Tag: Data Centers


Exclusive Interview With HideMyAss COO Danvers Baillieu: On Logging, Privacy & Security

HideMyAss is one of the biggest VPN providers on the market with a wide reaching network of servers globally. Like most VPN companies, it has a strong stance on privacy so we spoke with the company’s COO Danvers Baillieu to find out more about HideMyAss’ logging policies, protecting its servers and how it reacts to […]

HITRUST Announces Healthcare Security Program, CTX

With cyber attacks targeting the healthcare sector evolving and increasing at a significant pace, HITRUST (Health Information Trust Alliance) has announced Cyber Threat XChange (CTX) to automate cyber threat analysis and intelligence and distribute actionable indicators in an electronically consumable format that firms can use to improve their cyber defenses. HITRUST stated the CTX would […]

Russia Demands Google, Twitter & Facebook Comply with New Data Law

Following Russia’s new law stating that all Russian Internet data must be stored in the country, the communications regulator has ordered Google, Twitter, and Facebook to comply by the end of 2014. None of the three tech giants have data centers in Russia but the regulator, Roskomnadzor has issued the three companies with notifications declaring […]

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San Diego Adds Bluetooth Tracking to Surveillance Roster

The San Diego government has been using a Bluetooth tracking system called Blufax to monitor traffic behavior via Bluetooth-enabled smartphones. After Voice of San Diego reporter Michael Robertson requested documentation under the California Public Records Act (CPRA), he discovered that the city government had a minimum of 16 Blufax devices and intended to eventually install […]

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Incapsula Strikes Back At DDoS Attack On Video Gaming Website

A group of unknown hackers carried out a well-planned multi-vector DDoS attack on a video gaming website. The attack peaked at almost 110 Gbps and sent more than 90 million packets per second. However, the attack was successfully countered by new Behemoth Scrubbers by Incapsula. Last week, Incapsula contacted the VPNCreative team and told us […]

Russia Prohibits Anonymous Access To Public Wi-Fi

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has signed an order prohibiting unidentified access to Wi-Fi in public places. As a result, anonymous access to public Wi-Fi is restricted, and anyone wanting to connect will have to register with a personal ID, although the affected public areas are not clear at the moment. Access will be given […]

Behind-the-Scenes Look at EFF’s Anti-NSA Protests

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is one of the NSA’s harshest critics and has been following the construction of the NSA’s colossal data center in Bluffdale, Utah, which culminated in a protest co-organized with Greenpeace, where the duo flew a giant airship over the facility, bearing the slogan “Illegal Spying Below”. The June 27 stunt gathered […]

Verizon Contract Terminated by German Government

This week, the German government announced they would be ending their contract with Verizon Wireless over concerns of spying authorized through formerly-top-secret NSA initiatives. Members of Germany’s Interior Ministry made the announcement on Thursday when speaking with the New York Times, and rationalizing their decision wasn’t exactly difficult. Beyond the clear violation of privacy the […]


Microsoft Fighting Overseas Search Warrant

US authorities have issued a search warrant for a user’s email information on one of Microsoft’s data centers in Ireland. The company says it is fighting the order. The New York Times states that this is the first instance of a company refusing a domestic search warrant for data held overseas. It’s also believed that […]

Google Reveals New End-to-End Encryption Scheme for Chrome

Google has announced their plans to bring full, end-to-end encryption capabilities to their Chrome web browser in the form of a new plugin which should be released sometime within the next six months if all goes according to script. For the past several months, Google has been scrambling to encrypt their servers, data centers, the […]

Microsoft to Introduce Encryption for Office 365

Microsoft is to start rolling out encrypted storage for Office 365 in July, according to reports coming out of today’s TechEd North America conference. Now each file stored in OneDrive for Business and SharePoint Online will be encrypted with “advanced encryption technology”. Check out what Microsoft had to say: We’ve continued to make investments in […]


Yahoo Plans to Add Encryption to Yahoo Messenger

The Yahoo and ICQ instant messaging services were the two remaining popular instant messaging services working without any form of encryption. HTTPS for Yahoo was only established in January. Further encryption efforts are coming as the company’s intention is to put encryption on all of their products and services. What Has Yahoo Done to Further […]


Yahoo! Adds New Layers of Encryption to Data Centers, Search

Joining the illustrious ranks of companies like Google and Microsoft, a spokesperson for Yahoo took to the company’s blog to announce that as of today, all links between their data centers have been encrypted, along with all of their search data and email services too. The news first broke from the mouth of Yahoo’s fresh-out-of-the-gate […]

Yahoo to Encrypt All Email by Default

Today, Yahoo announced they had met the goal they set out for themselves in October: to secure the entirety of their email and messaging services with SSL encryption by January 8th.  In a blog post for the company, Yahoo senior VP of communication products Jeff Bonforte spoke about the universal capability of their brand new encryption […]

Server-Grade Quantum Encryption is Here

And not a moment too soon. Today, quantum-computing leaders and potential savior of our private data in the uncertain future to come, ID Quantique announced 100-Gbps quantum encryption unit. This is no box for the average consumer of course; it’s built to handle up to ten separate data center links simultaneously at 10Gbps per second […]

Microsoft Admits Links Between Data Centers Still Unencrypted

With all the news pouring out from sources like WikiLeaks and the Snowden files these past few months, you would think that security would be the first thing on Microsoft’s mind — but you’d have thought wrong. This week the Redmond, WA company responded to allegations from a European Parliament inquiry, implying they hadn’t done […]

Google Says “F*** You” to the NSA and GCHQ

In a substantial blow to the joint-agencies work over the past ten years, Google has officially encrypted all lines of communication between their data centers, effectively shutting out both the NSA and the GCHQ in one fell swoop. Today the company announced they have taken extensive measures to fully encrypt and lock down every fiber-optic […]