Midweek Scene From Silicon

A midweek update from NetHawk: Here's a NetHawk news flash, Facebook hasn't been exactly upfront with its community on privacy. From our friends at Gawker:

Facebook took time today to make a big announcement about iPhone coupons and new mobile sign-in partnerships. Then it quietly admitted it will take "months" to protect your Facebook account from being hijacked at Starbucks and other cafés. Great.

"Amid all the hoopla over Facebook's iPhone press event, a spokesperson for the social network acknowledged to Forbes.com's Kashmir Hill that the company is aware of a recently-released tool that makes it super easy to hijack Facebook accounts on open wireless networks like Starbucks', but won't be fixing the problem any time soon.

"We have been making progress testing SSL access across Facebook and hope to provide it as an option in the coming months," the spokesperson said. "We advise people to use caution when sending or receiving information over unsecured Wi-Fi networks." Of course, using an "unsecured" Wi-Fi network would be perfectly harmless if sites like Facebook transmitted people's login secrets via encrypted connections like they were supposed to."


***This announcement is important if you want to be protected from the growing number of slugs out there who want to steal your world:

November 3, 2010 2:24 PM PDT

Identity Theft Council launches in Bay Area

According to the latest research* there were more than 11 million victims of identity theft in the United States in 2009. To put that in perspective, that's more that the total number of burglaries, attempted burglaries, petty thefts, purse snatchings, pickpocketings, arsons, and auto thefts combined.

The Identity Theft Council is creating a national network of local partnerships between law enforcement, the business community, and local volunteers to provide local and in-person support to these victims, in the communities where they live.

The council provides identity theft victims with greater long term support and recovery assistance in their local community and at the same time helping to reduce the incidence of identity theft by improving local awareness and education.

Our Mission and Goals

The Identity Theft Council is founded on a simple premise – that every community, no matter how small, has resources that can be harnessed to combat identity theft: to help victims recover from the crime, to ease the burden on law enforcement, and to educate users about the many options they have to avoid the crime.

Our mission is to find more effective ways to fight identity theft at a local level, and we hope to achieve this in a number of ways:

  • By providing victims of identity theft with free access to local experts and trained counselors who are volunteering their time to help victims recover from identity theft.
  • By working with local credit unions and banks to encourage their employees to become trained volunteer identity theft counselors.
  • By partnering with law enforcement, providing them with free training and other resources, so they can provide a more positive response to victims.
  • By working with a broad network of local partners, including the financial community, law enforcement, local government, local businesses, and schools, to spread the “prevention through education” message to the broader community.
  • By creating local Identity Theft Councils in communities across the country as a single point of response and support.
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This announcement is pithy, but since I’m curious how this sort of technology will evolve and how companies like Netflix and Pandora will be a dime a dozen, I thought I’d look for some consensus. Let’s have some feedback please on this if you have anything.

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