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New bill aims to curb US government backdoor spying
While the FBI thinks that all communication tools in the US should have backdoors for law enforcement, a new Senate bill has proposed the exact opposite. The Secure Data Act, introduced by Senator Ron Wyden, would prohibit the government from forcing companies like Google and Apple to grant access to encrypted data. A different bill [...]
The NSA spent years snooping on the world’s wireless carriers
The NSA’s got its long, spindly proboscises slurping up sweet, sweet information from within governments and businesses the world over, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to hear that wireless carriers are targets, too. That’s the thrust of a lengthy new report from The Intercept: The NSA is capable of snooping in on a [...]
New MasterCard combines a fingerprint sensor with NFC
For awhile now, there’s been a number of companies trying to simplify payments for everyone. Google did so with Wallet and, most recently, Apple announced it would be doing something similar with the soon-to-be-launched Apple Pay, among others. Not surprisingly, MasterCard’s, synonymous with paying for stuff, is working on a product of its own. In [...]
Five hackers indicted for largest known financial data breach in US history
There are your everyday run-of-the-mill hackers, and then there are the hackers who set the bar for everyone else. Though we’d hardly call them exemplary individuals, the five culprits recently indicted for the largest known financial hack in US history would certainly belong in the latter category.
Washington Post reveals new PRISM slides, offers greater clarity into the US’ surveillance operation
The surveillance story that started with four leaked slides from the Washington Post, today gets a bit clearer. The publication has revealed four more annotated slides about the once-secret NSA operation, along with detailing the various levels of scrutiny from the FBI and NSA that happen before, during and after approved wiretaps take place. It [...]
Hacker spites Symantec, puts pcAnywhere’s source code out in the open
Symantec said that folks running its pcAnywhere utility were at an “increased risk” when it revealed that the company had been hacked and its source codes pilfered, and advised customers to stop using pcAnywhere for the time being.
Absinthe A5 Jailbreaker for iPhone 4S / iPad 2 now available for Windows
When the Absinthe A5 untethered jailbreak solution hit yesterday it opened Apple’s iPhone 4S and iPad 2 for more creative uses by their owners — as long as they were on OS X. Now the team has returned with a version of the tool built for Windows users who enjoy iLife mixing and matching.
Smart Cover can unlock password-protected iPads running iOS 5
Psst. Hey, do you carry a spare Smart Cover around with you? Well, if you’re an unscrupulous sort, you can actually use it to bypass the lock screen of any iPad running iOS 5. This multi-step security hole will let you browse whatever’s running behind the passcode screen, whether that’s email, apps or the homescreen.
Google teams with MasterCard and Citigroup for NFC payments, also files patent app
Ever since the Nexus S and its nifty little NFC chip hit the market, there’s been speculation that El Goog was planning a foray into the mobile payment arena currently occupied by the likes of Charge Anywhere. Now, it looks like that plan may be in high gear, as the Wall Street Journal reports that [...]