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'Petya' ransomware attack strikes companies across Europe and US | World news | The Gua... - 0 views

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    "Victims of a major ransomware cyberattack that has spread through the US and Europe can no longer unlock their computers even if they pay the ransom.

    The "Petya" ransomware has caused serious disruption at large firms including the advertising giant WPP, French construction materials company Saint-Gobain and Russian steel and oil firms Evraz and Rosneft.

    Infected computers display a message demanding a Bitcoin ransom worth $300. Those who pay are asked to send confirmation of payment to an email address. However, that email address has been shut down by the email provider. "
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Phishing email that knows your address - BBC News - 0 views

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    ""The email has good spelling and grammar and my exact home address...when I say exact I mean, not the way my address is written by those autofill sections on web pages, but the way I write my address.

    "My tummy did a bit of a somersault when I read that, because I wondered who on earth I could owe £800 to and what was about to land on my doormat."

    She quickly realised it was a scam and did not click on the link."
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Email inventor Ray Tomlinson dies at 74 - BBC News - 0 views

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    "The US computer programmer came up with the idea of electronic messages that could be sent from one network to another in 1971.

    His invention included the ground-breaking use of the @ symbol in email addresses, which is now standard."
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ISPs caught sabotaging their customers' email encryption - Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "But ISPs in the USA and Thailand have been caught sabotaging STARTTLS, interrupting the negotiation between mail-servers to prevent the encryption bit from being turned on, leaving millions of peoples' email liable to snooping by crooks, governments, spies and others. "
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Email is broken - but Dark Mail Alliance is aiming to fix it | Technology | theguardian... - 0 views

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    ""We were sitting on metadata [information about emails, such as sender, recipient and time of delivery], so we knew it was only a matter of time before someone would come to us," says Mike Janke, Silent Circle's co-founder and chief executive. "Email was different - the rest of our products have no metadata, no IP logging, no way - but email was fundamentally broken.""
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Silent Circle on secure electronic communications: 'You may wish to avoid email altoget... - 0 views

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    "As examples, Kowolowski noted that companies wanting to protect their intellectual property or individuals sending tax returns may be happy to use traditional PGP/SMIME technology to encrypt the body of their messages, but that "a freedom fighter working on an oppressive country" would be just as concerned about the metadata."
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Edward Snowden's secure email provider Lavabit forced to close by US security services ... - 0 views

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    "The secure email service used by US whistleblower Edward Snowden has shut down rather than comply with orders from US security services - and is also legally barred from speaking out.

    The owner and operator of Lavabit, Ladar Levison, took the service down yesterday "for maintenance" before revealing today that the real reason was demands from US intelligence."
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Lavabit competitor Silent Circle shuts down its secure email service, destroys servers ... - 0 views

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    "Silent Circle, a secure communications company founded by PGP creator Phil Zimmerman, has pre-emptively shut down its secure, encrypted email service and destroyed the servers so that it cannot be forced to reveal its customers' secrets to NSA spooks. "
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Lavabit founder has stopped using email: "If you knew what I know, you might not use it... - 0 views

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    "After discussing the general absurdity and creepiness of not being allowed to freely criticize the government for the order they brought to his company, he concludes by saying that he's stopped using email altogether, and "If you knew what I know about email, you might not use it either." "
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