News outlets are reporting that one of the hackers with Goatse Security, the firm behind the AT&T data breach that exposed the e-mail addresses of 114,000 iPad 3G users, was arrested on drug charges Tuesday. According to reports, the FBI had a warrant to search his home in Arkansas, and found the drugs. A hearing is scheduled for Friday.
While this news doesn't change the fact that AT&T has a serious problem on its hands regarding keeping its (and Apple's) users information private, it does cast some doubts over the legitimacy of Goatse Security.
A blogger named Cory Watilo on Thursday brought to light a new privacy problem caused by Facebook, coming on the heels of a few rough months for the social networking site and its ability to protect its users' personal information.
This latest discovery involves e-mail addresses. Watilo wrote that he occasionally Googles his e-mail address to discover if it's been indexed, and recently found that Facebook published one of his e-mail addresses, even though the address that it published is not one Watilo uses on the social networking site.
While not quite a moving apology, Google CEO Eric Schmidt's admission to the Financial Times that the company made mistakes in collecting data from private Wi-Fi networks is about as close as we're likely to get.
"We screwed up," he said about the interception of personal data by Google's Street View cars. "Let's be very clear about that. If you are honest about your mistakes it is the best defense for it not happening again."
According to an online poll run by security vendor Sophis this week, 60 percent of Facebook users are considering packing up their profiles and saying goodbye, thanks to ongoing concerns about how the social networking site handles the privacy of its members.
A whopping 30 percent of the nearly 1,600 people who answered the survey say that it's "highly likely" that they'll walk away, with another 30 percent calling it a possibility. Another 16 percent say that they already have quit. About one quarter indicated that Facebook is likely to remain a source of future procrastination.
Seventy-nine percent of us believe that access to the Internet isn't a luxury but a fundamental right, according to a new survey from the BBC News World Service.
But a smaller portion -- 53 percent -- of the more than 27,000 respondents said that the Internet should "never be regulated" by any government. Polling firm GlobeScan conducted the survey for BBC, speaking to adults from 26 countries.