• May 9, 2018
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Crypto backdoors are in the news again, and as bad for privacy as ever

VPNs are an indispensable part of online life, and they protect many aspects of privacy. But there’s a class of threats that VPNs can’t defend against: crypto backdoors, which allow even the strongest encryption to be bypassed. That’s why it’s important for everyone who cares about their privacy and security to be aware of any … Continue reading “Crypto backdoors are in the news again, and as bad for privacy as ever”

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52% of British Millennials Fail This Digital Hygiene Test (And You Probably Do Too)

They’ve been dubbed the digital generation, but research indicates that millennials’ cybersecurity instincts can often be just as poor as those of their elders. The latest evidence of this trend comes from a new survey conducted in Britain, which — the BBC reports — found that 52 percent of respondents aged 18-25 are using the … Continue reading “52% of British Millennials Fail This Digital Hygiene Test (And You Probably Do Too)”

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ISPs a Greater Threat to Online Privacy than Facebook, Google, or the NSA: Survey

US residents believe that their internet service providers (ISPs) represent a greater threat to their online security than either Facebook or Google. That’s according to a new survey conducted by tech outlet PCMag, which asked respondents to identify the greatest threat to their online privacy. Of the 1,000 individuals who responded to the survey, 25 … Continue reading “ISPs a Greater Threat to Online Privacy than Facebook, Google, or the NSA: Survey”

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Get ready for a whole lot more site blocking in the EU, thanks to a new consumer protection law

European Union lawmakers have approved a new consumer protection regulation that, among other things, allows for the wholesale blocking of websites without the need for judicial authorization. The reasoning seems innocuous enough on the surface. More than a third of online shops and booking websites were found to be breaching EU consumer laws, when a … Continue reading “Get ready for a whole lot more site blocking in the EU, thanks to a new consumer protection law”

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Indonesia threatens WhatsApp blockage as Afghanistan backs down from its threat

WhatsApp is really getting under the skin of the authorities in certain Asian and African countries. Just in the last couple days, there has been a move to block the service in Indonesia, and Afghan authorities have had to deny reports that they were planning to do the same. Last month it was China, and … Continue reading “Indonesia threatens WhatsApp blockage as Afghanistan backs down from its threat”

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  • Aug 31, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Even encrypted data streams from the Internet of Things are leaking sensitive information; here’s what we can do

As the Internet of Things (IoT) begins to enter the mainstream, concerns about the impact such “smart” devices will have on users’ privacy are growing. Many of the problems are obvious, but so far largely anecdotal. That makes a new paper from four researchers at Princeton University particularly valuable, because they analyze in detail how … Continue reading “Even encrypted data streams from the Internet of Things are leaking sensitive information; here’s what we can do”

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  • Jul 20, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy, Security,

Putting together the pieces of the Chinese VPN jigsaw puzzle

VPNs are indispensable tools for today’s Internet users, and nowhere more so than in China. The famous “Great Firewall of China” – the name given to the set of technologies used to enforce censorship of foreign sites – can be circumvented by VPNs, but not in a consistent way. Sometimes VPNs are blocked, sometimes they … Continue reading “Putting together the pieces of the Chinese VPN jigsaw puzzle”

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  • May 11, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Networking, Privacy, Programming, Security,

OpenVPN 2.4 Evaluation Summary and Report

Contents 1 Executive Summary 2 Introduction 2.1 Scope 2.2 Approach 2.3 Classification and Severity Rating 3 Findings 3.1 Summary of Findings 3.2 Static Analysis Results 3.3 Dynamic Analysis Results 3.4 Detailed Findings 3.4.1 OVPN-01: Sensitive authentication token not wiped on certain TLS auth errors 3.4.2 OVPN-02: Potentially flawed TLS control channel encryption 3.4.3 OVPN-03: Insecure … Continue reading “OpenVPN 2.4 Evaluation Summary and Report”

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  • Apr 17, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Russia threatens to ban VPNs and proxies that don’t censor whatever the government wants

Censorship in Russia may soon be aided by the very websites and services often used to bypass it. Russia censors its Internet through the Federal Service for Supervision in the Sphere of Telecom, Information Technologies and Mass Communications aka the Roskomnadzor. When Russia wants to block a site or a service, said site or service gets added … Continue reading “Russia threatens to ban VPNs and proxies that don’t censor whatever the government wants”

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  • Apr 10, 2014
  • rasengan
  • News, Privacy, Programming, Security,

Heartbleed: Post Mortem

At Private Internet Access, we consider our customers’ privacy and security to be our highest priority. That is our business. That is our expertise. We wanted to take a brief break from our ongoing research and development to discuss a few of the decisions we made to prepare for attacks like Heartbleed, as well as … Continue reading “Heartbleed: Post Mortem”

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