Tech

A Peek Inside Mr. Robot’s Toolbox

NUP_168822_0856.jpgTHE BAR WASN’T exactly high for dystopian hacker suspense thrillers when USA Network’s Mr. Robot launched, but the show has gone on to surprise everyone. WIRED Security writer Kim Zetter called it “the best hacking show yet.” What makes the show, which airs its season finale next week1, work is how true it is to its subject matter, from the alienation at the heart of an always-connected life to the technologies the characters use to pull off the story lines.

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Ruling May Stop Willy-Nilly Gadget Searches at US Borders

UNION , NJ - JANUARY 6: Dozens of laptop computers, left at TSA checkpoints at Newark Liberty International Airport sit in a locked cabinet at the TSA office January 6, 2015 in Union, NJ. After 30 days, these items are sent to Washington, DC to have the hard drives scrubbed of personal information. The cabinet also contains cell phones, other electronics and dozens of keys. (Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

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THERE’S LONG BEEN a sense that the 4th amendment’s protection from unreasonable search and seizure doesn’t apply at the border. And in certain ways, it doesn’t. Reasonable expectations of privacy are held to different standards. Routine searches that would otherwise be considered unreasonable are permitted due to the “border search exception” to the 14th amendment’s due process requirement.

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Online Marketing Can Lead to Inadvertent Revelations

1431620748645564Seattle-based Perkins Coie is a law firm darling of the high tech industry. It’s also the14th largest US firm by attorney headcount and ranks #42 on American Lawyer’s 100 list of top grossing law firms. Hard-hitting firms are careful to avoid revealing client information, since doing so could be considered a breach of professional ethics.

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Stopping a Smart TV From Eavesdropping On You Could Be a Felony

FT-150210-smarttv.jpg.CROP.promovar-medium2Samsung’s SmartTV recently came under fire when an item in its privacy policy—in place since at least October 2014—bubbled up in media reports. In the policy, Samsung warns users to “please be aware that if your spoken words include personal or other sensitive information, that information will be among the data captured and transmitted to a third party through your use of Voice Recognition.”

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Mac Users’ Unsaved Files and Screenshots Are Automatically Stored on iCloud

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Opening TextEdit in your MacBook to jot down some notes may feel like the digital equivalent of scrawling on the back of an envelope. Unfortunately, those unsaved notes may not be as private as you think they are—and likely haven’t been for a while.

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