Related News: LinkedIn Feature Exposes Email Addresses

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Krebs on Security published an article titled LinkedIn Feature Exposes Email Addresses.

LinkedIn’s entire social fabric begins to unravel if any user can directly connect to any other user, regardless of whether or how their social or professional circles overlap. Unfortunately for LinkedIn (and its users who wish to have their email addresses kept private), this is the exact risk introduced by the company’s built-in efforts to expand the social network’s user base.

According to researchers at the Seattle, Wash.-based firm Rhino Security Labs, at the crux of the issue is LinkedIn’s penchant for making sure you’re as connected as you possibly can be. When you sign up for a new account, for example, the service asks if you’d like to check your contacts lists at other online services (such as Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc.). The service does this so that you can connect with any email contacts that are already on LinkedIn, and so that LinkedIn can send invitations to your contacts who aren’t already users.

Source: Krebs on Security

Related News: Anonymous email app launches with ‘creepy’ stunt

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. CNN published an article titled Anonymous email app launches with ‘creepy’ stunt.

The creators of an app that helps people send anonymous emails are coming under fire for a PR stunt that didn’t quite go as planned.

Over the last couple days, Leak, a new service that allows people to send anonymous emails, sent a number of reporters questionable emails as part of a push to promote the app.

An email sent via Leak to a Mashable reporter: “Dear neighbors, would you mind stop (sic) walking naked at home? We can see you every morning when having breakfast. From someone, anonymously. Sent from Leak.”

Source: CNN

Related News: Delaware subpoenaed reddit in order to reveal details of public sex act

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Ars Technica published an article titled Delaware subpoenaed reddit in order to reveal details of public sex act.

The Delaware Attorney General’s office acknowledged Tuesday that in late March it subpoenaed reddit, seeking “all records and information including registered name, e-mail, and IP address” concerning user “un1cornbl00d” for a certain two day period at the end of that month. State authorities wanted this information in an attempt to locate a man and woman who appeared (NSFW) to have sex in public in the town of Newark, Delaware on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 2014.

Source: Ars Technica

Related News: Microsoft defends its right to read your email

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. CNN Money published an article titled Microsoft defends its right to read your email.

According to an FBI complaint, Microsoft in 2012 discovered that an ex-employee had leaked proprietary software to an anonymous blogger. Fearing that could empower hackers, Microsoft’s lawyers approved emergency “content pulls” of the blogger’s accounts to track it down. Company investigators entered the blogger’s Hotmail account, then pored over emails and instant messages on Windows Live. The internal investigation led to the arrest on Wednesday of Alex Kibkalo, a former Microsoft employee based in Lebanon.

Although the move could be perceived as a breach of trust, Microsoft says it’s allowed to make such unilateral decisions. It pointed to its terms of service: When you use Microsoft communication products — Outlook, Hotmail, Windows Live — you agree to “this type of review … in the most exceptional circumstances,” Frank wrote.

Source: CNN Money

Related News: If You Used This Secure Webmail Site, the FBI Has Your Inbox

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. Wired published an article titled If You Used This Secure Webmail Site, the FBI Has Your Inbox.

While investigating a hosting company known for sheltering child porn last year the FBI incidentally seized the entire e-mail database of a popular anonymous webmail service called TorMail.

Now the FBI is tapping that vast trove of e-mail in unrelated investigations.

The bureau’s data windfall, seized from a company called Freedom Hosting, surfaced in court papers last week when prosecutors indicted a Florida man for allegedly selling counterfeit credit cards online. The filings show the FBI built its case in part by executing a search warrant on a Gmail account used by the counterfeiters, where they found that orders for forged cards were being sent to a TorMail e-mail account: “platplus@tormail.net.”

Source: Wired

Related News: GOOGLE: If You Send To Gmail, You Have ‘No Legitimate Expectation Of Privacy’

One new article link has been added to our Related News page. SFGate published an article titled GOOGLE: If You Send To Gmail, You Have ‘No Legitimate Expectation Of Privacy’.

If you happen to send an email to one of the 400 million people who use Google’s Gmail service, you shouldn’t have any expectation of privacy, according to a court briefing obtained by the Consumer Watchdog website.

In a motion filed last month by Google to have a class action complaint dismissed, Google’s lawyers reference a 1979 ruling, holding that people who turn over information to third parties shouldn’t expect that information to remain private.

Source: SFGate