Twitter's Inexplicable New Settings Highlight Problems with Abuse

So Twitter created a rather obscure new setting in its privacy menu called “Receive Direct Messages from Anyone.” Now, people you don’t follow can send you a direct message, or DM, in private. Here’s why this setting got people’s knickers in a bunch — for some pretty good reasons. » 4/20/15 6:40pm Yesterday 6:40pm

Stop Your Facebook Friends From Tagging You or Posting on Your Profile

Facebook is all well and good, but what's all this interaction about? Turn your back for five seconds and your so-called friends are tagging you in dubious nightspots or posting Rick Astley music videos to your timeline. A quick delve into the security settings for your account can stop this behavior and help you… » 4/09/15 9:56am 4/09/15 9:56am

The FBI Lets Criminals Walk in Order to Keep This Device a Secret

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is notoriously secretive about its cell phone tracking tools known as Stingrays. Now, new documents obtained by the ACLU show how the Feds keep their surveillance gadgets shrouded in mystery: the FBI makes cops dismiss criminal cases if they threaten to reveal secrets about… » 4/08/15 1:20pm 4/08/15 1:20pm

DEA Was Dragnet Spying on Billions of American Phone Calls for Decades 

Indiscriminate spying was the DEA’s blunt force weapon of choice in its “War on Drugs.” The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Justice Department tracked billions of Americans’ phone calls, even people not suspected of crimes, for decades—and it looks like collateral damage wasn’t much of a concern. » 4/08/15 10:20am 4/08/15 10:20am

The FBI Has Its Own Secret Brand of Malware 

It’s not only digital criminals who like to secretly infect people’s computers with invasive malware. In fact, the FBI likes malware so much, it created its own special brand. We don’t know much about it, but now that the US Department of Justice is pushing for policy changes that’ll allow the FBI to install spyware… » 4/02/15 11:45am 4/02/15 11:45am

Hillary Clinton's "One Device" for Emails Excuse Was BS

Hillary Clinton told the world that the reason she exclusively used her personal email as Secretary of State because she “wanted the simplicity of using one device.” But thanks to a FOIA request, we now know that Clinton used multiple devices for email, including an iPad and a BlackBerry. She also mixed her personal… » 3/31/15 10:20am 3/31/15 10:20am

Personal Details of World Leaders Leaked Due to Outlook Autofill

It was all fun and games at the G20 Summit in Australia—until somebody accidentally leaked highly personal details of the world's most powerful leaders—including the names, passport numbers, birth dates, and visa details of everyone from Barack Obama to Vladimir Putin. The cause of the leak? Microsoft Outlook's… » 3/30/15 10:30am 3/30/15 10:30am

Facebook Clarified its Policies. Now How About Fixing Them?

Facebook recently updated its community standards. As the company noted in the announcement accompanying the change, their "policies and standards themselves are not changing," but that they wanted to provide more clarity to a set of existing rules that have often been misunderstood by users. » 3/24/15 3:45am 3/24/15 3:45am

Leaked Documents Reveal Canada's Advanced Cyber Warfare Capabilities

While much attention has been paid to America's National Security Agency over the last two years, reports now suggest that Canada's Communications Security Establishment has been playing hardball too. A report by The Intercept claims that the agency's "developed an arsenal of cyber weapons capable of stealing data and… » 3/23/15 6:57am 3/23/15 6:57am