On November 29 Judge Clarence Cooper of Atlanta’s U.S. District Court ordered that Tamarac, Fla.-based 1st Source Information Specialists Inc. and company principals Kenneth W. Gorman and Steven Schwartz disgorge all profits and pay Cingular Wireless compensatory and punitive damages and attorney fees totaling $1,135,000.
1st Source was harvesting cell phone numbers from web sites and doing reverse lookups for cellphone numbers and selling the information to other businesss for $110 to $195. To make things worse they were also selling records of the calls made from specific cell phone numbers; an additional huge invasion of privacy.
Archive for November, 2006
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) laptop stolen in July containing information “such as names, addresses, social security numbers, and dates of bith‚Äîon more than 130,000 individuals who were issued driver’s and pilot licenses in the Tampa and Miami areas” is still missing, but an arrest has been made.
An article from last Wednesday (11/15) just caught my eye; it is intriguing: “Hoffacker charged with hacking system.” The article indicates a former VP of Technology at Source Media, Stevan Hoffacker, was
“charged with hacking into the company’s computer system three years after he was dismissed, and tipping off employees whose jobs were in jeopardy.”
I am excited. I’m really happy to see that the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has now made available all the minute details about all their rulings since 1969 in one easy (comparatively) to find location.
Why is this so neat, you ask?
Yesterday EARTHtimes, which appears to be a general news site, carried a story with a cute title that caught my eye, “Don’t be a turkey: Protect your laptop during holiday travel.”
I just found a blog for the FTC Tech-ade public hearing I just posted about; the Tech-Ade Blog. Some very interesting thoughts about a wide range of topics!