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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Online Privacy & Security

Wawa Data Breach Provides Another Case for Cryptocurrencies

We seem to be suffering from lots of data breaches on the web sites of large corporations. One recent example is the recent theft of information from Wawa, a large chain of convenience stores and gas stations throughout the eastern United States. The personal data of millions of customers was apparently exposed for more than 6 months before being discovered. Writing in the BeInCrypto web site, Max Moeller points out […]

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Over 267 Million Facebook Users Reportedly Had Personal Data Exposed Online

Are you STILL using Facebook? If so, you need to change your passwords again… and probably again and again. More than 267 million Facebook users allegedly had their user IDs, phone numbers and names exposed online, according to a report from Comparitech and security researcher Bob Diachenko according to the article in the EnGadget web site at: https://www.engadget.com/2019/12/19/facebook-data-exposed-online/. These reports seems to happen a lot with Facebook!

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A Russian Company Says it can Extract Email Addresses and Passwords from Locked iPhones

Elcomsoft, which creates digital forensic software for governments and law enforcement agencies, said on Friday that its iOS Forensic Toolkit can now extract some data from locked iPhones and iPads in Before First Unlock (BFU) mode. The tool takes advantage of a vulnerability, known as the Checkm8 exploit, in certain iPhone and iPad models. The Elcomsoft iOS Forensic Toolkit sells for $1,495. Details may be found at https://mashable.com/article/iphone-data-extraction-locked-bfu-mode/.

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Tories Switch to Messaging App Signal after WhatsApp Leaks

WhatsApp has been plagued with security problems, often making supposedly secret communications visible to unauthorized people. See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site:privacyblog.com+whats+app for past stories about WhatsApp’s many security problems. Now politicians in England have moved to a more secure messaging app following years of leaks from WhatsApp groups. You can read more in an article in The Guardian web site at: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2019/dec/17/tories-switch-to-messaging-app-signal-to-curb-whatsapp-leaks. What text messaging app are YOU using? Also, who is reading […]

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Cops see an Encryption Problem. Spyware Makers see an Opportunity.

In regular intervals, politicians demand that companies add backdoors to their end-to-end encrypted cloud services to enable law enforcements to easier persecute criminals. This demand ignores that any backdoor to encryption poses a severe threat to online security in general. An article in the Tutanota Blog explains why a backdoor is – and will always be – a stupid idea. The Trump administration is once again pushing for access to […]

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