• Feb 23, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Networking, News, Security,

Cloudflare’s Cloudbleed is the worst privacy leak in recent Internet history




Cloudflare revealed today that, for months, all of its protected websites were potentially leaking private information across the Internet. Specifically, Cloudflare’s reverse proxies were dumping uninitialized memory; that is to say, bleeding private data. The issue, termed Cloudbleed by some (but not its discoverer Tavis Ormandy of Google Project Zero), is the greatest privacy leak of 2017 … Continue reading “Cloudflare’s Cloudbleed is the worst privacy leak in recent Internet history”

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  • Jan 23, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Networking, News,

Cameroon is actively blocking internet access in the English-speaking parts of the country




Bamenda, the English speaking region of Cameroon, is currently undergoing an internet blockade followed the ban of two political organizations, Southern Cameroons National Council and the Cameroon Anglophone Civil Society Consortium, and the arrest of some their leaders. Political tensions in the region have been present historically and continue to boil between the majority French … Continue reading “Cameroon is actively blocking internet access in the English-speaking parts of the country”

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  • Jan 9, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Networking, News, Privacy, Security,

LG wants to put WiFi in every new 2017 device – why that should worry you




LG, the Korean tech corporation, recently announced at CES that they intended to put wireless access aka WiFi in every one of their new 2017 devices. One such smart device that is slated to hit homes this year is the LG Smart Instaview Refrigerator. With this great innovation, you can tap the 29” screen to see … Continue reading “LG wants to put WiFi in every new 2017 device – why that should worry you”

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Understanding the Hamburg “illegal links” ruling and its problems




A Hamburg court has ruled that certain links were illegal when they were pointing at photos that were posted in violation of copyright. This ruling follows the worst fears of a previous ruling by the European Court of Justice, and creates many problems for the future. The court in Hamburg has ruled that the operator … Continue reading “Understanding the Hamburg “illegal links” ruling and its problems”

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Net neutrality shouldn’t be a debate – it’s a symptom of something worse: gatekeepers




Net neutrality should not even be a debate. Any market actor who abuses their customers and trust to the level of not respecting net neutrality, on a functioning market, will be dropped like a bad habit. Therefore, the mere existence of a net neutrality debate is a symptom of something much worse: the existence of … Continue reading “Net neutrality shouldn’t be a debate – it’s a symptom of something worse: gatekeepers”

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  • Oct 24, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Networking, News, Privacy, Security,

Active 4G LTE vulnerability allows hackers to eavesdrop on conversations, read texts, and track your smartphone location




Zhang Wanqiao, a Chinese researcher from Qihoo 360 has demonstrated an active 4G LTE vulnerability that allows any dedicated attacker to intercept your calls and texts as well as track your location. The hack was demo’d yesterday at the Ruxcon security conference in Melbourne, Australia. This 4G vulnerability is currently exploitable on any LTE network and is … Continue reading “Active 4G LTE vulnerability allows hackers to eavesdrop on conversations, read texts, and track your smartphone location”

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  • Jun 28, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Networking, News, Privacy,

Don’t let telecoms write EU Net Neutrality rules: Leave a comment with BEREC to #SaveTheInternet




EU Net Neutrality is facing its starkest challenge yet. The millions of netizens under the laws of the European Union are fighting for the very survival of net neutrality, and many don’t even know it. The Body of European Regulators of Electronic Communications (BEREC) was tasked with setting net neutrality laws for the entire EU … Continue reading “Don’t let telecoms write EU Net Neutrality rules: Leave a comment with BEREC to #SaveTheInternet”

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  • Jun 20, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Networking, News, Privacy, Security,

Can the previous owner of your security camera spy on you? Webcam privacy scare highlights Internet of Things security difficulties




Over the weekend, the security community heard rumors about a potential issue with the NETGEAR Internet of Things wireless security camera. A user reported to the privacy subreddit that after returning the device and not uninstalling the app or deleting an account, the user was still able to see camera footage from the new owner’s … Continue reading “Can the previous owner of your security camera spy on you? Webcam privacy scare highlights Internet of Things security difficulties”

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  • Jun 15, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Networking, News, Privacy, Security,

Vint Cerf imagines a self archiving internet – one that could lead to a more open future




What would a self archiving internet look like? At the recent Decentralized Web Summit hosted by the Internet Archive, Vint Cerf, one of the computer scientists hailed as a founding father of the Internet, gave a thought provoking talk on the future of the Internet. At an event where high level discussion was the norm, … Continue reading “Vint Cerf imagines a self archiving internet – one that could lead to a more open future”

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  • Jun 11, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Networking, News, Privacy,

Thanks to TeLeScope, TLS Communication With Your Virtual Servers Can Now Be Unencrypted




Earlier this week, BitDefender demonstrated the TeLeScope technique, which allows an attacker to decrypt TLS communication between a target and a virtualized server. TLS stands for Transport Layer Security and is widely used. The TeLeScope technique is both operating system agnostic and crypto library agnostic. Any TLS key that is generated on a virtualized server … Continue reading “Thanks to TeLeScope, TLS Communication With Your Virtual Servers Can Now Be Unencrypted”

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