Sanjib Mitra is a man who likes to be responsible and do the right thing. A year ago he discovered, quite by accident, that a little bit of URL tweaking could reveal personal data about people other than himself within a website database. He was completing a complicated application form himself when he was faced with a blank page and a browser back button that did nothing, so he tried changing numerical data at the end of the URL in an effort to salvage some of the information he had spent the previous hour entering. His reward was not time …
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A [Channel 4 News investigation](http://www.channel4.com/news/phone-mobile-data-24-hours-apps-security-secret) in the UK has revealed that in a 24 hour period just one smartphone made 350,000 requests to 315 different servers and made 30,000 requests to 76 servers when otherwise sitting totally idle for 45 minutes. Oh, and then there was the location data being sent to advertising agencies based overseas, and handset ID data heading to various apps. In fact, the investigation simply reiterated the fact that an average smartphone will send out hundreds of thousands of pieces of information every day, giving away its location and unique identity. ![8cf45ebf097b82f98333ede74e38961b](/attachments/large/0/8cf45ebf097b82f98333ede74e38961b.jpg "8cf45ebf097b82f98333ede74e38961b") Channel 4 News …
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I was just reading the Toronto Star online and was pleased to see that Google’s ad network faces $500M U.S. probe. The probe is digging into whether Google unfairly ranks web pages higher in the results pages. Well, it's about time. Maybe the American Justice Department can do something about the millions of Adsense fraudsters popping up all over the globe literally stealing our search engine marketing dollars; warehouses full of "Internet visitors" clicking through our search engine ads. It's ridiculous that such a scam can perpetuate unchecked for so long.
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