Ars Technica reports on a privacy and security issue concerning ebooks and Adobe’s popular Digital Editions ebooks and PDF reader (which is used by many libraries):
Adobeâ€™s Digital Editions e-book and PDF readerâ€”an application used by thousands of libraries to give patrons access to electronic lending librariesâ€”actively logs and reports every documentÂ readersÂ add to their local â€œlibraryâ€ along withÂ what usersÂ do with those files. Even worse, the logs are transmitted over the Internet in the clear, allowing anyone who can monitor network traffic (such as the National Security Agency, Internet service providers and cable companies, orÂ others sharing a public Wi-Fi network) to follow along over readersâ€™ shoulders.
Ars has independently verified the logging of e-reader activity with the use of a packet capture tool. The exposure of data wasÂ first discoveredÂ by Nate Hoffelder ofÂ The Digital Reader, who reported the issue to Adobe but received no reply. […] Read more »