After years of discussions, disagreements, and digressions, the Do Not Track header is supported by all of the major browsers. But because there’s no real requirement for sites or advertisers to respect it, DNT is not as effective as it could be. Now, the EFF, Disconnect, and several other organizations are publishing a new DNT standard[…]
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The U.S. Commerce Department this week agreed to rewrite the proposed U.S. implementation of the Wassenaar Arrangement, a decision lauded by security experts.
Hammertoss, a backdoor uncovered by researchers at FireEye, combines many previous communication venues used by APT29, a espionage outfit linked to the Russian government.
It’s been more than two years since Edward Snowden became a name as familiar to the millions of people who have no idea what the NSA actually does it is to the power players in Washington. In that time support for Snowden has waxed and waned, but the position of the White House on Snowden’s[…]
The National Security Agency says that once its legal authority to conduct Section 215 bulk telephone surveillance ends on Nov. 29, its analysts no longer will be allowed to access the database that holds all of the collected Section 215 records. In May, an appeals court ruled that bulk telephone metadata collection as performed by[…]
Officials at the United States Census Bureau say that the attackers who compromised one of the bureau’s databases last week did not get access to any confidential information, but only data such as names and phone numbers of organizations that submit information to the Federal Audit Clearinghouse. The data breach appears to have hit only[…]
The commenting period regarding the Wassenaar Arrangement expired on Monday but the echo chamber around the largely maligned proposal continues to reverberate.
Chaouki Bekrar, the founder of VUPEN, has announced a new zero-day acquisition firm Zerodium.
Hacking Team officials are disputing reports that the company sold its surveillance and intrusion software to oppressive regimes in countries that were under sanction. The company said it sold its products “strictly within the law and regulation as it applied at the time any sale was made.” The new statement from Hacking Team comes after two[…]
A new version of Google Chrome is available, and it contains patches for 43 security vulnerabilities, many of them in the high-risk category. Two of the more serious vulnerabilities fixed in Chrome 44 are a pair of universal cross-site scripting bugs. One of the flaws is in blink, the Web layout engine in Chrome. The[…]