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Flaw Found in Key Method for Protecting Data on the Internet

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by BBW, Apr 8, 2014.

  1. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    What do you all know about this that I've just read on the NY Times April 8th, 2014 @ 5:08PM in an article written by Nicole Perlroth in the Bits blog: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/08/flaw-found-in-key-method-for-protecting-data-on-the-internet/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Security&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body

     
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  2. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    From the title of the thread, I was just assuming it was going to be a link to John Flores' satirical camera news website.
     
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  3. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    LOL. Since starting New Camera News, I've become a connoisseur of headlines, the wackier the better! Here are some great ones:

    http://www.reddit.com/r/nottheonion/
     
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  4. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Yeah, yeah - I hear you both loud and clear - and it would be perfect for NewCameraNews!

    That said, I'm not exactly clear what it all means.
     
  5. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    olli
    Seems odd that we haven't heard a lot more about it if it's that big a deal. I would have expected banks and financial sites to be on this like a shot but I've heard nothing. Also, I don't understand why Yahoo would issue an alert for Tumblr but not for Yahoo. And, as a Tumblr user, I've heard nothing from them.
     
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  6. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    reports about a coming apocalypse are not news....when it happens, EVERYONE will be sure to report it.
     
  7. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    At the moment it is on the front page of the NY Times this morning updated: http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/04/08/flaw-found-in-key-method-for-protecting-data-on-the-internet/?_php=true&_type=blogs&hp&_r=0

    It has happened to quite a few companies.

     
  8. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    From the sounds of it, changing passwords will only help if:

    A-The site in question has already been exploited and your password already taken
    B-The site in question has fixed the flaw

    Modern life is so hard! I miss the good ole days of using the Dewey Decimal System, microfilm, and phonebooks to get information.
     
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  9. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Yes, but are you old enough to remember those days John??? I have to admit that I hated microfilm and microfiche or whatever the heck it was...

    I often consider getting rid of all Internet based transactions, however it is difficult in these times.
     
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  10. mattia

    mattia SC Regular

    98
    Dec 20, 2013
    I'm 34, and I still remember microfiche, the DDS and phone books.
     
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  11. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    :biggrin: Good! I still have some phone books, myself.:wink:
     
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  12. john m flores

    john m flores SC All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2012
    Awww shucks. All I can say is that I'm halfway to somewhere.
     
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  13. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    How many remember the quill pen, or at least are prepared to admit it :laugh1:

    Barrie
     
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  14. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    Barrie, did you also do your homework by the light of an oil lamp? :wink:
     
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  15. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Jul 13, 2010
    South Brent, south Devon (UK)
    Barrie
    Luke, I've only got to glance to my right and there's one standing on a sideboard. It was used a few times when I lived more rurally than I do now. My Uncle and Aunt used there's all the time since they had no electricity supply to their property, so sort of is the answer to your question.

    Until I was 13 years old I lived in a house with no electricity supply, but we did have gas, so I did my homework by gas lamp.

    Barrie
     
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  16. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    I remember the big black out in and around NYC back in 1965 (I had to look that date up), and felt very excited by it all because I felt like Abraham Lincoln doing my math homework by candlelight. However, compared to your life experiences, Barrie - I was just playing!
     
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  17. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Hmmm…I regret how fragile our society and our individual lives have become. What would happen to the first world after two weeks without an electricity supply? Just two weeks? :hmmm:

    Putting the physicality to one side, I read an excellent book recently called The Shallows: How the Internet is changing the way we think, read and remember. Very thought-provoking about how the breadth of our knowledge is gained only at the expense of its depth.

    Putting my Luddite tendencies to another side :blush: I use internet banking but I do so with great apprehension. I do not trust anything online - and operate under the premise that everything is compromised….seems healthier that way. But hey I still look forward to doing much of my 'big business' inside the branch of my local bank - luckily I'm with a rural bank that still talks to you…and even seems to enjoy it.

    And yep, I still fondly remember the adventure of finding a book at the library by flicking through drawers of the library catalog. Libraries smelt different then and life just went slower and a little more deliberately.
     
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  18. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    I didn't have a quill pen... but I learned to write with a dipping pen. I don't think we got ballpoints until I was in high school.

    Like BB I sometimes want to give up the internet. I never used to be so sedentary. But nearly all my social life begins and ends with it... arrangements, contacts, conversations... and friends are scattered far and wide... so no, I won't be giving it up any time soon. I have a friend who never wanted it, and until about 6 years ago, did not have access. She has a friend in the UK, and they would write letters and ring. I managed to persuade her to get an account. she still only uses it for her bridge club scores which are posted on the club website, and for getting and sending email. Thats a luddite.

    I use internet banking with my main bank. Periodically there's a glitch but they have systems in place because I always get notifications almost immediately. I love BPay and not having to stand in line somewhere to pay bills, and not needing to have much cash on my person.

    I dunno... the internet was quieter before it became commercialised, and it was safer, but it wasn't nearly as interesting. It was inevitable that thieves would find ways to separate people from their money and possessions and identities. I just hope I live long enough to not have it happen to me.
     
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  19. stillshunter

    stillshunter Super Moderator Emeritus

    Nov 5, 2010
    Down Under
    Mark
    Well I'm normally in that line anyway waiting to pick up my parcel from the friendly Post Office clerk…I like our chats actually…and I pay my bills while there. Keeps him and his family in a job too :thumbup:
    I, for one, am not looking forward to the drones delivering my precious photo gear parcels by opening their mechanical claw midair.
     
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  20. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    we're all doomed
     
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