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Producer and Editor — Voice of America
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Doug Bernard - VOA journalist, webnerd, exploring what happens when real world meets digital life. Particularly interested in security, censorship, privacy.

How to Safeguard Your Mobile Privacy — A great deal has been written over the years about the necessity of computer users to be proactive if they want to guard their privacy and keep their machines clean of viruses. Habits such as changing passwords, updating software, running anti-virus and using encryption when possible are often referred to as "good web hygiene."

FBI Warns 'Ransomware' Scams on the Rise — There's an old Internet scam floating around that's getting some new attention lately. It's called "ransomware," and if you're unlucky, it may have already infected your computer or mobile phone. Ransomware is a term used for a specific type of malware that secretly locks up certain files on your computer, putting them out of reach to everyone but the crook.

China, US Have Weapons for Cyberassault — As the World Wide Web has evolved and grown more complicated, so have the tools and techniques of cyber-espionage and military action. Perhaps nowhere is this evolution more clearly seen than in China's recently disclosed "Great Cannon" and its similarities to a tool reportedly possessed by the United States known as "QUANTUM."

America’s Adversaries Use Baltimore Unrest to Spread Anti-US Message — Across the world, this week's unrest in Baltimore after the death of a young African American following being taken into police custody is being used by America's adversaries in a global wave of online propaganda and criticism, much of it designed to embarrass the U.S., analysts say. Some western governments like the U.S.

Obama Administration Expands Cyber Defense Strategies — President Barack Obama pledged to put cyber issues at the core of his legislative agenda. He's sought to change how the public and private sectors share information about online threats and bolster some privacy protections for citizens while maintaining a robust NSA.

Facebook Boasts More Users Than Population of China — The social network Facebook reported this week in its 2015 first quarter financial report that it now has 1.44 billion monthly active users, or MAUs, worldwide. That's 50 million more users than the entire estimated population of China, and over 188 million more users than India's population.

Iran Stepping Up Its Hacking Activities Against US, Study Says — The Iranian government is increasing the frequency and sophistication of its hacking attacks targeting the U.S. and its allies, according to a study released on Friday. The study, " The Growing Cyber Threat From Iran," was co-authored by the American Enterprise Institute and the Norse Corporation, a cyber-security firm.

Congressman Calls for Funding Body Cameras for US Law Enforcement — The recent shooting of an unarmed black man by a white police officer in South Carolina has prompted new calls for the use of body cameras by US law enforcement. US Congressman Emanuel Cleaver is sponsoring legislation in Congress to make this a reality.

Hacking Firestorm Rages Through Internet — First came reports that Lenovo's "Superfish" software was designed to intentionally break secure connections and steal users' private data. Then, Gemalto - the world's largest SIM card manufacturer - announced it had " reasonable grounds " to conclude British and American intelligence services stole the firm's encryption keys for billions of mobile phones.

'Internet of Things' Carries Privacy Risks — There's no need explaining to Adam and Heather Schreck how the Internet can threaten privacy in unexpected ways. They know first-hand. Last spring, the Cincinnati-area couple was asleep one night when Heather Schreck awoke to what sounded like a man's voice coming from their infant's bedroom.
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May 25, 2015

Yup, just as important for mobile as for computers. How to Safeguard Your Mobile Privacy… #privacy #cybersecurity

May 20, 2015

The @NSAgov has some competition: "We're listening as you read this"

May 18, 2015

Or...maybe not? Experts: Plane hack through infotainment box seems unlikely via @usatoday

May 18, 2015

Well, this isn't worrisome at all. #CyberSecurity Researcher Hacks and Controls Plane… via @techsmash00 #worrisome

May 13, 2015

Don't US taxpayers have a claim to viewing these reports prepared for Congress? #onewouldthink…

May 13, 2015

So while #DPRK boosts its number of hackers, #ROK says its dumping defense-only cyber posture.… #CyberThreats

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