EFF in the News
Jillian York and Trevor Timm, writing for the EFF, explore the possibility that the Syrian government used satellite phone surveillance to pinpoint the locations of journalist Marie Colvin of the Sunday Times of London and French photographer Rémi Ochlik, who were murdered in Homs, Syria this week.
Lee Tien, senior staff attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said he was worried that the statute did not make clear exactly who could monitor systems and what "countermeasures" would be permitted to stop a cybersecurity incident--that the bill could turn into a new version of "warrantless wiretapping."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) is pleased to announce that a copyright lawsuit threatening an important database of time zone information has been dismissed. The astrology software company that filed the lawsuit, Astrolabe, has also apologized and agreed to a 'covenant not to sue' going forward, which will help protect the database from future baseless legal actions and disruptions.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation isn't happy with Google's plan to expand its use of the information it gleans about you, and it provides a quick four-step process on how to keep that data more private. "Until now, your Google Web History (your Google searches and sites visited) was cordoned off from Google's other products," explains EFF. That changes March 1, when the company will combine your search history with data it gets about you from its other products, including YouTube and GooglePlus. To prevent that, see EFF's four-step process here.
EFF is offering step-by-step instructions on how to delete your Web history along with screen shots of the pages you will see. First, EFF says, sign in to your Google account. Then go to https://www.google.com/history, click “remove all Web History” and click OK. After taking these steps, your Web history will remain off for that account until you enable it again.
Last week, the Electronic Frontier Foundation profiled FinFisher and Amesys, two of the companies that had been caught selling network spying tools to despotic regimes around the world, including Hosni Mubarak's Egypt and Muammar Qaddafi's Libya. This week, EFF continues the series with profiles of Italy's Area SpA (which sells electronic tracking software to Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria) and Germany's Trovicor (which sells spyware to a dozen countries in the Middle East and North Africa).
Argentina and other Latin American countries are updating their decades-old national ID systems and moving to biometrics without a public debate on the privacy and data-protection implications of these proposals, according to Katitza Rodriguez, the international rights director for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that defends digital rights.Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/02/20/v-fullstory/2652026/argentines-concerned-about-enhanced.html#storylink=cpy
The money raised during the Humble Bundle Mojam event is going towards four charities: Child’s Play, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, charity: water and the American Red Cross.
After analysing 7.1 million keys, cryptography researchers found that 27,000 (or 0.03 per cent) of them were improperly generated, offering “no security at all”. The finding was based on an audit of public keys used to protect HTTPS connections, using data from the Electronic Frontier Foundation's SSL Observatory project, led by Arjen Lenstra of Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL). The team used a 2,400-year-old Euclidean algorithm to look for cases where prime factors were unexpectedly shared by multiple public keys.