Hacking Threats From China Persist

More knowledge than you could ever consume in your lifetime, communication with a loved one despite oceans between you, a lightweight place to capture and store hundreds of photographs and personal messages. These are the tempting promises of the smartphone, that palm-sized keeper to your memories and whereabouts. But like most great promises, the smartphone comes with a price tag, and it’s not just your monthly bill. The tradeoff for owning a device that promises instantaneous global connections is the ongoing problem of international espionage via these digital windows into…

Privacy Inequality is Coming, and it Does Not Look Pretty

Today we are on a technological precipice. Falling off the edge will lead us on a collision course to a new dimension of social inequality, a world in which access to privacy is out of reach for a large segment of society. Article 12 of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights states, “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation.” Over the past decade, however, society has been willingly sacrificing this right, embracing technologies…

A Beginner’s Guide to Buying Drugs and Guns on the Web

It’s time that we all learn a thing or two about the deep web. It can be a scary place; often called the “dark web” or the “hidden” internet, the deeper corners of the internet attract a dangerous minority of web users. Browsing the tamer websites of the deep web, you can find handy guides on cybersecurity, rare editions of hard-to-find novels, and large depositories of music, movies, and other media. But diving into the more insidious websites of the deep web, you’ll discover what makes it dangerous. On the…