Surveillance State, Privacy & Citizenship

By Wesley Fryer | Articles and thoughts relating to our modern surveillance state (government and corporate) as well as privacy and citizenship. by @wfryer

Over 36,000 Computers Infected with NSA's DoublePulsar Malware

DOUBLEPULSAR, one of the NSA hacking tools leaked last Friday by the Shadow Brokers, has been used in the wild by ordinary hackers, who infected over …

Cybercrime

Cybersecurity for the People: How to Protect Your Privacy at a Protest

Planning on going to a protest? You might not be aware that just by showing up, you can open yourself up to certain privacy risks — police often spy …

Security

A Primer on DarkNet Marketplaces

In its investigative efforts against DarkNet marketplaces, the FBI—much like in our other criminal priorities—focuses its resources not on individual …

US border searches of phones and laptops have almost doubled

A former Homeland Security official said the spike in device searches was a "conscious strategy" to use a loophole that allows agents to search …

Big Brother

Microsoft Office Hack: Exploit In Word Used By Government Hackers Against Russian Targets

A major security vulnerability in Microsoft Word that was patched yesterday was used by a group of government hackers to infect Russian victims with …

Cybersecurity

WikiLeaks reveals Grasshopper, the CIA's Windows hacking tool

In case you haven’t had your dose of paranoia fuel today, WikiLeaks released new information concerning a CIA malware program called “Grasshopper,” that specifically targets Windows.<p>The Grasshopper framework was (is?) allegedly used by the CIA to make custom malware payloads. According to the user …

Malware

Sen. Ron Wyden: Government Must Explain Why It Tried to Expose Twitter User

Only a day after Twitter revealed that it had received a summons from the Department of Homeland Security demanding identifying information about an …

Surveillance

A huge trove of patient data leaks, thanks to telemarketers' bad security

The data of almost a million patients with diabetes and other medical ailments has been secured.<p>A trove of records containing personal and health …

Data Breach

Twitter Does Something Right, Gets Government to Drop Attempt to Unmask “Alt” Gov Twitter Account

In the early days of the Trump administration, “alt” Twitter accounts quickly popped up, proclaiming to be run in secret by government workers in …

Government

US drops request for identity of anti-Trump Twitter account

Twitter has dropped a lawsuit it filed against the US government, saying the government has withdrawn a summons for records about who is behind an …

Twitter drops lawsuit after government withdraws request to unmask anonymous Trump critic

Twitter has voluntarily dismissed its lawsuit against the Trump administration after the government withdrew its demand for the social network to …

Lawsuits
President Donald Trump

What should you think about when using Facebook?

<b>Courbet, The Winnowers</b><p>TL;DR: Facebook collects data about you in hundreds of ways, across numerous channels. It’s very hard to opt out, but by …

Facebook

It's Incredibly Easy to Figure Out Someone Else's Social Security Number

Today in identity fraud.<p>The way people talk about social security numbers would have you believe that keeping it a secret is vital. But, as CGP Grey explains in a new video, if someone is serious about stealing an identity via an SSN—assuming the card was issued before 2011—all they have to do is …

Security

DARK NET, A WILDERNESS WHERE INVISIBLE WORLD WARS ARE FOUGHT AND HACKERS ROAM FREE

<b>I. THE BACK DOOR</b><p>His name is not Opsec, but I will call him that to guard his privacy. In webspace he is known as a grand master of the dark art of …

Cybersecurity

WikiLeaks’ latest release of CIA cyber-tools could blow the cover on agency hacking operations

WikiLeaks’ latest disclosure of CIA cyber-tools reveals a technique used by the agency to hide its digital tracks, potentially blowing the cover on current and past hacking operations aimed at gathering intelligence on terrorists and other foreign targets.<p>The release Friday of the CIA’s “Marble …

Cybercrime

I’ll never bring my phone on an international flight again. Neither should you.

A few months ago I wrote about how you can encrypt your entire life in less than an hour. Well, all the security in the world can’t save you if …

Security

Why political rebels love WhatsApp

MPs are increasingly turning to tech to coordinate political skulduggery, but their ignorance of encryption is a security risk<p>There are well-founded fears that few of the politicians tasked with devising legislation covering the use of encryption technology have any expertise in that field – and in …

Encryption

How To Keep Your Browsing History Actually Private

Congress voted to allow your Internet service providers to sell your online activity to advertisers – here’s the simplest way to prevent that from happening.<p>Posted on March 31, 2017, 20:31 GMT<p>Last week, the House repealed Internet privacy rules requiring broadband companies to ask for your consent …

VPNs

US border agents are doing 'digital strip searches'. Here's how to protect yourself

The number of mobile phones being searched at the US border is exploding, but certain steps can help secure your privacy<p>Last month, the US-born Nasa engineer Sidd Bikkannavar was pulled into additional screening when he entered the US after a two-week vacation in Chile. He was taken into a room and …

Security

The First Horseman of the Privacy Apocalypse Has Already Arrived: Verizon Announces Plans to Install Spyware on All Its Android Phones

Within days of Congress repealing online privacy protections, Verizon has announced new plans to install software on customers’ devices to track what …

Net Neutrality

I Spent a Week Trying To Make the Broadband Lobby Answer a Simple Question About Selling Your Data

House Republicans last night voted to overturn an FCC rule that bars your internet provider from telling advertisers which websites you visit and …

Net Neutrality

Congress roughing up FCC privacy rules?

Yesterday, the US Senate voted to roll back the FCC’s privacy rules, which would have required ISPs and Carriers seeking to use customer data for …

Net Neutrality

How a Trump Administration Could Reshape the Internet

Under a President Donald Trump, cable and phone companies could gain new power to influence what you do and what you watch online — not to mention how much privacy you have while you're at it.<p>Many experts say that Republicans who generally oppose regulation are likely to take charge at the Federal …

Net Neutrality

EFF Launches Community Security Training Series

EFF is pleased to announce a series of community security trainings in partnership with the San Francisco Public Library. High-profile data breaches …

Security

Senate Votes to Let ISPs Sell Your Data Without Consent

The Senate took the first step Thursday toward blocking rules that would restrict how some big tech companies share and sell your personal data, a prospect that digital activists said would be a huge loss for online privacy.<p>On a party-line vote of 50-48, the Senate passed a joint resolution that …

Net Neutrality

Congress Moves to Strike Internet Privacy Rules From Obama Era

WASHINGTON — Republican lawmakers moved to dismantle landmark internet privacy protections for individuals on Thursday, the first decisive strike against telecommunications and technology regulations created during the Obama administration and a harbinger for more deregulation to come.<p>In a 50-to-48 …

Net Neutrality

Prosecutors think they can extract data from phones seized during Inauguration Day protests

It may be harder than they think<p>Court papers filed today indicate that prosecutors are trying to break into locked smartphones seized during arrests made on Inauguration Day. According to a report from <i>BuzzFeed</i><i>,</i> there are more than 100 phones involved, some belonging to individuals who have not been …

Surveillance

Two open source secure email services

As much we all complain about email, for most of us, email is still our primary conduit for online communication. That said, numerous hacks and …

Security