Secure Messaging Scorecard

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

In the face of widespread Internet surveillance, we need a secure and practical means of talking to each other from our phones and computers. Many companies offer “secure messaging” products—but are these systems actually secure? We decided to find out, in the first phase of a new EFF Campaign for ...

Officials warn 500 million financial records hacked

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Federal officials warned companies Monday that hackers have stolen more than 500 million financial records over the past 12 months, essentially breaking into banks without ever entering a building. "We're in a day when a person can commit about 15,000 bank robberies sitting in their basement," said Robert Anderson, executive assistant ...

The malware of the future may come bearing real gifts

Sunday, October 12th, 2014

“What,” asked the speaker. “if Notepad behaved just like you would expect it to, but only for the first hour or so that you used it? What if it began to do different things after that?” According to Giovanni Vigna, a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the ...

Cyber crime: First online murder will happen by end of year, warns US firm

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Governments are ill-prepared to combat the looming threat of "online murder" as cyber criminals exploit internet technology to target victims, the European policing agency warned. In its most alarming assessment of the physical danger posed by online crime, Europol said it expected a rise in "injury and possible deaths" caused ...

Windows XP users left high and dry as Oracle ends Java support

Friday, July 4th, 2014

Windows XP hold-outs pay attention. If you run the Java runtime on XP, it looks as if the current version is about as good as it gets. The next version, 7u65 and 8u11, due to ship in the middle of July, will not support or run on XP. Oracle hasn’t announced ...

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