Meanwhile in Canada
As if you needed yet another reason not to use a BlackBerry, you can’t even use them to carry out organized crime anymore.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) used intercepted BlackBerry messages to make 33 mob-related arrests in the province of Québec, effectively dismantling two major Italian organized crime cells. Here’s how the RCMP described the operation — called Project CLEMENZA — in a press release:
Troubled by Edward Snowden’s revelations about the U.S. government’s snooping habits, a group of Harvard and MIT students created an email service they insist is completely NSA-proof.
The new email platform is called ProtonMail, BostInno reports. The service’s five brainy founders met while working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. They bonded over a shared desire to build an email service even more secure than Lavabit, Mr. Snowden’s now-defunct email service of choice.
Following a few weeks in private beta, ProtonMail is launching its open beta phase starting today.
As cloud service companies battle it out for supremacy, one file sharing service sets itself apart by skipping the cloud altogether. It’s called BitTorrent Sync, and starting this week, it’s going to be available through Netgear’s native app store.
Sync is like a cloud storage solution, only with no actual cloud storage involved.
Cloud services like Dropbox and Google Drive keep your data in a central online database that you can access from any device — for example, you can work with files on your tablet or laptop, and when you switch over to your PC, the files will still be accessible.
Dropbox announced on its blog yesterday that they’re “growing their leadership” by bringing Condoleezza Rice, former Secretary of State for the Bush Administration, onto their Board of Directors.
Many in the tech world are calling it a serious misstep, and a slew of headlines are quick to remind us that she is a “Read More
Cloud storage services like Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive are a growing part of American business. But these services are like other password-protected accounts you have — for anyone storing something sensitive, they leave your storage as vulnerate to phishers and black hats as your Facebook or Twitter accounts.
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Doesn’t it always feel like Gmail is having trouble when you absolutely need it most? Turns out it’s probably just your imagination.
Google claims that in 2013, Gmail was up and running 99.978 percent of the time. This means that during an entire year, the average gmail account saw two combined hours of downtime. Read More
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Australian law enforcement is struggling to solve some recent murders because some dangerous suspects have apparently started using un-hackable encrypted phones.
We don’t want to scare anyone, but Dan Goodin’s Ars Technica article published late Monday illustrates at length why everyone who uses the Internet for anything at all should consider changing their passwords. Actions that once required supercomputing can be done from desktops now and when it comes to security, that’s spooky stuff:
In Fast Company today, Neal Ungerleider writes about Twitter’s acquisition of a company called Whisper Systems. Know what Whisper Systems does? They make software to encrypt information you send over your phone, like Tweets! Know where this would be useful? If you said “countries where fascist regimes are censoring and detaining activists engaging in Read More