888.4.NATNET
Facebook Twitter LinkIn Blog Instagram YouTube Google Plus

Monthly Archives: October 2017

23
Oct
2017

Federal Regulators Propose Honest Online Ads Law

by Bill

Action seems to be on the horizon as a bipartisan group of federal regulators says it wants to impede Russia attempts to influence US elections. The group is proposing new legislation that would require companies including: Google, Twitter, and Facebook to fully disclose who is buying political advertisements on each platform and continue to maintain those records long after elections are over.

The Honest Ads Act would initially require Internet companies to follow similar rules for political advertising that now apply for TV, Radio, and Print media Facebook recently announced it found roughly 500 “inauthentic” accounts linked to Russian subversion via posts and ad purchases.

However, as Bloomberg News was quick to point out an Internet troll could easily mask their location and intentions to subvert the new law anyway. Jane Doe from a random location with a localized phone number would be able to buy any political ad they wanted, even if they were actually in Moscow working for the Russian government. The transaction would be recorded but would just show the fake name and other bogus user information.

“Unfortunately, US laws requiring transparency in political campaigns have not kept pace with rapid advances in technology,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in a statement. “Allowing our adversaries to take advantage of these loopholes to influence millions of American voters with impunity.”

“What we want to try to do is start with a light touch,” added Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) of the proposed bill.

The weakness of the measure in the real world, and implications of expanding these regulations to non-political ads is also a cause of concern. “So when I want to buy an ad on Facebook to sell a colon cleanse… now they have to report all my personal information to the government and store those records?” said one prominent online marketer we spoke with who asked to be anonymous. “It’s just another overreach and invasion of privacy, putting commercial entities in the middle and demanding they spy on American citizens under the auspices of national security… without any real hope of ancient people in Congress crafting a law that would actually protect our elections.”

Share and Enjoy
  • Print
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Add to favorites
  • RSS
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Technorati
  • Yahoo! Buzz
10
Oct
2017

Literally Every Yahoo Account Ever Hacked

by Bill

When a company has a major hack, you expect a few things. Probably, some accounts have been compromised, but maybe not all. Secondly, you may expect not all the information will be available right away. Yahoo has a lot to answer for, because it recently revealed a 2013 attack on their servers which was previously thought to have compromised about 1 billion accounts, but now the facts are becoming available and in actuality all 3 billion accounts in existence at the time. This massive revision of how many accounts were affected is very important for consumers, and also is significant because Yahoo was in discussions to be bought out by Verizon in the interim.

The information revealed may not be quite as serious as the sensitive financial data revealed during the most recent Equifax breach, but it is quite serious because it includes things like e-mail addresses, phone numbers, and passwords which can be used illegally in conjunction with the Equifax data to compromise the identities of millions of people globally.

This rash of hacks has many wondering what the point is of shredding old bank statements and phone bills before discarding them, when it is now so easy for nefarious parties to simple gather your hacked data digitally.

With this climate of hacking, it’s important to work with companies that you truly trust. You can count on NationalNet to provide you with hosting that will keep your data as secure as modern technology allows. Much is being done to research new forms of data security as previously reported here on the NationalNet Blog, including China’s quantum entanglement plans. As new tools become available on the commercial level, we will continue to implement them quickly… hopefully Yahoo and the credit bureaus will also do so as well.

Share and Enjoy
  • Print
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Add to favorites
  • RSS
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Technorati
  • Yahoo! Buzz
NationalNet, Inc., Internet - Web Hosting, Marietta, GA
Apache Linux MySQL Cisco CPanel Intel Wowza