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Edward Snowden Spills All in Reddit AMA

On Monday, the triple team of Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, and Edward Snowden himself took to the news aggregation website Reddit to participate in an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) on the tails of their Oscar win from Sunday night for the documentary Citizenfour. The community wasted no time in hitting Snowden with the hard questions, […]

Anonymous Hacks Social Accounts of ISIS

This week, select members from the hacking team Anonymous announced they had successfully infiltrated and taken down various social media accounts and email addresses belonging to the international terrorist organization ISIS. In a statement released by the group, the vigilante cyber warriors said: “ISIS, we will hunt you, take down your sites, accounts, emails and […]

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France & the EU Mull Over New Online Censorship Rules

France is proposing new legislation that will make social media sites like Facebook and Twitter partially responsible for terrorist content posted on their sites. President Francois Hollande said the new draft law, set to be presented next month, will make social media sites “accomplices” if they do not block terrorism-related content from their sites. Bloomberg […]

Intel Shuts Down Russian Blogs Over ‘Bloggers Law’

Intel has shut down its Russian blogs and forums in response to the country’s recently enacted “Blogger’s Law”, which curtails blogs with more than 3,000 readers. The changes from the chip maker were implemented on January 1 but have come to light today. “These changes do not affect the English Intel DZ community: you can […]

UK Government to Introduce Bill to Force ISPs to Hand Over User Data

The anti-terrorism legislation that is going to be introduced in the UK parliament on November 26 will require Internet service providers to hand over user data to government agencies. The bill is expected to become a law before the country goes to the polls in May. The new bill will restrict people from traveling abroad […]

UN Passes Legislation to Condemn Mass Surveillance Tactics

This Tuesday, in a landmark decision for privacy advocates everywhere, the UN passed a resolution which seeks to condemn and demonize attempts by any nation to commit acts of mass surveillance on its own people, or those of an opposing country. The resolution takes special account of metadata, revising its definitions from a similar effort […]

NY Prosecutors Regain $18m Through Facebook Warrants

Prosecutors in New York have taken in $18m in civil and government cases using warrants to search Facebook accounts despite opposition from the social media giant. Facebook has disputed the warrants as unconstitutional, stating that it violates the private constitutional rights of the 381 users whose messages, photos, and content were confiscated. A total of […]

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Snapchat Avoids New Australian Cyber Bullying Regulation

Snapchat will escape new regulations introduced by the Australian government to tackle cyber bullying as it is considered a smaller social media platform based overseas. Australia’s Parliamentary Secretary for Communications, Paul Fletcher says the government will to take an informal approach to handling offensive or damaging content on Snapchat rather than strict rules. The new […]

New California Bill Limits Student Social Media Surveillance

A new bill signed by California Governor Jerry Brown makes it mandatory for schools that collect and monitor their students’ social media posts to discard the information. This has to be done within one year of the student turning 18 or leaving the school. In addition, schools are required to notify parents that they are […]

Thousands of Plain Text Passwords Breached at iThemes

iThemes, a site that provides themes and plugins for WordPress, has issued a notice to all users urging them to change their passwords now following a recent attack that lifted thousands of plain text passwords. In a post last Tuesday, iThemes’ Cory Miller said that the company had noticed some suspicious activity on their server […]

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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Facebook’s Blue Dinosaur Will Help You Through Your Privacy Settings

Fine tuning your Facebook account’s privacy settings can be overwhelming and you may often give up in frustration when trying to configure who exactly can see your news feed, posts and pictures. It looks like Facebook has taken note as the social networking giant is offering frustrated users peace of mind through a Blue Dinosaur […]

BlackWorm Trojan Identifies New Syrian Malware Team

Security firm FireEye demonstrated a “connect the dots” approach to attribution after identifying several members of the Syrian Malware Team. This pro-Assad hacking group has ties to both the Syrian government and the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), another team that has made headlines for its attacks against the Syrian opposition. Photo: Giphy.com The Syrian Malware […]

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This Professor Will Spend One Year of His Life Without Privacy

Someday someone will read your email messages without your permission or login to your Facebook account – maybe even find out you read this news. Perhaps someone will casually glance through your shopping receipts, or an intelligence agency might handpick you for special attention based on personal data bought from a vendor. In fact, some […]

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UK Police Sanctioned Over Social Media Misuse

Hundreds of UK police and officers have been investigated for making threatening and racist comments on Twitter and Facebook, as well as friend-requesting crime victims and posting ‘compromising’ images of colleagues, according to the figures released under the Freedom of Information Act. The news comes from documents obtained by the Press Association that shows responses […]

After Twitter Ban, The Islamic States Moves Over to Diaspora

The extreme jihadist group Islamic State (IS) has been using social media, mostly Twitter, to spread its message to outside world, using multiple accounts of its members. Twitter has been coming down hard on these accounts and IS has sought a new platform – Diaspora. Twitter’s clampdown reached its peak last week as international criticism […]