker has just had first-hand experience of the Streisand effect – after remotely killing a customer’s Wi-Fi garage door for being rude.
Garadget builds and sells a so-called smart door opener that can be operated remotely from a smartphone app. Once installed, Garadget’s $99 gizmo wirelessly connects to backend servers on the internet. This allows you to remotely control your door, or check if it’s open or closed, from anywhere in the world: your phone app talks to Garadget’s servers, and these talk to the smart door controller.
As one Garadget owner Robert Martin found on Saturday night, the gadget can therefore be killed at any time by Garadget staff: they just simply have to block access to a particular gizmo, cutting off the hardware from its app – and leaving the garage door stuck in place.

Source: Startup remotely ‘bricks’ grumpy bloke’s IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear • The Register

Lawsuit: Police Destroyed Farm House To Capture Homeless Man Armed With An Ice Cream Bar | Techdirt

All of this military-like activity was implemented and completed without Jessen’s request, approval, or consent. Jessens are informed and believe the training operation was undertaken because the Fresno County Sheriff’s Department and/or Clovis Police Department had found, by accident, the perfect location to conduct a training exercise on a rural home, on a dead-end street, in rural Fresno County, where “civilians” were not present, “civilians” were not going to congregate, “civilians” were not going to observe or interfere with the military training assault on the Jessen’s home and the situation posed no risk of injury to the officers. The Fresno County Sheriff‘s Department and Clovis Police Department seized upon this fortuitous opportunity to engage in a real-life training exercise.

Source: Lawsuit: Police Destroyed Farm House To Capture Homeless Man Armed With An Ice Cream Bar | Techdirt

Senate votes to let US ISPs sell Web browsing history to advertisers | Ars Technica UK


ISP now stands for “invading subscriber privacy,” Democratic senator says.

Source: Senate votes to let US ISPs sell Web browsing history to advertisers | Ars Technica UK

HTTPS laggard complains when Firefox warns of insecure login page | Ars Technica UK


The operator of a website that accepts subscriber logins only over unencrypted HTTP pages has taken to Mozilla’s Bugzilla bug-reporting service to complain that the Firefox browser is warning that the page isn’t suitable for the transmission of passwords.”Your notice of insecure password and/or log-in automatically appearing on the log-in for my website, Oil and Gas International, is not wanted and was put there without our permission,” a person with the user name dgeorge wrote here (update: the link is no longer public). “Please remove it immediately. We have our own security system, and it has never been breached in more than 15 years. Your notice is causing concern by our subscribers and is detrimental to our business.”
Update: Around the same time this post was going live, participants of this Reddit thread claimed to hack the site using what’s known as a SQL injection exploit. Multiple people claimed that passwords were stored in plaintext rather than the standard practice of using cryptographic hashes. A few minutes after the insecurity first came up in the online discussion, a user reported the database was deleted. Ars has contacted the site operator for comment on the claims, but currently Ars can’t confirm them. The site, http://www.oilandgasinternational.com, was displaying content as it did earlier at the time this update was made.

Source: HTTPS laggard complains when Firefox warns of insecure login page | Ars Technica UK

Shannon Hurd Got a Life Sentence for Stealing $14. Then He Died in Prison From Untreated Cancer.


Despite his relatively minor crime, at trial the state of Louisiana cast Shannon as “the worst kind of defendant. He’s a predator.”

Source: Shannon Hurd Got a Life Sentence for Stealing $14. Then He Died in Prison From Untreated Cancer.

Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We’ve got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans • The Register


Give us your genes or pay 50% more for company healthcare

Source: Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We’ve got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans • The Register

This Startup Made Journalists Agree To Write Positive Reviews Or Pay Them $2,000


It’s time we had another talk about relationships between journalists and things they cover. Tech website The Verge recently reported on a troubling offer from a startup, JetSmarter, to “demonstrate” its services with a free flight. To accept, a reporter had to agree to publish a positive story, quickly, or be charged $2,000 by JetSmarter.

Source: This Startup Made Journalists Agree To Write Positive Reviews Or Pay Them $2,000