Should strangers really be providing emotional support to those in need?
There have been multiple reports that Facebook is forcing gay and transgender users to use their legal names instead of their online personas or chosen names, as part of a crackdown on pseudonyms, despite the danger this poses to some users
Many media outlets seem to believe that by forcing readers to use their real identities, they will solve the problem of bad comments — but in reality, all they are doing is making it less likely that most of their readers will ever respond to their content
The anonymity network Tor has always enjoyed a paradoxical relationship with the U.S. authorities – part-funded by the State Department and previously the military; targeted by the NSA – but this is something else. Tor operations chief Andrew Lewman said in a BBC interview published Friday, that people in both the NSA and the U.K.’s GCHQ have tipped off the Tor team when those spy agencies found flaws in its software. That lets the team fix those vulnerabilities quickly, where they might otherwise have gone undiscovered. Lewman suggested this happened on a “probably monthly” basis, though this is all a “hunch” based on the expertise on display – Tor takes anonymous bug reports.
iOS users with Brazilian accounts can no longer download the anonymous messaging app, but Google and Microsoft are reportedly not yet complying with the interim injunction.
The injunction orders Apple, Google and Microsoft to not only remove Secret (or a Secret client, in Microsoft’s case) from their app stores, but also to remotely wipe it from citizens’ handsets.
In what must surely be the best advert for Tor yet, the elusive electronic music maestro Aphex Twin has announced his new album Syro — his first in 13 years — through a webpage that can only be viewed through the anonymizing network. Those who haven’t downloaded the Tor Browser can still view a similar page in a boring old non-anonymizing browser, but all they’ll get is the information about their ISP and IP address, not the track-listing nor album title. The Tor-only .onion page is part of the “Deep Web”, a below-the-surface scene of hidden services that can’t be crawled by normal search engines.
Secret has come under fire for not caring about the anonymous app’s potential impact on users who are being bullied, but co-founder David Byttow says the company cares deeply and that anonymity has a positive side
After it identified a group of malicious relays that ran for over 5 months this year, Tor has issued a security advisory warning those running hidden services on its network to change up their locations, and those running Tor relays to make sure their software is up-to-date.
The flaw could de-anonymize many users, but it’s not a vulnerability in Tails itself, as I2P isn’t used by default in the live operating system.