Most people assume that Amazon.com's massive online workforce is anonymous, but a study by researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and five other universities has uncovered a security vulnerability that makes it relatively easy to uncover many workers' personally identifying information.
Andrew Blumberg became interested in the issue of "locational privacy" after his parents, who live in Boston, happened to leave their E-Z Pass electronic tolling device at his grandparents' place in New York. "My grandparents mailed it back to them," says Blumberg, an assistant professor of mathematics. "That month, all of these crazy charges turned… » Continue Reading
A researcher at The University of Texas at Austin has found that secondary security screening at airports is mathematically flawed, and has identified a way to select people for screenings more efficiently and fairly.