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Paul Merrell

We're Halfway to Encrypting the Entire Web | Electronic Frontier Foundation - 0 views

  • The movement to encrypt the web has reached a milestone. As of earlier this month, approximately half of Internet traffic is now protected by HTTPS. In other words, we are halfway to a web safer from the eavesdropping, content hijacking, cookie stealing, and censorship that HTTPS can protect against.

    Mozilla recently reported that the average volume of encrypted web traffic on Firefox now surpasses the average unencrypted volume

  • Google Chrome’s figures on HTTPS usage are consistent with that finding, showing that over 50% of of all pages loaded are protected by HTTPS across different operating systems.
  • This milestone is a combination of HTTPS implementation victories: from tech giants and large content providers, from small websites, and from users themselves.
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  • Starting in 2010, EFF members have pushed tech companies to follow crypto best practices. We applauded when Facebook and Twitter implemented HTTPS by default, and when Wikipedia and several other popular sites later followed suit. Google has also put pressure on the tech community by using HTTPS as a signal in search ranking algorithms and, starting this year, showing security warnings in Chrome when users load HTTP sites that request passwords or credit card numbers.

    EFF’s Encrypt the Web Report also played a big role in tracking and encouraging specific practices. Recently other organizations have followed suit with more sophisticated tracking projects. For example, Secure the News and Pulse track HTTPS progress among news media sites and U.S. government sites, respectively.

  • But securing large, popular websites is only one part of a much bigger battle. Encrypting the entire web requires HTTPS implementation to be accessible to independent, smaller websites. Let’s Encrypt and Certbot have changed the game here, making what was once an expensive, technically demanding process into an easy and affordable task for webmasters across a range of resource and skill levels.

    Let’s Encrypt is a Certificate Authority (CA) run by the Internet Security Research Group (ISRG) and founded by EFF, Mozilla, and the University of Michigan, with Cisco and Akamai as founding sponsors. As a CA, Let’s Encrypt issues and maintains digital certificates that help web users and their browsers know they’re actually talking to the site they intended to. CAs are crucial to secure, HTTPS-encrypted communication, as these certificates verify the association between an HTTPS site and a cryptographic public key. Through EFF’s Certbot tool, webmasters can get a free certificate from Let’s Encrypt and automatically configure their server to use it.

    Since we announced that Let’s Encrypt was the web’s largest certificate authority last October, it has exploded from 12 million certs to over 28 million. Most of Let’s Encrypt’s growth has come from giving previously unencrypted sites their first-ever certificates.

    A large share of these leaps in HTTPS adoption are also thanks to major hosting companies and platforms--like WordPress.com, Squarespace, and dozens of others--integrating Let’s Encrypt and providing HTTPS to their users and customers.

  • Unfortunately, you can only use HTTPS on websites that support it--and about half of all web traffic is still with sites that don’t. However, when sites partially support HTTPS, users can step in with the HTTPS Everywhere browser extension.

    A collaboration between EFF and the Tor Project, HTTPS Everywhere makes your browser use HTTPS wherever possible. Some websites offer inconsistent support for HTTPS, use unencrypted HTTP as a default, or link from secure HTTPS pages to unencrypted HTTP pages. HTTPS Everywhere fixes these problems by rewriting requests to these sites to HTTPS, automatically activating encryption and HTTPS protection that might otherwise slip through the cracks.

  • Our goal is a universally encrypted web that makes a tool like HTTPS Everywhere redundant. Until then, we have more work to do. Protect your own browsing and websites with HTTPS Everywhere and Certbot, and spread the word to your friends, family, and colleagues to do the same. Together, we can encrypt the entire web.
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    HTTPS connections don't work for you if you don't use them. If you're not using HTTPS Everywhere in your browser, you should be; it's your privacy that is at stake. And every encrypted communication you make adds to the backlog of encrypted data that NSA and other internet voyeurs must process as encrypted traffic; because cracking encrypted messages is computer resource intensive, the voyeurs do not have the resources to crack more than a tiny fraction.

