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Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

November 14, 2012

The Chicago Board of Elections has confirmed that the personal information of 1,200 people who applied to work Election Day was inadvertently exposed online.

Board spokesman James Allen said a mistake allowed a database containing applicants' names, addresses, driver license numbers and the last four digits of social security numbers to be accessed, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday. A computer security firm called Forensicon uncovered the breach while researching voting patterns on the website of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners. The firm reported that the personal information of up to 1.7 million registered voters had been exposed.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

November 12, 2012

A move by Iran to engage a U.S. drone near the Persian Gulf was "clearly" an act of aggression against U.S. interests, a top U.S. commander said.

Iran last week confirmed that it fired on "an unidentified plane" near its airspace the week before U.S. presidential elections. The plane in question was said to be an unmanned U.S. Predator drone. U.S. Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said that U.S. military leaders considered the act hostile in nature.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

November 9, 2012

Defense officials denied political motives in not reporting for a week that Iranian fighter planes shot at an unarmed U.S. drone five days before Election Day.

Pentagon spokesman George Little said the department's weeklong silence was a result of restrictions on the discussion of classified surveillance missions. He said the administration wanted to handle the incident privately, and issued a stern complaint to Iran through diplomatic channels. Washington and other world powers are preparing to hold a fourth round of negotiations with Tehran seeking to curb its disputed nuclear program. Those talks could take place as early as this month, U.S. and European officials say.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

November 8, 2012

The websites of some of Russia's major media outlets were subjected to "targeted attacks" by hackers, security experts said.

Russia's Kaspersky Lab anti-virus software firm said Thursday it had detected an attack in late October on the websites of Vesti TV, Interfax news agency, Gazeta.ru, Vzglyad and Ura.ru online publications. Kaspersky Lab said the attacks lasted 30 to 90 minutes each day and were designed to steal server passwords, RIA Novosti reported.

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by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

November 2, 2012

A Virginia man must pay $1.5 million in damages to an adult entertainment company for illegally sharing 10 of its movies on the Internet, a court has ruled.

Kywan Fisher, of Hampton, has been ordered to pay the damages to Flava Works for sharing 10 of its movies on the BitTorrent site, TorrentFreak reported Friday. Flava Works sued Fisher and several others in 2011 in a case that differed from so-called John Doe lawsuits because Flava Works had detailed information on the defendants who had paid accounts on the company's movie portal.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

November 1, 2012

Some of the largest U.S. financial institutions are "actively under attack" from hackers, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said.

"Right now, financial institutions are actively under attack. We know that. I'm not giving you any classified information," Napolitano said Wednesday during a cybersecurity event sponsored by The Washington Post. "I will say this has involved some of our nation's largest institutions." Stock exchanges also have been subject to cyberattacks during the last few years so officials know "there are vulnerabilities," she said.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

October 24, 2012

A recording of brain waves can be used to predict who will improve most on an unfamiliar video game, researchers at the University of Illinois report.

Using electroencephalography to record electrical activity in the brains of 39 study subjects as they began playing Space Fortress, a video game developed for cognitive research, researchers found subjects whose brain waves oscillated most powerfully in the alpha spectrum - about 10 times per second, or 10 hertz - tended to learn at a faster rate than those whose brain waves oscillated with less power. The brain signals were an excellent predictor of improvement on the game, postdoctoral researcher Kyle Mathewson said.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

October 22, 2012

A pair of best friends from Wakefield, Mass., have taken to hiding $20 bills each day around the Boston-area with the hopes of brightening a stranger's day.

Steven Grant and Richard Cook began hiding the bills over a year ago, the Boston Globe reported. "Everybody could use 20 bucks," Cook, a psychiatrist, said. Over the last year, Cook and Grant have given away more than $7,000. They provide daily updates on their website, plentyof-twenties.com, and send out Twitter alerts to let their 2,100 followers know where the cash is hidden.

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

October 12, 2012

The United States is becoming increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks that could dismantle the nation's power grid or more, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said.

Panetta, during a speech at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York Thursday, said his response was to increased aggressiveness and technological advances by America' adversaries, identified as China, Russia, Iran and militant groups, The New York Times reported. "An aggressor nation or extremist group could use these kinds of cyber tools to gain control of critical switches," Panetta said. "They could derail passenger trains, or even more dangerous, derail passenger trains loaded with lethal chemicals. They could contaminate the water supply in major cities, or shut down the power grid across large parts of the country."

Personal Liberty Alerts

by Upi - United Press International, Inc.

October 11, 2012

California-based Mozilla says it pulled its latest version of its Firefox Web browser just a day after its release because of a critical security vulnerability.

"Mozilla is aware of a security vulnerability in the current release version of Firefox (version 16). Firefox version 15 is unaffected," Michael Coates, Mozilla's director of security assurance, said Wednesday in a post on the company's security blog. The bug was apparently overlooked by Mozilla while it was developing the new version or may have inadvertently been introduced by the fixes for earlier problem incorporation in the version 16 upgrade that started reaching users early Tuesday, Computerworld reported. The fixes were to patch 24 vulnerabilities in the earlier version.

      
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