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Whisper lashes out over “vicious lies” about user tracking

Whisper lashes out over “vicious lies” about user tracking

With every information breach that happens involving government surveillance, one thing become increasingly clear: privacy is often an illusion, at least when it comes to your digital life. Whisper is one app that operates under that privacy illusion, at least according to The Guardian, which posted a large piece today calling out the company for what it says are numerous privacy violations, including handing information over to the government and tracking some users. Now Whisper has fired back, lashing out at The Guardian and calling the claims "vicious lies".

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Lethal Lollipop: Android 5.0’s built-in opt-in kill switch

Lethal Lollipop: Android 5.0’s built-in opt-in kill switch

Google has just unleashed Android 5.0, lovingly called Lollipop, and everyone is happy. Well, not exactly everyone. Those rooting for rival mobile platforms will probably be amused at a bigger target of criticism. Those who still don't believe in smartphones or tablets are unlikely to care. But if there would be anyone with the biggest frown on their faces, it could be potential thieves, thanks to Google's most recent moves to step up the crusade to combat and deter smartphone theft. But are they really enough?

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Russian hackers use Windows flaw to target NATO and more

Russian hackers use Windows flaw to target NATO and more

Hackers have been in the news on a regular basis -- sometimes for their escapades, other times for their convictions. The latest among them is a Russian hacking collective that has been spying on high-profile targets for the last five years. The collective is being referred to as the Sandworm Team by iSight Partners, which made the discovery, due to Dune references spotted in the hackers' code. The hacking efforts are said to be ongoing even now, and involve phishing tactics to infect the various targets' computers.

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Google researchers discover SSL 3.0 bug

Google researchers discover SSL 3.0 bug

We've heard about a lot of bugs this year, not the least of which being the recent "Shellshock" bug. Now Google researchers have discovered a bug in SSL 3.0 that could allow hackers to nab user data. The discovery was detailed today in a report published by the team, which says they were able to breach the protocol using what they call a "POODLE" attack -- Padding Oracle On Downgraded Legacy Encryption attack. With this, they have recommended that SSL 3.0 be disabled to mitigate the problem.

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anonabox: Tor in a box for maximum anonymity and freedom

anonabox: Tor in a box for maximum anonymity and freedom

Some lawmakers and parties have likened the Internet to the Wild Wild West in order to justify putting a clamp on it. For many users, however, that freedom is part and parcel of the Internet's nature and is necessary for it to survive. To help stem off attempts to curtail the freedom of speech on the Internet, not to mention growing number of spying on users, a group of friends have designed anonabox, a discrete and easy to use networking device that could give the NSA nightmares.

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Millions of Dropbox credentials hacked from 3rd party services [UPDATE]

Millions of Dropbox credentials hacked from 3rd party services [UPDATE]

Just when you though Dropbox was in the clear, a storm suddenly rises to dump a rain of worries on the service's millions of users. As much as 7 million usernames and their corresponding passwords have reportedly been accessed, with a few of them "teased" with a pastebin posting. This incident comes shortly on the heels of yesterday's revelation of a bug in Dropbox's desktop client that lead to some data loss. Considering passwords are involved, this new development, however, has more frightening consequences.

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Kmart registers hacked, customers’ credit & debit cards numbers stolen

Kmart registers hacked, customers’ credit & debit cards numbers stolen

Retail chain Kmart has just announced that its in-store payment systems have been compromised for over a month now, and there is a strong chance that customers' credit and debit card numbers have been compromised. Details are still scarce at this point, but it is clear that Kmart joins recent retail victims Target and Home Depot in having their registers affected by malware.

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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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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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iOS 8.1 reported to prevent game emulators from working

iOS 8.1 reported to prevent game emulators from working

For once, this isn't actually about Apple actively blocking legally questionable apps from setting up shop in the iTunes App Store right from the start. This is about emulators for popular gaming consoles and handhelds no longer working because the upcoming iOS 8.1 update will finally plug up a vulnerability previously in place that allowed such apps to thrive. While good for security, it leaves users of such gaming apps out in the cold, with no way to get back in to enjoy older games again.

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