Data Security

GCHQ, European spy agencies conduct mass surveillance via telecoms

GCHQ, European spy agencies conduct mass surveillance via telecoms

The latest revelation to come out of the famous Snowden papers is that England and mainland Europe all spy on citizens in the same way the NSA does. According to yet another new analysis of the papers--this time by England's The Guardian--spy agencies in multiple nations collaborate with privately run telecommunications companies to gather data on private citizens on a mass scale.

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Windows XP is 469 percent more infection-prone than Windows 8

Windows XP is 469 percent more infection-prone than Windows 8

In a report overseen by Microsoft, the Windows XP operating system was found to be more than five times as vulnerable to viruses as Windows 8 is. Out of every 1,000 computers scanned, 9.1 Windows XP SP3 systems were infected with a virus, while only 1.6 Windows 8 RTM machines had to be cleaned. The report, which was conducted by Microsoft's own Trustworthy Computing Group, shows that the older the OS, the more vulnerable it is.

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Facebook investigates tracking users’ cursors and screen behavior

Facebook investigates tracking users’ cursors and screen behavior

Facebook has been actively researching the feasibility, effectiveness, and profitability of tracking users' cursors and screen positions, reports the Wall Street Journal. The data would give the social media giant the ability to analyze the ways in which users interact with Facebook content and advertising. This would in turn let it change the site and its advertising methods according to where users hover their mice and scroll their device displays.

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Lavabit and Silent Circle team up for open source tool to make spy-proof email

Lavabit and Silent Circle team up for open source tool to make spy-proof email

As we've previously reported, both Lavabit and Silent Circle have shut down their encrypted email services in recent times, with Lavabit having been shut down due to government demands and Silent Circle shuttering its email service as a preemptive strike against the same sort of problems. Now the two have joined forces as the first two members of the Dark Mail Alliance, aiming to provide an open source tool for encrypting any email service.

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NSA secretly taps Google, Yahoo data transmission worldwide

NSA secretly taps Google, Yahoo data transmission worldwide

The National Security Agency, in conjunction with England's NSA counterpart Government Communications Headquarters, has been secretly intercepting Google and Yahoo data transmissions around the world, according to a new analysis of the Snowden documents. The documents show how the two spy agencies can cooperate to send copies of customer records en masse to the NSA's data centers at Fort Meade. Intercepted records include email addresses, personal identities, and even the contents of private messages flowing between and among Americans and all other nationalities. The interceptions are within the bounds of current US law because they occur at points outside US soil.

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Adobe breach affected 150 million accounts

Adobe breach affected 150 million accounts

AnonNews.org this weekend posted a 3.8 GB file listing over 150 million Adobe account usernames and hashed passwords stolen in the late September breach that came to light Oct. 3, reports Krebs Online Security. 38 million users were directly affected and have already been contacted by Adobe to change their passwords. That figure is above and beyond the 2.9 million accounts whose encrypted credit card information was stolen. The breach, it is now known, also included stolen source code for more of Adobe's programs than previously believed.

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Huawei ban upheld in Australia following government review

Huawei ban upheld in Australia following government review

Huawei, alongside with ZTE, has been the subject of concerns and scrutiny by the United States government and others, with fears revolving around possible spying that could be taking place on behalf of the Chinese government. The maker has previously been banned from use on Australia's National Broadband Network, something that was recently reviewed with the anticipation that the block would be ended. Such was not the case, however.

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