Mask Surf Pro review

Mask Surf Pro addresses many of the issues associated with Tor anonymizers, from security to implementation, to keep your online activities safe, secure, and private. It's not free nor especially cheap compared to similar tools, but a streamlined interface, automatic browser integration, masking, and other features help Mask Surf Pro earn its keep.


Pro-level: Mask Surf Pro has everything in the freeware plus features geared for advanced users and professionals, such as country emulation, switchable anonymity tests, and the ability to set your PC as a Tor client, relay, or bridge.

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Really Francis? Here's where 'House of Cards' could use IT help

The second season of "House of Cards" starring Kevin Spacey as ruthless politician Francis Underwood arrived in one big batch of 13 episodes exactly two weeks ago, and we've all been binge-watching since. By the way, if you haven't yet made it all the way through season 2, this is about as far as you should read without risking spoilers. I'll say that again in all caps for you skim-readers out there -- SPOILER ALERT!!! That's better.

The web of intertwined intrigue and drama this season also introduced a new plotline in which fictional Washington Herald deputy editor Lucas Goodwin becomes ensnared in a plot to gain access to an AT&T server farm with the assistance of shadowy hacker Gavin Orsay. Goodwin believes Orsay is assisting him in tracking down evidence of Underwood's murderous habits. Unbeknownst to Goodwin, however, Orsay is a grudging informant for the FBI, which is entrapping Goodwin to send him off to prison and out of Underwood's hair.… Read more

British spy unit reportedly hit Anonymous with DDoS attacks

A British spy unit turned a cyberattack method favored by Anonymous against it and other hacktivist groups, according to an NBC report based on documents Edward Snowden removed from the National Security Agency.

A division of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the UK's communications intelligence agency, used distributed-denial-of-service attacks to disrupt communications among members of Anonymous, according to the documents. DDoS is the same cyberattack technique used by the hacktivist group to mount online attacks targeting financial institutions, trade groups, and government entities after PayPal and banks refused to process payments for WikiLeaks.

Dubbed "Rolling Thunder" by … Read more

Top apps to boost your privacy

Internet privacy has become a hot issue: Governments are snooping, user data is being breached, shady apps have questionable permissions. Is it possible to be the least bit anonymous online? While no software can claim to be 100 percent PRISM-proof, the following apps significantly improve your chances of having a more private experience on the Web.

Do Not Track

Do Not Track lets you opt out of Web site tracking services, including social network services, analytics, and various ad networks. Many browsers already provide support for enabling Do Not Track within their respective native options. Supported browsers include:

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Anonymous hackers plead guilty to 2010 PayPal cyberattack

Thirteen people have pleaded guilty to charges connected to a 2010 cyberattack on PayPal for the eBay unit's refusal to process payments for WikiLeaks.

The hacktivist collective claimed responsibility for engineering the December 2010 distributed-denial-of-service attack in retaliation for the online payment processing company's suspension of an account linked to WikiLeaks after the document-leaking organization released a large number of classified documents.

"Citing violations of the PayPal terms of service, and in response to WikiLeaks' release of the classified cables, PayPal suspended WikiLeaks' accounts such that WikiLeaks could no longer receive donations via PayPal," US Attorney … Read more

Anonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond gets 10 years in prison

Hacker Jeremy Hammond was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Friday for hacking into global intelligence firm Strategic Forecasting in December 2011.

The self-described "hacktivist" was handed down the maximum sentence in Manhattan federal court by Chief US District Judge Loretta A. Preska for his role in the massive Stratfor hack and other hacks. In May, Hammond pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act -- which lowered his potential sentence from a maximum of 35 years to 10 years.

"Yes I broke the law, but I believe sometimes laws … Read more

DDoS as dance: Anonymous hits the ballet

Hacker collective Anonymous is going to the ballet. Take that in; it's not often you'll see Anonymous and ballet in the same sentence.

The unusual pairing will take place November 15 and 16 at the Boston University Dance Theater, where the Juventas New Music Ensemble debuts "HackPolitik," a new contemporary ballet based on the hacktivist group's activities and personalities. The piece combines electroacoustic music, modern dance, and video projection to examine how the Internet impacts 21st century discourse and sometimes blurs the lines between activism and anarchy.

Instead of pastel tutus, expect to see dancers in black and white, with dramatic face paint that evokes Guy Fawkes masks. And erratic, sometimes militant movements instead of fluid pirouettes. … Read more

Anonymous' 'Million Mask March' goes global

Hundreds of protests around the world sparked up on Tuesday in what the hacking collective Anonymous called the "Million Mask March." Donning Guy Fawkes masks, the demonstrators' goal was to "defend humanity."

The protests were scheduled for 450 cities and towns worldwide -- from Tampa, Fla., to Amsterdam to Mumbai. According to the group's Facebook page, the demonstrations were meant to help people "remember who your enemies are: billionaires who own banks and corporations who corrupt politicians who enslave the people in injustice."

In Washington, D.C., demonstrators chanted "Obama. Come out. … Read more

Enhance privacy by being deliberately inaccurate

When I go to the local sandwich shop, I don't care whether the person taking my order knows my birthday or my mother's maiden name.

So why does Google or some other Web site I register with need to know so much about me? Especially considering the company is likely to barter and sell the information to third parties, who aggregate, analyze, repackage, and resell it.

There's nothing new about purposely providing false information when registering for a Web service -- from a simple throwaway e-mail address all the way to a phony name. Totally false identities … Read more

U.S. indicts 13 alleged members of Anonymous in DDoS attacks

A federal grand jury has indicted 13 alleged members of the hacktivist collective Anonymous in connection with online attacks targeting financial institutions, trade groups, and government entities.

The 28-page indictment, unsealed Thursday in a U.S. District Court in Alexandria, Va., charge the defendants with conspiracy to intentionally cause damage to a protected computer as part of an anti-copyright campaign called "Operation Payback."

Prosecutors allege that the 13 launched a series of distributed denial-of-service attacks beginning in 2010 on the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America, and the U.S. Copyright Office in … Read more