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This will make things easier

Facial recognition to replace passports in security overhaul at Australian airports. Paper passenger cards to be abolished in ‘world-first’ system the government hopes will see 90% of arrivals processed automatically. Incoming paper passenger cards would be abolished and manned stations would be replaced by electronic stations and automatic triage. Am I the only person to […]






Security Risks of Android VPN

When the Federal Court blocked access to file-sharing websites like The Pirate Bay last December, VPN (Virtual Private Network) providers reported a surge in subscription rates. People were using VPN services to access the blocked sites because they masked their location — allowing users to get around any website blocks or restrictions. But if you’re […]






Lavabit relaunched

In 2013, Ladar Levison, founder of the encrypted email service Lavabit, took the defiant step of shutting down the company’s service rather than comply with a federal law enforcement request that could compromise its customers’ communications. He has now relaunched Lavabit with a new architecture that fixes the SSL problem and includes other privacy-enhancing features […]






Cross-browser fingerprinting is possible

A group of researchers have come up with a browser fingerprinting technique that can allow interested parties to “identify” users across different browsers (on the same machine). They have proposed and successfully tested a number of cross-browser fingerprintable features, including screen resolution, the number of CPU virtual cores, list of fonts, installed writing scripts, and […]






Hiding on the dark web

Sites on the so-called dark web, or darknet, typically operate under what seems like a privacy paradox: While anyone who knows a dark web site’s address can visit it, no one can figure out who hosts that site, or where. It hides in plain sight. But changes coming to the anonymity tools underlying the darknet promise […]






Metadata madness

A long-running case on whether you’re allowed access to view your own mobile phone metadata — retained by Australia’s telecommunications companies for government snooping, including comprehensive call logs and location data — and whether that data is classified as “personal information” has come to an unceremonious end. Australia’s Federal Court has put a stop to […]






Telegram cracked?

A raw intelligence document published last week claims Russian cyber experts have cracked Telegram messaging service to spy on opponents. A# Do we care – because we use Signal? B# This from American Intelligence? The people that gave us WMD’s and created ISIL. C# Or is it just a space filler because there is no […]






Owl Detect

A lot of stolen data, that has either been leaked or hacked by cyber criminals, is available for sale on the dark web. This information includes personal information like usernames, passwords, financial information including bank account logins, credit and debit card numbers, email addresses and the list is endless. OwlDetect, however, assures the public that […]






Is It Legal To Record Someone?

If you live in South Australia then keep reading. If not, then only some this info is relevant to you. In the digital age of smartphones and instant messaging, it has never been easier to record and send videos and conversations involving other people. App features such as Instastory and Snapchat’s instantaneous video messaging abilities […]






Ultrasound Tracking and Tor

Ultrasounds emitted by ads or JavaScript code hidden on a page accessed through the Tor Browser can deanonymize Tor users by making nearby phones or computers send identity beacons back to advertisers, data which contains sensitive information that state-sponsored actors can easily obtain via a subpoena. This attack model was brought to light towards the […]






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