Ugly Mail Reveals Email Tracking

It’s fairly common nowadays for companies and advertisers to use email tracking in order to gain useful information about clients. This is usually done by adding small pixels or images so they are able to see when an email is opened by the recipient. Once opened, advertisers and companies can receive information such as, IP address, location, device, etc. Ugly Mail is a new extension on Google Chrome that allows individuals to see who exactly is tracking them. Currently only supported on Gmail, Ugly Mail doesn’t store, save, or transmit any data from your Gmail account. Once installed, the code identifies … Continued

Ex- NSA director says China has hacked ‘every major corporation’ in the U.S.

On Thursday, during a speech at the University of Missouri; Mike McConnel, former director of intelligence under the Bush Administration, said “The Chinese have penetrated every major corporation of any consequence in the United States.”  The US government said it had caught Chinese spies stealing blueprints and business plans from companies such as, Alcoa, U.S. Steel Corp., Westinghouse, and others. In that same speech, McConnell also said that during the final years of the Bush administration, the chinese government employed 100,000 hackers instructed to solely break into computers. The purpose of the hacking, according to McConnel, was to acquire “advanced … Continued

Wikimedia Sues NSA Over Mass Surveillance

  On Tuesday, the Wikimedia Foundation, along with eight other organizations, are filling a lawsuit against the national surveillance association in hopes to put an end to mass surveillance. They say their goal is to “end the NSA’s mass surveillance program in order to protect the rights of users around the world.” Big task, right? Although, unlike other pending cases, the 2013 Snowden leaks showed that the NSA specifically targeted the Wikipedia online encyclopedia and its half-billion users. Parent Wikimedia therefore claims it has a “standing” to file a suit, since the foundation and its users suffered harm. The plaintiffs … Continued

Floridians, we need your help to stop a bill that could outlaw anonymous websites!

This week, Florida state legislature is introducing a bill that could make it illegal to run any website or service anonymously. Opposing on the first amendment, the law would require site owners to “disclose his or her true and correct name, physical address, and telephone number or e-mail address.” It would apply to any website or service “dealing in substantial part in the electronic dissemination of commercial recordings or audiovisual works, directly or indirectly,” to Florida users. Other websites, whether hosted in Florida or not, could be de-anonymized by this statute. The bill defines a “commercial recording or audiovisual work” … Continued

ICLOAK® Stik Finished Shipping!

We started shipping out the official ICLOAK® Stiks last week, and we are happy to announce that all the ICLOAK Stiks are now in the mail.  Due to production issues (hardware failures) we didn’t get out as many as we wanted to, but now we are in full swing!  Our engineers worked all weekend to make sure our new process for loading software and testing and verifying each and every ICLOAK Stik was working well. Here are a couple of our hard working peeps folding Quick Start Guides and affixing ICLOAK Stiks to them and packaging them in the new … Continued

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