Security Scans Published
35,000 security scans from the U.S. courthouse in Orlando have been published on the tech site Gizmodo. The photos are not very revealing but raise concerns about the scanners that the TSA is using at airports.
The two arguments for the TSA scanners are that 1) the images don't show anything and 2) aren't saved. The raw images might not be too revealing but by inverting the image in Photoshop they show surprising detail. The TSA claims that the images are not stored but the 2008 requirements for the machines included the ability to "store and send images." Maybe they don't save the pictures today but the feature is built into every scanner just waiting to be turned on.
If you are traveling next week and support personal privacy then participate in National Opt-Out Day. Skip the x-rays for a pat down to let the TSA know how you feel. The bonus is you miss all the dangerous radiation.
Stealing Your Password at Starbucks
People using a Firefox add on called Firesheep can now easily steal cookies on public Wi-Fi networks. The cookies contain the site address, user name and password for other users on the network. Once taken it is easy to log in using their credentials.
If you are using a public network at the local coffee shop then you should only pass information using a secured connection. To check if the site is secure then the address should start with "https://" instead of "http://". If it doesn't then don't fill out any forms or log in to any sites.