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Telecom mergers give US government more opportunities to spy

As we saw most recently with SoftBank’s acquisition of Sprint, foreign companies looking to get into the US telecoms business need to sign away some important decision-making power. The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports that beginning with the Verizon Wireless joint venture in 2001, foreign-owned telecom …

How the Attack on NY Times and Twitter Domains Could Have Been Worse

Fair warning: The domain-hijacking attacks carried out by the Syrian Electronic Army against the New York Times and Twitter yesterday could have been …

Domain Names

ID security CEO: 'NYT' hackers did their homework

The extended online outage of the New York Times highlghts a profound, long-standing security weakness in digital commerce: the pervasive use of a simple user name and passwords to access online accounts.<p>We use single-factor authentication — a user name and password — to gain access to everything …

It's Now Easier For Hackers To Crack Crazy-Complex Passwords

An update to a free online password-cracking program just made it easier for hackers to get their hands on more complex passwords.<p>When you sign up for an account on a website and create a password, that information is stored in a company database as "cryptographic hashes": strings of numbers and …

Facebook privacy update lets the social network analyze your profile picture

Facebook has just announced the latest round of proposed changes to its data use policy and statement of rights and responsibilities — two legal documents that explain how the company can use the data it collects from its users. As usual, there are a few things worth noting in the updated policies, …

Hackers Compromise The War Z Forum, Game Databases

Hackers compromised the forum and game database of the massively multiplayer online game, The War Z, forcing the game’s producer OP Productions to …

US intelligence agencies will finally reveal how many people each year they target

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper has announced that the US intelligence community will start revealing how many people are targeted each year by surveillance, a long-sought victory for transparency advocates. In a Tumblr post, Clapper says that the NSA and other agencies will begin …

150 Million People Have Decided That Standard Web Browsers Aren't Safe Enough

When FORBES last spoke to AnchorFree in August 2012, CEO David Gorodyansky put forth a modest goal for his 7 year-old company: “We want to be the way the whole world browses the Web,” he boasted. In the last year, the company’s trajectory has matched its lofty ambitions. A year ago 70 million …

Viber founder: 'People should be concerned about privacy'

From strict privacy policies to its origins in Israel, there are a few things that distinguish Viber, the upstart free calls and messaging application, from its more established rival Skype. But the feature its 200 million international followers seem to appreciate most is the stickers.<p>A selection …

Apple Mac flaw gives hackers 'super status,' root access

A five-month old flaw allows hackers to bypass authentication protocols by altering clock and user timestamp settings.<p>An unaddressed five-month-old …

Information Security

DEA can access all AT&T records

Vast network of metadata on 4 billion calls each day stored by the phone company can be sifted by the drug agency<p>The New York Times revealed Monday that the Drug Enforcement Administration has access to the entirety of telecom giant AT&T's phone records.<p>The phone company, in return for payment by …

This bracelet could replace your passwords, your car keys, and even your fingerprints

Fingerprint readers. Face Unlock. Retinal scanners. They're all no better than your average password, at least the way Dr. Karl Martin sees it. "Your face, your iris — they're all physical features that can be stolen, that you leave everywhere."<p>Luckily, Dr. Martin has a better idea. He's planning …

New breakthrough could bring quantum encryption to smartphones - ExtremeTech

By on August 30, 2013 at 1:15 pm<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use.<p>In light of recent events, you …

Quantum Mechanics

AT&T gives DEA 26 years of phone call records to wage war on drugs

Any carrier using an AT&T switch covered in program that goes beyond NSA's.<p>AT&T provides the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) with records of …

Pentagon Planned to Secure Web Domains Before Syrian Hackers Hit

The Pentagon was in the process of hiring help to bolster the security of military website domains, just as Syrian hackers allegedly assaulted the …

Vietnam bans doing pretty much anything online

The country’s infamous Decree 72, criminalizing a wide, vague set of activities on the Web, went into effect Sunday<p>In Vietnam, it's now officially illegal to do anything online that the government might not like.<p>The country's infamous Decree 72 went into effect Sunday. A wide, vague range of online …

Why the internet of things gives us a second chance to define digital trust and privacy

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock/Pavel Ignatov<p>As we connect more things to the web and share more data, there hasn’t been a coherent …

Who can see where you are when you tweet? - Futurity

Location information from Twitter profiles is more publicly available than most people realize. A new …

Rights & Freedoms

Camera Company That Let Hackers Spy On Naked Customers Ordered By FTC To Get Its Security Act Together

Let’s say you bought an Internet-connected camera for your home so you could keep an eye on your baby, or watch your dog while you were at work, or to make sure your home was secure while vacationing. Or maybe you got it for your office to secure your safe or Big Brother your workers. But what if …

Patched Safari bug being exploited by hackers

Though the bug is known and has been addressed, hackers may still attempt to use a JavaScript vulnerability to target unpatched Macs.<p>A known vulnerability in Apple's Safari browser is the new target for a proof-of-concept exploit that allows a hacker to arbitrarily run code on unpatched Mac systems.<p>…

Toshiba has invented a quantum cryptography network that even the NSA can’t hack

If you’ve got communications that absolutely cannot be intercepted—whether you’re a NSA whistleblower, the president of Mexico, or Coca-Cola—quantum cryptography is the way to go.<p>It harnesses the bizarro-world properties of quantum physics to ensure that information sent from point A to point B …

Quantum Computing

Google is waging war on apps that attack, infiltrate and steal from your phone

Late last month, Google made sweeping changes to its policies for developers on Play, the official store for apps that run on Android, Google’s smartphone operating system. The changes, which among other things affect how ads are displayed and permissions sought, are meant to make Android safer so …

Apps

Majority Of Americans Want Better Privacy Protection Online

According to a Pew study released today, 86% of Internet users have taken actions to avoid being tracked online.<p>The majority of Internet users don’t feel laws adequately protect their privacy online and have tried to avoid being tracked, according to a report released today by the Pew Internet …

Internet Users Fear Hackers and Advertisers More than Spying

<b>For the past three months everything that the Internet has talked about seems to be the NSA surveillance programs and their impact on our online</b> …

Zuckerberg: I wish Parse had been around when I started Facebook

SAN FRANCISCO — Talking about his social network’s early days, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he started out with an $8,000 budget and all the responsibility of building his own backend.<p>“In retrospect, man, I wish Parse was around back then,” he said.<p>More from Parse Dev Day<p>Parse: 100K+ apps & …

Revealed: how US and UK spy agencies defeat internet privacy and security

US and British intelligence agencies have successfully cracked much of the online encryption relied upon by hundreds of millions of people to protect the privacy of their personal data, online transactions and emails, according to top-secret documents revealed by former contractor Edward …

Most common encryption protocols are useless against NSA surveillance, new leak reveals

A new leak appearing in <i>The Guardian</i> and <i>The New York Times</i> today details the NSA and GHCQ efforts to circumvent, undermine, and crack various forms of web encryption, based on documents leaked by Edward Snowden. If the details in the document are accurate, the HTTPS and SSL encryption used by most …