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HideMyAss didn’t hide his…

In October 2012 Raynaldo Rivera entered a plea bargain with the US Attorney’s Office (USAO), pleading guilty to having hacked Sony Pictures in 2011 as part of LulzSec, a subgroup of Anonymous. He will be sentenced early 2013. Raynaldo is the second member of LulzSec to plead guilty, after Cody Kretsinger, both identified via their…

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New Java Zero-Day Security Flaw Discovered

Adam Gowdiak provided Oracle with a technical description of a new zero-day security flaw along with sources and binery codes of his team’s proof of concept sandbox bypass in Java 5, 6 and 7, based on Oracle’s figures about 1 Billion PC and Mac users. For more information go to: Critical security issue affecting Java SE…

Welcome Magnus Svensson

We are thrilled to announce that Magnus Svensson joined our team. In his current day job he deals with Network Security and he has a keen interest in Internet Privacy and Cryptology. In addition to his IT talent, he has great writing skills. He currently resides in Norway. You can reach him via Twitter @magsvensson, on Facebook and Google+

iPhone/Android Users Want to Read This

The FBI denies being the source of the UDIDs that Antisec leaked earlier this week, so where did the data come from? With the US government having a history of being less than truthful about it’s surveillance programs and no way to verify Antisec’s claims at this time, the origin of the data is anybody’s guess. While the leaked UDIDs appear to have little value, thanks to Antisec releasing data stripped of identifying information, Apple and Google have been secretly storing a year’s worth of location information on user’s devices, and in Apple’s case backing this data up to user’s…

Can Service Agreements Create Privacy?

An article by Hanni Fakhoury on the EFF’s blog suggests just that. The Supreme Court of the United States ruled that “users lose their expectation of privacy when they turn information over to third parties,” a statement often used by law enforcement to obtain records without the need to get a warrant, leaving your constitutional rights in the hands of companies, which might not have your best interest in mind. There are, of course, exceptions. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals leaves an interesting door open and that is that under certain circumstances “a company’s guarantee to its customers that…

The Hacker Group Antisec Released 1 Million UDIDs of Apple iOS Devices

Last night Antisec has released about 1 million unique identifiers (UDIDs) from Apple iOS devices as reported on several news sites this morning. As scary as that may sound it is not clear what security or privacy implications this hack will have, as nobody seems to know what one could potentially do with this information. If you are concerned you can check your UDID(s) against the database of leaked UDID(s) here. Antisec didn’t release all 12 Million UDIDs they apparently had access to and withheld identifying information. While I understand the FBI tracking a certain number of people, I am not quite…

Can This Cat Keep Secrets Better Than Microsoft’s Skype?

Paranoia or not, in June of 2011 Microsoft was granted a patent for code to legally intercept VoIP calls, such as Skype, just a month after it acquired Skype. whether this technology was subsequently integrated into Skype, Skype refuses to answer. Mark Gillett, Skype’s Chief Development Officer, writes on Skype’s Blog in July 2012 that Skype will continue protecting their user’s privacy and only reveal content stored on their servers if legally required, technically feasible and law enforcement follows the appropriate procedures. What does that really mean? The company that owns Skype has a patent for software allowing interception of…

Internet Should Not Have Gatekeepers or Regulators

Everything political, everything social, the way we do things with other people is all done with your computer, on the Internet, with your iPhones with your mobile devices now, and it’s a totally different world then when we had powerful computers, but they weren’t a part of your life as much as now. And I’m just as happy as everyone to see it having turned out this way,” he tells RT. Apple’s co-founder fears that freedom of information is under attack, with the internet controlled and regulated in unnecessary and harmful ways. RT talked to Steve Wozniak on a range…

Sharing is Great, But it Could Come With a Cost!

Insurance companies apparently found yet another way to reduce their losses. An article by the UK’s Daily Mail claims that in the future claims could be rejected if customers had been ‘reckless’ with information they posted online. A spokeswoman for Hiscox Insurance admits it would consider rejecting applications outright from celebrities who write about their personal lives on Twitter because they are making themselves vulnerable to being targeted.