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Security Holes in Web Privacy Program
Bennett Haselton, an Internet filtering activist who runs the Peacefire Web site, found the problems with Anonymizer.com, a five-year-old service that shields users from tracking by Web sites and their Internet providers.
Haselton "came up with a new way of exploiting (Web) standards," Anonymizer president Lance Cottrell explained Monday. "They're pretty subtle."
Many major commercial sites cringe when security researchers find a hole. But Anonymizer actually encourages it through a "bug bounty."
Haselton's reward: three free years of the Anonymizer service, which costs $50 a year. Cottrell said the offer stands for anyone else who can find security holes in the service.
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