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Jul

If you’ve researched online privacy then the NSA may already be tracking you


When the Edward Snowden revelations began flowing (and flowing, and flowing), the first thing many people screamed was “get on Tor!” Unsurprisingly, an analysis of the NSA’s XKeyscore system has revealed that simply visiting the website of the privacy service is enough to get you registered as an “extremist.” A report by German television found that the NSA’s packet-sniffing targets anyone interested in online privacy — with those outside of the US, Canada, UK, Australia and New Zealand marked down for extra surveillance. If, however, you’ve ever searched for (privacy-focused operating system) Tails or even Linux Journal, wherever you are, you’re still likely to wind up on the NSA’s naughty list.

The agency is, apparently, obsessed with Tor, the network designed by the US Navy to promote online anonymity and is used in plenty of countries where state surveillance and censorship go hand-in-hand. Some believe, however, that the agency may have overstepped the mark in this case, with the EFF’s Kurt Opsahl telling Wired that he doesn’t believe this activity is covered by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. On the upside, you can be glad that you haven’t spent the last few months researching and writing about online privacy, unlike your humble narrator…

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Via: Russia Today, Wired

Source: Panorama / DasErste

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5
Jul

Apple Planning to Wipe CloudKit Data for iOS 8 and Yosemite on July 7 Ahead of Beta Updates


Apple has notified developers of plans for a server-side data wipe on CloudKit public and private databases for both the beta versions iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite. The wipe, which will take place on Monday, July 7, will erase data for iCloud Drive, iCloud Photo Library, and Mail Drop.

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The wipe comes just a day ahead of the rumored launch date of iOS 8 beta 3 and also the likely launch date of the third Yosemite Developer Preview. Apple commonly seeds early versions of its iOS beta operating systems on roughly two-week intervals, moving on to three-week intervals later in the testing period. OS X beta updates have followed a similar update pattern in the past as well.

Apple’s second iOS 8 and Yosemite betas came approximately two weeks after the software was first provided to developers at the Worldwide Developers Conference, and it has now been three weeks since those updates were seeded.

Both iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite are expected to be released to the public in the fall, after an extended beta testing period.

Thanks, Daniel!



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