[LINK] Google+ update
tomk at unwired.com.au
Tue Jan 24 12:34:32 EST 2012
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> From: link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au
> [mailto:link-bounces at mailman.anu.edu.au] On Behalf Of Roger Clarke
> Sent: Tuesday, 24 January 2012 11:43 AM
> To: link at anu.edu.au
> Subject: [LINK] Google+ update
> Google has re-affirmed its 'real names' policy - and tried to pretend
> that allowing alternative nicknames is a major breakthrough:
> They've also demonstrated a remarkable lack of understanding of the
> risks of identity fraud, and of the realities of authentication.
> They've declared that you can argue against their rejection of a name
> by providing "information to help confirm your established identity.
> This could include:
> - Scanned official documentation, such as a driver's license
> [what a lovely pool of useful images and data that will create]
> - Proof of an established identity online with a meaningful
> - References to an established identity offline in print media,
> news articles, etc."
> [I wonder if Stil(gherrian) is covered by that one? And, if so,
> what approach they take to authenticating any given
> person to that
> offline and online identity]
> Along the way they've declared this:
> >The vast majority of users sail through our signup process -- in
> >fact, only about 0.1% submit name appeals.
> The claim the other day was that Google+ was up to 90m users:
>So 90,000 people have had their names rejected, and have had to appeal.
Google via Gmail will select persons of interest and shutdown their
access until identified with an alternative email address or phone
number for a password SMS reset.
They claim it is because the account was used to send spam "probably as
a result of a virus" and advise the account holder to check their
computer for Malware.
As this computer was incapable of having any Malware (Virtual by
session) I became rather suspicious, especially as the "Malware"
occurred after that email address was used on a posting on the ABC
website (and had never been used for anything else apart from a couple
of business emails). Not because I was attempting to hide, but because I
was using that particular address for work purposes and the comment I
had left was related to work matters and not necessarily my personal
This made me curious. Were the Australian ABC now asking Google to
provide them details of comments posters on their website ?
To isolate the thesis I registered over a number of days several new
addresses from different globally located IP's.
I then proceeded to make comments about different matters in various
Certain key words immediately triggered the Gmail "Account suspended
/Malware/ let us reset your password by sending you an SMS. What is your
mobile number?" response.
Test result, 5 dummy test accounts, 38 forum postings, 5 Malware
Google is starting to give me the heebies. A bit late, I know, but then
I have always been slightly naive and trusting.
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