Google revealed this past June that it was working on a way for users to easily encrypt their emails, but it turns out it’s not alone in its ambitions. Alex Stamos, Yahoo’s Chief Information Security Officer, said at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas that the company wants to offer end-to-end encryption for Yahoo mail come 2015. What’s more, that PGP-based security system should interact seamlessly with Google’s — should they choose to, people from both sides of the Google-Yahoo divide will be able to send each other secure messages that are totally unintelligible to curious (or malicious) outsiders.
A new kind of tracking tool, canvas fingerprinting, is being used to follow visitors to thousands of top websites, from WhiteHouse.gov to YouPorn.
First documented in a forthcoming paper by researchers at Princeton University and KU Leuven University in Belgium, this type of tracking, called canvas fingerprinting, works by instructing the visitor’s Web browser to draw a hidden image. Because each computer draws the image slightly differently, the images can be used to assign each user’s device a number that uniquely identifies it.
Facebook users and privacy advocates erupted in anger recently after New Scientist drew attention to a 2012 study in which Facebook researchers had attempted to manipulate users’ moods. “The company purposefully messed with people’s minds,” one privacy group complained to the Federal Trade Commission.
But the mood study is far from the only example of Facebook scrutinizing its users—the company has been doing that for years, examining users’ ethnicities, political views, romantic partners, and even how they talk to their children. (Unlike the mood study, the Facebook studies listed below are observational; they don’t attempt to change users’ behavior.) Although it’s unlikely Facebook users have heard about most of these studies, they’ve consented to them; the social network’s Data Use Policy states: “We may use the information we receive about you…for internal operations, including troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research and service improvement.”
In May, the EU Court of Justice ruled that because people have the “right to be forgotten,” Google must remove links from European versions of search, just because people ask them to. But you can’t hide from the past on the internet.
The requirement that Google take down links for the right to be forgotten is just lame censorship. Overtly! It’s the removal of inconvenient facts from published public view because somebody wants the facts to disappear. It’s a bit like the producers of Friday Night Lights calling on the Ministry of Truth to have Season 2 erased from the record because it’s inferior to the rest of the series.
Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it was going to start using all of that ever-so-illuminating app and website data it collects to serve us with more targeted ads. In other words, Facebook is getting ready to use your browsing history to benefit advertisers. Here’s how to stop them.
Cyber criminals have reportedly hacked into the servers of Domino’s Pizza France and Belgium, and downloaded over 600,000 customer records.
The data includes customers’ names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passwords and delivery instructions – as well as their favourite pizza toppings – according to the hacker organisation known as Rex Mundi.
The hackers are now demanding a ransom of €30,000 (£24,000) to release the data. If Domino’s does not pay the ransom by 20:00 CET tonight, they say they will post the entirety of the data in their possession on the Internet