Facebook Just Created a Custom Tor Link and That's Awesome

Facebook is often criticized over privacy concerns, but the social network just made a historic move in the name of security and anonymity. The social network just created a dedicated Tor link that ensures people who visit the site from the anonymous web browser won't be mistaken for botnets. This is a big deal,… » 10/31/14 12:20pm Yesterday 12:20pm

This Fake Classical Painting Turns Peepholes Into Murder Mystery Props

You might think that peephole on your front door gives you the upper hand when it comes to ignoring unwanted visitors, but to the person on the other side of the door it's obvious you're watching them. You can make it slightly less obvious, though, with this faux Victorian-era portrait that cleverly camouflages your… » 10/31/14 10:31am Yesterday 10:31am

Why Cybersecurity Threats Are About to Get Much, Much Worse

Let me state the obvious just to get it out of the way: our nation's cybersecurity sucks and everybody knows it. The president knows it. The Pentagon knows it. And, worst of all, the hackers know it, too. That's why I'm so alarmed by a new Pew Internet survey that says we'll likely get hit with a deadly cyberattack by… » 10/30/14 3:34pm Thursday 3:34pm

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

An Austin Airport Is Counting Cell Phones to Predict TSA Wait Times

If you're passing through security at the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, do everyone a favor and make sure you have your phone's Wi-Fi or Bluetooth turned on. Sure, it might be a teensy bit of a battery suck—but it will also help tell everyone around you just how long they'll be spending in airport security… » 10/23/14 4:17pm 10/23/14 4:17pm

Six Great DIY Projects for Hacking Computers and Networks

If you're testing your hacking skills or trying to learn more about security, your toolkit shouldn't end with your computer. If you're willing to pick up a screwdriver, a soldering iron, or a few other tools, there are several great DIY hacking projects that'll test your mettle and teach you a few things about… » 10/23/14 9:52am 10/23/14 9:52am

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

Hackers Roamed Around JPMorgan Chase's Financial Records for 2 Months

Earlier this month, approximate 76 million households—or roughly half of the households in America—were unhappy to hear their JPMorgan Chase accounts had been compromised. Those 76 million households will be equally unhappy to learn that the hackers who broke in were wandering around the bank's servers for two months.… » 10/21/14 6:03pm 10/21/14 6:03pm

Report: Chinese Authorities Are Now Targeting iCloud Users

Right on the heels of the iPhone 6 launch, Chinese authorities are now reportedly extending the Great Firewall to include iCloud services. That includes the iMessages, Contacts, and Photos of any of its citizens that own an iPhone. In other words, China's government could be tracking their every move. » 10/20/14 10:46am 10/20/14 10:46am

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