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Decrypted: The block clock tick-tocks on TikTok

Decrypted: The block clock tick-tocks on TikTok In less than three months and notwithstanding intervention, TikTok will be effectively banned in the U.S. unless an American company steps in to save it, after the Trump administration declared by executive order this week that the Chinese-built video sharing app is a threat to […]

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A new technique can detect newer 4G ‘stingray’ cell phone snooping

A new technique can detect newer 4G ‘stingray’ cell phone snooping Security researchers say they have developed a new technique to detect modern cell-site simulators. Cell site simulators, known as “stingrays,” impersonate cell towers and can capture information about any phone in its range — including in some cases calls, messages and […]

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Decrypted: The tech police use against the public

Decrypted: The tech police use against the public There is a darker side to cybersecurity that’s frequently overlooked. Just as you have an entire industry of people working to keep systems and networks safe from threats, commercial adversaries are working to exploit them. We’re not talking about red-teamers, who work to ethically […]

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ACLU asks court to release a secret order forcing Facebook to wiretap Messenger

ACLU asks court to release a secret order forcing Facebook to wiretap Messenger Earlier this year, the U.S. government tried to force Facebook to secretly recode its Messenger app to allow the feds to listen into an encrypted, real-time voice call on suspected members associated with the notorious MS-13 gang. It was […]

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In a court filing, Edward Snowden says a report critical to an NSA lawsuit is authentic

In a court filing, Edward Snowden says a report critical to an NSA lawsuit is authentic An unexpected declaration by whistleblower Edward Snowden filed in court this week adds a new twist in a long-running lawsuit against the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. The case, filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation a […]

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A long and winding road to new copyright legislation

A long and winding road to new copyright legislation Dave Davis Contributor Dave Davis joined Copyright Clearance Center in 1994 and currently serves as a research analyst. He previously held directorships in both public libraries and corporate libraries and earned joint master’s degrees in Library and Information Sciences and Medieval European History […]

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Minds, the blockchain-based social network, grabs a $6M Series A

Minds, the blockchain-based social network, grabs a M Series A Minds, a decentralized social network, has raised $6 million in Series A funding from Medici Ventures, Overstock.com’s venture arm. Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne will join the Minds Board of Directors. What is a decentralized social network? The creators, who originally crowdfunded their […]

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Three years later, Let’s Encrypt now secures 75% of the web

Three years later, Let’s Encrypt now secures 75% of the web Bon anniversaire, Let’s Encrypt! The free-to-use non-profit founded in 2014 in part by the Electronic Frontier Foundation and is backed by Akamai, Google, Facebook, Mozilla and more. Three years ago Friday, it issued its first certificate. Since then, the numbers have exploded. To […]

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EFF founder and internet activist John Perry Barlow has died

EFF founder and internet activist John Perry Barlow has died  John Perry Barlow has one of those resumes that seems too surreal to possibly be true. Entertainment sites are lamenting the loss of a poet turned Grateful Dead lyricist. Political sites are mourning the death of a lifelong activist. For tech sites […]

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The new electronic police state

The new electronic police state  Although the Fourth Amendment protects us and our “effects” from “unreasonable searches and seizures,” Customs and Border Protection agents can take advantage of an exception to this constitutional protection and search our electronic devices at airports without first establishing reasonable suspicion or securing a warrant. It’s a […]

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