    HTTPS is a free extension for Firefox, Chrome, and Opera. You can get it here. https://www.eff.org/HTTPS-everywhere
Paul Merrell

Venezuelan Intelligence Services Arrest Credicard Directors - nsnbc international | nsn... - 0 views

  • Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro confirmed Saturday that the state intelligence service SEBIN arrested several directors from the Credicard financial transaction company on Friday night. 
  • The financial consortium is accused of having deliberately taken advantage of a series of cyber attacks on state internet provider CANTV Friday to paralyse its online payment platform–responsible for the majority of the country’s accredited financial transactions, according to its website.

    “We have proof that it was a deliberate act what Credicard did yesterday. Right now the main people responsible for Credicard are under arrest,” confirmed the president.

    The government says that millions of attempted purchases using in-store credit and debit card payment machines provided by the company were interrupted after its platform went down for the most part of the day. Authorities also maintain that the company waited longer than the established protocol of one hour before responding to the issues.

  • According to CANTV President Manuel Fernandez, Venezuela’s internet platform suffered at least three attacks from an external source on Friday, one of which was aimed at state oil company PDVSA. CANTV was notified of the attacks by international provider LANautilus, which belongs to Telecom Italia.

    Nonetheless, Fernandez denied that Credicard’s platform was affected by the interferences to CANTV’s service, underscoring that other financial transaction companies that rely on the state enterprise continued to be operative.

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  • On Friday SEBIN Director Gustavo Gonzalez Lopez also openly accused members of the rightwing coalition, the Democratic Unity Roundtable (MUD), of being implicated in the incident.

    “Members of the MUD involved in the attack on electronic banking service,” he tweeted.

    “The financial war continues inside and outside the country, internally they are damaging banking operability,” he added.

    Venezuelan news source La Iguana has reported that the server administrator of Credicard is the company Dayco Host, which belongs to the D’Agostino family. Diana D’Angostino is married to veteran opposition politician, Henry Ramos Allup, president of the National Assembly.

    On Saturday, the government-promoted Productive Economy Council held an extraordinary meeting of political and business representatives to reject the attack on the country’s financial system.

Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Ten Years in Jail For UK Internet Pirates: How the New Bill Reads - TorrentFreak - 0 views

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    " By Andy on December 4, 2016
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    News

    The Digital Economy Bill is currently at the report stage. It hasn't yet become law and could still be amended. However, as things stand those who upload any amount of infringing content to the Internet could face up to 10 years in jail. With the latest bill now published, we take a look at how file-sharers could be affected."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Elon Musk Plans to Launch 4,425 Satellites to provide Global Internet from Space [# ! v... - 0 views

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    "Big tech companies, including Facebook, Google, and Microsoft, are in the race of bringing Internet connectivity to unconnected parts of the world through wireless devices, flying drones, high-altitude balloons, and laser beams.

    But, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has big plans for bringing low-cost Internet service worldwide, and it all starts in space."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

How The Internet Is Destroying Our Lives Too | LinkedIn - 0 views

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    "Govindraj Ethiraj
    Founder, Ping Digital Broadcast, IndiaSpend

    Imagine visiting your doctor one day complaining of a headache. And your doctor says, just as you sit down, "Well, you could have anything from a hangover to a brain tumour.""
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    "Govindraj Ethiraj
    Founder, Ping Digital Broadcast, IndiaSpend

    Imagine visiting your doctor one day complaining of a headache. And your doctor says, just as you sit down, "Well, you could have anything from a hangover to a brain tumour.""
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

This year, the Internet Archive celebrated its 20th birthday | Opensource.com - 0 views

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    "On May 12, 1996, like a benevolent mad scientist, Brewster Kahle brought the Internet Archive to life. The World Wide Web was in its infancy and the Archive was there to capture its growing pains. Inspired by and "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

#ChargeSheet #Mugshot | Chris Dodd - CEO of #MPAA - and master of #Copywrong | hacktivi... - 0 views

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    "J'accuse Christopher John "Chris" Dodd, born May 27, 1944! Former senator and CEO of the #MPAA."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

"MPAA and RIAA's Anti-Piracy Plans Harm The Internet" - TorrentFreak - 0 views

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    "The Internet Infrastructure Coalition is urging the U.S. Government not to blindly follow the RIAA and MPAA's input regarding online piracy threats. The group, which represents tech firms including Google, Amazon and Verisign, warns that the future of the Internet is at stake"
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

More proof shows Hollywood is leaking pre-release movies on torrent sites | Ars Technic... - 0 views

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    "Talent agency says "sharing of award screeners is commonplace" in Hollywood.

