Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden – Democracy Under Fire

Every July 4th Americans celebrate their independence from British rule, usually a patriotic display of flags, plenty food and fireworks, an excuse for a long weekend, BBQs and getting drunk. What started out as a great plan, a democracy like never before, has suddenly come to a screeching halt, worst of all ,with the most…

Hot Coals

Messaging and Phone App Viber Blocked in Saudi Arabia

Various news sources, including the Shia International News Association, report that Saudi Arabia has blocked access to the popular encrypted messaging service Viber. Viber CEO, Talmon Marco told the BBC that he didn’t know why Viber was blocked and they expect to restore the service within a few days. Viber, a free messaging and VoIP…

Protect Your Privacy With 10 Easy Offline Steps

Protect Your Privacy With 10 Easy Offline Steps

Chances when you are reading this online, hopefully over your morning coffee or a good glass of wine while relaxing. I write about privacy a lot, but as many people I usually mean online, while the majority of life actually still happens offline, the Matrix none withstanding. Even the best online security measures aren’t good…

Privacy Settings

Privacy Settings – Careful Using US-Based Companies

The EU considers US surveillance a “grave threat” to EU sovereignty. Rightfully so, as all data stored in public US clouds is subject to mass surveillance by US authorities. The EU considers personal privacy a fundamental right of any European citizen, which is obviously incompatible with warrantless mass-surveillance (FISA), as recently reauthorized for another 5…

Occupy Wall Street Protester

Occupy – It Was Always Meant to be About You!

A friend told me “Paranoia is a good thing, especially if you are being followed.” Apparently Americans, and very likely the rest of the world’s population, have good reason to be paranoid. In 2011/2012 the empire struck back, showed its teeth and the surveillance state was dragged out into the open. US mainstream media was…

Facebook HQ

Facebook – The End of Privacy?

When it comes to privacy, Facebook is on a mission to eliminate it at all cost. The now publicly traded company is every marketing company’s and spy agency’s wildest dream come true, gathering information about social relationship and intimate details of more than a billion active monthly users. Knowing Facebook, Google and cohorts are collecting…

Protect Your Privacy

Privacy? NSA Storing All Communications in Massive Database

All emails from anyone within the United States are stored by the NSA and other US government spy agencies for later retrieval if you “somehow” become a person of interest, says William Binney, former NSA crypto-mathematician. This blanket surveillance will allow government agencies to construct a scaringly accurate picture of your life from around 2002…

The Borg - You will be assimilated!

Your Privacy is Under Attack – Facebook

Facebook, the Borg-Collective of the Internet, is making headlines about its Privacy Policies again. With over a billion Facebook “citizens”, larger than any country except China and India, any changes to Facebook’s policies are a big deal. How worried should you be? Facebook wants to change three major things, how it shares information with affiliates,…

Privacy

US Government May Soon Read Your Emails at Will

Senator Patrick Leahy, who previously introduced a bill that would have actually granted greater protection of your privacy, is re-introducing said bill for discussion on the senate floor next week. The new version however, would allow 22 government agencies access to your email without requiring a judge or informing the owner of accessed email accounts.…

Toronto G20 Protester holding flower

Canadians May Soon Be Monitored in Their Bedrooms

Canadians may soon have surveillance right in their bedrooms if the Chiefs of Police Association gets their way in parliament… No quite yet, but it would be easy to imagine…. The Chief’s of Police Association of Canada is resurrecting a Internet Surveillance bill that would allow law enforcement to intercept Internet communication of anyone in…

Securing Your Google Drive

Google Drive Opening Back Door Into Your Gmail Account?

Using Google Drive to store and synchronize your files between devices is generally a good idea (if you encrypt your personal data that is). The problem lies in using Google’s desktop client, both on Mac and Windows, because it includes a “Visit Google Drive on the web” link automatically logging you into your Google Account.…

George Orwell 1984

Interesting Tidbits From The Web Today

George Orwell was right and the attack on our freedom comes from within! The UN calls for “Anti Terror” Internet surveillance and in the UK the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) succeeds in forcing ISPs to block access to torrent sites CNet reports. Independently viewed these news snippets don’t mean much, but in the context of the global…

Privacy News

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…

Security PIN

PIN Security – How to Protect Yourself From Easy Hacking

Is your PIN (Personal Identification Number) as good as it can be? There is a slight problem with “personal” in Personal Identification Number, the rarely mention fact that you and probably thousands of others share the same number. Coincidence? Not so, with 4 numbers to choose from there are only 10,000 possibilities. Considering the millions…

Java Security Flaw

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…