Dreamhost is the hosting provider for disruptj20.org, a website where 1.3 million people discussed plans for protesting Donald Trump’s inauguration; in August, Trump’s DoJ got a warrant demanding all the communications, IP addresses and other details on all 1.3 million people who used the site.
Trump’s DoJ argued that since there was someRead More
Equifax division TALX has a product called The Work Number, where prospective employers can verify job applicants’ work history and previous salaries (it’s also used by mortgage lenders and others): you can create an account on this system in anyone’s name, provided you have their date of birth and Social Security Number. The formerRead More
Zerodium is a cyber-arms dealer that produces hacking tools for governments by buying up newly discovered defects in widely used systems, weaponizing them and then selling them to be used against criminals, activists, journalists and other targets of state surveillance.
In 2015, the company offered $1m in bounties for Iphone breaks. Now, it’sRead More
The Swedish Transportstyrelsen (Transport Agency) botched its outsourcing to IBM, uploading its records to IBM’s cloud and then emailing cleartext copies to marketing managers, unvetted IBM employees in the Czech Republic and others.
The database contains the names, photos and home addresses of all drivers/car owners in Sweden, and exposes the home addressesRead More
Zero-knowledge proofs are one of the most important concepts in cryptography: they’re a way to “validate a computation on private data by allowing a prover to generate a cryptographic proof that asserts to the correctness of the computed output” — in other words, a way to prove that something is true without learning theRead More
A majority of the Rhode Island school districts with “1-1” programs where each student is issued a laptop have a blanket policy of spying on the students and everything they do on their laptops, during, before and after school hours, on or off school premises, without any evidence (or even suspicion ) of wrongdoing.