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Are VPNs as private as they seem?

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While VPNs are being touted as one of the most effective means of keeping personal data away from the prying eyes of the outside world, it’s important to remember that they do allow nearly infinite access for the providers. These companies could easily decide to release users’ browsing history to… Read more »

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Don’t trust the Web of Trust

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The Web of Trust, a popular free web browser extension dedicated to privacy and security, has been selling on user data, according to German TV news reporters. Ironically for a plug-in that informs users whether websites are safe to visit, WOT has failed to ensure that the sensitive personal data… Read more »

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Uncle Sam is watching EU

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A new ‘Privacy Shield’ agreement will once again grant American tech companies legal cover to transfer data from the EU to their servers in the US. This replaces the previous Safe Harbour privacy agreement, in force since 2000, which regulated how US companies handled data of EU citizens – but… Read more »

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Crooks take off with travel agency’s customer details

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A leading Japanese travel agency fears that cyber criminals may have stolen the personal details of nearly 8 million of their customers – including names, home and email addresses and, most worryingly, passport numbers. Using a common phishing scam, the hackers used a targeted email attack to access the agency’s… Read more »

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Smart cars and driver identification

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On board computers in cars can identify driver patterns and make accurate predictions after as little as 90 minutes’ worth of driving data. If profiling is this accurate, what implications might this have for the driving population at large in terms of driver identity and behaviour? University researchers have already… Read more »

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SQL attack used in political campaign

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A recent, very basic hack attack on a Florida county’s elections division has not only started a debate around cyber hygiene and vulnerabilities, but also around whether or not the culprit deserves jail time or commendation for exposing a public department’s cyber vulnerability. In order to obtain confidential data on… Read more »

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Adele fans notice site bug when purchasing tickets

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Since singer and songwriter Adele announced her new and long-awaited tour for 2016, her first since 2011, fans have been clamouring to purchase tickets. But some have told the BBC that they were able to see the addresses and credit card details of other customers as they made their purchase… Read more »

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US and Brit spies gain access to personal data from Angry Birds app

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US and British spy agencies routinely try to gain access to personal data from Angry Birds and other mobile applications, a report says. The popular mobile app has been downloaded 1.7 millions times. A National Security Agency (NSA) document shows location, websites visited and contacts are among the data targeted… Read more »

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