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Category: Privacy

December 1, 2016
Mozilla Fixes Zero Day Used to Unmask Tor Users
Mozilla has released a patch for a critical remote code execution vulnerability in Firefox that is being used in active attacks to unmask users of the Tor Browser, which is based on Firefox. The vulnerability lies in the way that Firefox handles SVG animations and exploit code for the bug has been posted on a…
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November 30, 2016
Senate Fails to Delay Change to Rule 41 Hacking Powers
A final effort Wednesday by senators from both parties failed to gain passage of a bill that would have delayed a major change to expand the government’s power to use remote searches of computers. The modification of Rule 41 will go into effect Thursday at midnight. On Wednesday morning, both Sen. Ron Wyden and Sen. Steve…
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November 28, 2016
Senators Say Government Failed to Answer Many Concerns on Rule 41
With three days before a change to a federal rule would alter the way that federal law enforcement agencies can seek warrants to search remote computers, members of Congress worried about the ramifications of the shift say they still are waiting for answers from the Department of Justice on how the new powers would be…
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November 23, 2016
On the Wire Podcast: Jessy Irwin
The last week or so has brought us a lot of emergency security and privacy advice, a lot of which hasn’t necessarily been great. So we decided to call Jessy Irwin and talk through what people can and should be doing to protect themselves, how threat models work, and how to talk to your family…
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November 22, 2016
Remotely Recording Conversations Through Headphones
As if attackers didn’t have enough methods for observing users’ actions, researchers have now developed a technique that allows them to use speakers or headphones plugged in to a PC as microphones to record victims’ discussions. The attack involves a technique called re-tasking in which the researchers changed the functionality of the audio jacks on a…
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November 21, 2016
Most Commercial Robotexts Illegal, FCC Warns
The FCC is warning consumers, as well as marketers, that robotexts sent by autodialers to mobile phones are illegal and the commission says it will be cracking down on the practice. Robotexts are the younger cousin of the robocalls that have been plaguing consumers and businesses for a long time. Whereas robocalls typically are made…
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November 18, 2016
New Bills Seek to Delay Expanded Hacking Powers Under Rule 41
As the deadline for Congress to act on a proposed change that would give federal law enforcement agencies expanded power to hack remote computers, a group of senators has introduced a bill to delay the rule change until next summer. The proposed change to Rule 41 of the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure would allow…
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November 15, 2016
EPIC Sues FBI Over Biometric Database Records
A major privacy group has filed a lawsuit against the FBI to force the bureau to release all relevant documents about its plan to share a huge amount of biometric information with the Department of Defense. The lawsuit filed by EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) concerns the FBI’s Next Generation Identification system, which comprises fingerprint,…
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November 15, 2016
Google, Facebook, Twitter Ask Trump to Protect Strong Crypto
A group of powerful technology vendors and Internet firms, including Google, Twitter, Uber, Amazon, and Facebook, have sent a letter to Donald Trump’s transition team asking the president-elect to protect the use of strong encryption and consider reforms of the mass surveillance laws. The letter, written by the Internet Association, includes several pages of policy…
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November 11, 2016
Mozilla to Enforce Content Security by Default in Firefox
One of the many ways that attackers use to get their malicious code onto users’ machines is by using drive-by downloads. They often will compromise benign sites and use them to load malicious content in users’ browsers, and now Mozilla is making a ket change to its Firefox browser in an effort to make security…
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