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Secretive, unblockable Verizon perma-cookies kick up privacy concerns

Verizon Wireless has kicked up something of a privacy scandal in recent days over how it tampers with user's web traffic sent via the company's wireless network. Hoping to cash in on lucrative advertising dollars from mobile devices, Verizon inserts a unique string of letters and numbers into individual users' HTTP requests that can be used to identify a specific device.

Ian Paul | 29 Oct | Read more

How to use the Tor Browser to surf the web anonymously

Recently, BoingBoing ran an article about how some librarians in Massachusetts were installing Tor software in all their public PCs to anonymize the browsing habits of their patrons. The librarians are doing this as a stand against passive government surveillance as well as companies that track users online and build dossiers to serve highly-targeted advertising.

Ian Paul | 24 Sep | Read more

Botnet malware discovered on Healthcare.gov server

Thanks to a poor initial launch followed a few months later by the Heartbleed scare, Healthcare.gov has had its share of security problems. Now, we can add one more security snafu to the list. In early July, a hacker was able to infiltrate a server connected to Healthcare.gov, deposit malware on it, and remain undetected for about a month and a half.

Ian Paul | 05 Sep | Read more

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