Interesting article written by security expert Bruce Schneier that describes an investigation by the NSA: http://wapo.st/2sCXZjA.
I assume you do not want your Internet Service Provider (ISP) to snoop on your online activities and then to sell your web surfing information to commercial companies. Your data should be valuable, private, and most important, it’s yours. You should be the owner of your data and no one else, especially not a commercial company interested in selling your private data, should have access to your data.
Luckily, there are easy ways to block the snooping. I have already written about using a Virtual Private Network (see https://privacyblog.com/?s=vpn for my articles). However, that may require a bit more technical knowledge that may scare away computer novices.
A second solution is to use the Tor web browser and networking package. See https://www.torproject.org/ for details. Tor is a well-known and reliable privacy solution. However, Tor does slow your network connections significantly and does require a bit of technical knowledge to use it effectively.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) recently pointed out something that most security experts already figured out: the FBI and other US government agencies already monitor EVERYONE‘s phone calls, email conversations, tweets, and more. Nobody is immune to that. Obviously, Donald Trump’s communications were vacuumed up in those privacy-invading databases, along with communications from everyone else.
Speaking on the Fox News Channel, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) questioned President Donald Trump’s detractors who argued there was no validity to his assertion that he had his “wires tapped” in a tweet earlier this month.
According to Paul, most people acknowledge Trump’s former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn, a member of Trump’s presidential campaign, had been spied upon and it is coming down to what the definition of wiretap is.
After the recent scandal revealing that Trump campaign aides have had repeated contacts with Russian intelligence in 2016, the entire Trump family apparently turned towards encryption to protect their private communications amongst themselves and possibly with others. Several encrypted Tutanota mailboxes were registered yesterday alone with distinct names of Trump family members.
Now the Trump family seems to have learned from those early mistakes during the presidential electoral campaign. They have learned that everything that happens online will be copied by the NSA and can be read and analyzed at a later stage.
The Secret Service or perhaps some other US agency captured the email messages and telephone calls between Mr. Trump’s associates and the Russians, as reported the New York Times. Then the FBI asked the NSA to collect as much information as possible on this, and analyze troves of previously intercepted communications. We can assume that the captured information includes some email messages made by or received by Donald Trump or members of his family. Now the new President and his family reportedly are switching to encrypted email messages.
A Russian hacking group, known under different names including Fancy Bear, Pawn Storm, and APT28, participated in last year’s interference in the presidential election. The group has long been known for its advanced range of tools for penetrating Windows, iOS, Android, and Linux devices. Now, researchers have uncovered an equally sophisticated malware package the group used to compromise Macintosh systems.
It is believed the Russians infected Macs by exploiting a known vulnerability in the MacKeeper antivirus software, according to researchers from Palo Alto Networks who investigated the malware. The vulnerability allowed attackers to execute remote commands on a Mac when users visited specially crafted web pages.
If you own a Vizio television, you need to be aware that it is spying on you. In fact, the FTC and the New Jersey Attorney General collected $2.2 million from Vizio for spying on consumers from their smart TVs and a promise to stop snooping on your viewing habits. Rather than fight the accusation any longer, Vizio has agreed to pay $2.2 million in fines and stop spying.
Here is a bit of reading that ay interest you: the CIA is finally putting 12 million declassified pages on the web for all to see. The documents were released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) act. You can view them at https://www.cia.gov/library/readingroom/document-type/crest.
The online site contains millions of documents, which date from the 1940s to 1990s and are wide-ranging, covering everything from Nazi war crimes to mind-control experiments to the role the CIA played in overthrowing governments in Chile and Iran.
The records were declassified under a 1995 executive order issued by then-President Bill Clinton. His order made public secret government documents at least 25 years old that were also of “historical value.” In 2000 the CIA finally complied — at least with the letter of the law — by providing access at the National Archives. Examining the documents required a personal visit.