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Snowden’s Secure Email Provider Shuts Down

Posted: August 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: Author, Hack!, Verity Penfold | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Snowden’s Secure Email Provider Shuts Down

Secure Email Shut-downsThe encrypted email service used by US fugitive, Edward Snowden has abruptly shut down, amid a legal fight involving US government attempts to win access to user information.

“I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people, or walk away from nearly 10 years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit,” Lavabit owner Ladar Levison wrote in a letter posted on the Texas-based company’s website.

Lavabit was founded in 2004 by Texas-based programmers, allegedly prompted by privacy concerns about Gmail, Google’s free, widely-used web-based email service, and their use of the content of users’ email to generate advertisements and marketing data.

Lavabit offered significant privacy protection for their users’ email, including asymmetric encryption. The strength of the cryptographic methods used was of a level that is difficult for even intelligence agencies to crack.

Notorious hacker and founder of Ghacks called the secure email service “probably the most secure, private email service right now”. In July 2013, Lavabit had about 350,000 users, it offered free and paid accounts with levels of storage ranging from 128 megabytes to 8 gigabytes.

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Hackers Release Yahoo User Info

Posted: July 13th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Hack! | Tags: , , , , | Comments Off on Hackers Release Yahoo User Info

Hackers Release Yahoo User InfoInternet company Yahoo! says it is investigating a breach of its system which may have exposed more than 400,000 user IDs and passwords.

The company says hackers have taken advantage of a security vulnerability in its computer systems and thousands of user names and passwords to access its own site and other companies have been stolen.

A US security firm says the hacking group D33D has claimed to be behind the attack and many of the personal details have been posted online.

Yahoo! says less than five per cent of the account data stolen have valid passwords.

The company has apologised for the breach and says it is fixing the defect, changing the passwords of affected users and notifying companies whose user accounts have been compromised :: Read the full article »»»»

How To :: Use Bitdefender To Save Your Online Life

Posted: April 26th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Technoid Internet Security | Tags: , , , , , , | Comments Off on How To :: Use Bitdefender To Save Your Online Life
Bitdefenders 2012 Suite of Protection

In our online lives, nothing sends a shiver quite as quickly as a bluescreen, going down via bad hard-drives, corrupt installs or withering hardware is one thing, going blue via a virus is another story entirely, data is more often than not lost forever.

Many of the most potent viruses last year were transmitted via links to corrupted sites or email attachments, often hitting as a disguised news story. From government agencies to electronics giants, hackers and attackers fought their way into personal information systems and websites, often just to show it could be done, but more often nefariously stealing valuable personal information.

In 2010 internet security evangelist Eddy Willems said “The current numbers are alarming. The malware industry has published nearly four new viruses per minute in the first half of 2010. We expect the two million barrier to be broken in the second half of the year