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WikiLeaks vs. the C.I.A.

Last week, in one of the most controversial stories in recent history, WikiLeaks released a trove of documents that details the tools that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) uses for hacking into personal computers, web servers, smartphones and even televisions. WikiLeaks, the website that has become notorious for its publishing of secret information, news leaks, and […]

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Privacy News of the Week

Lenovo adware found to track user browsing activity Software on certain Lenovo PCs can compromise users’ online privacy, Lenovo has admitted. The software, called Superfish, intercepts internet traffic – nominally to insert targeted ads into web browsers. Because it issues its own security certificates, however, Superfish can theoretically spoof legitimate websites. No criminal activity related […]

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Privacy News of the Week

Commercial facial-recognition software is here – should you be concerned? Who else but Facebook, with its 1.3 billion users and hundreds of millions of their photos, would have developed an advanced facial-recognition program? The software, called DeepFace, is already in use: If you upload a new picture with other people in it, Facebook will try to identify […]

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The Week in Privacy

Even fingerprints can be hacked, hacker group says Fingerprints may not be a foolproof method for protecting sensitive data, Europe’s largest hacker consortium reports this week. A hacker who calls himself “Starbug”, presenting at the Chaos Computer Club’s annual convention, describes how he coupled commercially available software with an image of the German defense minister’s thumb […]

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Can you trust the little people running big surveillance?

The news about the NSA’s widespread surveillance has unleashed a firestorm of well-deserved anger. Americans are trying to process what NSA spying means for them and how they can take action, but there’s also a palpable feeling of hopelessness, as if these big, faceless agencies have set in motion surveillance machinery that cannot be stopped […]

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