New Twitter Policy Abandons a Longstanding Privacy Pledge

According to an article by Jacob Hoffman-Andrews in the Electronic Frontier Foundation web site:

Twitter plans to roll out a new privacy policy on June 18, and, with it, is promising to roll back its longstanding commitment to obey the Do Not Track (DNT) browser privacy setting. Instead, the company is switching to the Digital Advertising Alliance’s toothless and broken self-regulatory program. At the same time, the company is taking the opportunity to introduce a new tracking option and two new targeting options, all of which are set to “track and target” by default. These are not the actions of a company that respects people’s privacy choices.

If you use Twitter, you should read the article at: http://bit.ly/2rxyKyF. Better yet, perhaps you shouldn’t use Twitter at all.

WikiLeaks Reveals Grasshopper, the CIA’s Windows Hacking Tool

Are you reading this on a Windows computer? If so, you may be sharing the information with the CIA, even if you are outside the United States and even if you are using a VPN, Tor, or other encrypted connection.

WikiLeaks released new information concerning a CIA malware program called “Grasshopper,” that specifically targets Windows. The Grasshopper framework was (is?) allegedly used by the CIA to make custom malware payloads. According to the user guide: “Grasshopper is a software tool used to build custom installers for target computers running Microsoft Windows operating systems.” Grasshopper is designed to detect the OS and protection on any Windows computer on which it’s deployed, and it can escape detection by anti-malware software. If that was enough for you to put your computer in stasis, brace yourself for a doozy: Grasshopper reinstalls itself every 22 hours, even if you have Windows Update disabled.

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Security Professionals Scoff at Trump’s Position on Privacy

Attendants of this year’s RSA Conference—an event drawing thousands of digital security professionals, cryptographers, engineers, as well as tech companies and intelligence agencies looking to recruit—expressed skepticism of President Trump’s commitment to privacy.

Details may be found in an article by Rebecca Jeschke And Rainey Reitman in the Electronic Freedom Foundation web site at: http://bit.ly/2oKOHkd.

Do Macs Need Antivirus or AntiMalware Software?

Not really.

If you own a Macintosh or are thinking of switching to a Mac, you might want to read an article by Steve Sande in the Rocket Yard web site. He writes:

“One reason that many people move from the world of Windows to macOS is because they’re tired of the hassles of having their PCs infected with viruses and other malware. The other reason? The miseries of the tools that allegedly fix those problems but cause even new PCs to run slowly and crash more often. When new Mac owners first set up their new machines, one question they may have is whether or not they’re taking a risk by not installing that same genre of application on their Macs.

“The answer to the question “Do Macs need antivirus or anti-malware software?” is “No, but…” As a Mac user since late 1984, I have never had a virus, and I’ve rarely seen malware that caused an issue for more than just a few minutes. That includes the early days of Mac when the operating system wasn’t Unix-based with all of its built-in security features.

“So, as a longtime Mac owner and user, a former Mac consultant, and a writer specializing in the world of Apple devices, I’ve usually used my Macs with absolutely no anti-virus or anti-malware software.

“Am I just lucky? Not really”

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How to Snoop-Proof Any Phone or Tablet

Are you concerned about hackers around the world or government spies in a number of countries snooping in your cell phone’s data, even finding the web sites you visit? If not, you should be!

An article by David Nield, published in the Gizmodo web site, states, “It’s likely that you’ve got details of your whole life stored on your phone—the people you know, the banks you’ve used, the videos you’ve wasted hours watching—and you don’t necessarily want that info getting out into the wider world. If you’re keen to lock down your handset against unwelcome visitors, you need to take a few steps.”

You probably need to read this article! Take a look at: http://bit.ly/2mnMbig.

White House Supports Renewal of Spy Law Without Reforms

The Trump administration does not want to reform an internet surveillance law to address privacy concerns, a White House official told Reuters on Wednesday, saying it is needed to protect national security. The announcement could put President Donald Trump on a collision course with Congress, where some Republicans and Democrats have advocated curtailing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, or FISA, parts of which are due to expire at the end of the year. The FISA law has been criticized by privacy and civil liberties advocates as allowing broad, intrusive spying.

Details may be found on Reuters.com at: http://reut.rs/2mN7KFd.

Notorious iPhone Hackers Get Hacked

Cellebrite, an Israeli firm that supplies “forensics tools” to agencies around the world, including US law enforcement, appears to have suffered a serious hack. Among other things, the hacked data reportedly shows that the Israeli firm has been selling its technology to regimes known for their human rights abuses, including Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Russia.

The company is best known for its rumored involvement in helping the FBI crack the San Bernandino shooter’s iPhone.

Details may be found at: https://goo.gl/sAFspg.