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Libsodium v1.0.12 and v1.0.13 Security Assessment
August 16th, 2017, 08:20 AM

  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 Overview of Cryptographic Design 3.3 Static Analysis Results 3.4 Dynamic Analysis Results 3.5 Detailed Findings 3.5.1 SD-01: Randomness source on Windows based on unofficial APIs only 3.5.2 SD-02: Possible null pointer dereference … Continue reading "Libsodium v1.0.12 and v1.0.13 Security Assessment"

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Libsodium Audit Results
August 16th, 2017, 08:20 AM

Private Internet Access today releases the results of its Libsodium audit. Libsodium is an open source, cryptographic library that is used far and wide in projects such as Zcash as well as internal applications at Private Internet Access. Private Internet Access is proud to have another audited tool in its software suite. The Libsodium security … Continue reading "Libsodium Audit Results"

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When Europe outsources censorship to Facebook and Twitter, who upholds free speech? And where’s the outrage?
August 15th, 2017, 08:20 AM

The European Commission is circumventing bans on governmental censorship by asking communciations platforms like Facebook and Twitter to agree to “voluntary codes of conduct”, which all users would be held to. As these are private platforms, they are not subject to the laws that limit what governments can do, and can impose any terms and … Continue reading "When Europe outsources censorship to Facebook and Twitter, who upholds free speech? And where’s the outrage?"

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DOJ demands 1.3 million visitor IP addresses from protest website: Were you using a VPN?
August 15th, 2017, 08:20 AM

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is seeking personal information, including IP addresses, of all visitors to a political website called disruptj20.org. In total, This past Monday, Dreamhost unveiled details about their ongoing legal battle with the United States government to protect the IP addresses and therefore identities of the 1.3 million website visitors. Dreamhost first … Continue reading "DOJ demands 1.3 million visitor IP addresses from protest website: Were you using a VPN?"

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Privacy issues with Palantir’s move into law enforcement, and how to tackle them
August 14th, 2017, 08:20 AM

The name “Palantir” bespeaks mystery. Its original meaning is the powerful artefact in Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” that allows direct communications with distant lands. It is now also the name of a secretive company, Palantir Technologies, founded in 2004 by a number of Silicon Valley luminaries, chief among them Peter Thiel. At heart, Palantir … Continue reading "Privacy issues with Palantir’s move into law enforcement, and how to tackle them"

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Bitcoin, Fake News, and the Illusion of Money
August 14th, 2017, 08:20 AM

Bitcoin’s value is an illusion of money. But so is all governmental money, all central-bank money. All governments always knew that the value of money is an illusion: they could just not fathom a day would come when they would no longer be in complete control of that illusion. In the 1980s, there were European … Continue reading "Bitcoin, Fake News, and the Illusion of Money"

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India blocks the Internet Archive Wayback Machine in censorship overstep
August 10th, 2017, 08:20 AM

The hugely popular internet tool, the Wayback Machine by the Internet Archive, has been blocked by an Indian court order. India has a long history of blocking sites that are not illegal. Previous targets for internet service provider (ISP) level blocking include WordPress and Github. Additionally, in certain regions such as Jammu and Kashmir, the … Continue reading "India blocks the Internet Archive Wayback Machine in censorship overstep"

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Putting the “face” in Facebook: how Mark Zuckerberg is building a world without public anonymity
August 10th, 2017, 08:20 AM

Facial recognition has matured sufficiently that it is cropping up in real-world applications with increasing frequency, as recent Privacy News Online stories attest. There’s one well-known company that is more active in this area than most, not least because it has access to more facial images than any other. It even has the word “face” … Continue reading "Putting the “face” in Facebook: how Mark Zuckerberg is building a world without public anonymity"

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These are the 11 Representatives and 21 Senators that have stood up to the FCC regarding net neutrality
August 7th, 2017, 08:20 AM

Last week, the FCC received two letters – one signed by 11 members of Congress and another signed by 21 members of Senate. The first letter was titled simply: “In the Matter of Restoring Internet Freedom” and reminds the FCC what Congress’s thoughts on net neutrality are. The second letter calls for a longer comment … Continue reading "These are the 11 Representatives and 21 Senators that have stood up to the FCC regarding net neutrality"

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How many noted the implications of the European Court of Justice ruling on Internet copyright three years ago?
August 7th, 2017, 08:20 AM

The European Court of Justice (the ECJ, “the European Supreme Court”) ruled three years ago that anything published openly on the web may be freely reused by anyone in any way on their own website. This ruling didn’t get anywhere near the attention it deserved, as it completely reverses a common misconception – the idea … Continue reading "How many noted the implications of the European Court of Justice ruling on Internet copyright three years ago?"

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