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Why Cybersecurity Threats Are About To Get Much, Much Worse

Let me state the obvious just to get it out of the way: cybersecurity in the US sucks, and everybody knows it. The US president knows it. The Pentagon knows it. And, worst of all, the hackers know it too. That’s why I’m so alarmed by a new Pew Internet survey that says the US will probably get hit with a deadly cyberattack by 2025.


FM Radio Hack Allows Data To Be Routed Out Of Isolated Networks

Everyone knows that isolated networks aren’t perhaps as secure as people hope. Now, a security researcher has developed a way to route data from a closed network using just a computer monitor and some humble FM radio waves.


Report: FBI Proposes Invasive New Powers For Hacking Into Computers

The Guardian reports that the FBI has proposed a rule change that would greatly broaden its powers to hack into computers. Bad.


Report: The White House Hacked By Russians

The Washington Post reports that computers at the White House were hacked recently by people possibly working for the Russian government. The NSA and FBI are investigating the attack, which we only found out about thanks to information from an “ally”.


US Government Authority Intended To Work On Terrorism Does Everyday Spying

The Patriot Act continues to wreak its havoc on civil liberties. Section 213 was included in the Patriot Act over the protests of privacy advocates and granted law enforcement the power to conduct a search while delaying notice to the suspect of the search. Known as a “sneak and peek” warrant, law enforcement was adamant Section 213 was needed to protect against terrorism. But the latest government report detailing the numbers of “sneak and peek” warrants reveals that out of a total of over 11,000 sneak and peek requests, only 51 were used for terrorism. Yet again, terrorism concerns appear to be trampling our civil liberties.


US Airport Is Counting Mobile Phones To Predict TSA Wait Times

If you’re passing through security at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, do everyone a favour and make sure you have your phone’s Wi-Fi or Bluetooth turned on. Sure, it might be a teensy bit of a battery suck — but it will also help tell everyone around you just how long they will be spending in airport security hell.


How To Make Sure You're Visiting The Real iCloud Page

Following yet more privacy concerns over iCloud, Apple has decided to spell out very clearly how to ensure you’re visiting the genuine iCloud page. Here’s what you need to know.


You Can Now Protect Your Google Accounts With A Physical Key

Two-step authentication is super important. It’s also super annoying. To ease the pain — and make logins even more secure — Google will now let you use a USB security key to verify yourself instead of having a code sent to your phone.


Hackers Roamed Around JPMorgan Chase's Financial Records For Two Months

Earlier this month, approximate 76 million households — or roughly half of the households in America — were unhappy to hear their JPMorgan Chase accounts had been compromised. Those 76 million households will be equally unhappy to learn that the hackers who broke in were wandering around the bank’s servers for two months. Two whole months!


Why The FBI Director Is Wrong About Encryption

FBI Director James Comey gave a speech reiterating the FBI’s nearly 20-year-old talking points about why it wants to reduce the security in your devices rather than help you increase it. Here’s the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s response.


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