"If the program were in place before 9/11, I believe it would have prevented 9/11," Mike Morell said earlier today on the CBS television program `Face the Nation.' "And by the program, I mean two things. I mean, NSA's ability to query the database, which would have allowed NSA to find one of the 9/11 hijackers in California, and the part of the … Read more
Private social network Path said that an attack on its service has led to a "small number" of its 23 million users receiving spam messages.
The company, just days after announcing that it closed $25 million in new financing, alerted members to the attack on Twitter. "A small number of users have received spam messages as a part of this attack, but personal data has not been compromised," the company said.
Hello Path users! We have identified an attack on our service, and are working to resolve the issue. (1/3)— Path (@path) January 15, 2014 … Read more
ZoneAlarm Free Firewall protects your Windows PC from intrusions and online threats. It's easy to use and works alongside your antivirus and other security tools, including many other firewalls. Its Auto-Learn feature conforms to your computer use. After you've allowed your frequently used apps, ZoneAlarm mostly works in the background, only appearing when something changes, like when you install a new program -- or some hacker tries to.
To install ZoneAlarm Free Firewall, you must opt for an IE toolbar and search provider (which keeps ZoneAlarm free of charge), though they uninstall with a click; or (like us) … Read more
A new Android-powered smartphone soon to be launched will put privacy and control directly in the hands of its users.
On Wednesday, Silent Circle and Geeksphone announced the formation of a new Switzerland-based joint venture and its first surveillance-thwarting product, the Blackphone.
Powered by a security-oriented Android build named PrivatOS, Blackphone is touted as a carrier and vendor-independent smartphone that will allow consumers and businesses to make and receive secure phone calls, exchange secure texts, transfer and store files, and video chat without compromising privacy on the device.
The smartphone is the brainchild of security and technology specialists including Phil … Read more
The monetary cost to law enforcement to track people has taken a nosedive following the broad adoption of cell phones, putting a dollar figure to the practice. Or to be more precise, a cents figure.
Tracking a suspect using their cell phone's Global Positioning System (GPS) costs around 1/1000th of what it costs to track them using the visual surveillance method, according to a new study published in the Yale Law Journal on Thursday by privacy researchers Kevin Bankston and Ashkan Soltani.
The cost of nonstop surveillance has been reduced from an average of $275 an hour for … Read more
A contentious European Union privacy law that would've drastically changed data protection laws for a generation is "dead," according to Google's chief privacy counsel.
Google's global privacy counsel Peter Fleischer wrote on his personal blog, "Europe's much-ballyhooed, and much-flawed, proposal to rewrite its privacy laws for the next twenty years [has] collapsed."
The bill would give regulators the power to fine companies in violation of the law up to 100 million euros, around $136 million, for failing to properly secure the personal data of EU citizens. In October, the EU agreed with … Read more
We all remember the day, before the smartphone, when taking a picture in public felt a bit invasive, an encroachment on public etiquette that could earn you a dirty look at best and a vocal condemnation if you pushed the envelope. Now watching someone squint into a smartphone screen to snap a shot, regardless of when or where, is part of daily life, so much so that nearly everyone has considered its toll on our ability to "live in the moment."
That sort of transition is bound to happen with the next generation of soon-to-be ubiquitous technology: wearables, … Read more
Maybe the fourth time will be the charm for Sen. Patrick Leahy's data privacy protections standards.
Leahy (D-Vt.) reintroduced his data privacy protection bill to Congress on Wednesday, for the fourth time since 2005. The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act would create a national standard for how businesses would have to notify customers of data breaches, and mandate customer data protection standards for businesses that collect sensitive personal information.
It would also update the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act so that attempted computer hacking and conspiracy to commit computer hacking would be punishable by the same criminal penalties … Read more
France's privacy regulatory organization served up a fine and a dose of embarrassment to Google on Wednesday.
As expected, the national committee on information and liberty (CNIL) served up a 150,000 euros fine (approximately $200,000). The amount won't mean much to Google financially. But in addition to the fine, the group demanded that Google post a warning on its French home page, Google.fr.
CNIL justified its demand that Google post the warning because of &… Read more
Actions have consequences, goes the old saying, and actions taken by the security firm RSA in December have come back to haunt it this week.
Last month, it was revealed that RSA had accepted $10 million from the National Security Agency to implement an intentional cryptographic flaw, commonly called a backdoor, in one of its encryption tools. Days later, Mikko Hypponen, chief technology officer of F-Secure with decades under his belt as a security researcher, canceled his annual presentation at the American-hosted RSA Conference, to be held in San Francisco in February.
"I don't really expect your multibillion-dollar … Read more