Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is what keeps the world's infrastructure safe. But it seems that hacks and other attacks are happening more and more frequently. So what's really going on with cybersecurity?

Digital Payments Are Not More Private Than Credit Cards

Digital payments have taken the world by storm. Nowadays, nearly every major smartphone supports some sort of contactless payment system, and there are no shortages of services—most notably Android Pay, Apple Pay, Venmo, PayPal, and Bitcoin—which make use of the technology. Digital payments have been heralded as more »

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All These Cyberattacks Could Have Been Stopped

Less than a month after much of the United States' digital arsenal was leaked, the vulnerabilities are resurfacing as malware. This could—and should—have been stopped. Starting Friday, a ransomware attack known as "WannaCry" has infected computers in over 99 countries, targeting both critical infrastructure and standard »

Signal is Not a Magic Solution to Privacy

Signal is considered the gold standard in mobile encrypted messaging by governments and dissidents alike. The app, which is completely open-source, allows its users to securely text, call, and videochat each other. Signal has become ubiquitous among privacy enthusiasts and journalists, and derives much of its popularity from its frequent »

What the 'Vault 7' CIA Leak's Coverage is Missing

This morning, WikiLeaks published what appears to be the largest leak of CIA documents in the agency's history. The documents included in the leak describe cyberweapons which allow the CIA to remotely control computers, turn any phone or TV into a listening device, and bypass encryption before it was even »

Hacking Is Part of It. Hacking Isn't All of It.

When you hear 'privacy,' what comes to mind? This story is a work in progress. Whenever I would ask this question, I would almost always hear something along the lines of "strong passwords" and "good online habits"—and rightfully so, this is all good advice. »

Privacy in the Public Eye

According to a recent study by Pew Research, 86% of internet users have taken steps to preserve their online privacy. These steps range from using incognito mode for sensitive browsing (which has a minimal effect on one's "online footprint") to using the privacy-conscious but inconvenient Tor browser. According »

On the Patriot Act

In short, not so patriotic after all. In the aftermath of 9/11, the Patriot Act was passed. This bill, introduced on October 23rd 2001 and signed into law just three days later on October 6th, allowed for the violation of many Constitutional rights in the name of increased security. »

The Commoditization of Privacy

Privacy is no longer the inalienable right that it once was. Instead, it is now a currency. It is bought and sold, under-regulated, and invisible. "If you're not paying, you're the product." It's become clear that there are multiple sources of surveillance in the United States: the government, »

Privacy under Donald Trump, and Why You Should Care

During Trump’s acceptance speech at 3AM, I was scrolling through Snapchat (as is expected of a digitally-connected 15 year old), trying to gauge the reactions from my friends. Some were confused. Some were disappointed. Others were angry. I felt a combination of all three, a mix of emotion that »

I've got nothing to hide

I've got nothing to hide. I promise. If you were to release my hard drives, my passwords, and my texts to the world, the worst thing that could happen would be a bit of embarrassment over failed romantic pursuits and perhaps some regret that I wasn't more articulate in late »