This accused hacker is a jerk. Here’s why he shouldn’t be a felon.
There’s no question that accused hacker Andrew Auernheimer is a jerk. But computer security experts say it would be a mistake to make him a felon.
AT&T had accidentally published tens of thousands of e-mail addresses to a public Web site, and Auernheimer used an automated program to download them. He then passed the addresses to the news media in an effort to embarrass AT&T. The federal government responded by indicting him on federal computer-hacking charges in 2011. He was convicted in April.
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EasyJet is calling for a crackdown on a website it claims is screenscraping its fares and then adding extra charges.
The budget airline claimed eDreams was breaching consumer guidelines by quoting low fares to win business, only to add on service fees and card charges later in the transaction. The Civil Aviation Authority said that easyJet and other airlines had also complained about the “booking practices” used by eDreams – which was unavailable for comment, the Daily Telegraph reported.
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As the summer concert season approaches, music fans and the concert industry that serves them have a common enemy in New York. And in Russia. And in India.
That enemy is the bot. “Bots,” computer programs used by scalpers, are a hidden part of a miserable ritual that plays out online nearly every week in which tickets to hot shows seem to vanish instantly. Long a mere nuisance to the live music industry, these cheap and widely available programs are now perhaps its most reviled foe, frustrating fans and feeding a multibillion-dollar secondary market for tickets.
According to Ticketmaster, bots have been used to buy more than 60 percent of the most desirable tickets for some shows; in a recent lawsuit, the company accused one group of scalpers of using bots to request up to 200,000 tickets a day.
Read the full article at The New York Times
Facebook’s Graph Search feature hasn’t been released yet. But white hat hackers are already harnessing the powerful social search engine to gather sensitive information on Facebook users.
A new module for Recon-ng an open source “web reconnaissance framework” allows anyone with a Facebook Developer account to use Graph Searchand Recon-ng’s features to harvest phone numbers associated with Facebook user accounts. The tool, dubbed “Facebook Harvester” allows brute force searching by partial phone numbers, using brute-force techniques, according to a blog post by Rob Simon, a Canton, Ohio- based security professional.
Read the full article at The Security Ledger
LAS VEGAS — Operators of Cheaterville.com last month filed a $40 million copyright suit against BadBoyReport.com, a rival social network site that is alleged to have “scraped” cheaters’ data and photos.
The suit, filed at U.S. District Court in Las Vegas by adult industry attorney Ronald Green of Randazza Legal Group, says that BadBoyReport lifts its content by an automated process known as “scraping.”
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Ron Bailey can just picture it: He’s showing a rental listing to some prospects when suddenly, a person he’s never met thunders, “Are you Ron Bailey?”“Well, of course I’m Ron Bailey,” the Pocono Lake, Pa.- based broker would answer.
Then Bailey says, “Things would start to get ugly.”
That’s because, in this scenario, the menacing stranger would have sent a considerable sum of money to someone he thought was Ron Bailey. And while the stranger would have been expecting to receive keys to the property in return, he would not have heard from Bailey again — that is, until confronting Bailey while showing that property to other prospective renters.
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Craiglist has long been criticized for a failure to innovate (it has also been criticized for having among the “most draconian” terms of services of any major website on the internet). And instead of innovating, it has chosen to go after new market participants that have wanted to use Craigslist’s data on classified postings.
One of these websites is www.padmapper.com, which was sued for obtaining Craigslist’s data and placing it on a map. This allows for users to more easily aggregate, browse and search all available apartments across various services.
Read the full article at Forbes
Data scraping and misuse of listing data that belongs to brokers are growing concerns. Many scrapers (or others who receive the data legitimately but use it in ways that violates its licenses) are actively reselling listing data for various uses not intended by brokers, such as statistical or financial reporting.
Read the full article at RISMedia
Singapore—April 22, 2013—Some of today’s hottest tech companies looking to expand their reach globally are relying on SoftLayer’s cloud infrastructure to break into new markets. Companies such as Distil Networks, Tiket.com, Simpli.fi, 6waves, and Beijing Elex are leveraging SoftLayer’s Asian footprint to build out their customer base in the Asia-Pacific region.
An analytics firm has uncovered a network of more than 200 sites that appears aimed at defrauding the online ad industry. The network tricks marketers into serving billions of “targeted” ads to bots every month.
Read the full article at Paid Content
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