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July 2014

IceBrowser opens beta launch today

By |July 9th, 2014

Ice Browser ehf,  is on a privacy mission with the introduction of their new product: IceBrowser beta (that goes live today). By routing all user browsing data through Icelandic servers, their goal is to make the Internet safer by keeping user information private. In Iceland access to information and online communication is free from government interference, and has been rated as one of the top five countries for data privacy.

Sensing increasing public wariness about government snooping on the Internet, a California company is offering to route its encrypted browsing service through Iceland, promising a new layer of security starting in beta this […]

Surveillance, Loopholes, & XKeyscore

By |July 3rd, 2014

Surveillance Loopholes
A new academic working paper released on Monday by Harvard University and Boston University outlines how the U.S. government can conduct mass surveillance on U.S. citizens by using secret loopholes to bypass the Fourth Amendment. With knowledge that DNS is vulnerable to manipulation — the U.S. government has the ability to redirect U.S. traffic to servers outside the country and vacuum it up. The researchers told ZDNet that the paper was aimed solely to broaden the understanding of the current legal framework and that current legislation enables unrestrained spying capabilities. The researchers did not  reflect on whether or not DNS redirection […]

June 2014

Today let’s ‘reset the net’ against Mass Surveillance

By |June 5th, 2014

As  post-Snowden revelations continue to shadow us  — the US government continues to remain omniscient and omnivorous in the mass collection of global communications. 

Over the decades, as technology advanced, surveillance became easier and easier. Today, we find ourselves in a world of ubiquitous surveillance, where everything is collected, saved, searched, correlated and analyzed. —Bruce Schneier, Special to CNN

May 2014

Online advertising can be very, very bad

By |May 30th, 2014

Advertising (as defined by Wikipedia), is a form of marketing communication used to encourage, persuade, or manipulate an audience to take or continue to take some action.
Online Advertising
Advertising can get dirty. A new report released earlier this month: Online Advertising and Hidden Hazards to Consumer Security and Data Privacy by Senate Homeland security committee’s permanent subcommittee on investigations, concluded that while the Internet (as a whole) contains significant vulnerabilities, malware attacks delivered through online advertising are a real and growing problem.
A visit to an online news site may trigger interactions with hundreds of other parties that may be collecting information […]

Surveillance: Omniscient and omnivorous

By |May 22nd, 2014

With the government spying on just about everything that we do online, as well as offline — it is important that we take extra precautions to make it more difficult for the government to spy on us. Though we can’t stop our private data from government interception at the upstream level; we can utilize online tools to strategically place obstacles in the path of intercepted communications on fiber cables. In order to even begin to thwart government surveillance, we will have to trade digital convenience and learn to think strategically—and that means thinking of  privacy outside the box.

NSA Surveillance
As  post-Snowden revelations continue to shadow us  […]

Reset The Net On June 5

By |May 2nd, 2014

Fight for the Future, a nonprofit advocacy group is gearing up a campaign to reset the net on June 5, 2014.

June 5
Reset The Net’s goal is to get as many sites and apps as possible to add proven security (with NSA-resistant privacy tools such as SSL), and shout-it-out with a splash screen. This date coincides with the day (June 5, 2013) when the The Guardian first published that the National Security Agency (NSA) was collecting the phone records of millions of Verizon customers, indiscriminately and in bulk.
Viva La Revolucion!
Internet users: Share ThunderClap and use privacy tools for Internet browsing and all online […]

April 2014

Bloomberg says that the NSA knew about Heartbleed for years

By |April 17th, 2014

According to Bloomberg News, the NSA knew of the existence of the Heartbleed bug for at least two years and kept it secret from the infosec community.
The U.S. National Security Agency knew for at least two years about a flaw in the way that many websites send sensitive information, now dubbed the Heartbleed bug, and regularly used it to gather critical intelligence, two people familiar with the matter said.

The NSA is denying these allegations and we still do not know who the two people familiar with the matter are. But, what we do know (since the Snowden revelations) is that […]

IRS employees politicking, while on the Job

By |April 11th, 2014

There is a new politicking Scandal in town.The Washington Post reported yesterday that some Internal Revenue Service (IRS) employees was urging callers to vote for President Obama (from work), during the 2012 election cycle. According to a federal ethics watchdog, the IRS employees also wore pro-Obama swag to work.

Using a government position to garner votes for a candidate is ethically wrong. Since the IRS is under The U.S. Department of the Treasury (executive branch), the Hatch Act strictly prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government from engaging in partisan political activity.
Persuasive Politicking
Ironically, under the Proposed Guidance For Tax-Exempt Social Welfare […]

Iceland: Respects Online Privacy

By |April 3rd, 2014

Online privacy is not dead yet.
Government Surveillance
Every day in America, we read about how US government surveillance programs have crept into our private lives and snapped up all our online communications. As scary as the Patriot Act and FISA Amendment Act, (along with FISC , the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) operating under a heavy blanket of secrecy (while favoring government intrusions over individual rights) — we still carry on. Though, XKeyscore, along with other government systems has the capability to obtain ongoing “real-time” interception of an individual’s internet activity — we still believe that online privacy has a right to coexist on the digital highway.
Iceland: […]

March 2014

Is it time to store your data overseas?

By |March 26th, 2014

Regardless of your political affiliation, you have to admit we’re on a rather slippery slope. Recent hearings regarding the IRS have us trying to determine whether the organization used its powers to harm various political groups. Ex-Director of the IRS Exempt Organizations division, Lois Lerner, asserted her right to avoid incriminating herself by pleading the fifth . I don’t know about you, but to me when government officials are avoiding self-incrimination, it becomes clear that somebody’s liberties may be at stake.
Tipping point
While I’m not judging whether there has been a direct violation of the constitution, I do find that we […]