* How one simple mistake turned me into a spam magnet

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I’ve got nothing against spam…so long as it’s clogging up someone else’s inbox. But when you waste my time trying to sell me all kinds of crap or, worse, sucker me into wrecking the security of my computer or bank account, I’m going to do everything in my power to avoid you. And I have. Since […]


* Waiting for data breaches like Home Depot & Target to stop? Don’t hold your breath.

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“When is this going to end?” you’ve probably asked yourself, after hearing about the Home Depot data breach of up to 60 million consumer credit cards. The breach is the latest–and possibly largest–of a series of massive exposures of sensitive consumer information over the past few months. The simple answer to your question: Not anytime […]


* How to keep your car from becoming a high-tech death trap


What if driving your car exposed you to the tender mercies of online criminals the way using a credit card at Target did last fall or trusting your personal information to a website compromised by the Heartbleed software bug did? The risk is real Last year, security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek showed, using some […]


* DEFCON 22: A first look inside the biggest hackers conference

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What, exactly, goes on at the world’s largest hackers conference, where some 15,000 geeks, nerds, and spooks gather for four days at the Hotel Rio in Vegas for the 22nd time? A lot more occurs than I can possibly describe. But I’ll try to give you a taste. This is my third ‘Con and, even […]


* NSA Whistleblower Thomas Drake: U.S. Gov’t Prosecuted me as a Spy [video]

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Edward Snowden isn’t the first NSA whistleblower to be vilified as a criminal for revealing important information to the public. Thomas Drake, an NSA official, was indicted in 2010 as a spy under the Espionage Act by the Obama Administration for leaking to the Baltimore Sun information about what Jane Mayer of the New Yorker […]


* There’s lots more to the HOPE X hacker fest than just Ellsberg & Snowden

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I’m a great admirer of Daniel Ellsberg and the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which he co-founded in 2012. And I have enormous respect for Edward Snowden and the personal sacrifices he has made to bring the truth to the public. Like everyone, I’m also anxious to hear from them both this Saturday, July 19, […]


* Why I’m Going to the HOPE X Hackers Conference

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What could be more fun than spending a summer weekend in the city with a group of smart, unruly geeks who have little respect for authority but a high regard for brains? The Cape? The Hamptons? You can keep ’em! Ever since I went to my first HOPE conference in 2012, I’ve been hooked. And […]


* Jeff’s radio interview on consumer privacy at CFP2014

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At the Computers, Freedom, and Privacy conference in early June, I had the chance to appear on the Katherine Albrecht Show. Katherine is not only a radio host, but a fierce privacy advocate. In this 10-minute interview, we discuss some highlights of my privacy work for Consumer Reports from 1990 thru 2014; how online consumer […]


* Coverage of upcoming hacker conferences – HOPE X and DEFCON


Want to know what’s going on online from a perspective that you won’t hear anywhere else? (Mine.) Follow StateoftheNet.Net coverage live from NYC for the HOPE X conference July 18-20, and from the DEFCON conference in Las Vegas August 8-10. I will also be live tweeting: @JeffreyFox. –Jeff  


* What Kind of Privacy Pipe is Facebook Smoking? Consumers Don’t Want Targeted Ads


There you go again, Facebook. Adding to its long history of whittling away its users’ privacy, the social network has said it will soon adopt the practice that many web sites already use –and which consumers overwhelmingly reject–of tracking your surfing habits across the web in order to display targeted ads to you. Make no […]