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American Bar Association Wakes Up

In an earlier blog post, I covered the effect of the NSA on the attorney/client relationship. Now the American Bar Association has woken up and is taking the matter seriously. Apparently, it took the revelations that the NSA was spying on an American law firm in order for the ABA to put on their super hero cape and type up a letter.

Remember those Cookies???

I briefly mentioned in a previous blog post the tracking capabilities of cookies, and how cookies can be used to do things like scan networks behind firewalls. Well, the documentation has now surfaced of how the NSA uses one particular Google cookie to track users and determine who to target for closer surveillance (i.e. attacks with software exploits).

Here's one for the wi-fi worry warts ...

As if you didn't have enough things to worry about, check out Michael Horowitz's article at Computerworld:

Google knows nearly every Wi-Fi password in the world

If an Android device (phone or tablet) has ever logged on to a particular Wi-Fi network, then Google probably knows the Wi-Fi password. Considering how many Android devices there are, it is likely that Google can access most Wi-Fi passwords worldwide.

Oh, and change your wifi passwords now. You'll be completely safe until the next device logs in...

Why Lawyers Should Be Paying Attention to the NSA

From the law offices of Mikki Barry. Google's Gmail & Calendar may now have serious legal issues regarding potential breach of attorney/client privilege...

As attorneys, each one of us should be screaming bloody murder about this potential breach of attorney/client privilege at its very core. It’s not that it is “possible” to get our privileged information, our work product through Google Apps, both the “metadata” and the content of our correspondence, etc., it has already happened, and continues to this day. We KNOW our communications have been compromised. The question now is what to do about it.