Facebook’s Transparency Report for the latter half of 2014 shows slightly fewer U.S. government requests for user data; the company also updates its Community Standards.
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A Google Apps bug leaked hidden WHOIS registrant information in the clear, putting close to 300,000 domain owners at risk for identity theft, phishing scams and more.
The federal government is seeking more legal power to step in and shut down botnets through an amendment to the existing criminal law, which would allow the Department of Justice to obtain injunctions to disrupt these malicious networks. The Obama administration has proposed an amendment to existing United Stated federal law that would give it[…]
Open Whisper Systems is phasing out support for encrypted SMS and MMS messages in its TextSecure messaging product. The move does not spell the end for encrypted messaging for users of the Android app, as the company plans to switch to its own transport protocol to address some of the security and performance issues inherent[…]
The way that National Security Letters are approved and used is one of the government’s more opaque processes. Now, you can add some more confusion into the mix, courtesy of some new comments from the FBI about when recipients are able to disclose the fact that they have received an NSL. More than a year[…]
EFF, ACLU, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and others are calling on the U.N. to create a special privacy watchdog.
Google has made a subtle, but important, shift in the requirements for Android handset makers, saying now that OEMs manufacturing phones that will run Lollipop do not have to enable disk encryption by default. This is a major change from the company’s stated position from just a few months ago, but it may not have[…]
Mozilla has issued a hot fix for Firefox that removes the Superfish root certificate from the browser’s trusted root store. The patch only removes the certificate if the Superfish software has been removed from the machine already, however. The Superfish adware performs SSL interception–essentially running man-in-the-middle attacks on connections to secure sites–in the name of[…]
Uber announced that attackers had compromised databases containing current and former driver partner names and license numbers.
Mike Mimoso and Dennis Fisher discuss the news of the last week, including the Superfish fiasco, the Gemalto SIM hack controversy and the continuing NSA drama.