Security News

Web Censorship Systems Can Facilitate Massive DDoS Attacks
2021-08-20 21:11

Researchers are warning internet censorship systems are ripe for abuse by a new type of distributed denial of service attack. The potential for abuse is concerning, researchers say, because attacks would take advantage of a type of reflection and amplification, which would be "Extremely detrimental to any network" if carried out.

Russia tells UN it wants vast expansion of cybercrime offenses, plus network backdoors, online censorship
2021-08-03 20:15

Russia has put forward a draft convention to the United Nations ostensibly to fight cyber-crime. The proposal, titled "United Nations Convention on Countering the Use of Information and Communications Technologies for Criminal Purposes," [PDF] calls for member states to develop domestic laws to punish a far broader set of offenses than current international rules recognize.

Tor Browser adds new anti-censorship feature, V2 onion warnings
2021-07-07 17:00

The Tor Project has released Tor Browser 10.5 with V2 onion URL deprecation warnings, a redesigned Tor connection experience, and an improved anti-censorship feature. Last year, the Tor Project announced that they were deprecating the use of V2 onion URLs in favor of the newer V3 URLs to provide more robust cryptography, longer URLs to prevent brute-forcing of hidden sites, and cleaner code.

Notepad++ drops Bing after "tank man" censorship fiasco
2021-06-07 13:18

The latest Notepad++ release has removed support for Bing search from the app after the "Tank man" fiasco Microsoft had to deal with on Friday afternoon. "Microsoft Bing is removed from Notepad++ settings for Search on Internet command, due to its poor reliability," the Notepad++ v8 announcement reads.

Apple Censorship and Surveillance in China
2021-05-19 11:31

Good investigative reporting on how Apple is participating in and assisting with Chinese censorship and surveillance.

Security Analysis Clears TikTok of Censorship, Privacy Accusations
2021-03-23 20:27

Nebulous privacy and censorship criticisms about video social-media app TikTok have been swirling for months. Security analysts from CitizenLab are the first to collect real data on the platform's source code, and reported that TikTok meets reasonable standards of security and privacy.

Signal ignores proxy censorship vulnerability, says it's not a risk
2021-02-07 09:00

Microsoft has suspended free trials of their newly launched Windows 365 Cloud PC service after running out of available servers. Windows 11's October 2021 release date hinted in support docs.

Signal ignores proxy censorship vulnerability, bans researchers
2021-02-07 09:00

Microsoft has suspended free trials of their newly launched Windows 365 Cloud PC service after running out of available servers. Windows 11's October 2021 release date hinted in support docs.

Even the world’s freest countries aren’t safe from internet censorship
2020-11-23 05:00

The largest collection of public internet censorship data ever compiled shows that even citizens of what are considered the world's freest countries aren't safe from internet censorship. A team from the University of Michigan used its own Censored Planet tool, an automated censorship tracking system launched in 2018, to collect more than 21 billion measurements over 20 months in 221 countries.

ProtonMail, ProtonVPN Will Use Alternative Routing to Bypass Censorship
2020-03-16 12:57

Over the coming weeks, a new alternative routing feature will become available across all of the ProtonMail and ProtonVPN mobile and desktop applications, the company says. "While we have largely been able to overcome censorship and attacks, it's imperative that we remain one step ahead of those who would seek to spy on people and restrict the freedom of information. Alternative routing is an additional capability which helps us ensure users can access our services," Proton says.