InfoSec News Nuggets 03/12/2021

Comcast scrambled to fix mistake that cut some users’ upload speeds by 20% Some Comcast customers received an unwelcome surprise yesterday morning when their upload speeds were suddenly lowered from 20Mbps to 16Mbps. Comcast was raising download speeds on its "Extreme Pro" tier from 600Mbps to 800Mbps—good news, to be sure—but the plan's relatively paltry 20Mbps upload speeds received a simultaneous 20 percent cut. Customers affected by the change complained to Comcast, and two of…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 10/09/2020

Facebook rebuts ‘The Social Dilemma,’ a popular Netflix documentary The movie revealed, perhaps for the first time to some viewers, how social networks use algorithms to keep people coming back. It also addressed how tech companies have influenced elections, ethnic violence and rates of depression and suicide. Some viewers said they were deleting Facebook and Instagram after watching it. The rebuttal suggests that Facebook may be worried about the documentary’s effects on usage. “The Social Dilemma” appeared…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 4/2/2020

How to Protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII) from Search Engines In today’s internet age we take our privacy for granted. We sign up for many services which are “free.” We participate in giveaways and generally give out information about ourselves all the time to websites that might not be very reputable and hardly anyone reads their privacy policy or terms of service. In many cases, those “free” websites sell our data to data brokers. They…
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InfoSec News Nuggets 3/17/2020

1 - Australian Engineers Just Accidentally Solved a 58-Year-Old Quantum Mystery Nearly 60 years ago, Nobel Prize-winning physicist Nicolaas Bloembergen predicted an exciting new phenomenon called nuclear electric resonance. But no one has been able to demonstrate it in action – until now. Actual evidence of nuclear electric resonance has now been discovered by accident in a lab at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Australia, thanks to faulty equipment. The breakthrough gives scientists a…
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