Real news from the privacy world

Online Freedom & Internet Security Stories in Brief:

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  • Canadian executive lobbies to ban VPN. Canadian Executive representing cable company Rogers, lobbied to ban VPN service at the Content Industry Connect conference in Toronto this week. Forbes Tech News article author argues that ‘banning VPN is an ill-advised knee jerk reaction by an industry fighting to catch up’.  With growing number of users choosing to stream online, cable companies are grasping at straws as they come to realisation that people want more freedom when choosing what they want to watch. Read more 
  • We have some catching up to do on internet security. Scary statistics revealed by Marc Goodman, author of ‘Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It’. As Marketplace reports, Mr. Goodman predicts future crimes will be drastically different with our ever-changing behaviours. “Our cell phones and computers are now online,” Goodman says. “But in the future it’s going to be our cars, airplanes, pacemakers, pets, elevators, prisons. Every physical object is going online”. With the dawn of new realities he highlights some interesting facts that forecast the realities of internet security. For example “Nearly 20 % of Americans and Europeans have been victims to identity theft” Read more 
  • Police probe video of possible data hack at the National Archives, US. Investigation is underway into a possible data breach at the National Archives, after a hacker group released a video purporting to show a break-in on the agency’s website. ’The Hill’ reports a data breach at the National Archives could endanger the personal information of former high-ranking administration officials and family members of former presidents. Archives officials asked people to refrain from sharing the video to avoid encouragement of similar attacks  Read more 
  • Uber Suffers Data Breach Affecting 50,000 Uber Taxi is under fire for security data breach. This is not the first time the data privacy issues at Uber are revealed. This time, a report broke about a possible 50,000 driver info data hack dating back to September 2014.  Read more 
  • China Internet Censorship crackdown China continues it’s initiative to censor and block the content it deems inappropriate.Some of China’s largest Internet companies deleted more than 60,000 online accounts because their names did not conform to regulations due to take effect on Sunday, the top Internet regulator said. Read more 
  • Apple, Android browsers vulnerable to internet security flaw Millions of people may have been left vulnerable to hackers while surfing the web on Apple and Google devices, thanks to a newly discovered internet security flaw known as “FREAK attack.” No reports of possible exploitation of this weakness has been reported yet, which could leave people vulnerable for encryption breaks when a visitor types sensitive information into a website. Researchers blame the problem on an old government policy, abandoned over a decade ago, which required U.S. software makers to use weaker security in encryption programs sold overseas due to national security concerns. Read more

 

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