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Reset the Net on June 5th

Internet’s largest sites join activists to Reset the Net: WordPress, Twitter, Tumblr, Dropbox, Mozilla, Google, CloudFlare, Sendgrid all join campaign to block surveillance and secure the web.

“One year ago, we learned that the internet is under surveillance, and our activities are being monitored to create permanent records of our private lives — no matter how innocent or ordinary those lives might be.

Today, we can begin the work of effectively shutting down the collection of our online communications, even if the US Congress fails to do the same. That’s why I’m asking you to join me on June 5th for Reset the Net, when people and companies all over the world will come together to implement the technological solutions that can put an end to the mass surveillance programs of any government. This is the beginning of a moment where we the people begin to protect our universal human rights with the laws of nature rather than the laws of nations.

We have the technology, and adopting encryption is the first effective step that everyone can take to end mass surveillance. That’s why I am excited for Reset the Net — it will mark the moment when we turn political expression into practical action, and protect ourselves on a large scale.

Join us on June 5th, and don’t ask for your privacy. Take it back.” – Edward Snoden

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First time a refrigerator is used by hackers to send spam email

Security researchers at Proofpoint have uncovered the very first wide-scale business attack using television sets and at least one refrigerator.  I assure this is no joke.

In the press release, Proofpoint explains:

  • The attack was a malicious email, typically sent in blasts to 100,000 email addresses, three times per day, targeting businesses and individuals worldwide
  • About three-quarters of the emails were sent by comprised computers, but the rest were sent by hacked home appliances.
  • The hack happened between December 23, 2013 and January 6, 2014

Hackers didn’t have to be amazingly smart when breaking into home appliances. Many times they gained access because the home owners didn’t set them up correctly, or used the default password that came with the device.  What’s worse, is these kind of appliances are in business office break rooms.  A hacker could gain access to your business network the next time you install that new refrigerator in the break room.  Welcome to the age of unsecured Internet of Things!

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