11 countries are now using people's phones to track the coronavirus pandemic, and it heralds a massive increase in surveillance

11 countries are now using people's phones to track the coronavirus pandemic, and it heralds a massive increase in surveillance

A new live index of ramped up security measures by Top10VPN details the countries which have already brought in measures to track the phones of coronavirus patients, ranging from anonymized aggregated data to monitor the movement of people more generally, to the tracking of individual suspected patients and their contacts, known as "contact tracing.".

Cliqz Search as an Onion Service

Cliqz Search as an Onion Service

We’re great fans of the Tor Project that offers a private, anonymous and secure way to access the Internet with their browser and decentralized network.As a first step, we’re super proud to release our beta search as a Tor onion service.

YaCy - The Peer to Peer Search Engine: Home

YaCy - The Peer to Peer Search Engine: Home

When contributing to the world-wide peer network, the scale of YaCy is limited only by the number of users in the world and can index billions of web pages. The resulting decentralized web search currently has about 1.4 billion documents in its index (and growing - download and install YaCy to help out!)

Facebook removed from S&P list of ethical companies after data scandals

Facebook removed from S&P list of ethical companies after data scandals

Standard & Poor's Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Index said that it had booted Facebook after the company scored poorly for social responsibility and governance, achieving 22 and 6, respectively, out of 100.

Facebook Stock Was Booted Out of the S&P 500 ESG Index. Here’s Why.

Facebook Stock Was Booted Out of the S&P 500 ESG Index. Here’s Why.

In a blog post, S&P Dow Jones Indices cited the misuse of customer data by Cambridge Analytica and others, and the hacking of 50 million user accounts as among the reasons Facebook was found wanting in social and governance by its collaborator, RobecoSAM.

A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments

A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments

Within a year, the Emirati government was caught installing NSO spyware on the mobile phone of Ahmed Mansoor, a prominent human rights activist.

Alternatives to Google: Mojeek believes a truly independent and tracking-free search engine must be built from scratch

Alternatives to Google: Mojeek believes a truly independent and tracking-free search engine must be built from scratch

But there’s something quite admirable about the dedication to crawler-based search while other competitors opt for the metasearch route, i.e. paying to use information from other, often more-established, crawlers to bolster results in the SERPs. Mojeek might have its work cut out in ever matching the size of an index that Google and the metasearch engines have access to.

Apache Misconfig Leaks Data on 120 Million Brazilians

Apache Misconfig Leaks Data on 120 Million Brazilians

“Two simple security measures could have prevented this: not renaming the main index.html file or prohibiting access through .htaccess configuration. “What was originally misconfigured to be accessible by IP address was reconfigured as a functional website with an authenticated alibabaconsultas.com domain that redirected to its login panel,” it explained.

Over half of Brazil's population exposed in security incident

Over half of Brazil's population exposed in security incident

A publicly accessible server containing unique taxpayer registry identification numbers for Brazilian nationals has been discovered, placing as many as 120 million citizens at risk. According to security firm InfoArmor, who discovered the incident, the information related to about 57 percent of Brazil's population was leaked by a misconfigured server earlier this year.