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We Mapped How the Coronavirus Is Driving New Surveillance Programs Around the World - 0 views

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    "an attempt to stem the tide of the coronavirus pandemic, at least 30 governments around the world have instituted temporary or indefinite efforts to single out infected individuals or maintain quarantines. Many of these efforts, in turn, undermine personal privacy."
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Hostile states trying to steal coronavirus research, says UK agency | Espionage | The G... - 0 views

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    "Hostile states are attempting to hack British universities and scientific facilities to steal research related to Covid-19, including vaccine development, cybersecurity experts have warned."
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The Citizen crime app hasn't made me safer - just more scared | Emma Brockes | Opinion ... - 0 views

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    "Citizen, which was launched in 2017, is a glorified police scanner that promises to help users "stay safe and informed". It invites input from witnesses - mostly involving shaky phone footage of police milling around while a stretcher is carted by in the background - and, bafflingly, includes a comments section, in which users speculate fatuously on the crime in question and quibble over the accuracy of the map function. It is grimly fascinating, mildly addictive and, relative to its stated aims, totally without value."
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Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak 'shows global manipulation is out of control' | UK news ... - 0 views

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    ""The documents reveal a much clearer idea of what actually happened in the 2016 US presidential election, which has a huge bearing on what will happen in 2020. It's the same people involved who we know are building on these same techniques," she said."
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John Oliver on exploitable voting machines: 'We must fix this' | Culture | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Oliver also pointed to a Finnish man who once found "one of the most severe security flaws ever discovered in a voting system" in US machines and alerted their manufacturers, who released a patch to fix the problem in 2006. The state of Georgia, however, never installed it, and the Senate report noted their machines hadn't been updated since at least 2005. "They'd essentially been hitting the 'remind me tomorrow' button on a critical security update for over a decade," Oliver explained, "meaning Georgia's election systems operate on the same level of technical proficiency as Every Dad"."
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Firefox: 'no UK plans' to make encrypted browser tool its default | Technology | The Gu... - 0 views

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    "Mozilla has announced it will make the tool, called DNS-over-HTTPS, or DoH, the default for all users in the US."
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UK cops are secretly harvesting all data from the phones and cloud accounts of suspects... - 0 views

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    "Many services retain the data they harvest indefinitely, and some have been caught storing (and losing) the data without encryption: for example, in 2017 the Greater Manchester Police were found to have lost data from victims of violent and sexual crimes, which had been stored unencrypted on DVDs and sent through the post."
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DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System - Motherboard - 0 views

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    "Now they might finally get this thanks to a new $10 million contract the Defense Department's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has launched to design and build a secure voting system that it hopes will be impervious to hacking."
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A critical flaw in Switzerland's e-voting system is a microcosm of everything wrong wit... - 0 views

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    ""We have only examined a tiny fraction of this code base and found a critical, election-stealing issue," said Lewis, who is currently executive director of the Open Privacy Research Society, a Canadian nonprofit that develops secure and privacy-enhancing software for marginalized communities. "Even if this [backdoor] is closed its mere existence raises serious questions about the integrity of the rest of the code.""
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British Parliament hit by cyber security attack - media reports - The Economic Times - 0 views

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    ""Closer investigation by our team confirmed that hackers were carrying out a sustained and determined attack on all parliamentary user accounts in an attempt to identify weak passwords. These attempts specifically were trying to gain access to our emails. "
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School for teenage codebreakers to open in Bletchley Park | Technology | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "The school will teach cyber skills to some of the UK's most gifted 16- to 19-year-olds. It will select on talent alone, looking in particular for exceptional problem solvers and logic fiends, regardless of wealth or family background, according to Alastair MacWillson, a driving force behind the initiative. "The cyber threat is the real threat facing the UK, and the problem it's causing the UK government and companies is growing exponentially," said MacWillson, chair of Qufaro, a not-for-profit organisation created by a consortium of cybersecurity experts for the purposes of education."
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China launches quantum satellite for 'hack-proof' communications | World news | The Gua... - 0 views

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    ""The satellite's two-year mission will be to develop 'hack-proof' quantum communications, allowing users to send messages securely and at speeds faster than light," Xinhua reported."
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Researchers find over 100 spying Tor nodes that attempt to compromise darknet sites / B... - 0 views

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    "There aren't many exit nodes out there. Many people fear that running an exit node will put them in police crosshairs if it gets used in the commission of a crime. For the record, Boing Boing runs a very high-capacity exit node, and though we've received multiple contacts from US law enforcement, we've just explained that this is a Tor node that runs with logging switched off, and thus we have no information that'll be relevant to any investigations, and the officers involved have thanked us and gone away without further trouble. "
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China is blocking online searches about the Panama Papers - 0 views

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    "China's internet censors have cracked down on searches about the Panama Papers, a massive leak of documents that reportedly tie the relatives of current and retired Chinese politicians, including President Xi Jinping, to offshore companies used for tax evasion. The reports by an international coalition of media outlets working with the Washington-based International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, or ICIJ, are based on documents from the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca, one of the world's biggest creators of shell companies."
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The UK government's voice-over-IP standard is designed to be backdoored / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "GCHQ, the UK's spy agency, designed a security protocol for voice-calling called MIKEY-SAKKE and announced that they'll only certify VoIP systems as secure if they use MIKEY-SAKKE, and it's being marketed as "government-grade security." But a close examination of MIKEY-SAKKE reveals some serious deficiencies. The system is designed from the ground up to support "key escrow" -- that is, the ability of third parties to listen in on conversations without the callers knowing about it."
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Google is giving a big boost to Gmail security - 0 views

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    "Google announced on its blog that it is expanding upon Safe Browsing to alert Gmail users about the possibility of suspicious government activity. Since 2012, Google has put a banner on top of users' Gmail pages that had a warning about state-sponsored attackers if Google believed they were in danger, but starting today people will get a full-page warning about it - very hard to miss."
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Government keeping its method to crack San Bernardino iPhone 'classified' | Technology ... - 0 views

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    "A new method to crack open locked iPhones is so promising that US government officials have classified it, the Guardian has learned."
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North Korea's paranoid GNU/Linux watermarks every file / Boing Boing - 0 views

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    "The OS is a marvel of paranoid terribleness, with lots of marvellously bad features. The one I was most interested in is its covert insertion of watermarks into every file that it touches, either on the OS's launch disk or removable USB sticks."
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Tech firms warn snooper's charter could end strong encryption in Britain | Technology |... - 0 views

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    ""Nothing in this bill ensures the security of that data, either. Instead it turns every business providing telecommunications in or to the United Kingdom into an attack vector. The best way to guarantee the safety of user data is for it to not exist. Our national security will be significantly enhanced if we store less data, not more, and increase the use of strong cryptography, rather than reducing it.""
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