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You may not think that the security of your Wikipedia research is a big deal, but it can be. You don't want spies to misinterpret your searches for potassium nitrate and the Gunpowder Plot as evidence of a terrorist conspiracy, after all. Appropriately, the Wikimedia Foundation is starting to encr...

June 13th 2015 at 1:05pm 0 Comments
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Wondering how the recently uncovered hack covering personal information from millions of government employees could be worse? We now have our answer, as sources have told the Associated Press and other outlets that in another breach, hackers accessed data from security clearance checks for militar...

June 12th 2015 at 6:10pm 0 Comments
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It's been a tough year for Google, especially after it was told it must delist search results as part of the so-called "right to be forgotten" ruling. In that time, the company has vetted each individual request, throwing more than half of them out, but also getting some of its decisions wrong. CN...

June 12th 2015 at 6:31am 0 Comments
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Google's Street View cars are well known, but you may also soon see vehicles from its biggest rival: Apple. The company today confirmed that in order to improve Apple Maps, it's embarking on a mission to drive cars all over the world, starting in the US, UK and Ireland. It's created a dedicated we...

June 10th 2015 at 5:43am 0 Comments
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The US government might be curbing its surveillance activities, but just the opposite is happening north of the border. Canada's Senate has passed the heavily disputed Bill C-51 into law, granting spy agencies (like the Canadian Security Intelligence Service) greater powers to violate digital priv...

June 9th 2015 at 8:42pm 0 Comments
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We've known that most of the government's anonymous tiplines aren't secure, and Uncle Sam is implementing changes across the board to make HTTPS a standard for federal websites. It's a a "new, strong baseline of user privacy and security" according to a post by 18F, one of the government's interna...

June 9th 2015 at 5:02am 0 Comments
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You probably don't think of your personal media server as a target for hackers and spies, but Plex isn't taking any chances. The company has started handing out free SSL security certificates to everyone using a media server, giving you an encrypted connection while you're picking a movie to watch...

June 8th 2015 at 6:51am 0 Comments
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South Korea is grappling with an outbreak of the frequently deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), and it's taking some drastic technological steps to keep this bad situation from getting worse. The country plans to track the cellphones of people under a MERS quarantine to make sure that...

June 8th 2015 at 5:46am 0 Comments
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Just how bad was the hack that compromised the info of 4 million US government workers? Exceptionally bad, if you ask anonymous officials talking to Reuters. They understand that the Office of Personnel Management breach exposed data going as far back in time as 1985, which could reveal what about...

June 6th 2015 at 1:30pm 0 Comments
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A group of hackers has attacked the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), stealing sensitive data on 4 million current and former American federal employees. Law enforcement sources tell Reuters that the government believes the perpetrators are from China and have penetrated not just OPM's IT syst...

June 4th 2015 at 11:36pm 0 Comments
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It's been about two years since we first discussed the NSA plan for "bulk metadata" monitoring of phone calls. At the heart of that information and so many revelations since, is Edward Snowden, the man who leaked documents to Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras about exactly what was being done in t...

June 4th 2015 at 10:48pm 0 Comments
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Sharing your location with the person you're chatting with in Facebook Messenger isn't a new feature, but the way its done has changed... thankfully. The app no longer shares your location by default, nixing the stalkerish function that updated folks on your friends list with your movements. Inste...

June 4th 2015 at 5:49pm 0 Comments