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Censoring The Web Isn't The Solution To Terrorism, It's The Problem

In politics, as with internet memes, ideas don’t spread because they are good — they spread because they are good at spreading. One of the most virulent ideas in internet regulation in recent years has been the idea that if a social problem manifests on the Web, the best thing that you can do to address that problem is to censor the Web.


Report: Regin Spyware Linked To US And UK Intelligence Services

Over the weekend, Syamantec published a report that described a sophisticated piece of spyware called Regin that had been snooping on servers for years. Now, new reports suggest that it’s linked to US and UK intelligence services.


Student Who Leaked Frances Abbott's School Records Escapes Jail Sentence

Unless you’ve been living under a rock (which sounds rather uncomfortable), you would have heard the uproar spread around the nation when it was revealed that Frances Abbott, daughter of Prime Minister Tony Abbott, was awarded a $60,000 scholarship to a prestigious private design school. The student who leaked that data to the world has today escaped a potential two year jail term.


The Bizarre Story Behind Last Night's Craigslist Hack

If you tried to visit Craigslist late Sunday night, you probably had a very weird experience. Instead of arriving at that sultry sea of classifieds, you were probably sent to DigitalGangster.com. Then, you were likely redirected to YouTube, where a very strange animated rap video filled your ears with lyrics about freedom, privacy, and net neutrality.


You Can Get Android Lollipop's Best Feature On Older Android Phones

My favourite part of Android Lollipop is having a secure PIN code on my phone but never having to type it in, thanks to the new Trusted Devices and Trusted Places options that bypass the lock screen when I don’t need it. If you’ve got an older Android phone, there’s good news: An app can bring you the same great trick.


Download This Free Tool To See If The US Government's Spying On You

It’s been over a year-and-a-half since documents leaked by Edward Snowden shook our sense of privacy to the core. Those documents proved that government is spying on us pretty much all the time. And now that we know Congress isn’t going to do anything about it right away, it’s time to find the tools to protect yourself. Detekt is a good one.


DOJ Says iPhone Encryption Will Kill A Child, Which, C'mon

Here we go again. Just a few days after a former FBI agent argued that the new iOS 8 encryption would cause somebody to die, a US Department of Justice boss upped the ante. At a meeting on October 1, Deputy Attorney General James Cole told a room full of Apple executives that iPhone encryption would cause a child to die. A child!


How To Keep Your Sensitive Info Off The Lock Screen In Android Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop revamps the lock screen so you can see (and deal with) notifications without having to unlock your phone each time — great! That also means that anyone who picks up your handset can have a browse through your notifications — not so great! Here’s how to make sure that nothing private shows up on the lock screen.


Report: A Bunch Of Illegal Websites Seized By The FBI Were Fakes

The dark web owes the FBI a thank-you. It turns out that during its recent mass seizure operation against a number of Tor sites (including Silk Road 2.0), a little more than half of the sites taken down were either clones or scams — and, in a number of cases, the real, functional websites are still active.


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