Data Security

Authentise startup protects 3D printer blueprints by streaming data

Authentise startup protects 3D printer blueprints by streaming data

3D printers are gradually working their way into the mainstream, and as they do so concerns regarding intellectual property and the theft of blueprints have increasingly become the substance of conversation. One startup company in California, Authentise, is offering a solution to this issue however, creating software that streams blueprint information directly to the printer.

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Google acknowledges Android security issue that led to Bitcoin theft

Google acknowledges Android security issue that led to Bitcoin theft

Earlier this month, it surfaced that Bitcoin wallets based on Android were vulnerable to being robbed, something Bitcoin.org warned users about in a security advisory. In the advisory, the organization stated that the problem originated from a security issue regarding the randomly-generated secure numbers, and it was the fault of Android, meaning a wallet created with any app was vulnerable. Google has acknowledged this problem, explaining the cause in a write up over on the Android blogspot.

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Google filing says emails sent to Gmail have no expectation of privacy

Google filing says emails sent to Gmail have no expectation of privacy

Google has been caught up in a legal battle that claims the Internet giant uses Gmail as a "secret data mining machine," something it is fighting against. In a legal briefing the company filed, it contends something that has caused users and others to get a bit riled: that individuals who send emails to a Gmail address have no expectation of privacy because it was "voluntarily [turned] over to third parties."

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Mega CEO talks encrypted email following Silent Circle and Lavabit closures

Mega CEO talks encrypted email following Silent Circle and Lavabit closures

Two encrypted emails services - Silent Circle and Lavabit - shut down last week, the latter for reasons said to be refusal to conspire against the American people, with Silent Circle pulling the plug on its own service as a preemptive strike against the same reality. Mega's CEO Vikram Kumar calls this "privacy seppuku," and detailed the email service his company is working on.

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Smartphone tracking recycling bins nixed by London

Smartphone tracking recycling bins nixed by London

If you were worried that the universe presented in the smart city-toting Watch Dogs video game, you'll be glad to know that the garbage bins wont be seeing you any time soon. That is to say: won't be tracking you from now on. According to a report released by the group responsible for the bins (called Renew), the City of London has put the temporary stopper on their recycling bin people-tracking business - all 12 bins.

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Apple Developer center back online: members given 1-month extension

Apple Developer center back online: members given 1-month extension

The Apple Developer Center has come fully back online today. This all connects back to the end of July when the system was taken down following an attempted intruder attack. The attack brought the possibility of "developers’ names, mailing addresses, and/or email addresses” being accessed however Apple had had said that "sensitive personal information was encrypted" and therefore couldn't be accessed. Anyway, as a result of this event, Apple had decided to move forward with a complete overhaul.

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Department of Justice and NSA release documents in defense of surveillance

Department of Justice and NSA release documents in defense of surveillance

President Obama recently addressed surveillance issues in light of the Edward Snowden leaks and fallout that has resulted since then. At the same time the president made his statement, the Department of Justice and the NSA released documents discussing the topic, justifying the programs and attempting to explain its actions as necessary for the safety of Americans.

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Lavabit and Silent Circle are dead: encrypted email alternatives still active

Lavabit and Silent Circle are dead: encrypted email alternatives still active

Thursday of this week there was a bit of a one-two punch in effect as NSA leakster Edward Snowden announced first that encrypted email service Lavabit would shut down, followed closely by a similar announcement by Silent Circle. While Lavabit shut down in what very much appeared to be a government-pressured incident, Silent Circle made clear that they'd be cutting service before any said incident was allowed to happen. So what's left for encrypted email services?

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Lavabit email service of Edward Snowden fame closed down for reasons under gag order

Lavabit email service of Edward Snowden fame closed down for reasons under gag order

Lavabit is (was) a secure email service that became a figure in the public eye following details that Edward Snowden, former NSA contractor and PRISM leaker, used the service. Unfortunately for users of the service, Lavabit's founder and operator Ladar Levison announced today that the service has been shut down following a behind-the-scenes legal issue that he is not allowed to discuss.

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