The state plans to oblige Internet companies to store and transmit information about their users to the authorities for the law enforcement requests. Intelligence agencies can receive e-mail addresses, user names, contact lists and other users’ data, but the transference of posts, comments, and personal correspondence is not provided in the document.
Russian Communications Ministry and FSB developed a list of amendments to the legislation, according to which Internet companies will have to transmit user data to law enforcement officials after receiving the request. The document also provides a list of sites that must either wait for receipt of notice from the representatives of law and order, or register in Russian Communications Ministry by itself.Read more
Apple announced that DuckDuckGo will be included as a built-in search option in future versions of Safari on iOS and OS X at WWDC conference. We are thrilled to be included in Safari and it's great that Apple is making it easy for people to access our anonymous search option.
This makes DuckDuckGo the first privacy-focused search engine to be added to one of the top four browsers and is a huge milestone for both us and privacy supporters. For Mac users, this goes alongside an all-new private browsing option that functions like incognito mode on Chrome. The web browser on iPhone, iPad and Mac now includes the private search engine DuckDuckGo that users can set as default.Read more
Some of the world's largest websites are planning a coordinated day of action on Thursday to oppose mass surveillance online. The Reset the Net campaign aims to encourage direct action, urging visitors to install privacy and encryption tools on the 5th of June.
The sites, which include Reddit, Imgur and BoingBoing, will be taking part in the campaign, called "Reset the Net", in a number of ways. Some will show a splash screen to all users, reminiscent of the one used in the successful protests against SOPA, the US copyright bill which many feared would damage the backbone of the internet. But rather than telling users to write to their electoral representatives, this protest will push more direct action, encouraging visitors to install privacy and encryption tools.Read more
The founders of a Scottish company called MaidSafe had a wild idea. What if you were to give the internet a makeover, changing it so that it's absolutely safe from hackers and government snooping, but is still good for app developers and for sharing information?
And the MaidSafe SAFE network was born, brainchild of David Irvine (who is CEO) and Nick Lambert (COO.) The plan is to use the existing internet but not store your data on servers in data centers such as done by Google, Yahoo, Facebook, and every other big internet company today. Instead, everyone who joins this network would turn their PC into part of the network, allowing bits and pieces of encrypted data to be stored on all PCs.Read more
USA representative to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, Susan Levine became the first ambassador, who took her oath on electronic reader Kindle, which had USA Constitution copy.
The relevant photo and tweets were lined in Twitter- account of the USA Embassy in London: “The characteristic of the XXI century oath; @ AmbSuzi becomes the first USA ambassador, who sworn on electronic handheld device.” The USA Senate approved Susan Levine as Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein, and found that oath was legal. According to journalists, similar innovation is not surprising for Levine: more recently, in 2009-2012 she worked for Microsoft.Read more
The latest Edward Snowden leaks reveal that the NSA intercepts millions of images from the internet per day for use in its facial recognition program.
According to James Risen and Laura Poitras, it's unclear how many people around the world — or how many Americans — are subject to the image surveillance, but tens of thousands of "facial-recognition quality images" are collected each day. The agency intercepts "millions of images per day" — including about 55,000 "facial recognition quality images" — which translate into "tremendous untapped potential," according to 2011 documents obtained from the former agency contractor Edward J. Snowden.Read more
Websites might interpret your irregular scrolling and clicking as a sign of fraud and require you to prove your identity.
The company announced it has patented a technique that helps online and cloud-based businesses improve their ability to eliminate fraud by analyzing browsing behavior to determine whether customers are who they say they are after accessing a website or app via a computer, tablet or other mobile device. The technology was named "user-browser interaction-based fraud detection system." A new system analyses Internet users` work, including such sites as banking or shopping.Read more
Something very weird is going on with the popular free whole-disk encryption suite TrueCrypt. The story is still developing, but it does look like the suite ceases to exist right now. The only explanation its creators have provided so far is that using TrueCrypt “is not secure as it may contain unfixed security issues”.
What kind of issues? – This is something people behind TrueCrypt have not disclosed so far. There are some speculations about the possibility of a backdoor in the software code, but it’s guesswork at best. There was also speculation of a possible deface: TrueCrypt’s official site started redirecting people to the suite’s Sourceforge page all of sudden.Read more
Hackers apparently based in Iran have mounted a three-year campaign of cyberespionage against high-ranking U.S. and international officials, including a four-star admiral, to gather intelligence on economic sanctions, antinuclear proliferation efforts and other issues, according to cybersecurity investigators.
Using an elaborate ruse involving more than a dozen personas working for a fake U.S. news organization, the hackers developed connections to their targets through websites like Facebook and LinkedIn to trick them into giving up personal data and logon information, the investigators say. The alleged campaign, which dates back at least to 2011 and is still under way, principally has focused on U.S. and Israeli targets in public and private sectors.Read more
Hackers have exposed the personal information of 110 million Americans - roughly half of the nation's adults - in the last 12 months alone.
That massive number, tallied for CNNMoney by Ponemon Institute researchers, is made even more mind-boggling by the amount of hacked accounts: up to 432 million.
The exact number of exposed accounts is hard to pin down, because some companies -- such as AOL and eBay - aren't fully transparent about the details of their cyber breaches.Read more