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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

A Russian Military Hacking Group May Be Reading Your Email Messages

The U.S. National Security Agency says the same Russian military hacking group that interfered in the 2016 presidential election and unleashed a devastating malware attack the following year has been exploiting a major email server program since last August or earlier. The NSA did not say who the Russian military hackers have targeted. But senior U.S. intelligence officials have warned in recent months that Kremlin agents are engaged in activities […]

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What Is Tor? A Beginner’s Guide to Using the Private Browser

If you care about online privacy, you need to be familiar with the Tor Browser. It was originally invented by the U.S. government for the purpose of keeping online communications hidden from foreign spies. The government no longer maintains it but the software is public domain and various civilian programmers have taken over the task of maintaining the Tor Browser and adding new functionality to it as needed. You can […]

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Crooks Are Using Realistic-Looking Webpage Templates to Trick You Into Handing Over Personal Data

Cyber criminals are still attempting to exploit the coronavirus pandemic for their own gain and they’re being helped by website templates that allow them to mimic government agencies and companies. Researchers at cybersecurity company Proofpoint have identified over 300 phishing campaigns designed to steal personal information and bank details from victims – and many are using sites that are indistinguishable from the real thing, complete with authentic imagery and user […]

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California Needlessly Reduces Privacy During COVID-19 Pandemic

On March 17, 2020, the federal government relaxed a number of telehealth-related regulatory requirements due to COVID-19. On April 3, 2020, California Governor Gavin Newsom issued Executive Order N-43-20 (the Order), which relaxes various telehealth reporting requirements, penalties, and enforcements otherwise imposed under state laws, including those associated with unauthorized access and disclosure of personal information through telehealth mediums.

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Senate and House Democrats Introduce COVID-19 Privacy Bill Targeting Contact Tracing Apps

As privacy concerns grow about the data collected through contact tracing apps to monitor the spread of the coronavirus, a group of Democratic lawmakers is introducing a bill Thursday that aims to ensure that the data collected is protected from over-surveillance and abuse, according to a copy of the legislation seen by Morning Consult. The Public Health Emergency Privacy Act — which is being introduced by Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.) and […]

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Thunderbolt Bug Lets Hackers Steal Your Data in ‘Five Minutes’

A new set of flaws discovered in the Intel Thunderbolt port has put millions of machines at risk of local hacking. This new research by Eindhoven University‘s Björn Ruytenberg suggests that if a hacker gains access to a machine for just five minutes, they could bypass login methods to gain full data access. Thunderbolt ports are present in machines with Windows, Linux, and macOS. So, that covers a lot of […]

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International Production Orders Bill will give ASIO Access to Your Encrypted Private Communications

Here is still another instance of governments wanting to spy on the personal communications of their own citizens as well as all the communications of everyone else in the world. Even worse, these governments plan to share the information with other governments, all without informing the people being spied upon. An article by Asha Barbaschow in the ZDnet News web site details the latest efforts by the Australian Security Intelligence […]

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Keep Your Email Address Safe From Hackers and Trackers

The Firefox web browser is adding a feature that will make an email alias with 1 click, and keep your address to yourself. It will hide your real email address from advertisers and spam operators when filling in online forms. The service entered testing last month and is currently in a closed beta, with a public beta currently scheduled for later this year. Private Relay will be available as a […]

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Experts Warn That Facebook’s New Video Chat Feature Isn’t Actually That Private

Here is another example of Facebook’s shoddy business practices: As the coronavirus has forced most people into lengthy stays at home, video chat technology has experienced a huge surge in popularity. Of course, Facebook is trying to capitalize on this boom by creating a Zoom-like tool called Messenger Rooms. However, experts are already warning that privacy-concerned users should be wary of the feature. First off, the tool does not feature […]

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