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Facebook secretly paid teenagers to install data harvesting app

Social media platform has been caught paying teenage users to install a VPN app that decrypts and harvests virtually all of their mobile internet activity Facebook has been paying people to install a VPN called “Facebook Research” that gives it root access to network traffic, allowing it to decrypt and analyse phone activity, TechCrunch reports…. Read More


China cracks down on international VPN usage

The Chinese government has announced a 14-month crackdown on the use of unauthorised Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), commonly used by visitors and native activists, amongst others, to communicate with the world beyond the Great Firewall of China. Sunday’s announcement [Chinese] from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology reiterated regulations first outlined in 2002, but… Read More


DHS gives internet security advice before Black Friday, but stops short of encrypt your connection

Opinion It’s reasonable to assume that Black Friday is at least a potential field-day for cyber-criminals, since network traffic containing confidential financial information – such as e-commerce logins – is set to approximately double compared to other days leading up to the holiday season. Any zero day exploits that they’ve been gambling will stay undiscovered,… Read More


VPN provider removes Russian presence after servers seized

VPN provider Private Internet Access has pulled out of Russia in the wake of new internet surveillance legislation in the country. The company claims that some of its Russian servers were seized by the national government as punishment for not complying with the rules, which ask providers to log and hold all Russian internet traffic… Read More


Netflix VPN restriction targets privacy seekers

Open Media, a Canadian internet-advocacy group, published an open letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings today, arguing that Netflix’s recent crackdown on VPN users unfairly targets those who use VPN technology for privacy reasons, rather than those who use VPN to access restricted content. Open Media has the support of almost 45,000 people who have… Read More



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