privacy

Twitter's Inexplicable New Setting Highlights Problems With Abuse

So Twitter created a rather obscure new setting in its privacy menu called “Receive Direct Messages from Anyone”. What that means is that people you don’t follow can send you a direct message, or DM, which is not public. Here’s why this setting got people’s knickers in a bunch — for some pretty good reasons.


Judge: FBI's Ocean's Eleven Ruse Went 'Too Far'

On Friday, a federal judge ruled that FBI agents had gone too far last summer when they cut off the Internet service to Paul Phua’s Las Vegas hotel room, posed as repairmen, and entered the room without a search warrant.


The DEA Is Buying Off-The-Shelf Spyware From A Sketchy Company 

The Drug Enforcement Agency has been quietly spending millions on off-the-shelf spyware for the past few years. Motherboard’s Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai traced the DEA’s $US2.4 million in purchases of malware for snooping called Remote Control System.


Keanu Reeves Explains The Deep Web In This Awesome Aussie Animation

Video: Confused about Tor, the deep web and what lurks beneath the so-called surface internet? Let Keanu Reeves and this awesome Australian-made animation help.


The FBI Lets Criminals Walk In Order To Keep This Device A Secret

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is notoriously secretive about its cell phone tracking tools known as Stingrays. Now, new documents obtained by the ACLU show how the Feds keep their surveillance gadgets shrouded in mystery: the FBI makes cops dismiss criminal cases if they threaten to reveal secrets about Stingrays.


US Authorities Were Dragnet-Spying On Billions Of American Phone Calls For Decades 

Indiscriminate spying was the DEA’s blunt force weapon of choice in its “War on Drugs”. The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Justice Department tracked billions of Americans’ phone calls, even people not suspected of crimes, for decades — and it looks like collateral damage wasn’t much of a concern.


Stop Your Facebook Friends From Tagging You Or Posting On Your Profile

Facebook is all well and good, but what’s all this interaction about? Turn your back for five seconds and your so-called friends are tagging you in dubious nightspots or posting Rick Astley music videos to your timeline. A quick delve into the security settings for your account can stop this behaviour and help you take total control over how your profile appears to others.


NSA Has A Special Room To Find Terrorist Memos Hidden In Porn  

If you’re working for the National Security Agency, watching hours of hardcore porno can be just another day at work. So much so, there’s even a special porn room in which to protect national security. Where agents look past boobs for clues in the glut of smut.


The FBI Has Its Own Secret Brand Of Malware 

It’s not only digital criminals who like to secretly infect people’s computers with invasive malware. In fact, the FBI likes malware so much, it created its own special brand. We don’t know much about it, but now that the US Department of Justice is pushing for policy changes that will allow the FBI to install spyware on citizens’ computers even more easily, it’s time to take a closer look.


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