Popular Software projects leave Sourceforge

The admin of the popular NotePad++ text editor announced today that the project would leave SourceForge as a response to what happened in past weeks.

(by onin Internet – Last Update: June 15, 2015)

What may be even more troubling for Sourceforge is that uBlock — and all of its spin-offs and forks — is now blocking access to the site by default.

The software project hosting website Sourceforge started to offer a new monetization option to projects hosted on the site in mid-2013 when it introduced install-wrappers which enabled projects to add third-party offers to installers on Windows to earn revenue from software installations. Continue reading

Looking Up Symptoms Online? These Companies are Tracking You.

Health data is some of the most private data you have. That a data reveals a lot about you. There’s a reason that we have laws like HIPAA—unfortunately those don’t apply here,” Quintin said. HIPAA is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, and it forces the government and doctors to keep patient medical records secure and confidential. It has no jurisdiction over search engine companies or data brokers who sap data “volunteered” by users.”

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Lenovo Shipping PC’s with Adware and Root Certificate

It is bad enough when PC manufacturers add all kinds of crapware on a PC to make money as these programs tend to slow down the PC quite a bit as many of them come installed on it and may run on system start as well.

It takes time and effort to remove those. What Lenovo did however is a whole new level. Not only did it install Superfish on systems with injects advertisement when users browse the Internet, that freaking thing did install a root certificate on the system as well sharing its private key which makes your system vulnerable to man in the middle attacks. [Read more…]