• Aug 15, 2018
  • Derek Zimmer
  • Governments, Networking, Privacy, Security,

TLS 1.3 is Coming – an Opportunity for Amazon, Google and Microsoft to End Censorship

A new standard for cryptography is on the horizon, called Transport Level Security 1.3 (TLS 1.3). TLS 1.3 is a major update to cryptography, and fundamentally changes how websites and services will handle negotiating and executing encrypted services. Among the big improvements are faster handshakes with websites (meaning faster page load times), new ciphers (new … Continue reading “TLS 1.3 is Coming – an Opportunity for Amazon, Google and Microsoft to End Censorship”

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  • Aug 4, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, Networking, News, Privacy, Security,

Dedicated first responder network raises privacy, transparency and net neutrality issues

Providing first responders such as the police, fire services and paramedics with the best available technology makes sense. Lives can be saved and disasters averted if action is taken as promptly as possible, and key information shared widely among relevant personnel. But as previous posts on Privacy News Online have noted, the enhanced capabilities of … Continue reading “Dedicated first responder network raises privacy, transparency and net neutrality issues”

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Performing Ethical Hacking Through a VPN Service for a Full Attack Simulation

A major difficulty in defending against attackers and performing accurate attribution, lies in the fact that threat actors often route their traffic through the proverbial seven proxies. Defenders often spend many hours determining the source of malicious traffic, only to find that the attacker has compromised the web server of an unrelated victim somewhere on … Continue reading “Performing Ethical Hacking Through a VPN Service for a Full Attack Simulation”

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  • Jul 25, 2018
  • Derek Zimmer
  • Governments, Networking, Open Source, Privacy, Security,

The Internet Cannot be Trusted – Beamsplitters, Backdoors, and Broken Promises

We all know that the Internet is not a fundamentally safe place. With the tremendous gains in information sharing and the conveniences that the Internet brings, come opportunities for exploitation. Fraud, harassment, surveillance, censorship, social and political manipulation, industrial and political espionage, data theft and discrimination have all taken hold in one of the greatest … Continue reading “The Internet Cannot be Trusted – Beamsplitters, Backdoors, and Broken Promises”

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How to Use Private Internet Access and Tor: Tor over VPN or VPN over Tor?

A big question for those who consider internet privacy essential is how to best use Tor in combination with a VPN service provider like Private Internet Access. Should a Tor connection be tunneled inside an already established VPN connection, or should a VPN connection be tunneled inside an already established Tor connection? Before you can … Continue reading “How to Use Private Internet Access and Tor: Tor over VPN or VPN over Tor?”

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  • Apr 6, 2018
  • Josiah Wilmoth
  • Governments, Networking, News, Privacy,

Brazil’s ISPs Earn Failing Grades on Data Privacy

Brazil’s internet service providers (ISPs) earn failing grades on data privacy, researchers say. Earlier this month, Brazilian independent research center InternetLab — in partnership with the Electronic Frontier Foundation — released its annual report on how ISPs approach the personal data of its customers. Each company received ratings in six categories: data processing, data disclosure … Continue reading “Brazil’s ISPs Earn Failing Grades on Data Privacy”

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  • Mar 25, 2018
  • PIA Team
  • Announcements, Networking, News,

Dear President Trump, Don’t Sign SESTA-FOSTA: Let the Internet #HaveAVoice

Private Internet Access believes that internet was built with free speech as a cornerstone. When these foundations are weakened by attacks such as SESTA-FOSTA, Private Internet Access feels the weight of responsibility to act. That is why we have taken out a side by side ad in the New York Times to call on the … Continue reading “Dear President Trump, Don’t Sign SESTA-FOSTA: Let the Internet #HaveAVoice”

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  • Mar 4, 2018
  • Caleb Chen
  • Networking, News, Security,

Researchers detail new 4G LTE vulnerabilities allowing spoofing, tracking, and spamming

4G LTE isn’t nearly as secure or private as you think it is. Mobile privacy and security are both at risk. Researchers from Purdue University and the University of Iowa have released a new research paper detailing ten attacks on 4G LTE networks. Some attacks allow fake emergency alerts to be sent to a phone, … Continue reading “Researchers detail new 4G LTE vulnerabilities allowing spoofing, tracking, and spamming”

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Private Internet Access adds new PIA servers and regions in Czech Republic

Dear Beloved Customers, Private Internet Access is proud to announce the opening of our Czech Republic Region/Gateway. Just like our other boxes, these new PIA servers have 10Gbit connections to our premium transit carriers to ensure world class connectivity. The Czech Republic has been frequently requested by our customers – and we listen. We know … Continue reading “Private Internet Access adds new PIA servers and regions in Czech Republic”

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How to stop CoffeeMiner, the tool that injects a cryptocurrency miner to HTML requests at WiFi hotspots

There’s a new project called CoffeeMiner which allows an attacker to hijack the computers of those on the same WiFi network and force them to mine cryptocurrency (Monero) for the attacker. Arnau Code created the proof of concept for academic purposes only after reading about a Starbucks WiFi hotspot that was commandeered to make users … Continue reading “How to stop CoffeeMiner, the tool that injects a cryptocurrency miner to HTML requests at WiFi hotspots”

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