EFF in the News
It’s no surprise that the proposal by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) to boost the government’s authority to disrupt and shutter websites that hawk or host trademark- and copyright-infringing products would draw a harsh reaction from interest groups like Public Knowledge and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
"The problem with this kind of technology is that it means that the police and law enforcement do not have to go through a cell phone provider to gain access to information that can be obtained via someone's cell phone," said Jennifer Lynch, a staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that works to protect privacy rights in the Internet age. "The law enforcement agency controls access to the interception of the communication data."
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The EFF was all over Dolphin like hair on Troy Polamalu for the gaffe, saying that — apart from being a privacy violation — it could allow an attacker to take over a user’s browsing session.
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Electronic Frontier Foundation’s attorney, who also represents Fight for the Future, told Bieber’s lawyers they had no case due to the fact that their site was protected under freedom of speech laws.
And on Thursday, EFF's Corynne McSherry replied to Bieber's lawyers with a sharply worded letter of her own. "Having reviewed your claim that my client's website violates Justin Bieber's trademark, privacy, and publicity rights, I write to respond to those allegations in detail," she writes. "Simply put, we believe your legal threats to be entirely baseless."
EFF's most recent scan of the lists revealed 248 instances where certificates had been revoked, because the CA had been compromised. Those instances can be attributed to 14 CAs, or, in other words, 14 CAs were honest enough to disclose that they had been compromised.
"In some cases, if you knew the URL, you can take over the user's session," says Seth Schoen, staff technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has advocated the adoption of encrypted Web browsing to thwart eavesdroppers.