David S. Peck is getting a lot of emails. In a glitch possibly related to the massive Gmail outage underway right now, there’s an odd bug in Google search which is pointing users directly to his personal email address. The address appears in a “Compose” window that pops up when the top search result for Gmail is clicked. Yes, it’s bizarre. Very, very bizarre.
Several of us at TechCrunch have been able to duplicate this bug, first brought to our attention by a tipster. Given whatever is going on with Gmail right now, your mileage, as they say, may vary.
To reproduce the bug, first search for keyword “gmail” on Google. The top organic search result says “Gmail – Email from Google,” and beneath that are two other sub-links, one that says “Email” on the left, and the other which reads “Gmail – Google.” Click the one on the left (where the text reads “10+ GB of storage, less spam, and mobile access. Gmail is email …”)
A Naked Security reader just emailed us to say, “I received a message from Target about the breach. It talks about customers, and people who shopped at the company’s stores, and names me in the breach. But I’ve never acutally shopped at Target.”
The concerned reader also pointed out that the statement was published on Target’s website back on 13 January 2014, but the email she received only arrived on 16 January 2014.
She admitted that the email didn’t look dangerous: it had no links to login pages and no suspicious attachments, so it didn’t seem to be anything to worry about.
Except for the fact that she received it at all - and apparently three days’ late at that.
Data collection is a fact. Whether or not you’re spooked by the NSA releases this year, data collection is a thing and it’s here. No matter where you are on the spectrum, you should be aware that you store data on the internet.
You should also know that no company is perfect, so it’s smart to take your data into your own hands when you can, and to know the fail points of the companies whose services you use.
As an entrepreneur, I like to control as much of my business as I can. Call me paranoid, a control freak, or whatever, but whenever you give up data in exchange for free services, you give up a limited amount of control as well. It’s a short-term trade off that has a long-term negative value.
A blog called Three Word Chant has dug up an infamous Newsweek article dating back to 1995 titled “The Internet? Bah!” .
There are a number of quotes that will leave you grinning proudly about how wrong author Clifford Stoll was, but before we criticise, let’s accept this is 1995. The Internet was a mess. No Google. No method to the madness. It’s understandable how many may have believed there wasn’t something in this Internet thing. Then again, this author really should have known better, Clifford Stoll is a US astronomer and author, you would expect someone of his technological background to have you a more inspired vision of the future. You can read more about him here and watch a mad (and I mean mad) TED presentation of his here.
We love the internet. We’d marry it if we could. It feeds us cat videos in the office, lets us stalk our friends on the train, and allows us to order cheese-in-a-can from the other side of the world at 3am.
It’s also home to a selection of hilarious Amazon reviews for products so ridiculous that they deserve each and every word of the sarcasm-laced reviews they’re subjected to.
A new browser extension for Google Chrome that promises to bypass the UK’s parental controls and ‘bring porn back’ has been published online.
Almost all ISPs in the UK have now implemented safety filters, at the behest of Prime Minister David Cameron who said that they were vital to prevent children “stumbling across hardcore legal pornography”