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The Privacy Battle That Apple Isn’t Fighting

For at least a decade, privacy advocates dreamed of a universal, legally enforceable “Do not track” setting. Now, at least in the most populous state in the US, that dream has become a reality. So why isn’t Apple—a company that increasingly uses privacy as a selling point—helping its customers take ...

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Phantom Warships Are Courting Chaos in Conflict Zones

Bergman had noticed fake tracks on an AIS website before, when virtual yachts from an online sail racing game had improbably appeared on AISHub last year. But this was the first time he’d seen real ships impersonated, and warships no less. “At SkyTruth, we’re particularly concerned where fake data is ...

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The Shapeshifting Cam Girl Rewriting the Rules of Digital Porn

Sometime in late 2019, Diana Deets started changing her face. An Instagram influencer and OnlyFans adult content creator going by Coconut Kitty, Deets had until that point looked like a woman in her late twenties to mid-thirties. In her new pictures, however—while her body remained unchanged—her face gradually morphed into ...

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Germany Is About to Block One of the Biggest Porn Sites

German child-protection regulators are on the verge of blocking one of the world’s largest pornographic websites. The officials are set to issue a blocking order to the country’s biggest internet service providers saying a pornographic website, believed to be xHamster, should be made inaccessible to Germany’s 83 million people. The ...

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Porn Showed Up on Legit News Sites Thanks to Internet Rot

This week, Venmo took a long overdue step toward privacy by eliminating its global social feed in its latest redesign. That’s good! Now you can no longer witness an endless stream of complete strangers sending money to and from one another. But privacy advocates say that until Venmo makes every ...

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An Explosive Spyware Report Shows the Limits of iOS Security

In fact, the Amnesty International researchers say they actually had an easier time finding and investigating indicators of compromise on Apple devices targeted with Pegasus malware than on those running stock Android. “In Amnesty International’s experience there are significantly more forensic traces accessible to investigators on Apple iOS devices than ...

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The Kaseya Ransomware Nightmare Is Almost Over

Nearly three weeks ago, a ransomware attack against a little-known IT software company called Kaseya spiraled into a full-on epidemic, with hackers seizing the computers of as many as 1,500 businesses, including a major Swedish grocery chain. Last week, the notorious group behind the hack disappeared from the internet, leaving ...

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Venmo Gets More Private—but It’s Still Not Fully Safe

“Venmo’s finally getting the message that maximum publicity on a financial app is a terrible idea,” says Kaili Lambe, senior campaigner at the Mozilla Foundation, a nonprofit focused on internet openness and accessibility. “However, from the beginning we have been calling on Venmo to be private by default, because so ...

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