|Report: NSA Uses Google's "PREF" Cookie For Tracking|
|According to the documents, the NSA and its British counterpart, GCHQ, are using the small tracking files or "cookies" that advertising networks place on computers to identify people browsing the Internet. The intelligence agencies have found particular use for a part of a Google-specific tracking mechanism known as the “PREF” cookie. These cookies typically don't contain personal information, such as someone's name or e-mail address, but they do contain numeric codes that enable Web sites to uniquely identify a person's browser. |
In addition to tracking Web visits, this cookie allows NSA to single out an individual's communications among the sea of Internet data in order to send out software that can hack that person's computer. The slides say the cookies are used to "enable remote exploitation," although the specific attacks used by the NSA against targets are not addressed in these documents.Report: NSA Uses Google's "PREF" Cookie For Tracking [washingtonpost.com]
Pots Call Kettle Black - Tech Giants v. NSA Data [webmasterworld.com]
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NSA infiltrates links to Yahoo, Google data centers worldwide [webmasterworld.com]
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|run bleach bit once a week, or at the end of everyday. |
How effective is it?
do we really know that it works?
Cookies from "partners" are out of hand on most major sites.
I loaded the page at 6:14:00 or so...
Long after I stopped moving the cursor or scrolling the page, it kept humming along, collecting my "lack of data", (which is, in-effect, data).
06:34:56.129 GET [livepassdl.conviva.com...] [HTTP/1.1 200 OK 80ms]
06:36:38.288 GET [ping.chartbeat.net...] [HTTP/1.1 200 OK 120ms]
06:37:44.504 GET [content.newsinc.com...] [HTTP/1.1 304 Not Modified 70ms]
06:38:08.262 GET [ping.chartbeat.net...] [HTTP/1.1 200 OK 101ms]
06:38:23.690 GET [ping.chartbeat.net...] [HTTP/1.1 200 OK 40ms]
06:38:38.255 GET [ping.chartbeat.net...] [HTTP/1.1 200 OK 40ms]
06:38:53.253 GET [ping.chartbeat.net...] [HTTP/1.1 200 OK 40ms]
06:39:23.254 GET [ping.chartbeat.net...] [HTTP/1.1 200 OK 351ms]
Below is an alphabetic list of all the "partners" and LA Times properties that were serving and mostly collecting data --
DOMAIN ... About/Notes/Server response, etc
2mdn.net ... Server not found
adadvisor.net ... blank page
adap.tv ... industry's largest TV and video advertising marketplace
adsrvr.org ... Error 404
auditude.com ... (Adobe) ad performance to arrive at a single "engagement ROI" metric — data on how engagement translates directly to revenue
bluekai.com ... works with websites to aggregate anonymous activities and enables marketers to provide more targeted online advertising.
chango.com ... Chango and Twitter partnership delivers #tailored_audiences Leverage your data and our data to build custom tailored audiences
chartbeat.net ... transform the intricacies of your site’s real-time data into simple, beautiful insight.
cmcore.com ... Server not found
conviva.com ... The Global Leader in Preemptive Video Stream Optimization
crwdcntrl.net ... Match content with visitor interests to increase engagement and brand loyalty.
doubleclick.net ... the ad technology foundation to create, transact, and manage digital advertising for the world's buyers, creators and sellers.
dyntrk.com ... Server not found
edgefcs.net ... Server not found
egolas-media.com ... Server not found
eqads.com ... provide a smarter way to target customers and reach your audience.
exelator.com ... Server not found
eyeviewads.com ... Server not found
facebook.com ... Facebook
flashtalking.com ... ad serving, tag management
gigya.com ... Connected Consumer Management
google.com ... Google
google-analytics.com ... Google, analytics
googlesyndication.com ... Google, ad serving
imrworldwide.com ... Server not found
latimes.com ... online newspaper
lphbs.com ... Server not found
mathtag.com ... places cookies, on behalf of its customers, on the computers of visitors to our selected customer's websites
newsinc.com ... Digital Media Exchange
perfectmarket.com ... comprehensive set of adaptive tools for increasing traffic, engagement and revenue on your site.
pictela.net ... (AOL)
quantserve.com ... Quantcast Measurement Service
revsci.net ... Server not found
rubiconproject.com ... automating the buying and selling of advertising.
scorecardresearch.com ... a service of Full Circle Studies, Inc., is part of the comScore, Inc. market research
spotxchange.com ... video advertising platform
tubemogul.com ... video ads
twitter.com ... Twitter
tynt.com ... inserts the page URL when your content is pasted into emails and social sites.
w55c.net ... 1x1 gif pixel (beacon)
*NOTE: all the "server not found" responses were from entering just the domain name in a web browser.