Category: Security

Google, Mozilla team up to block Kazakhstan’s browser spying tactics – TechCrunch

Google and Mozilla have taken the rare step of blocking an untrusted certificate issued by the Kazakhstan government, which critics say it forced its citizens to install as part of an effort to monitor their internet traffic. The two browser makers said in a joint statement Wednesday it deployed “technical solutions” to block the government-issued
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How safe are school records? Not very, says student security researcher – TechCrunch

If you can’t trust your bank, government or your medical provider to protect your data, what makes you think students are any safer? Turns out, according to one student security researcher, they’re not. Eighteen-year-old Bill Demirkapi, a recent high school graduate in Boston, Massachusetts, spent much of his latter school years with an eye on
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FireEye snags security effectiveness testing startup Verodin for $250M – TechCrunch

When FireEye reported its earnings last month, the outlook was a little light, so the security vendor decided to be proactive and make a big purchase. Today, the company announced it has acquired Verodin for $250 million. The deal closed today. The startup had raised over $33 million since it opened its doors 5 years
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WikiLeaks’ Assange charged under the Espionage Act in a ‘major test case’ for press freedom – TechCrunch

Julian Assange, founder of whistleblowing site WikiLeaks, has been charged with more than a dozen additional charges by U.S. federal prosecutors, including under the controversial Espionage Act — a case that will likely test the rights of freedom of speech and expression under the First Amendment. Assange, 47, was arrested at the Ecuadorean embassy in
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‘Crypto exchange’ Goxtrade caught using other people’s photos on its staff page – TechCrunch

Alleged cryptocurrency exchange Goxtrade bills itself as a “trusted platform for trading bitcoins,” but its staff page is filled with photos of people of pulled seemingly at random from the internet. The alleged exchange, which claimed to debut in 2017 yet its website is only a little more than a week old, used photos taken
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Sri Lanka blocks social media sites after deadly explosions – TechCrunch

The government of Sri Lanka has temporarily blocked access to several social media services following deadly explosions that ripped through the country, killing at least 207 people and injuring hundreds more. Eight bombings were reported, including during Easter services at three churches, on the holiest weekend of the Christian calendar. In a brief statement, the
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Rela, a Chinese lesbian dating app, exposed 5 million user profiles – TechCrunch

Rela (热拉), a popular dating app for gay and queer women, has exposed millions of user profiles and private data because a server wasn’t protected with a password. Rela disappeared from app stores in May 2017 after it was reportedly shut down by Chinese regulators, though the government never confirmed it took action. But the
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Even years later, Twitter doesn’t delete your direct messages – TechCrunch

When does “delete” really mean delete? Not always or even at all if you’re Twitter . Twitter retains your direct messages for years, including messages you and others have deleted, but also data sent to and from accounts that have been deactivated and suspended. Security researcher Karan Saini found years-old messages found in a file from
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