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October 24, 2016

Google Can Now Track You Online with its Updated Privacy Policy

Google has recently updated its privacy policy meaning that it can now track and identify individuals online via information from its DoubleClick ads, reports Betanews.

When Google initially acquired DoubleClick in 2007, the organization maintained that its user data was separate from ad tracking; however, the report finds that that’s no longer the case. Not only that, but while Google has not hidden the information from the public, they haven’t announced the change either.

It’s available for anyone to see, but if you don’t know the changes have been made, what is the likelihood that you will seek out the updated policy?

According to an archive of Google’s [...]

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October 24, 2016

The Future of Digital Rights Management Might Be Decent with Blockchain

DECENT wants to create a decentralized digital rights management solution for piracy powered by the blockchain.

Like so many modern decentralized platforms, DECENT’s platform seeks to remove the middlemen, power abusers, and prevent third party manipulation to ensure content creators and consumers can trade material in a peer-to-peer, permissioned and transparent blockchain network.

“Our aim is to replace the status quo,” Matej Michalko, DECENT developer, tells Hacked.

A network of individual, digital dictatorships, with a digital democracy, re-routing power back to authors, artist, producers and those [...]

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October 24, 2016

According to Google, We’re Obsessed with Donald Trump

The evidence on Google Trends is overwhelming: We’re obsessed with Donald Trump. That’s worldwide, not just in the US. In his native country, Mr. Trump is as hot a topic as there comes. In Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia and many other nations, Mr. Trump is the center of attention this 2016 US presidential campaign.

It’s been one marred by controversy, from Ms. Clinton’s abuse of her e-mail privileges as a public official to Mr. Trump’s open promotion of sexual assault, and many allegations he committed this grievous crime against numerous women.

A cursory study of the information provided by Google Trends paints a disturbing [...]

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October 23, 2016

12 Hacktivists You Should Know About

Hacktivism, a phenomenon specific to the digital age, represents the subversive use of computers and computer networks. The term was coined by the Cult of the Dead Cow in 1994.

Hacktivists represent a broad range of personalities and goals. They’ve recently played a greater role in the collective conscious as cyber attacks at banks and governments become a more regular occurrence.

1. Edward Snowden

President Obama once said of Edward Snowden: “I’m not going to be scrambling jets to get a 29-year-old hacker.”

Edward Snowden became notorious after blowing the whistle on mass surveillance in the United States and abroad. It’s [...]

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October 22, 2016

Is a Decentralized Internet the Solution to Outages?

“Attacks that we witnessed today were possible mainly because there is a centralized infrastructure which could have been targeted,” said Piotr Janiuk, CTO of  Golem,  which seeks to decentralize the internet using peer-to-peer technology. “The attack itself isn’t easy to carry out, but it is obvious that even the backbone infrastructure behind the Internet contains single points of failure which are prone to such malicious activity – even though the infrastructure may comprise multiple machines. As of today, the trend is to move towards distributed solutions and the main problem is the lack of standard way of setting up the infrastructure.”

Golem  is among a [...]

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