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Flaws Found in US Watchdog System

Flaws Found in US Watchdog System

Added: Wednesday, July 4th, 2012
Category: Recent Headlines Involving File Sharing > Current Events
Tags:ET, p2p, Torrent, Piracy, Peer To Peer, Network, Hackers, Internet, BitTorrent, Google, utorrent, bitcomet, extratorrent, 2010, www.extrattorrent.com
Jonathan Mayer, a computer scientist, has recently proved that the search giant Google has been bypassing technology developed to block tracking systems in order to allow for anonymous browsing. He suspected that Internet advertisers might be circumventing the legislation which stopped them from tracking people who moved from one website to another. Mayer ran a number of tests where he bought adverts which acted as sniffers for the kind of unauthorized cookies believed to be used.

As a result, he found out that Google was secretly planting cookies on many iPhone browsers. This was done in exactly the way the FTC tries to protect people from, so the search engine is now reportedly facing a fine of over $10,000,000.

Worse still, the FTC itself did not discover the infringement – it didn’t even look for it. Jonathan Mayer is just a 25-year-old student of Stanford University working on law and computer science degrees. He discovered what the search giant was up to in his free time between classes and homework, and didn’t even get any money for his work.

The media reports say that although the FTC should be stopping the search engine and other organizations from doing such things, the outfit is given little cash to do its job. Moreover, there is reluctance for American politicians to take on the Internet giants, especially if those are funding their election campaigns.

However, the press reports revealed that the FTC officials hired by the Obama administration were privacy hawks who earlier worked for consumer-rights groups such as Public Citizen and the EFF. Their problem is lack of time or money to take on the technological leg work necessary to find out what the companies are doing. Another amazing fact is that the FTC’s Privacy and Identity Protection technologist isn’t able to do his research work, because his PC has security filters blocking access to key websites!

July 4th,2012

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Date:  Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

Comments (10) (please add your comment »)

posted by Blocked (2012-07-05 00:44:45)
williebk avatarCompanies been doing this for years, nothing new. I guess people are just to lazy to get a antivirus or a anti-malware cookies programs.

posted by (2012-07-05 04:18:49)
No avatarwell I can say that I never noted google attempting to track me.
I rarely go to sites that can infect your system any more any ways. as most the stuff I get is from torrents and if they are infected ether my firewall or both antivirus software's will catch it. the main sites to stay away from are crack sites. they will infect your computer faster than anything besides porn sites and I don't even bother with that crap any more as there all the same now. I haven't ran a scan in months and my system still runs as fast as it should. but to now Ive even stopped using public trackers and just privet ones now.

but as for anti-malware software you don't need it as long as you know what the hell you are doing. but one thing I have noted was that google is starting to tell ppl that a clean site can infect your computer. and it was a privet torrent site that they said was a possible threat....yet Ive not had one issue...LoL

posted by (2012-07-06 21:48:13)
seesoft22 avatarI always get the ads based on the search I do. Isn't it means the google has tracking for this. Even some information from the Gmail (I personally felt..But not sure)will be tracked.

posted by Blocked (2012-07-06 22:05:50)
skreamer avatarwilliebk are you saying GOOG cookies would be picked up by antivirus programs? GOOG is my default search and Gmail my default e-mail and I always have COMODO and Avast (and Defender fwiw) and never get alerts about malware cookies?

Willing to learn.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-07-06 22:18:39)
Embolism avatarOld news ,google analytics are always tracking you amongst others if you use Firefox browser install DNT+ and stop the various companies from tracking you.
My personal view is that not only do they track and profile you but all such data is accessible by agencies like CYBER and they will never have to pay 10,000,000 as it will be deferred under the Patriot act,all citizens of the USA and other countries are actively spied upon daily and they have the capability to monitor and store all global communications at CYBER for 30 years at a time just in one facility.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-07-06 22:22:45)
Embolism avatarThe NSA have been doing it for over 10 years with phone communication,CYBER take it one step further and not for violations of copyright that is just an excuse to give them unrestrained access to servers globally as was defined in the NSA/CIA white paper from the Director of the CIA 2001-2011 Global CYBER strategy.

posted by Site FriendET loverSuperman (2012-07-06 22:26:57)
Embolism avatarI have blocked 28,000 with DNT+ - do not track me plus,mainly social media sites and Google analytics

posted by Blocked (2012-07-07 23:15:00)
skreamer avatarEmbolism, thanks for the tip (Do Not Track Plus).

posted by (2012-07-08 13:38:51)
No avatarFirst off I disable file tracking and recent files on my system. I also use the hosts file to block (publicly) known malware/tracking/ad sites/scam sites by redirecting them back to my local IP address. (This means my system will always redirect to itself when it tries to connect to any address or IP stored in the hosts file). I use Comodo Free Firewall & Avira Free Antivirus for my main system protections. I use Malwarebytes Anti-Malware & SUPERAntiSpyware Professional combined with CCleaner to deal with malware and trojen threats (but thats not too often). I clean my registry regularly as I install and remove programs all the time and registry cleaners typically find MRU's (recent files and programs opened within windows that are stored in the registry and can be used by hackers and/or forensics to track what you have opened on your system. Of course they take this info and bend and twist it to make bias claims about what your computer has been used for, so it is best to clear MRU entries.)
MAFIAAFIRE: Gee! No evil!, Adblock Plus, Adblock Plus Pop-up Addon, adblock video, Better Privacy, Flashblock, GoogleEnhancer, QuickJava, Redirect Remover & SafeSearch Off are the Firefox extensions I use to safe guard my privacy.
Extensions like MAFIAAFIRE: Gee! No evil! and SafeSearch Off aim to stop google from censoring web content. Adblock Plus, Adblock Plus Pop-up Addon, adblock video & flash block blocks adds displayed on websites (along with the cookies that come along with them), Better privacy clears so called super-cookies (which are simply flash cookies and since they are not regular cookies, they are not cleared when regular cookies are), Redirect Remover does what it suggests which is remove link redirects (you are redirected when you click on a link are sent to another location, that location can send cookies and quite often they are tracking cookies).
I always clear my web browsing history and cookies at the very least once every few days and at most every few websites I visit. I am always conscious of what I put out online and try to be careful, however that is not to say I don't do much online. I do. I spend many, many hours a day online downloading torrents, visiting warez blogs, browsing the 'internet underground', looking at all kinds of porn, internet banking, plus much more. I am very aware that even though I do all the above to safeguard my privacy, I am being watched, tracked. That is just how it is on the internet, but remember this - security does NOT mean making something impenetrable, it means making something difficult to access, the more locks or 'blockages' you have the more secure something is.
Hope this helps you out skreamer, or anyone else who wants to learn to protect themselves from the dangers of the digital age.

posted by (2012-07-08 13:59:16)
No avatarIf you don't understand anything I have talked about.......GOOGLE it. Yes, I said Google it. Google is sooo big and they do track your searches and where you go but google is damn good at what is does.......which is information. Finding information. If you want information there is no one or nothing better than google on this earth. Google will help you find it, and if you cant find the information you are looking for with google, then you need to learn how to use google. You literally can find anything with the help of google.

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