An interview with a hacker

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  CNN Tech conducts interviews with hackers to learn more about what motivates them. Source: CNN Tech Date: January 18th, 2016 Link to video: http://money.cnn.com/technology/superhero-hackers/confessions-of-a-hacktivist/index.html?iid=ob_lockedrail_bottomlarge&iid=obnetwork Discussion 1) In the video one hacker is asked why he thinks it is ok to break the law to do what he does.  His response: “If we have to break the law… Read more »

Twitter crackdown on hate speech backfires

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Twitter’s new crusade against violent speech was a hot topic this weekend.  The company has gone after a popular — albeit controversial — Twitter user. It revoked the “verified” status of Milo Yiannopoulos, a British journalist at Breitbart News, on Friday evening.  Yiannopoulos has over 140,000 Twitter followers and is known for his provocative, unapologetic… Read more »

Mark Zuckerberg has personally answered Facebook’s Indian critics

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A controversial Facebook effort to expand Internet access in India that has come under withering criticism from tech activists.  “Free Basics,” formerly known as Internet.org, offers a free, stripped-down version of the Internet to consumers who cannot afford a broadband connection or smartphone data plan.  The service provides information on health, travel, jobs and local… Read more »

Facebook quizzes: What happens to your data?

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Recently 17 million users visited an app via Facebook which offered to provide them with a word cloud of their most used words on the social network.  A few days later, freelance journalist Paul Bischoff wrote a piece for Comparitech entitled “That most used words Facebook quiz is a privacy nightmare” which outlined the huge amounts of data… Read more »

Apple refuses to unlock an iPhone seized by the U.S. Government

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Ordering Apple to access data against its will would be akin to making a reluctant drug company carry out a lethal injection, a US judge has said.   Judge James Orenstein was hearing a US government request to make Apple retrieve information from a locked iPhone seized by law enforcement officers.  The judge expressed doubt that he… Read more »

Wikileaks publishes CIA chief’s personal information

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“WikiLeaks on Wednesday published personal information of CIA Director John Brennan after a brazen hack attack of the top spy’s personal email account.” says CNN Source: CNN Date: October 21st, 2015 Link: http://us.cnn.com/2015/10/21/politics/john-brennan-hacked-cia-director/index.html Discussion 1) The CIA is saying that the hacking of the Director of the CIA’s e-mail “is something that could happen to anyone”.  Do you… Read more »

How Facebook knows who you might be dating online

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Users of dating apps have expressed concerns about their privacy after their matches appeared as “suggested friends” on Facebook.   It’s happened on apps like Tinder and Grindr and people have called it “creepy”.   “There are people whose name might just show up as ‘looking’, and then suddenly you see them on Facebook.” Source: BBC News Date: October… Read more »

Smartphones can be “taken over”

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Smartphone users can do “very little” to stop security services getting “total control” over their devices, US whistleblower Edward Snowden has said.  The former intelligence contractor has said that UK intelligence agency GCHQ had the power to hack into phones without their owners’ knowledge.  Mr Snowden said GCHQ could gain access to a handset by sending… Read more »

Microsoft battles US over warrant for drugs case emails

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Microsoft is returning to court to continue its fight against the US government’s demand that it hand over emails stored at an Irish data centre.  The messages involved are alleged to contain details of narcotics sales.  In 2014, a court ruled in favour of the government’s claim that because it had jurisdiction over the US-based… Read more »