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Did the NSA Try to Get Berlin to Spy for Them?

Author: Niall Mackey
Date: May 28, 2015 12:30:00 PM

As of late, it seems like the NSA, the American security agency, cannot catch a break.

Just recently, the agency was under fire for their secret cell phone data collection efforts performed on American citizens. Now, it’s being criticized for deeds that it’s been facilitating overseas.

According to the German weekly newspaper, Bild am Sonntag, the NSA has been in cahoots with a German intelligence agency to spy on other European nations and the industrial company Siemens.

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Conservatives Aim to Reintroduce the Snoopers' Charter

Author: Niall Mackey
Date: May 27, 2015 10:30:00 AM

In the same way that the Americans are dealing with privacy issues with the NSA, deriving from the Patriot Act, the UK has their own similar dilemma.

As David Cameron and the Conservatives won a majority of the seats in the House of Commons in this month’s general election, they are quickly capitalizing on their newfound success. And one of the first orders of business is to revive the Draft Communications Bill — a.k.a. the Snoopers’ Charter.

Now that Liberal Democrats are pushed to the side in terms of voting power, the bill has more of a chance to be passed. The Liberals previously blocked the law from passing, but are now number-wise powerless to keep this block active. The defining difference between the two sides’ perspectives have to deal with privacy, security and terrorism.

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NSA's Data Collection is Ruled Illegal, but Allowed to Continue

Author: Niall Mackey
Date: May 22, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Across the pond, the American court system has made a major ruling regarding wire-tapping that has been performed by the National Security Agency (NSA). The agency, exposed by Edward Snowden in 2013, has come under heavy criticism for their spying efforts on millions of Verizon customers in the United States.

The U.S. Court of Appeals has ruled the data collection of phone records is illegal. This decision is crucial to the ongoing battle and discussion of privacy, terrorism and security. This ruling overturns the 2013 decision where the NSA’s deeds were exonerated by a lower court.

Despite this landmark ruling, the NSA’s activities, called Prism, continue to occur. Prism allows the NSA to keep track of phone numbers, the individuals involved on the call, data regarding their location, the time of the phone call and more.

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Is a Data Protection Agreement in the Works for the EU & US?

Author: Niall Mackey
Date: May 20, 2015 2:11:50 PM

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4 of Your Biggest Security Vulnerabilities

Author: Niall Mackey
Date: May 14, 2015 3:26:00 PM
Topics: IT Security

One of the perks of being a business owner in 2015 is the ability to access the internet from a variety of sources. Tablets, laptops and smartphones have truly revolutionized the workplace with their quick and efficient communication capabilities, specialized apps and ability to be accessed anytime.

Despite all of these benefits, inevitably, your company is left vulnerable to attacks on multiple platforms, too. On one side, there’s unlimited potential to use technology to benefit your business, but on the other side, is the danger of thousands of hackers salivating in hopes that you drop the ball in your security measures.

To help you understand your potential risks, we’ve outlined the areas where your IT security may be most vulnerable.

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Mozilla Aims to Limit Access to Unencrypted Sites

Author: Niall Mackey
Date: May 11, 2015 2:00:00 PM
Topics: Emergency Email

Changes in security are constantly evolving in the world of the internet. This time, it’s a web browser company that is making a splash in the water in recent tech news.

Mozilla, the company that created the web browser Firefox, has made a policy announcement that will affect several websites.

What’s the announcement? Mozilla wants to “phase out” websites that do not use the secure SSL or TLS protocols. Naturally, web developers are up in arms with this decision as many of their sites may not be able to be accesses by Firefox.

“Today we are announcing our intent to phase out non-secure HTTP,” said Firefox Security Lead Richard Barnes on their website.

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Proposed U.S. Bill Could Extend NSA Surveillance Until 2020

Author: Niall Mackey
Date: May 7, 2015 1:00:00 PM
Topics: IT Security, Email Security

A new Senate bill sponsored by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell aims to extend the USA Patriot Act for another 5 years. This would prolong the controversial act that allows government agencies to collect telephone records of Americans.

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Faulty Google Chrome Extension Raises Security Questions

Author: Niall Mackey
Date: May 4, 2015 2:00:00 PM

In this week’s latest news stories, Google Chrome has found a major issue within its extensions. According to researchers, upwards of 1.2 million users of the popular web browser have had their browsing history mysteriously sent to an IP address located somewhere in the United States.

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