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Apple is getting taken to task for a couple of security issues. First, their recently announced “Random MAC address” feature does not appear to be as effective as expected. The idea is that the iOS 8 device will use randomly generated MAC addresses to ping WiFi base stations when it is not actively connected to […]

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In episode 21 of our podcast for July, I talk about: A decision giving Canadians more rights to Anonymity Iraq’s recent blocking of social media and more Iran’s outright criminalization of social media A court decision requiring warrants to access cell tower location data Another court stating that irrelevant seized data needs to be deleted after searches […]

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News just broke of a new feature in iOS 8 announced at Apple’s WWDC which was not covered in the big keynote. Advertisers and retail outlets have been using Wi-Fi to track mobile devices for some time. I talked about a network of Wi-Fi tracking trashcans last year in the podcast. This works because, by default, […]

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In episode 18 of The Privacy Blog Podcast for March 2014 I talk about: Zombie iPhone Bluetooth settings Proposed Australian encryption regulations More from the Mt. Gox and bitcoin saga The cat and mouse of censorship and circumvention in Turkey

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Check your phone for evil Tor app

Fake Tor browser for iOS laced with adware, spyware, members warn | Ars Technica There are a number of different Tor anonymity service apps in the Apple iOS app store. According to several people at Tor, one of them is unofficial and loaded with adware and spyware. The bad one is “Tor Browser”. If you […]

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In the March episode of The Privacy Blog Podcast, I’ll run down some of the major privacy news events of the last month. Learn how Facebook “Likes” can paint an extremely detailed and eerie picture of your real-life character traits. I’ll provide my take on Google’s Street View Wi-Fi sniffing controversy along with how “Do […]

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Dictionary apps post false piracy confessions on Twitter – Crave The Oxford Deluxe dictionary app requests access to your twitter account when it is installed. In some cases it then uses that account to post hundreds of identical tweets saying that you will pledge to stop pirating software. It is not exactly clear what criteria […]

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Forbs is reporting that Anonymous and Antisec have dropped a file with a million Unique Device ID (UDID) numbers for Apple iOS devices. They claim to have acquired an additional 11 million records which they may release later. In addition to the identifiers, the file is said to also contain usernames, device names, cell numbers, […]

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