FBI Turned Off Hotel Internet, Impersonated Cable Guy to Catch Gamblers

It is not a good week for FBI undercover sting operations. After yesterday's revelation that the FBI planted a phony, malware-loaded Seattle Times article, we're now getting wind of another FBI scheme in which agents impersonated internet repairmen. As if we needed another reason not to trust the cable guy. » 10/29/14 3:02pm Wednesday 3:02pm

What Happens to Your Social Security Number When You Die

Since 1935, the Social Security Administration has been issuing numbers to permanent residents of the United States. Nine simple digits distinguish each American from his or her fellow residents. Today, assigned randomly and never recycled, a social security number is as unique an identifier as your fingerprints.… » 10/29/14 6:30am Wednesday 6:30am

FBI Planted Phishing Scam on Fake Seattle Times Page to Trap a Teen

For years, phishing scammers have been setting up fake tech support hotlines, websites—even fake Netflix logins—to plant malicious malware on unsuspecting machines. And apparently, even our own FBI has been getting on the fun. Because back in 2007, the FBI created a fake Seattle Times web page, all to catch a high… » 10/28/14 1:49pm Tuesday 1:49pm

Government Authority Intended to Work on Terrorism Does Everyday Spying

The Patriot Act continues to wreak its havoc on civil liberties. Section 213 was included in the Patriot Act over the protests of privacy advocates and granted law enforcement the power to conduct a search while delaying notice to the suspect of the search. Known as a "sneak and peek" warrant, law enforcement was » 10/27/14 4:45am Monday 4:45am

Whatever You Think of Edward Snowden, Go See Citizenfour Now

I have mixed feelings about Snowden. After spending more than a year reporting on the whistleblower patriot traitor spy skinny guy from North Carolina, I've gone from lauding his regard for American civil liberties to deeply distrusting his intentions and methods for exposing state secrets. But last night, I saw … » 10/24/14 12:47pm 10/24/14 12:47pm

How to Tap Your Network and See Everything That Happens On It

Your home network is your fortress. Inside it lies tons of valuable information—unencrypted files, personal, private data, and perhaps most importantly, computers that can be hijacked and used for any purpose. Let's talk about how you can, with the power of evil, sniff around your home network to make sure you don't… » 10/22/14 11:56am 10/22/14 11:56am

iOS Expert: Don't Use Whisper If You Want to Remain Anonymous

When apps are accused of shady behavior, Jonathan Zdziarski is the guy that investigates. And this week, the self-identified iOS forensics expert was quick to respond to requests for a deep dive into Whisper, the supposedly anonymous secret-sharing app that's been taking heat lately. Guess what: Whisper's not so… » 10/17/14 12:13pm 10/17/14 12:13pm

How Facebook Uses Leaked Passwords to Keep Your Account Safe

There's a reason you're not supposed to use same password for all of your accounts—large-scale data breachers are all too common. But in case you still refuse to abide by logic and reason (and many of us do), Facebook now uses those stolen-passwords-made-public to tell you what an idiot you're being. And to keep you… » 10/17/14 12:00pm 10/17/14 12:00pm

Report: Whisper Tracks Users Even When They Ask It Not To

[Updated 3:00 PM] You should know by now that purportedly anonymous apps aren't really anonymous. But now, The Guardian reports that Whisper, the secret-telling app and so-called "safest place on the internet," actually tracks its users to a frightening degree of detail. Even if you opt out of location services, The… » 10/16/14 12:22pm 10/16/14 12:22pm

Change Your Password: Hackers Claim Hundreds of Dropbox Passwords Leaked

Reddit users are claiming that several Pastebin files containing hundreds of Dropbox users' usernames and passwords have been leaked. Change your password just in case and activate two-factor authentication if you haven't already. Update: Dropbox claims that their servers have not been breached and this info was… » 10/13/14 11:15pm 10/13/14 11:15pm

Even a Golden Key Can Be Stolen: Inside Apple’s Encryption Decision

Since Apple first announced three weeks ago that it was expanding the scope of what types of data would be encrypted on devices running iOS 8, law enforcement has been ablaze with indignation. When Google followed suit and announced that Android L would also come with encryption on by default, it only added fuel to… » 10/13/14 8:15am 10/13/14 8:15am