Ransomware scams are nothing new to computer users; one one making the rounds attempts to disguise itself as an FBI cybercrime intervention for suspected nefarious activity. If you get stung by this scam (generally the fastest way is by using underground pirated software search engines and pornographic sites that redirect to the scam page, but even innocent image searches will get you there if you're not careful), the site will present a notice claiming to come from the FBI "Cyber Department." It states that the system's browser has been seized and recorded, and that the user … Read more
MegaUpload founder Kim Dotcom wants to give a financial boost to privacy-minded startup companies.
On Tuesday, Dotcom tweeted that he's planning a venture capital fund for privacy startups and is looking for partners and fund managers. No further details were revealed. But the quest for privacy certainly has gained renewed interest following the recent revelations about the National Security Agency's PRISM program.
Dotcom also has had an increasing eye on privacy in light of his battles with the U.S. government over his MegaUpload site. Last year, the government accused Dotcom of using MegaUpload as a "criminal … Read more
Forget the National Security Agency and other government intelligence bureaus (or so I'm told to tell you by the agent who has been tracking my communications for months and who now stands beside me). One doesn't need a taxpayer-funded agency to maintain a nearly comprehensive and constant library of your visage as you travel near and far. There are, in fact, a number of products and services from both startups and tech giants aimed at capturing your likeness before too long. It could even be someone else's very environs that catches you in the act of living: … Read more
Edward Snowden, the figure behind NSA leaks that set the world ablaze with discussions of espionage, is looking for some help from Russia as he tries to make his way to Latin America.
In a statement before human rights organizations in Moscow's Sheremetyevo Airport on Friday, Snowden asked for temporary asylum in Russia until he could be allowed to travel to one of several Latin American countries that have granted him full asylum.
"I ask for your assistance in requesting guarantees of safe passage from the relevant nations in securing my travel to Latin America, as well as … Read more
Twitter has finally released data on anti-Semitic tweets to French authorities.
The company said in a statement obtained by the AFP on Friday that it has complied with a French government request to hand over tweets related to a rash of anti-Semitism on the site.
Last October, several anti-Semitic tweets and hashtags appeared on Twitter, including the objectionable "#UnBonJuif est un juif mort," translated as "A good Jew is a dead Jew." Twitter took the offending tweets off its site after the Union of Jewish French Students (UEJF) and other anti-racism groups requested takedowns.
But the … Read more
In the wake of people learning about the National Security Agency's massive surveillance program, it's become clear that phone records and text messages are not entirely private.
The Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde and a couple of app developers have decided to do something about it. They are working on creating a messaging app that is spy-proof, according to GigaOM.
"All communication on today's networks is being monitored by government agencies and private companies. The politicians are not going to stop it, they're actually asking for more," Sunde said in a video about the … Read more
While many people choose to barbeque, drink beer, and watch the fireworks on the Fourth of July, others decided to protest the government this year.
A crowd of about 300 people gathered at San Francisco's Civic Center on Thursday and then marched throughout the city to join in on the nationwide Independence Day protest of the National Security Agency's surveillance program.
Chanting "NSA go away" and "Restore the fourth today," the protesters carried colorful banners and signs as they marched. Some were dressed up as the Statue of Liberty or Uncle Sam, while many … Read more
NEW YORK -- Despite sweltering heat and barely tolerable humidity, hundreds marched through New York City on Thursday to protest against mass spying by the U.S. National Security Agency.
About 500 people met in Union Square to listen to a number of privacy advocates and civil liberties groups discuss Fourth Amendment rights as they stand today, in light of recent revelations about the U.S. government's spying capability.
The government has been embroiled in an international diplomatic crisis over its intelligence agencies' spying on foreign nationals. Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on a number of … Read more
Germany's interior minister has a solution to prevent the U.S. from spying on its citizens: Don't use Facebook, Google, Microsoft services, and so on.
According to the Associated Press, Hans-Peter Friedrich told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that "whoever fears their communication is being intercepted in any way should use services that don't go through American servers."
This comes amid spying claims by numerous newspapers based on the leaked reports by former National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower Edward Snowden, who was the first to disclose the mass spying operation by U.S. intelligence … Read more