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Republicans fear Obama will let russia seize internet power

Republicans fear Obama will let russia seize internet power

The administration insists no government will gain new influence over the Internet. (AFP/Getty Images) By Brendan Sasso An Obama administration plan to give up oversight of certain technical Internet functions could open the door to a takeover by authoritarian regimes, Republican lawmakers claimed Wednesday. If Russia or China gain new influence over the management of the Internet, they could begin censoring content or blocking websites, the Republicans warned. “Make no mistake: Threats to the openness and freedom of the Internet are real,” said Republican Rep. Greg Walden, the chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee, which…

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15% in US shun Internet; most intend to stay offline

15% in US shun Internet; most intend to stay offline

A journalist works online June 13, 2012. AFP – Despite a seemingly unstoppable move to digital lifestyles, some 15 percent of Americans don’t use the Internet, and most are quite content to remain offline, a survey shows. The survey released Wednesday found that in addition to the 15 percent of adults who don’t use the Internet on any device, another nine percent say they only go online at their workplace. The report by the Pew Research Center found a whopping 92 percent of these “offline adults” with no interest in using the Internet or email in the near future.

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NetTraveler is back – with some new tricks up its sleeve

NetTraveler is back – with some new tricks up its sleeve

Posted by newsdesk 14996154_sThe attack vector NetTraveler (a.k.a Netfie, Travnet or Red Star APT), has been detected again. This is a new, advanced threat that has already infected hundreds of high profile users in over 40 counries. Known targets include Tibetan/Uyghur activists, oil industry companies, research institutes and centers, universities, private companies, governments and government institutions, embassies and security suppliers. Immediately after the public disclosure of NetTraveler activity in June 2013, the attackers shut down the command and control centers and relocated to new servers in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. From there the attacks continued unabated, as current events…

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How you’re tracked digitally all day (and what you can do about it)

How you’re tracked digitally all day (and what you can do about it)

By Devin Coldewey Our daily habits — when we wake up, how we get to work, what we like to watch when we get home — are being tracked by dozens of interconnected systems, from cell carriers to traffic cameras. Together, they could form a picture of your day in disturbingly high fidelity. It’s not just high-priority targets and would-be terrorists that leave a digital trail as they go about their business — millions of Americans each produce gigabytes of data associated with themselves just by walking down the street, browsing the Internet, and using their mobile phone. PRISM and…

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Anonymous’ search engine sees rocketing growth after NSA revelations

Anonymous’ search engine sees rocketing growth after NSA revelations

‘An alternative search engine DuckDuckGo has enjoyed a record surge in traffic as NSA scandals spark fears and frighten away Internet users from the more popular Google or Yahoo!. Over the previous week DuckDuckGo, a private search engine, which claims not to collect users’ searches or create any personal user profile, has increased its traffic by 26 per cent and passed 3.1 million of direct queries. A traffic surge hit DuckDuckGo after Edward Snowden’s revelations that NSA obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo and other US technology companies. The scandal over the US’s PRISM…

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US warns of cyberattacks targeting medical devices

US warns of cyberattacks targeting medical devices

Reuters / Bernadett Szabo The FDA is warning that implanted medical devices, such as pacemakers and defibrillators, are often connected to networks that are vulnerable to cyber attacks that could shut down or manipulate the machinery. Hackers with malicious intentions could introduce malware into the equipment, thereby gaining access to configure settings in medical devices or hospital networks, the Food and Drug Administration said in a warning sent to hospitals, medical device manufacturers, user facilities, and biomedical engineers. “Over the past year, we’ve become increasingly aware of cyber security vulnerabilities in incidents that have been reported to us,” William Maisel,…

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The US government has been running a quantum Internet for over two years

The US government has been running a quantum Internet for over two years

Reuters / Stephen Lam It’s a perfectly secure Internet that by definition cannot be penetrated by wiretaps and eavesdropping — and the US government has been sitting on it for the last two-and-a-half years. A longtime goal among cryptologists has been to perfect the “quantum Internet” — which, in the most basic way possible, uses the main principle of quantum mechanics to transfer communications from one point to another. Still confused? Technology Review explained it as easily as possible: “The basic idea here is that the act of measuring a quantum object, such as a photon, always changes it. So…

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Obama signs executive order on cybersecurity

Obama signs executive order on cybersecurity

  Barack Obama has signed an executive order on cybersecurity aimed at boosting the defense of critical US infrastructure, while also avoiding the criticism over compromising civil liberties that its legislative predecessors suffered from. ­The legislative push continues, and will cover the same area and make the increase in security mandatory for the private sector. A new version of the controversial bill CISPA is expected to be introduced to the House on Wednesday.   (Reuters / Kevin Lamarque) President Obama revealed the long-expected executive order in his State of the Union address on Tuesday. He cited “growing threat from cyber-attacks” as…

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Google’s sinister glasses will turn the whole world into search giant’s spies

Google’s sinister glasses will turn the whole world into search giant’s spies

By Tom Leonard ..They look like something you’d see at a Star Trek convention, perhaps worn with a pair of fake pointy ears. And that’s entirely fitting, given that these high-tech specs are about to propel us into a sci-fi future few could have envisaged a decade ago. Google Glass has had the tech world giddy with excitement since it was unveiled nearly a year ago. Last week, at the South By Southwest technology convention in Austin, Texas, a Google designer gave the first demonstration to a rapt audience. Scroll down for video Look into the future: But are Google's…

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Aaron Swartz files reveal how FBI tracked internet activist

Aaron Swartz. The FBI also collected information from his Facebook and Linkedin profiles. Photograph: Noah Berger/Reuters A blogger has published once-classified FBI files that show how the agency tracked and collected information on internet activist Aaron Swartz. Swartz, who killed himself in January aged 26, had previously requested his files and posted them on his blog, but some new documents and redactions are included in the files published by Firedoglake blogger Daniel Wright. Wright was given 21 of 23 declassified documents, thanks to a rule that declassifies FBI files on the deceased. Wright said that he was told the other…

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