Latest Elinor Mills Stories

New Bar Demographics App Raising Privacy Concerns
2012-05-21 05:15:56

A new social app that can scan the faces of bar patrons in order to determine their ages and genders launched in venues throughout the US this past weekend, and it has wasted little time in raising the hackles of privacy advocates harboring concerns over how much and what types of information are being stored by the program. The app in question, SceneTap, launched in two dozen bars in San Francisco on Friday and earlier in Austin, Texas; Athens, Georgia; Bloomington, Indiana; Chicago,...

Did You Help Attack The FBI & Justice Department Websites?
2012-01-23 05:24:19

Some unsuspecting computer users may have been unwittingly recruited to help the hacking collective known as Anonymous in their Thursday attacks against U.S. government and entertainment industry websites, security experts have reported. The hackers launched a series of distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) on January 19, targeting the websites of the FBI, the Department of Justice, Universal Music, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and the Motion Picture Association of...

2011-09-10 04:19:45

  In the wake of the DigiNotar threat, Apple patched their Mac OS X software to remove the Dutch certificate issuer from their list of trusted providers, while Firefox developer Mozilla issued an ultimatum to certificate authorities to improve their security or face being blocked. According to BBC News, Mozilla sent a warning to certificate authorities (CAs), advising that they had until September 16 ensure that their security had not been compromised. If they cannot prove that...

2011-08-07 05:48:50

Recent arrests of individuals linked to cybercrime in Scotland and the US have prompted AntiSec hackers to release what they dub the "largest cache yet" of data stolen from American law enforcement officials, CNET.com's Elinor Mills reported on Saturday. Mills notes that the information released includes personal information, private e-mails, passwords, training files, data from informants, Social Security Numbers, and credit card information stolen from what is being identified as "an online...

2011-02-07 13:05:00

ORLANDO, Fla., Feb. 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Panda Security, the Cloud Security Company, today announced highlights from its Third Annual Security Blogger Summit, held last week in Madrid. This year's event focused on cyber-activism and cyber-war, as well as the new dangers posed to users and institutions on the Internet. The roundtable discussion, featuring top security experts in the industry, centered around the most recent examples of this emerging phenomenon, case studies of...

2005-09-29 07:13:12

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Google Inc. (GOOG)'s boycott of News.com appears to have ended quietly, less than three months after company executives told the technology news site that they would stop speaking with its reporters for a year. Google CEO Eric Schmidt granted an interview this week to News.com's Elinor Mills, the reporter whose article in July about privacy issues raised by Google's search engine apparently offended the company. For her July story, Mills went looking for details on...

Word of the Day
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.