FBI account of tracking and arresting an online ‘sextortionist’ is grimly satisfying

FBI account of tracking and arresting an online ‘sextortionist’ is grimly satisfying

 Tales of internet trolls and worse things are common to hear about — that is, if you’re not experiencing their effects yourself, as many are. But while those stories often end in the victim uselessly soliciting the help of Facebook management or clueless law enforcement, this one ends up with the perpetrator in question, a low-rent script kiddie who targeted girls, completely owned… Read More

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame says privacy is precious — and she should know

Former CIA operative Valerie Plame says privacy is precious — and she should know

 Back in 2003, Valerie Plame was working for the CIA overseas trying to protect the world from rogue nuclear proliferation — nothing too important or anything. Unbeknownst to her, she was about to become a pawn in a dangerous political game between the CIA and the Bush White House. It eventually escalated to the point where her identity was publicly exposed by an unnamed White House source… Read More

UK to criminalize re-identifying anonymized personal data

UK to criminalize re-identifying anonymized personal data

 A major update to the UK’s data protection rules will place new requirements and responsibilities on companies that process users’ personal data, including by making it easier for consumers to withdraw consent their data to be processed; view what data is held on them for free; ask for their data to be deleted; and move their data between service providers. Read More

10 Members of Congress rake FCC over the coals in official net neutrality comment

10 Members of Congress rake FCC over the coals in official net neutrality comment

 How and to what extent the FCC should regulate the internet has been a hot question for years, and the present administration is proposing to eliminate the 2015 Order that created net neutrality rules. But Congress isn’t going to take that lying down: 10 Representatives who helped craft the law governing the FCC itself have submitted an official comment on the proposal ruthlessly… Read More

Karma’s next device is a Wi-Fi hotspot with built in Tor and a VPN

Karma’s next device is a Wi-Fi hotspot with built in Tor and a VPN

 Wi-Fi hotspot maker Karma Mobility will this fall unveil a specialized version of its KarmaGo hotspot device that includes built-in security features, including support for private anonymous browsing through Tor, an integrated VPN, black listing, and ad blocking. For customers, the promise is a device that encrypts your web activity, hides your physical location and identity, and adds… Read More




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