When British Prime Minister David Cameron announced on Tuesday his plan to introduce new surveillance powers in the UK by forcing businesses to plant backdoors in their communication products, and ban applications that use end-to-end encryption, security experts we asked for an opinion have unanimously declared that weakening users' security posture is not the right answer to the problem of fighting criminals and terrorists.
How to make politicians really understand the dangers of mass digital surveillance and the importance of information security? Gustav Nipe, the 26-year old president of the Swedish Pirate Party's youth wing, tried to do it by setting up an open Wi-Fi network at the Society and Defence National Conference held in Sälen, Sweden, late last and earlier this week, and collecting and analyzing the metadata of conference attendees who connected to it.
Symantec researchers are warning about a new, complex cyber espionage tool that has been around for years and that has likely been created and is wielded by a nation state.
Amnesty International, Digitale Gesellschaft, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Privacy International have partnered to create and release a free and open source tool for detecting traces of known surveillance spyware on Windows computers.
The Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) - Germany's Federal Intelligence Service - has asked a parliamentary oversight committee for big money to buy vulnerabilities on the open market, the Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported (via Google Translate) on Monday.
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