TRAI to analyse implications of over-the-top services’ growth

TRAI to analyse implications of over-the-top services’ growth

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Monday re-started the discussion on “regulatory issues and economic concerns” with regard to over-the-top (OTT) services such as WhatsApp and Skype, with its consultation paper on ‘Regulatory Framework for OTT Communication Services’.

Doh! What My Encrypted Drive Can Be Unlocked By Anyone?

Doh! What My Encrypted Drive Can Be Unlocked By Anyone?

The paper outlines that some SSD drives (including Samsung and Crucial) do not actually encrypt the data properly, and that they can be easily by-passed without a system password.

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Genome Hackers Show No One’s DNA Is Anonymous Anymore

Genome Hackers Show No One’s DNA Is Anonymous Anymore

In fact, according to new research led by Erlich, published today in Science, more than 60 percent of Americans with European ancestry can be identified through their DNA using open genetic genealogy databases, regardless of whether they’ve ever sent in a spit kit.

Aadhaar, the world's largest biometric identity database, approved by India's Supreme Court

Aadhaar, the world's largest biometric identity database, approved by India's Supreme Court

Key points: Indian residents cannot receive welfare food rations, other benefits without being entered into Aadhaar Until today, Indian residents have had to link their private bank accounts, mobile numbers and even school admissions to their profile in the government database.

Europe just voted to wreck the internet, spying on everything and censoring vast swathes of our communications

Europe just voted to wreck the internet, spying on everything and censoring vast swathes of our communications

Lobbyists for "creators" threw their lot in with the giant entertainment companies and the newspaper proprietors and managed to pass the new EU Copyright Directive by a hair's-breadth this morning, in an act of colossal malpractice to harm to working artists will only be exceeded by the harm to everyone who uses the internet for everything else.

Researchers Discover Computer Screens Emit Sounds that Reveal Data

Researchers Discover Computer Screens Emit Sounds that Reveal Data

What’s happening, according to the research, is that some components in the power supplies of LCD monitors, which is nearly all flat-screen displays, emit faint sounds as the load on them changes.

Guess What: Ad Blockers Don't Block Ads That Well

Guess What: Ad Blockers Don't Block Ads That Well

"For the Chromium-based browsers (Google Chrome and Opera), we found that because of the built-in PDF reader, an adversary or tracker can still initiate authenticated requests to third-parties," the paper said.

I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections

I wish I could quit you, but cookies find a way: How to sidestep browser tracking protections

Modern browsers will place cookie files in response to both first- and third-party requests and they do so in a way that's open to security risks, like cross-site request forgery and cross-site script inclusion, and to privacy abuse, like third-party tracking.

Scottish Government to Delete Biometric Data After Retention Periods • Digit

Scottish Government to Delete Biometric Data After Retention Periods • Digit

Because retaining biometric data is deemed in opposition with a citizen’s right to privacy, the Scottish government is taking the approach that following the end of a prescribed retention period all records will be deleted, including those held as backup or copied and stored elsewhere.

Academics Discover New Bypasses for Browser Tracking Protections and Ad Blockers

Academics Discover New Bypasses for Browser Tracking Protections and Ad Blockers

Researchers looked at how browsers prevent third-party services —such as advertising companies— from tracking users via cross-site requests and persistent cookies. For their research, the KU Leuven team tested if browsers or extensions blocked cross-site requests for user cookie files initiated via: