Tag: competition


The European Commission Wants to Do Away With Geo Blocks

The European Commission is considering a formal competition inquiry into geo-blocking in Europe that would make services like Netflix accessible regardless of country. Margrethe Vestager, European Competition Commissioner, said that it was not acceptable that European customers cannot access the content they are already paying for when they visit other countries. This goes against the […]

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NSA’s ‘Core Secrets’ Programs Put Plants in Top Tech Firms

This weekend, a new set of NSA documents were released by Glenn Greenwald’s new online publication platform The Intercept, detailing a secret set of programs that involve everything from agents being hired to work at foreign telecoms, to cozy relationships between the agency and phone manufacturers that allow them to break the encryption of any […]

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Private WiFi’s Kent Lawson on VPNs, Public Wi-Fi & Safe Browsing

We all do it, but only 0.05 percent of us ever make an effort to actually protect ourselves before we hit the login screen. Whether you’re sitting down with a latte at the local Starbucks, signing in while chomping down on a hamburger at McDonald’s, or just using the hotspot that was recently installed on […]

Sophos Launches Cyber Security Contest

A recent competition organized by the major Oxford based security firm, Sophos, gave the UK public a chance to step into the shoes of cyber detectives. Affiliated with ‘Cyber Security Challenge UK’, the event is a part of the competition series organized to discover the most promising cyber security talent in the country by simulating […]

BugCrowd Releases Guidelines for Effective Bug Bounty Programs

This Friday, BugCrowd published a set of guidelines they believe will be the most effective way to attract skilled engineers and programmers to the world of whitehat Internet activism, wherein everyday hackers can utilize their deep toolbox of skills to assist companies in discovering zero-days and the process of patching them, rather than exploit the […]

Phone Unlocking Bill Passes House, Lands on Obama’s Desk

This week, the House of Representatives woke up from its summer recess to pass a new bill which would turn over the DMCA law that prevents the average consumer from unlocking their cell phone without facing a hefty set of fines, and possibly permanent backlash from their providers over the nature of what “ownership” really […]


EFF Challenges Authors Guild Appeal in Fair Use Case

Back in April, the Author’s Guild moved to appeal a November ruling which determined Google Books is not in violation of fair use. It submitted its claim to the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals in objection to the ruling of Judge Denny Chin. Most recently, the Electronic Frontier Foundation joined Public Knowledge and the […]


New Zealand ISP Offers Its Own Built-In VPN

In a bid to differentiate itself from the competition, an ISP in New Zealand has begun offering its own built-in VPN function to access services like Netflix. The ISP Slingshot isn’t calling its anti-geoblocking feature a VPN though, rather going with the name Global Mode. Netflix hasn’t launched in New Zealand so the new service […]


Market Demands & Legal Pressure Shuts Down VPN Services

Over the past couple of years, VPNs have become increasingly mainstream, and despite popularity amongst the average users, some interest groups would prefer if such services never existed. Financial institutions, record companies, streaming services, artists, film producers, and governments are among the notable parties that have expressed their concerns about the widespread use of VPN […]


Brand New Pandemiya Trojan Discovered in the Wild

Security giant RSA have announced that they have discovered a brand new trojan, dubbed Pandemiya, for sale on the underground markets. Averaging around $1,500 to $2,000 per license (depending on the suite of features you choose), this India-based bug is actually relatively cheap in comparison to other popular solutions that have been available for a […]


New Snowden Leak: NSA Backdoors All US Made Routers

In the latest turn of events, fresh documents from Edward Snowden and Glenn Greenwald reveal that the NSA has secretly been placing easily accessible backdoors into the routers manufactured and distributed by companies like Linksys, Cisco, and Netgear before they are shipped overseas. According to an excerpt from Greenwald’s new book “No Place to Hide”, […]

Another Secure Email Cracks Under Draconian Surveillance

By the headline alone, you might think this article has something to do with Edward Snowden, however, the closure of the secure email service PrivateSky predates the Snowden leaks and beat Lavabit by a solid 6 months in the competition for who could shut down their individual services faster and for the least constitutional reasons […]

Latest iOS and Android Firmwares Cracked at PacSec 2013

At this year’s PacSec conference in Tokyo, Japan, security researchers from the Chinese firm Keen Cloud Tech were awarded nearly $28,000 after displaying their newest, and most terrifying crack yet. By tricking users into clicking an innocuous Facebook link, the team was able to use their specialized tool to gain full access to their credentials, […]