Senator Schumer Campaigns for HTTPS

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armor.jpgADOTAS – At a news conference from a Manhattan coffee shop, Senator Chuck from Brooklyn — OK, you might know him as U.S. Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), but you’ve never shared a plate of Jamaican Jerk chicken with him during the West Indies Parade — urged major website operators, from social networks such as Twitter and Facebook to etailer giant Amazon, to embrace the HTTPs protocol for the privacy of wireless users.

Labeling the HTTP protocol as “a welcome mat for would-be hackers,” he argued that incorporation of the more secure HTTPS URL provides protection against personal data hijacking for the increasing number of users accessing the Internet through public wifi at coffee shops, bookstore and other hangouts.

Schumer claimed that hacking has become so easy that you don’t have to be a disgruntled computer genius and Harvard student unceremoniously dumped by his girlfriend to be a menace to the web — now any schlum who gets his/her hands on the right program can steal user information to raise havoc or go on a shopping spree. The Wall Street Journal notes that some Internet experts believe the lack of the HTTPS protocol is how Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s fan page was hacked the other week.

“With the privilege of serving millions of U.S. citizens, providers of major websites have a responsibility to protect individuals who use their sites and submit private information,” Schumer said. The senator also has sent large websites a letter — not an email — regarding this matter.