Data Security

Blackphone is working on a secure tablet

Blackphone is working on a secure tablet

The world has turned its attention towards the issue of privacy in the digital age, particularly one where the government is known to spy on data through all sorts of insidious and legally dubious means. That reality has prompted many different products tailored towards keeping private data away from prying eyes: encrypted messaging platforms, locked down email services, and, of course, the Blackphone. The folks behind the latter device have revealed to CNBC that a tablet is now in the works.

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Panel says NSA surveillance is a threat to the Internet’s survival

Panel says NSA surveillance is a threat to the Internet’s survival

Imagine a future where a single unified Internet no longer exists, instead being replaced by locked down local versions that exist, primarily, to keep prying eyes away from data that is private. Such is one possibility posed by current government Internet surveillance, largely resting on the NSA's shoulders, according to a panel that recently gathered to discuss the issue. Senator Ron Wyden set up the discussion panel, and many big-name individuals from within the tech industry took part, including Google's Eric Schmidt and Microsoft's General Counsel Brad Smith. The topic is a serious one, and dire warnings were given.

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The Egg wants to be your personal portable web server

The Egg wants to be your personal portable web server

The folks behind the company Eggcyte are concerned about your privacy, and want to help you maintain it using a different method than most: with a portable personal web server called The Egg. Dubbed such due to its egg-like design, The Egg gives users their own Egg website where they can provide content for others to see and enjoy, sans having to upload to a social network or cloud service. Eggcyte says all of one's personal content and site details are contained with the Egg.

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USB vulnerability “fix” includes using epoxy

USB vulnerability “fix” includes using epoxy

The BadUSB vulnerability first detailed at Black Hat was just recently released to the public after a couple hackers reverse-engineered it and published on Github. That move was believed to be necessary for prodding manufacturers to come up with a solution, but it had the added effect of leaving USB users vulnerable. A patch will be difficult, it is believed, but until then a "fix" for the issue has been published that doesn't so much solve the vulnerability as it does remove certain avenues for infiltration.

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AT&T employee illegally accessed private customer data

AT&T employee illegally accessed private customer data

AT&T has just acknowledge that it had a data leak, but unlike most security breaches, this one happened from within its own ranks. In a letter to affected customers, the US carrier informed them that an employee violated the company's strict privacy and security guidelines and obtained customer account information, which unfortunately includes social security and driver's license numbers.

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Yahoo servers breached via Shellshock bug

Yahoo servers breached via Shellshock bug

Remember the shellshock bug that caused a lot of hoopla in recent weeks? According to Future South Technologies security researcher Jonathon Hall, some of Yahoo's servers have been breached by hackers via the security vulnerability. The researcher took to Reddit to talk about his discovery, saying that he had contacted Yahoo before going public, but then had to eventually contact both the FBI and "several media outlets" before the company responded to his message. In its response, according to Hall, Yahoo confirmed the security breach.

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Google says thousands of pics were deleted in wake of celeb hacking scandal

Google says thousands of pics were deleted in wake of celeb hacking scandal

In the aftermath of a large hacking attack that saw the personal photos of many celebrities released on the internet earlier this year, Google has now come forward saying that "tens of thousands" of said images were removed from the search giant's services promptly after requests were made. This disclosure comes almost immediately after Google was threatened with a $100 million lawsuit from lawyers representing the celebrities who had their pictures stolen.

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Lawyer wants to sue Google over celeb photo hack

Lawyer wants to sue Google over celeb photo hack

With the recent celebrity photo hacking scandal, iCloud was quickly pointed to as a reason for us seeing far too much of those affected. Apple was quick to respond by pointing out the breach occurred by brute force, and not as a result of their lax security. Now, a lawyer representing some of the celebrities affected, is suing Google.

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SALT offers security, ‘keyless’ phone entry

SALT offers security, ‘keyless’ phone entry

If you’re not using a pass code or other method to lock your phone, several entities will tell you that you’re doing something wrong. If you feel your smartphone needs to be a bit more secure, but don’t want the fuss of having to unlock it each time you use it, a new Kickstarter might be just your thing. SALT offers to let you protect your device, or just certain apps you don’t want people getting into, and all you have to do is carry a card.

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