Digital Safety and Threat Alerts

Why does every refugee have a smartphone? – a digital citizen report

Smartphones not only allow refugees to keep in touch with their families, but also to share crucial information about prices, traffickers or how to travel safely through Europe (CNBC).  While technology can be an essential resource for individual refugees, it’s also essential to the agencies...

Google and partners create an open source project to aid Syrian refugees

Google, working with International Rescue Committee and Mercy Corps, has created an open source project called “Crisis Info Hub” to distribute  information to refugees in a lightweight, battery-saving way. Already active in Greece and being run by Google's NGO partners, Crisis Info Hub is providing refugees—most of whom carry smartphones—with...

Tor Project Warns of Attack on Network

In a blog post published Friday, the Tor Project warned users that it had learned of a potential attempt to incapacitate the Tor Network in the coming days via "the seizure of specialized servers called directory authorities." Directory authorities serve Tor clients a list of...

WordPress site compromises traced to RevSlider plugin vulnerability

A large number of WordPress sites have been compromised due to a vulnerability in the RevSlider plugin (commonly packaged with premium themes) which has resulted in thousands of sites being used to serve malicious payloads in drive-by download attacks. The attackers are actively scanning websites for...

Critical WordPress 3.X XSS Vulnerability Disclosed

Researchers at the Finnish IT company Klikki Oy have disclosed a critical cross-site scripting vulnerability in WordPress 3.X which at the time of disclosure amounted to ~86% of known WordPress installations. The bug involves the use of carefully crafted comments containing JavaScript that is executed when...

EFF introduces Surveillance Self-Defense ChangeLog

The EFF has launched a new blog called the Surveillance Self-Defense ChangeLog which will serve as a resource for users to get up-to-date information for combating online spying. This will include current information on both the protective tools and the capabilities of adversaries. Currently, the site includes guides...

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Citadel variant targets password managers’ master passwords

The Citadel malware family cut its teeth usually as it was stealing banking credentials from their victims as they signed in through their web browser. However, new versions spotted in the wild have set their sights on the master passwords used to unlock password managers. The password...

Whatsapp announces the deployment of end-to-end encryption

Following Whatsapp's acquisition by Facebook, many online privacy advocates complained that the sale would allow the American government easier access to user's communications and other sensitive data. However, the company has announced that it will be rolling out end-to-end encryption through a partnership with the...

CDT, Tor Project and Mozilla team up on privacy initiative, The Polaris Project

Mozilla announced a collaborative initiative involving the Center for Democracy and Technology (CDT) and the Tor Project which aims to enhance their user's privacy. improve the performance and usability of Tor, and introduce new anti-tracking functions which do not penalize "advertisers and content sites that...