Privacy Blog

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


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. […]

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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:

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Poker Forum TwoPlusTwo Database Hacked

More than 400,000 members are subscribed to the TwoPlusTwo forum, and it is believed that every username, password, and email address has been extracted, along with any personal data included in members´ profiles. Although the passwords were hashed, simple passwords are fairly easy to decipher. Therefore, if you are a TwoPlusTwo subscriber, it is fair to assume that your details have been hacked. If you have ever used the the […]

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Privacy Win: Once More EU Court Rejects Data Retention

From the Tutanota Blog: “The highest court in Europe ruled this week that “general and indiscriminate” data retention directives are against European Union law. This is a great victory for our right to privacy. It calls into question many recent surveillance laws passed by European Union member states such as the United Kingdom, Sweden and Germany. “The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has ruled that a “general and indiscriminate retention” […]

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Snooper’s Charter: What You Need to Know about the UK’s New Surveillance Laws

If you live in the UK or if you do business with anyone in the UK, you need to know about the Investigatory Powers Act 2016, better known as the Snooper’s Charter. It is the UK’s new surveillance scheme which grants extraordinary power to police and other services to investigate online activity. You should read the article by Scott Adam Gordon in the Android Authority web site at

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