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Ask Slashdot: Can A Lack of Privacy Be Weaponized?

Slashdot reader dryriver asks a scary what-if question about the detailed digital profiles of our online and offline lives that are being created by “hundreds of privately owned, profit-driven companies operating with no meaningful oversight.” Digital profiles are just a collection of 1s and 0s and are wide open to digital tampering or digital distortion. You could easily be made ... Read More »

Google’s Search Results Begin Prioritizing ‘Original Reporting’

In the future Google will promote news articles that feature original reporting in its search results, the Hill reports. “While we typically show the latest and most comprehensive version of a story in news results, we’ve made changes to our products globally to highlight articles that we identify as significant original reporting,” Richard Gingras, Google’s vice president of news, said ... Read More »

IOS 13 Lock Screen Lets Anyone See Your Address Book

Slashdot reader dryriver writes: A security researcher discovered that if you get your hands on someone else’s iThing running iOS 13, and place a phone call to it, you can choose to respond with a TXT message, and get to see the contents of the address book on the iThing without actually getting past the lock screen… The security researcher ... Read More »

How To List Users and Groups on Linux

On Linux, as a system administrator, you often want to have a complete list of all the users and all the groups on your host. It is quite crucial for security purposes to make sure that you have the correct amount of users and that you didn’t forget to delete some. There are several ways to list users and groups ... Read More »