Telegram 4.0 Now Available

Telegram is one of the more secure messaging systems of today. Telegram messages are heavily encrypted and can self-destruct so that no future hacker can ever read them. With Telegram, you can SECURELY and SAFELY encrypt personal and business secret communications, send documents of any type, coordinate groups of up to 5000 members, destroy your sent messages with a timer, and much, much more. It is available for Android, Apple iOS (iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch), Windows, Macintosh, Linux, and there is a web-based version that should run on Chromebooks or any other computer that can open a web browser and connect to the Internet.

Telegram is free forever. No ads. No subscription fees.

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CIA-created Spyware called Athena released by WikiLeaks, Targets All Major Windows Versions

Do you use Windows? If so, there is a huge new security problem for you: Athena allows an attacker to take total control of a computer, send and retrieve data to and from remote locations, such as CIA servers, delete data and also upload other malicious code onto the computer, thereby introducing even more infections. It also works for any version of Windows from Windows XP to Windows 10, marking it as particularly potent in both its capabilities and its reach.

You can thank your government-funded CIA and Siege Technologies, a New Hampshire cyber tech firm, for providing the tools to hackers to steal your information.

The malware (malevolent software) is described this way:

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New Monero Global CyberAttack Reported to be Much Bigger and maybe Much Worse than the Recent “WannaCry” Ransomware

Last week’s WannaCry ransomware could be dwarfed by a new malware that effectively enslaves Windows machines into botnets to mine for Monero. The rogue cryptocurrency miner called Adylkuzz has been affecting hundreds and thousands of PCs worldwide, according to researchers at cybersecurity firm Proofpoint.

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U.S. Senate Staff can now use Signal for Secure Messaging and So Can You

The US Senate just got a little bit more secure. You can also do the same: increase your security.

Without any fanfare, the Senate Sergeant at Arms recently told Senate staffers that Signal, widely considered by security researchers and experts to be the most secure encrypted messaging app, has been approved for use by all Senate staff members.

The news was revealed in a letter Tuesday by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), a staunch privacy and encryption advocate, who recognized the effort to allow the encrypted messaging app as one of many “important defensive cybersecurity” measures introduced in the chamber.

I have written several times about Signal in past articles in this blog. See https://privacyblog.com/?s=Signal for those past articles.

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How to Increase Your Privacy in Microsoft Edge

The Edge browser does a fair bit of eavesdropping (or allows others to eavesdrop). For those who value their privacy online, there are several steps you can take to ensure a more locked-down experience.

Details may be found at: http://www.laptopmag.com/articles/increase-privacy-using-microsoft-edge.

However, switching to the Brave web browser will result in still better security and privacy. See https://privacyblog.com/2017/02/20/brave-a-privacy-focused-browser-with-built-in-torrent-streaming.

 

Trump Signs Executive Order On Cybersecurity

President Trump on Thursday signed an executive order on cybersecurity that makes clear that agency heads will be held accountable for protecting their networks, and calls on government and industry to reduce the threat from automated attacks on the Internet.

He said the order was not, however, prompted by Russia’s targeting of electoral systems last year. In fact, the order is silent on addressing the security of electoral systems or cyber-enabled operations to influence elections, which became a significant area of concern during last year’s presidential campaign. The Department of Homeland Security in January declared election systems “critical infrastructure.”

Details maybe found at: http://wapo.st/2qaJkdp.

Huge Trove of Confidential Medical Records Discovered on Unsecured Server Accessible to Anyone

At least tens of thousands, if not millions, of medical records of New York patients were until recently readily accessible online to just about anyone who knew how to look.

Patient demographic information, social security numbers, records of medical diagnoses and treatments, along with a plethora of other highly-sensitive records were left completely undefended by a medical IT company based in Louisville, Kentucky. The files, which belong to at least tens of thousands of patients, originate from Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center in New York.

Details may be found at: http://bit.ly/2psJQoB.