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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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December 23, 2015

UK Acts To Keep Children Safe Online

In the UK, a new government directive requires all school strengthen measures to prevent children cyber-bullying, pornography and radicalization. The changes will mean children as young as 5 will receive online education about social media use and other issues online. 

The plans, created by Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and announced today, aim to prevent children from experiencing questionable materials online.

“Recent events have shown that the risks to young ‎people being targeted by radical groups have risen and should not be underestimated,” a UK government announcement read.

Schools will be required to apply filters and monitoring systems so children [...]

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September 24, 2015

Thailand Close to Censoring the Internet with a New National Firewall

In a move that takes its cue from China, Thailand’s military government is all set to substantially diminish the country’s Internet freedom and the right to privacy among its citizens with the introduction of a new Internet firewall. The goal, as with any state-imposed firewall, is to control and monitor the flow of information coming into the country on the Internet.

The Thai government is officially looking into setting up a firewall in the country, with a resolution passed by General Prayut Chan-o-cha, the Prime Minister of Thailand and his cabinet. The official government release can be found here.

General Prayut’s cabinet ordered Thailand’s National Police [...]

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September 16, 2015

TLS is Flawed: New TLS Vulnerability Found

TLS is flawed. The decades-old protocol is vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks throwing into question the nature of encryption on the world wide web. An Austrian IT firm has prevented a security disaster threatening many popular Internet websites and applications by compiling research on a new vulnerability in the twenty year old cryptographic system.

Austrian researchers from Research Industrial Systems Engineering GmbH (RISE) unveiled last month vulnerabilities found in the TLS (Transport Layer Security) protocol at a USENIX WOOT conference. TLS, most commonly known as a wrapper around HTTP as HTTPS, evolved from SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).

The new vulnerability, [...]

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