PRISM is driving the uptake of privacy services, but there’s no simple solution to beating the NSA By Nick Pearson

4 November 2013 –  WashingtonsBlog

This article was written by IVPN’s Nick Pearson. IVPN is an online privacy platform, and Electronic Frontier Foundation member, dedicated to protecting online freedoms and online privacy.

While Edward Snowden’s PRISM revelations failed to spark much widespread outrage among the general public, an apparent spike in the uptake of Virtual Private Networks suggests the online privacy market could be entering a golden period. But when commerce is driven by fear there is plenty of opportunity for exploitation and many privacy-concerned citizens may be lulled into a false sense of security over services that won’t protect their data.

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FBI suspected of cyber-attack on anonymous web-hosting and email services By Mark Blackwood

12 August 2013 — WSWS

On August 5 malicious software (malware) in the form of a Java Script (JS) attack code was discovered embedded in multiple websites hosted by the anonymous hosting company Freedom Hosting (FH), the largest hosting company on the anonymous Tor network. Initial research into the malware by experts suggests that it originated from and returned private data back to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) or other US government agencies.

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Media: Iran Has Space Program–Some See Crisis! By Peter Hart

10 August 2013 — FAIR Blog

1486944-mainA well-respected research group posted a short article on its website about the location of a second launchpad for Iran’s space program. That’s not big news–but it can be made to sound like scary news in the New York Times.

 “Launching Site in Iran Raises Missile Worries” was the headline over a piece by Rick Gladstone (8/9/13), which had this curious lead:

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Reclaim our rail network!

8 August 2013 — Compass

Our privatised rail system isn’t working for anyone –  not for commuters who can’t afford price hikes, rural communities who are stranded, travellers who don’t feel safe, businesses who see rising costs or rail workers who are voiceless. The government could save £1.2 billion a year by bringing the railways into public ownership or it could continue to hand over millions in subsidies to a small group of people who own the train companies.

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