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 […]
Online Privacy & Security
What is probably the most secure text messaging/phone calling/video calling app available today becomes even more secure: Signal to Move Away From Using Phone Numbers as User IDs at https://www.zdnet.com/article/signal-to-move-away-from-phone-numbers-as-user-ids/.
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]