Web Security and Journalists

By Paul Bradshaw | From phishing and password cracking to vulnerabilities in Skype and Firefox: how security has become an increasingly pressing issue for journalists

Internet of Things, new opportunities for hackers and cybercriminals

Internet of Things, a business growing at a compound annual rate of 7,9% that is a privileged target for hackers and cyber criminals.<p>The Internet of …

Email surveillance could reveal journalists' sources, expert claims

Phil Zimmermann, inventor of PGP encryption, urges shift away from consumer email<p>Phil Zimmermann, the creator of the email encryption software PGP, has warned that anyone who uses consumer email services needs to be aware of the threats of exposing their metadata to eavesdroppers.<p>Zimmermann created …

Encryption

How Dropbox sacrifices user privacy for cost savings

<b>Note: This flaw is different than the authentication flaw in Dropbox that Derek Newton recently published.</b><p><b>Summary</b><p>Dropbox, the popular cloud based …

Why I’m saying goodbye to Dropbox and hello to SpiderOak Hive

<b>Update:</b> Since writing this post I’ve moved on. I’m now using a combination of Dropbox (shared, work stuff) and Bittorrent Sync (everything else). …

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Dropbox…opening my docs?

I had the opportunity recently to beta-test HoneyDocs, a web app that generates documents that can ‘buzz home.’ This is done by a unique, embedded …

Britain’s secret police

The UK’s desperate attempts to keep its roadside surveillance network under wraps.<p><i>We’ve lost</i>, our lawyer predicted late in the afternoon. He was …

Surveillance

How and Why You Should Encrypt Your iOS Backups

Advertisement<p>6 Comments<p>If you’re security conscious, or you just want your personal data to be safer, you can encrypt the backups iTunes creates of …

Court Says TSA Can Lie About Whether Or Not It Has The Information You're Requesting

In theory, the Freedom of Information Act is great. It allows citizens to pursue disclosure from government entities in order to better understand …

Awesome Stuff: More Crowdfunding Attempts At Private And Secure Communications

First up, we've got Trsst, which is more or less a distributed secure RSS-based platform that can be used to effectively create …

Infographic: How social networks collect your personal data online

I had a great chat with Randy Bowden last night on his marketer2marketer program (you can check it out here). One of the topics that Randy touched on …

Google encrypts data amid backlash against NSA spying

Google is racing to encrypt the torrents of information that flow among its data centers around the world in a bid to thwart snooping by the NSA and the intelligence agencies of foreign governments, company officials said Friday.<p>The move by Google is among the most concrete signs yet that recent …

Privacy

Web security for journalists – takeaway tips and review

Early in <b>Alan Pearce</b>‘s book on <b>web security</b>, <i>Deep Web for Journalists</i>, a series of statistics appears that tell a striking story about the spread of …

Don't be a Petraeus: A Tutorial on Anonymous Email Accounts

Making Digital Security a Priority for Journalists - MediaShift

What do you do when you know, going into your project, that it’s a losing battle — one that journalists will not win?<p>My yearlong mission as a …

60-minute security makeover: Prevent your own 'epic hack'

How's this for a digital nightmare? Your Twitter account hijacked; racist and homophobic tweets posted in your name. Your Apple account breached; …

How I became a password cracker | Ars Technica

Cracking passwords is officially a "script kiddie" activity now.<p>At the beginning of a sunny Monday morning earlier this month, I had never cracked a …

Journalists and activists report having their Skype calls tapped

EFF and others call out the service for lack of transparency and collaborating with Chinese censors<p>In an open letter this morning, a group including EFF, Greatfire.org and Reporters Without Borders called out Skype for "persistently unclear and confusing statements about the confidentiality of …

Microsoft

Skype Trojan targets Syrian citizen journalists, activists - Committee to Protect Journalists

The Russian manufacturer promises results. The software can be used to control your own or, say, a customer's computer by making it a remote software …

Obama Is Checking Your Email

Not all data encryption is created equal

<b>Sysadmin blog</b> I've written a recent spate of articles channelling the tinfoil hat industry that triggered some interesting conversations.<p>Most …

An Online Survival Kit from Reporters Without Borders

Reporters Without Borders Online Survival Kit<p>How can you protect yourself from online snooping? Reporters Without Borders has published an Online …

Chrome, Firefox blab your passwords in a just few clicks: Shrug, wary or kill?

<b>Poll</b> Web browsers Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox can reveal the logged-in user's saved website passwords in a few clicks. There now rages a debate …

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