Facebook Employees Can Access Your Account Without a Password

    Facebook employees are now able to access you account without entering your credentials. After disgruntled complaints about user profiles being accessed without their permission, Facebook released this statement: “Designated employees may only access the amount of information that’s necessary to carry out their job responsibilities, such as responding to bug reports or account support inquiries,” Facebook goes on to say, “We have a zero tolerance approach to abuse, and improper behavior results in termination.“ Confirming that the company has a customer service tool that can grant Facebook employees access to a user’s account.   Read More: The Hacker News, February 27, 2015

Rand Paul: Our Phone Records Are None of the Government’s ‘Damn Business’

On Friday, Senator Rand Paul criticized the intelligence community’s mass surveillance at the Conservative Political Action Conference.  He accused the agencies of misleading congress and overreaching, saying,”But when the intelligence director lies to Congress, how are we to trust them? I say that the phone records of law-abiding citizens are none of their damn business.” His remark ensued applause, and members of the crowd chanted “President Paul!” Read More: The Hill, February 27, 2015

Lenovo Gets Hit With Lawsuit Over Superfish Adware

Late last week, a class-action lawsuit was brought against Lenovo, after the company admitted to pre-installing Superfish adware on consumer PCs. Not only does the software give bias product recommendations, but also provides a security hole that makes it possible for hackers to hijack encrypted connections. Therefore leaving computers vulnerable to malicious attacks. Plaintiff Jessica Bennett said her laptop was damaged as a result of Superfish, which is being referred to as “spyware” in court documents. She also accused Lenovo and Superfish of invading her privacy and profiting from her Internet browsing habits. Bennett is seeking damages from Lenovo and … Continued

Nearly One-Third of Canadian Netflix Users are Accessing the U.S. Version

    Media Technology Monitor released a new report, Top 5 Sneak Peek Report, providing a brief overview of Canadian media habits. The survey is based on a 8,004 respondents from all regions of Canada. By using VPNs or other proxy services, nearly 30% of Canadian Netflix users admit to using an American IP address to access the U.S. version of the service, which offers more content than its Canadian counterpart. Furthermore, 40% of Canadian Netflix users are also using a U.S. IP address to access American content other than Netflix.  

So What’s the Real Privacy Difference Between Google Fiber and AT&T’s Gigapower?

In a word: nothing. If we were to squeeze out any difference it would be this: one party is doing one hell of a good job of making it look very philanthropic (Google) and the other party is making a real ass of themselves (AT&T). But, not to be unfair, let’s review. Google launched their ultra fast Internet dubbed Google Fiber in Kansas City, Kansas to a lot of media hype with the belief that Google was in fact bringing something so crucial to the masses, that it’s about to be baptized a utility by the FCC. The roll out of … Continued

Jeb Bush Claims the NSA’s Metadata Collection “Keeps Us Safe”

On Wednesday, top republican candidate, Jeb Bush, claims the NSA’s collection of American telephone records plays an important role in keeping the nation safe. Bush stated, “for the life of me, I don’t understand” how the debate has gotten off-track over the idea that the program tramples on individual liberties. Backing the age old argument that security trumps privacy, he justified his response by saying, “We do protect our civil liberties, but this is a hugely important program to use these technologies to keep us safe.”  Watch the video and read more: The Washington Times- February 18, 2015

US and UK Spies Successfully Stole SIM Card Encryption Keys

Documents provided by whistleblower, Edward Snowden reviled American and British spies successfully stole encryption keys, which are critical for protecting the privacy of cell phone communication. Operatives from the NSA and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ, successfully hacked into the internal computer network of the largest manufacturer of SIM cards in the world. The targeted company, Gemalto, works with clients such as, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and some 450 wireless network providers around the world.  Shocked to learn about this heist was executive vice president, Paul Beverly, who told The Intercept, “I’m disturbed and quite concerned … Continued

The FBI Uses Fake Cell Towers to Do Real Spying

  FBI Director, James Comey, talks openly about “stingrays”, which are controversial cellular phone surveillance devices that are used to track down the location of someone’s phone, through multiple cell phone towers. These devices are used widespread use by local and state law enforcement agencies across the United States in order to locate criminals.   Source - Popular Mechanics- Febuary 17, 2015

Apple CEO, Tim Cook Speaks At The Cybersecurity Summit

  On Feb 13, Apple CEO, Tim Cook spoke at the cybersecurity summit. At Stanford University, Tim Cook was among the speakers set to deliver remarks at the White House Summit on Cybersecurity and Consumer Protection. Tim Cook was the only major tech CEO at President Obama’s cybersecurity and consumer privacy summit on Friday. Cook used the platform to make a case for a strong right to privacy and the steps Apple has taken to ensure this. “We believe deeply that everyone has a right to privacy and security,” Cook said, explaining the company’s efforts to expand encryption within its … Continued