The Week in Privacy – August 21, 2009

Judge Orders Google to Reveals Blogger's Identity After Insulting Model
Canadian model Liskula Cohen sued Google demanding to know the identity of an anonymous blogger on the Google site The UK Telegraph reports that “In what may prove a far-reaching ruling, Joan Madden, a New York supreme court judge, rejected the blogger's claim that the blogs were a "modern day forum for conveying personal opinions, including invective and ranting" and should not be treated as factual assertions.”


“Snooper Sites” Make Private Lives Less Private Online
The Los Angeles Times reports that, “Until recently, personal information has been scattered across cyberspace, to be found or not depending on the luck and sophistication of the searcher. But a new crop of "snooper" sites is making it easier than ever for anyone with Internet access to assemble the information into a digital portrait.”


Largest Data Breach in US History Used Basic Hacking Techniques
Three men were indicted this week on charges related to a massive data breach involving 130 million debit and credit cards.   Forbes reports the hackers used some very basic techniques, “According to the indictment, Gonzalez, 28, gained a foothold into the systems of credit card processors using an amateur hacking technique called "wardriving," which uses wireless access points to find vulnerable networks from which to launch attacks. Once connected to those private networks, Gonzalez used a well-known technique called "SQL injection."


Medical Identity Theft Proves Costly relates how “Recent reports have shown how victims of a medical identity theft can face financial ruin. Medical identity theft occurs when an identity thief uses social security number of a victim to obtain medical care, services, products, insurance benefits or insurance. The victim is saddled with a huge bill.”

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