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Internet and Circumvention Correspondent — 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.

Sophisticated Phishing Campaign Targets Iranian Diaspora

voanews.com — Civil society activists in the Iranian diaspora community are being targeted with an elaborate and sophisticated phishing campaign designed to steal their email communications and contacts, a group of Canada-based researchers contends in a new report.

Column: Why Ashley Madison Should Worry Everyone

voanews.com — It's fair to say that since hackers published the private details of the over 37 million registered users of the adult infidelity website Ashley Madison, journalists have been having a field day sorting through the data dump. How many .gov or .mil email addresses were used to register accounts?
Aug 26, 2015

Column: Why @AshleyMadison Hack Should Worry Everyone. @TroyHunt says the costs are larger than initially appear. voanews.com/content/column…

Why Is Our Email So Insecure?

voanews.com — The U.S. government, it seems, has a major security problem. Cybersecurity, specifically. Within the past year, unclassified computer and email systems from the smallest federal agencies to the largest departments have all been compromised by activist hackers, government spies and organized criminals. The State Department. The White House.
Aug 24, 2015

Why is email so insecure? Maybe, says@ghostbirger, because companies aren't interrested in fixing it. voanews.com/content/why-is…

Aug 24, 2015

Why are networks and emails so insecure? @mckeay thinks a perfectly secure system is "impossible" voanews.com/content/why-is…

Iraqi Internet Experiencing 'Strange' Outages

voanews.com — What reportedly began as an effort by the Iraqi government to prevent cheating on national school exams has grown into an unexplained series of periodic, regular cuts to Internet access across that nation. Beginning on June 27 at 5 a.m. local time, access to the Internet across Iraq was sudden and drastically reduced, effectively shutting down Iraq's Internet.
Aug 17, 2015

Internet analyst @DougMadory calls it "strange" and "bizarre." Iraqi Internet Experiencing 'Strange' Outages voanews.com/content/iraqi-…

Hackers Hide Malware in Plain Sight

voanews.com — In a scene from the 2005 science fiction movie " Serenity, " the heroine, River Tam - a quiet, troubled girl - is watching TV in a bar when, without notice, she turns into a violent killing machine.

‘Malvertisements’ Undermine Internet Trust

voanews.com — A new form of digital malicious software that preys on users' implicit trust in major online brands, such as YouTube or Adobe, is rapidly spreading across the Internet. Worse yet, these "malvertisements" may soon become the primary means of distributing what is known as malware, leaving users with little or no defense, a new study says.

Digital Solution Helps Shield Online Activists

voanews.com — Chris Doten knows how hazardous it can be for democracy activists and journalists working under hostile regimes. As manager for digital technology programs at the National Democratic Institute, the nonpartisan NGO supporting transparency and openness in government, Doten's job is to help journalists and pro-democracy advocates protect their privacy from government snoops while online.
Jul 23, 2015

Want to guard online #privacy? @Tails_live might be the answer. Digital Solution Helps Shield Online Activists voanews.com/content/digita…

Jul 23, 2015

.@NDItech calls @Tails_live privacy OS crucial for protecting sources Digital Solution Helps Shield Online Activists voanews.com/content/digita…

Jul 23, 2015

Looking for robust #privacy protection online that's also easy to use? consider the Tails live system voanews.com/content/digita… @Tails_live

Jul 23, 2015

Peeps helping journos and activists stay safe online - who knew? ;) cc @cdoten voanews.com/content/digita…

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Encryption Debate Comes Out of the Shadows

voanews.com — It's no secret that James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, is not a fan of encryption - at least not when it puts data outside the reach of the FBI. For over a year now, Comey has pressured congressional leaders and Silicon Valley executives to curb the use and spread of encryption tools for computers, tablets and mobile phones, but with little effect.

'Morpho' Hacking Group Presents Major Corporate Security Threat

voanews.com — A previously unknown group of highly-trained hackers presents a major new digital security risk for corporations, according to a report released today by the web security firm Symantec. Dubbed " Morpho ", Symantec researchers tracked the group back to dozens of attacks against 49 separate organizations - almost exclusively corporations working in the financial, pharmaceutical, commodities and telecommunications fields, among others.

Social Media Network Wants Privacy in User’s Hands

voanews.com — In ways both obvious and subtle, Facebook may be the best proof of the old adage "there's no such thing as a free lunch." The social network is free for anyone to join but in exchange it's constantly vacuuming up public and private data about its members.
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Aug 26, 2015

Column: Why @AshleyMadison Hack Should Worry Everyone. @TroyHunt says the costs are larger than initially appear. voanews.com/content/column…

Aug 25, 2015

Will @AshleyMadison clients be first in line? FTC can sue companies with poor information security appeals court says arstechnica.com/?p=728489

Aug 24, 2015

Why are networks and emails so insecure? @mckeay thinks a perfectly secure system is "impossible" voanews.com/content/why-is…


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