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The Technology You Need To Protect Against Mass Surveillance

In the past several weeks, EFF has received many requests for advice about privacy tools that provide technological shields against mass surveillance. We’ve been interested for many years in software tools that help people protect their own privacy; we’ve defended your right to develop and use cryptographic software, we’ve supported the development of the Tor software and written privacy software of our own. This article looks at some of the available tools to blunt the effects of mass surveillance.

North Korea Tries To Blame Anonymous For Cyberattacks On South Korea

North Korea tried and failed to hide behind the undisputed superstars of the hacker community last month when South Korea got hit by a large scale cyberattack. According to South Korea, Kim Jong Un and company worked hard to cover its tracks by hiding the IP addresses of computers used in the attacks and later destroying their hard drives. And when they got caught, they did what any dictatorial wasteland would: blame Anonymous.

The Best Search Engine You're Probably Not Using

Do you like privacy? Do you shun surveillance and eschew spam? Do you like simplicity? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you’ll love DuckDuckGo.

Microsoft Admits To Hacks Based On Findings In Googler's Report

Nobody likes to shoulder blame — and it appears that’s particularly true of Microsoft. Ballmer and co have admitted that a series of targeted attacks have been carried out, clearly based on findings published in a Google researcher’s recent report.

How To Lock Down Your Facebook Privacy Now That Graph Search Is Here

Graph Search is Facebook’s bold new way of browsing the social network, letting you call up photos of your family in California, restaurants your friends like in New York, or any public updates from Gizmodo employees who also like hot air ballooning. It’s been available the last several months in beta, but today it starts rolling out to Facebook at large. And in the wrong hands, it can be the ultimate stalker search engine.

US Tax Office Accidentally Publishes Social Security Numbers Online

You’d think the US Internal Revenue Service would be the one organisation you can trust with your personal information. Think again. Thanks to a cock-up, the agency just put tens of thousands of the numbers out on the internet for anyone and everyone to see. Fantastic.

US Government Is Classifying Less Information Than Ever Before

Despite the fact that the US government seems more enthusiastic than ever about gathering data, its taste for making it classified seems to be waning. This year’s Information Security Oversight Office report reveals that the total number of “original classification” decisions fell over 40 per cent in 2012.

Twitter Wants To Start Tracking You On The Web, Here's How To Opt Out

In a blog post today, Twitter announced that it was “experimenting with new ways of targeting ads”, which is its way of saying it’s planning to track you around the web — even when you leave Twitter — and relay that information to advertisers to craft better ads. Here’s how to opt out.

You Can Spy On Your Own Email To See Exactly What The NSA Can See

By now, US citizens are all very aware that their metadata is being harvested by “the man”. It’s not the actual email or phone calls, but metadata still matters. If you’ve wondered what it looks like, MIT’s Immersion project can help you out.

NYT: US Government Tracks Snail Mail Too

Email and phone call metadata certainly isn’t private, but maybe you were holding out hope that good old-fashioned snail mail somehow avoided big brother’s living gaze. The New York Times is reporting that’s all being tracked too. Surprise, surprise.

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