Iain Scott

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Tired Of Waiting For Strong Firefox Sandboxing, Tor Developers Create Their Own

Over the past couple of years, the Tor browser has started to show cracks in its armor as some hackers and law enforcement agencies have learned the …

The Operating Systems Real Hackers Use

Black and gray hat hackers are what most people consider professional despite the morally disputable nature of their operations.<p>Most hackers’ skill …

2016 was year of progress vs. pilfering

FBI, Apple set tone for year that saw progress in on-going attempt to devise better access controls<p>2016 was a rough year for the digital credential, …

GDPR

PwC sends 'cease and desist' letters to researchers who found critical flaw

The researchers disclosed details of the flaw, despite receiving two written legal threats.<p>A security research firm has released details of a …

Information Security

“Security As An Afterthought:” 3 Frightening Privacy Claims From Former Uber Staffers

Even if you’re a fan of Uber’s service, it’s often difficult to not take issue with the company’s short history of: disregarding taxi regulations, …

I took a tour of the popup store that shows how little privacy you actually have

In order to truly understand the extent, I took a trip to The Glass Room, a popup shop in Manhattan's Nolita neighborhood.<p>This popup store does not sell anything. Rather, the purpose of the shop is to show the power of the companies who collect and compile this data.<p>The shop was organized by …

Silicon Valley

SWIFT Confirms New Cyber Thefts, Hacking Tactics

Cyber attacks on the global banking system have continued – and succeeded – since February’s heist of $81 million from the Bangladesh central bank, …

What is Bitcoin? A Step-By-Step Guide For Beginners

If you want to know what is Bitcoin, how you can get it and how it can help you, without floundering into technical details, this guide is for you. …

8 Steps to Securing Online Privacy

Last week, I set out my reasons for expecting serious civil liberties and privacy problems under a Trump presidency. I strongly recommended that you …

Beware, the FBI can now legally hack you anywhere, everywhere around the world - Saint

Going incognito? Well there’s no point anyways now my friend, after all, now the FBI can now dip their noses into what you’re doing if they get a …

Privacy

The FBI Just Got Disturbing New Hacking Powers

At midnight, the U.S. government quietly gained expansive new surveillance abilities after a last-ditch effort to stop changes to the federal code of …

Surveillance

UK passes Investigatory Powers Bill that gives government sweeping powers to spy

Edward Snowden says the bill is the 'most extreme surveillance in the history of Western democracy'.<p>The House of Lords has passed the Investigatory …

U.S. intelligence community opposes limits to privacy watchdog - memo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. intelligence community does not support pending congressional legislation that would curtail the authority of a privacy watchdog that advises the president on government surveillance programs, according to an unclassified memo seen by Reuters.<p>A man is silhouetted …

Surveillance

Privacy or security? Swiss voters back new mass surveillance laws

Voters in Switzerland have endorsed new laws extending the authority of the country's spy agencies to monitor internet traffic, tap phones, deploy …

KrebsOnSecurity moves to Project Shield for protection against DDoS attack censorship

Unless you are a bad guy intent upon nefarious schemes to exploit technology in order to make money, you probably have a great amount of respect for …

Why the silencing of KrebsOnSecurity opens a troubling chapter for the ‘Net

“Free speech in the age of the Internet is not really free,” journalist warns.<p>For the better part of a day, KrebsOnSecurity, arguably the world's …

Tails 2.6 — Ultra-secure Linux OS Used By Snowden Gets Updated Tor And Kernel

Tails is a security-focused Linux distribution that aims to provide you anonymity. This Debian-based live Linux distro forces all outgoing …

Quantum computing will cripple encryption methods within decade, spy agency chief warns

OTTAWA — The head of Canada’s electronic spy agency warned Friday the advent of super-fast quantum computers will cripple current encryption methods …

Wells Fargo facing pressure from investor to clawback executive pay

A Wells Fargo investor is pressuring the bank to punish executives who oversaw a massive fake account fraud.<p>CtW Investment Group -- which works with union pension funds that own a 0.25% stake in Wells Fargo -- sent a letter to the company's lead director Friday, demanding the bank's board invoke a …

Finance

iOS 10 Has a 'Severe' Security Flaw, Says iPhone-Cracking Company

A forensics company says a change in the latest version of iOS has made it much easier to crack passwords protecting encrypted backups.<p>Apple has introduced a "severe" flaw in its newly-released iOS 10 operating system that leaves backup data vulnerable to password-cracking tools, according to …

Information Security

iOS 10 Found To Lack Security Checks Against Brute-Force Attacks

Apple released iOS 10 last week to iPhone and iPad users excited over the prospect of new features coming to their devices. However, the Cupertino …

FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password

Hacker brews fast NAND mirroring prototype for $100.University of Cambridge senior research associate Sergei Skorobogatov has laid waste to United …

Stop using SMB1

Hi folks, Ned here again and today’s topic is short and sweet:<p>Stop using SMB1. <i>Stop using SMB1</i>. <b>STOP USING SMB1!</b><p>In September of 2016, MS16-114, a …

U.S. ‘quietly’ asking Silicon Valley for help accessing encrypted communications

The White House and Pentagon are not looking for backdoors into encryption technology, according to one of the Obama administration’s top spies, but …

National Security

Pepe for president, A pardon for Snowden, Encryption debate goes dark: ICYMI

Here’s some news you may have missed…<p><b>The Clinton campaign knows about Pepe, and it feels bad, man.</b> In a sentence I can’t actually believe I am about …

Internet

Government breached personal data security 9,000 times in a year, watchdog reveals

Self-reporting rules allowed Whitehall departments to notify only 14 of total breaches to the Information Commissioner, says National Audit Office<p>Personal data security was breached nearly 9,000 times by the government in a year, the National Audit Office (NAO) has found.<p>The watchdog revealed the …

How should we govern government hacking? A New America event.

This past spring, the FBI bought a hacking tool to break into the San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone—then refused to disclose it to Apple. In August, …

Human Rights