In the two years since the details of the NSA’s deep penetration of the Internet infrastructure began to emerge, there has been a major movement afoot among Web companies to encrypt more and more of their resources and services. The latest large property to make this move is Reddit, which by the end of the[…]
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The attack on the Office of Personnel Management that was disclosed earlier this month began as early as December 2014 and likely was the end result of a social engineering attack that enabled the hackers to gain valid user credentials and move around OPM’s network. During a hearing on Capitol Hill Tuesday to address the[…]
Amazon has released its first transparency report, and for a company as large as Amazon, there is surprisingly little in the way of detail or explanation in the report. The company reported that it received 813 subpoenas, 25 search warrants, and 0-249 national security requests. Of the 813 subpoenas Amazon received in the first five[…]
Snapchat has given its users the choice of enabling two-factor authentication in the latest version of the photo- and video-sharing app.
UPDATE–As the debate over potential government interference with encryption technologies rages in countries around the world, Congress is now going down a different path, asking technology companies whether it’s feasible and potentially effective for certificate authorities to restricting the way that government-owned CAs can issue certificates. Members of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce[…]
Apple is encouraging developers who create apps for iOS to begin moving their apps to an HTTPS-only model as soon as possible in an effort to thwart eavesdropping on insecure, plaintext HTTP connections. The move is yet one more sign that major Internet and technology companies are becoming ever more resistant to large-scale, passive surveillance[…]
Following the lead of many major Web services, the White House on Monday announced that it would move all of the federal government’s public sites and services to HTTPS-only. Tony Scott, the federal CIO, has issued a memorandum to all federal agencies and departments instructing them to move all of their publicly accessible Web sites[…]
The OPM hack may indeed extend to security clearance data, in addition to personal information belonging to four million federal workers.
A new set of memos uncovered by Edward Snowden and shared with both the New York Times and ProPublica this week reveal how the Obama administration upped its search for hackers and expanded its warrantless surveillance program.
It’s been two years now since the first stories about NSA surveillance capabilities began to appear, and the environment has shifted dramatically in that time. Awareness of and resistance to mass surveillance has increased greatly, but the changes to policy and laws that many observers had hoped for haven’t necessarily emerged. A new report from Privacy[…]