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The FBI’s hack of Syed Farook’s iPhone appears to be a lot of work. This makes the security implications much less disturbing.

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Since it was introduced, Apple has had the ability to decrypt the contents if iPhones and other iOS devices when asked to do so (with a warrant). Apple recently announced that with iOS 8 Apple will no longer be able to do so. Predictably, there has been a roar of outrage from many in law […]

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In many cases, a false sense of security causes people to put themselves at much greater risk. The following article describes a “burner” phone service that re-uses the temporary phone numbers. It appears that number a security researcher received was previously used by a sex worker, who’s customers continued to send pictures and messages to […]

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The Internet is on fire with discussions of the recent release of stolen nude photos of over 100 female celebrities. This is a massive invasion of their privacy, and it says something sad about our society that there is an active market for such pictures. While this particular attack was against the famous, most of […]

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Your Anonymous Posts to Secret Aren’t Anonymous After All | Threat Level | WIRED This article describes a clever attack against Secret, the “anonymous” secret sharing app. Their technique allows the attacker to isolate just a single target, so any posts seen are known to be from them. The company is working on detecting and […]

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The Importance of Privacy & The Power of Anonymizers: A Talk With Lance Cottrell From Ntrepid — The Social Network Station A recent interview I did, talking about data anonymization and mobile device privacy. Lance Cottrell is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Anonymizer. Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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The latest leaked messages to blow up in someone’s face are some emails from Evan Spiegel, the CEO of Snapchat. These were incredibly sexist emails sent while he was in college at Stanford organizing fraternity parties. These emails are like racist rants, homophobic tweets, and pictures of your “junk”. They are all trouble waiting to […]

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Startup Datacoup Will Pay You $8 a Month If Your Feed It Data from Facebook, Twitter, and Your Credit Card | MIT Technology Review We have seen interesting experiments and studies where researchers have looked at what people are willing to pay to protect their privacy. This then would be the opposite experiment. A company […]

Sochi visitors entering hacking ‘minefield’ by firing up electronics | Security & Privacy – CNET News UPDATE: According to Errata security the NBC story about the hacking in Sochi total BS. Evidently: They were in Moscow, not Sochi. The hack was from sites they visited, not based on their location. They intentionally downloaded malware to their […]

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Study: Consumers Will Pay $5 for an App That Respects Their Privacy – Rebecca J. Rosen – The Atlantic This is refreshing. Some evidence that most people ARE actually willing to pay for privacy. If the market shows that this is a winner, we might start to see more privacy protecting applications and services. The […]

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