• Apr 25, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Networking, News,

Interest in VPN hits all time high as Egypt blocks VoIP apps like Skype, Facetime, Viber, WhatsApp, and even Messenger

Voice over IP (VoIP) apps such as Facetime, Viber, Skype, WhatsApp, and Messenger have been all but unusable from Egypt for the last few days. The recent wave of VoIP app blocks is pushing more and more Egyptians to use VPN – inevitably, VPN is now a trending search for Egypt region mobile app stores and … Continue reading “Interest in VPN hits all time high as Egypt blocks VoIP apps like Skype, Facetime, Viber, WhatsApp, and even Messenger”

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  • Apr 10, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Networking, News, Security,

NATO warns of IPv6 security concerns that network intrusion detection systems may miss

IPv6 is currently being rolled out around the world, but IPv6 security concerns continue to pour in. Internet protocol version 6, or IPv6, is the successor to IPv4.  Recently, researchers working for NATO warned that they had found potential attack vectors relating to IPv6 that are undetectable by most widespread network security solutions. In December 2016, the NATO … Continue reading “NATO warns of IPv6 security concerns that network intrusion detection systems may miss”

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  • 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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