    David Kravets (US) - Oct 26, 2016 5:35 pm UTC"
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

How to Secure Network Services Using TCP Wrappers in Linux | Linux.com | The source for... - 0 views

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    "In this article we will explain what TCP wrappers are and how to configure them to restrict access to network services running on a Linux server. Before we start, however, we must clarify that the use of TCP wrappers does not eliminate the need for a properly configured firewall."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Home : Open Source Social Network - 0 views

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    "Opensource-Socialnetwork (OSSN) is a social networking software written in PHP. It allows you to make a social networking website and helps your members build social relationships, with people who share similar professional or personal interests."
patelvaishali

Best 15 Famous Mahatma Gandhi Quotes On Life - 0 views

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    Best 15 Famous Mahatma Gandhi Quotes On Life Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi is well known for his quotes on love, friendship, life, happiness, wealth, leadership etc. Here we created images for the 15 famous Mahatma Gandhi quotes on life. 1) "Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Cybersecurity isn't an IT problem, it's a business problem - 0 views

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    "The emergence of the CISO is a relatively recent phenomenon at many companies. Their success often relies upon educating the business from the ground up. In the process, companies become a lot better about how to handle security and certainly learn how not to handle it."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

ISP explains data caps to FCC: Using the Internet is like eating Oreos | Ars Technica - 1 views

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    ""You have to pay extra for double-stuffed," cable company Mediacom tells FCC.

    Jon Brodkin - Sep 25, 2016 7:30 pm UTC"
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Internet Trolls Explain Why They Do What They Do | Alternet - 0 views

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    "Their reasons are not always what you would expect.
    By Kali Holloway / AlterNet
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Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Anti-Piracy Outfits Caught Fabricating Takedown Notices - TorrentFreak - 1 views

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    " Ernesto on September 18, 2016
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    Opinion

    Not all anti-piracy vendors play fair when it comes to removing copyright-infringing content from the Internet. In fact, there is clear and convincing evidence that several companies 'make up' links that have never even existed, perhaps in part to boost their own numbers."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Internet Users in OECD Countries - 2016 - 0 views

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    "NOTES: (1) OECD Countries Internet User Statistics were updated for June 30, 2016. (2) Growth percentage represents the increase in the number of Internet users between the years 2000 and 2016. (3) The most recent user information comes from data published by Facebook, International Telecommunications Union, official country telecom reports, and other trustworthy research sources. (4) Data from this site may be cited, giving the due credit and establishing a link back to www.internetworldstats.com. Copyright © 2016, Miniwatts Marketing Group. All rights reserved worldwide."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

¿Qué significa la Ley Mordaza para los internautas? - 0 views

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    "Desde el "caso Isabel Carrasco" (la presidenta de la Diputación de León), al "caso Zapata" (edil de Ahora Madrid), hemos visto cómo el legislador se ha vuelto loco con las consecuencias de ejercer la "libertad de expresión" en Internet, y ahora sufriremos cómo lo ha resuelto, porque hoy entra en vigor la normativa conocida como Ley Mordaza. "
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

#igfspain 2016 Convocado el VI FORO DE LA GOBERNANZA DE INTERNET - 0 views

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    "El Foro de la Gobernanza de Internet en España se convoca en su sexta edición para los próximos días 13 y 14 de octubre en la sede de la Secretaría de Estado de Telecomunicaciones y para la Sociedad de la Información ? SETSI, en Madrid. El evento será inaugurado por el Secretario de Estado de Telecomunicaciones y para la Sociedad de la Información D. Víctor Calvo Sotelo y D. Jorge Pérez Martínez, Coordinador del Foro de la Gobernanza de Internet en España."
Gonzalo San Gil, PhD.

Save The Link | Save The Link - 0 views

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    "Links are essential to freedom of expression online, and experts warn that censoring links will break the Web as we know it"
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