UK and the Premier League go to War with Kodi

James Ashmore In the News

In case you had not heard, the Premier League has begun taking steps to combat illegal Kodi streams in the U.K. Users are yet to feel the full effect of the recent decision, although it might not be long before streaming matches without a VPN becomes a thing of the past. The following months are critical, as we’ve yet to see just how far the league is willing to go to protect their product. It could spell the end of Kodi as a cheap alternative to paying for a subscription, …

How to Stop ISPs From Selling Your Data

Andrew Orr In the News

Republicans in Congress have chosen to allow ISPs to collect your data and sell it to advertisers. Every single Democrat voted against it. This is an awful move for the American people and turns ISPs into predators. Is it possible to stop ISPs from stalking you? Repeal of Privacy Earlier this week, both the Senate and the House of Representatives voted to repeal privacy rules from the Obama administration. The FCC had rules in place that stopped internet service providers (ISPs) from sharing their customers’ web activity with third parties. The …

Trump Cancels Internet Services For Low Income Families

Andrew Orr In the News

Trump’s pick to head the FCC—Ajit Pai—wants to reverse a standing order from Obama that subsidizes Internet services for low-income families. This move affects 17,500 customers, but the FCC isn’t without opposition. Low-Income Internet Services On February 3, the FCC started rolling back reform efforts under the Obama administration. These efforts include orders that let nine telecoms to give Life services to low-income customers. But last Thursday, a coalition of 40 groups, comprising racial justice, labor, and digital rights groups, demanded that the FCC reverse the order from Ajit Pai …

Trump’s FCC and Republicans Ready to Roll Back Broadband Privacy Rules

Andrew Orr In the News

Certain Republican senators are preparing a resolution that cancels broadband privacy rules that require ISPs to protect customers’ on data. The regulations passed in October require home and mobile ISPs to obtain opt-in consent from consumers. Once the consumer opts-in, the ISP can web browsing data and other private information with third-parties like advertisers and market research agencies. ISP Privacy Rules Already Under Attack Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said that “he plans to introduce a resolution that would roll back the FCC’s broadband policy rules via the Congressional Review Act (CRA), …

Civil Rights Groups Support End Of Net Neutrality

Andrew Orr In the News

In a report by The Intercept, certain civil rights groups, funded by telecoms, support Donald Trump’s plan to kill net neutrality. Established by the Obama administration, these neutrality rules stop ISPs from controlling network bandwidth to prioritize certain content over others. Will this be the end of Net Neutrality? Under Obama, the FCC created rules to establish net neutrality by reclassifying high-speed Internet as a regulated telecommunications service, instead of an information service. This ensured that ISPs couldn’t interfere with network speeds, like in T-Mobile’s Binge On! program. But the …

One Man in the Middle Compromises 76 Popular iPhone Apps

Andrew Orr In the News

An iOS app analysis service has found that 76 popular iPhone apps are confirmed to be vulnerable to the silent interception of TLS-protected data. Beware of these popular iPhone apps During testing, developers of verify.ly a mobile app analysis service found issues with many popular iPhone apps. Here are the details we have so far: 76 popular iPhone apps let a secret man-in-the-middle attack to be performed on connections that should otherwise be protected by TLS (HTTPS). This MitM vulnerability lets data be intercepted and manipulated. According to Apptopia, there has been …

How Secure Is Your Android VPN App?

Andrew Orr In the News

A research paper [PDF] from the University of California and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) analyzed a group of Android VPN apps. They found that these particular apps had privacy and security issues. Further Reading VPN On Chromebo: How To Set It Up Why Switzerland is a great place for a VPN More people are starting to realize the benefits of using a virtual private network. But without a lot of tech knowledge, it’s easy to assume that all VPNs are created equal. They are not, and this …

SSHowDowN Flaw Found In Internet of Things Devices

Andrew Orr In the News

Content ivery network Akamai found a security flaw, SSHowDowN, affecting over two million devices. The company says multiple clients have become targets. Further Reading New Router Hack Discovered That Targets Port 7547 Don’t Lo, But Your Wi-Fi Router Is Spying On You SSHowDowN Flaw Akamai found a way [PDF] in which hackers can exploit a particular weakness in OpenSSH (CVE-2004-1653). Millions of internet-connected devices use crypto. An attacker can use these flaws to take over these devices. Then combine their power into a single attack, like a botnet. This particular hack has a …

Five Million LinkedIn Users Blocked by Russia Censorship Czars

Andrew Orr In the News

The same Russian federal organization that blocked Pornhub—Roskomnadzor—now prevents users from accessing the social network , but is there a way to unblock ? Further Reading Watch Out: Your Headphones Can Spy On You PornHub Blocked In Russia Here’s How To Watch It ? Gets LinkedOut by Russia Just a month or two ago, Russian regulator Roskomnadzor made heads when it blocked Pornhub in the country. People fought back and tried to keep visiting the site. However, the regulator remained firm in its stance. Now social network is next on the chopping …

All I Wanted For Christmas Is Camera Encryption

Andrew Orr In the News

The Freedom of Press Foundation, along with 150 documentary filmmakers, ask manufacturers to add camera encryption to their mos. Further Reading Judge Wants ISPs To Block Torrenting Websites Canada Is Trying to Demonize Encryption Background Wired provides some background to this story. In 2013, as filmmaker Laura Poitras worked with Edward Snowden for her movie, she made sure to secure everything. Every so often, she transferred footage to encrypted hard drives, and even destroyed the SD cards after using them. But she realized that at any moment, security agents could …