PINDROP BLOG

Category: Privacy

May 19, 2016
Bill Would Prevent Expansion of Government Hacking Powers
Sen. Ron Wyden, who has been a constant critic of the expansion of government surveillance and systematic weakening of encryption, has co-sponsored a bill that would prevent recently proposed changes to federal judicial rules that would give the federal government’s ability to hack the computers of Americans. The bill is called the Stopping Mass Hacking Act…
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May 19, 2016
Google Allo Brings Encryption, Auto-Deleted Messages
Google’s new Allo messaging app is less than a day old, but it already has attracted a lot of attention from the security and privacy communities, thanks to its inclusion of end-to-end encryption and disappearing messages. Not all of the attention has been positive, however. Allo is a combination app that includes typical chat capabilities…
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May 18, 2016
Sites Turn to Audio Fingerprinting to Track Users
Researchers from Princeton University, conducting a privacy survey of the top one million web sites, discovered a variety of tracking and identification techniques in use, including a novel tactic that uses audio signals to fingerprint machines and browsers. The Princeton study measured a slew of different stateful and stateless tracking techniques, with the goal of measuring…
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May 16, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Alex Howard
Alex Howard has been writing and thinking about technology and open data issues for more than a decade, having worked at O’Reilly Radar, the Huffington Post, and now at the Sunlight Foundation. In this episode of the podcast, Dennis Fisher talks with Alex about the ways in which technology coverage has shifted, the advent of…
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May 16, 2016
Ransomware Attack and Defense
By Jessy Irwin In the US, ransomware is earning a significant amount of media attention for shutting down schools and hospitals, but a recent study points to Canada as the country 4th most likely to be a victim of ransomware attacks. With that in mind, this document presents background information, security recommendations and policy for…
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May 13, 2016
EFF Releases CertBot Client for Let’s Encrypt CA
The EFF has released a new client, called CertBot, to help site owners quickly obtain HTTPS certificates from the Let’s Encrypt certificate authority, making it even simpler to offer encrypted connections for users. Let’s Encrypt is an initiative started by the EFF and many other sponsors to deploy encrypted connections in as many places as…
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May 5, 2016
Old Android Bug Gives Attackers Access to Texts, Calls
There is an old, high-severity vulnerability in Android that could allow an attacker to gain access to a user’s SMS database and phone history. The bug has been in Android for at least five years and affects a huge number of Android devices. The vulnerability lies in a software package that Qualcomm maintains and it…
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April 22, 2016
Dutch Police Shut Down Encrypted Mobile Phone Network
Dutch police have seized servers and other equipment operated by Ennetcom, a communications provider in the Netherlands that operates an encrypted mobile phone service. The Dutch National Police Corps allege that the company was providing encrypted communications for criminal groups. The police said they have copied the contents of several servers belonging to the company, both in the…
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April 21, 2016
New Tool Detects Ransomware on OS X
Ransomware has become a serious threat for both businesses and consumers, and security researchers have had a difficult time addressing it, both in detection and cleanup. But now one researcher has developed a tool that he believes can work as a generic detection mechanism for ransomware on OS X systems. Known as RansomWhere?, the tool provides…
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April 21, 2016
Lieu Pushes for Congress to Look at SS7 Security Flaw
Rep. Ted Lieu, who has been one of the loudest voices in Congress on security and privacy issues, is urging the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to look into the vulnerabilities in the SS7 phone protocol that allowed researchers to track and compromise Lieu’s phone in a demonstration this week. The letter comes…
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