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September 6, 2013
by sjvn01
Comments Off on Has the NSA broken SSL? TLS? AES?

Has the NSA broken SSL? TLS? AES?

Just how broken are fundamental Internet security technologies such as Secure-Socket Layer (SSL), Advanced Encryption Standard (AES), and Transport Layer Security (TLS)? We still don’t know for certain. But, it’s clear that the National Security Agency (NSA) has broken many … Continue reading

August 28, 2013
by sjvn01
Comments Off on How the Syrian Electronic Army took out the New York Times and Twitter sites

How the Syrian Electronic Army took out the New York Times and Twitter sites

Once more, the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), a pro-Syrian strongman Bashar al-Assad organization, has struck on the internet. This time, SEA hit The New York Times (NYT), Twitter, and other popular sites. Unlike previous attacks that relied on phishing attacks … Continue reading

August 27, 2013
by sjvn01
Comments Off on The lunacy of trying to avoid NSA spying by moving e-mail and cloud out of the US

The lunacy of trying to avoid NSA spying by moving e-mail and cloud out of the US

The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation recently claimed that thanks to the National Security Agency (NSA) spying programs, US cloud providers would lose at least 10 percent of its foreign market, $21.5 billion, to European or Asian competitors. Others are … Continue reading

August 21, 2013
by sjvn01
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US court rules masking IP address to access blocked Website violates law

U.S. District Judge Charles Breyer in Northern District of California has ruled that avoiding an IP address block to connect to a Website is a breach of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA). Some have taken this decision to … Continue reading

August 20, 2013
by sjvn01
Comments Off on Privacy concerns cause ‘PJ’ to close Groklaw

Privacy concerns cause ‘PJ’ to close Groklaw

Groklaw, one of the most influential intellectual property law news and analysis sites, has closed its doors. Its creator, chief writer and editor Pamela “PJ” Jones, decided to shut down Groklaw because of the threat of email surveillance. Privacy concerns … Continue reading