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Mysterious Re-Routing of Google Traffic Could Have Been an Attack, or Just a Glitch [Updated] Mysterious Re-Routing of Google Traffic Could Have Been an Attack, or Just a Glitch [Updated]

Updated: 11/13/2018, 9:50 p.m. ET: Looks like it was a glitch. In a statement to Gizmodo, a Google spokesperson wrote:

Cloudflare Promises Faster Internet and More Privacy on Your Phone With New DNS App Cloudflare Promises Faster Internet and More Privacy on Your Phone With New DNS App

Earlier this year, Cloudflare launched it’s 1.1.1.1 DNS service, and now it’s available for free on iOS and Android. And if that reads like gobbledygook, the TL;DR is: faster, more private internet on your phone.

Wyden Unveils Plan to Protect Private Data, Restore 'Do Not Track,' and Jail Reckless CEOs Wyden Unveils Plan to Protect Private Data, Restore 'Do Not Track,' and Jail Reckless CEOs

By the time it was clear the fallout from the Equifax breach reached roughly three-fourths of adult Americans, Washington lawmakers were already tripping over themselves to churn out a law that they hoped would, in some future, analogous disaster, hold accountable the negligent hoarders of Americans’ personal, private…

Sen. Wyden Urges DHS to Adopt New Encryption Tech to Protect .Gov Websites Visitors Sen. Wyden Urges DHS to Adopt New Encryption Tech to Protect .Gov Websites Visitors

The nation’s most vocal privacy advocate in the U.S. Senate is pressing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week to implement new technologies that would stop foreign hackers from identifying which U.S. government website Americans are visiting, including U.S. government employees.

How a 19th-Century Teenager Sparked a Battle Over Who Owns Our Faces How a 19th-Century Teenager Sparked a Battle Over Who Owns Our Faces

More than a century ago, a teenager named Abigail Roberson had her photo taken at a professional studio in upstate New York. The photo wasn’t particularly scandalous—Roberson is pictured from the shoulders up, looking away from the camera—but it achieved the 1890s version of virality and set off a legal debate about…

Google Made It Less of a Pain in the Ass to Clear Your Search History Google Made It Less of a Pain in the Ass to Clear Your Search History

You’ve probably cleared your local browser history before. Maybe you did it just moments ago. Perhaps you didn’t want your partner, roommate, or coworkers to see what kind of weirdness you’d been searching for. But clearing the activity data that’s on Google’s servers has never been especially easy—deterring many…

SIM Cards That Force Your Mobile Data Through Tor Are Coming SIM Cards That Force Your Mobile Data Through Tor Are Coming

It’s increasingly difficult to expect privacy when you’re browsing online, so a non-profit in the UK is working to build the power of Tor’s anonymity network right into the heart of your smartphone.

China's Former Internet Chief, a Censorship Hardliner, Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges China's Former Internet Chief, a Censorship Hardliner, Pleads Guilty to Corruption Charges

Lu Wei, the former chief of the imposing Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) and one of the primary architects of the mass censorship foisted on China’s estimated 700 million internet users, pleaded guilty this week in Chinese court to taking some 32 million yuan (about $4.6 million) in bribes, the Associated…

Apple Finally Lets You Download All Your Data Apple Finally Lets You Download All Your Data

When the European Union’s GDPR privacy protections went into effect in May, the pressure to give Americans the same tools to view their data was high. On Wednesday, Apple fulfilled its promise to offer a data download service for its users the U.S., and now you can find out what Apple’s got on you with a few simple…

Facebook Finally Admits That Its New Spy Equipment Can Spy on You

It sounded a little slippery last week, when Facebook announced Portal, a new voice-activated speaker and video chat gadget, and the company said that it would not use data collected through the device to target ads. It was, in fact, very slippery. Facebook just admitted that Portal is completely capable of collecting…

Trump-Themed Dating App Reportedly Leaks Personal Data Hours After Launch Trump-Themed Dating App Reportedly Leaks Personal Data Hours After Launch

Mere hours after Fox News revealed the existence of a new Trump-centric dating app, a security researcher has apparently uncovered evidence that “Donald Daters” is leaking sensitive user information online.

How to Do Everything But Delete Your Facebook Profile  How to Do Everything But Delete Your Facebook Profile 

In the immediate aftermath of today’s news that hackers had access to the personal information of about 30 million Facebook users, I got a notification on the top of my own Facebook Timeline. “Update on Security Incident,” it read. Yeah, I was one of the unlucky 30-or-so million. This prompted some rage-deleting.

Don't Fall for This New Email Scam Threatening to Expose Your Porn Habits Don't Fall for This New Email Scam Threatening to Expose Your Porn Habits

If you received an email from “hackers” claiming they recorded you watching porn and will send all your data to your loved ones if you don’t promptly pay up, take a beat. It’s probably a scam.

MindBody Exposes Data Belonging to Millions of FitMetrix Users MindBody Exposes Data Belonging to Millions of FitMetrix Users

The fitness company behind FitMetrix, a popular performance-tracking app, reportedly left the personal data of more than 100 million users exposed.

Facebook Is Still Thirsty for Your Health Data Facebook Is Still Thirsty for Your Health Data

Facebook already has a veritable treasure trove of data on anyone who uses the site, including stuff users do on the web outside of it. It still has an appetite for even more.

Democrats Drop 'Internet Bill of Rights' to Entice Voters Sick of Facebook's Crap Democrats Drop 'Internet Bill of Rights' to Entice Voters Sick of Facebook's Crap

Silicon Valley has pissed off a great number of people, particularly in 2018, so promising to grab Mark Zuckerberg by the short hairs and rein in his company’s misuse of personal data seems like a pretty good way to rally the troops. It’s not Facebook alone, of course, but every company trading in the intimate details…

Are You Kidding Me, Facebook Are You Kidding Me, Facebook

Facebook is currently dealing with the fallout of a massive attack that compromised site security and allowed hackers to seize the access tokens of roughly 50 million accounts, potentially giving them full control of both the accounts and linked apps. It is still sorting out what user data might have been stolen. Amid…

Capitol Police Arrest Intern Over Doxing of U.S. Senators Capitol Police Arrest Intern Over Doxing of U.S. Senators

The U.S. Capitol Police on Wednesday announced the arrest of a suspect accused in the online doxing of “one or more” U.S. senators.

Memory Week, Amazon, and Seafloor Sludge: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week Memory Week, Amazon, and Seafloor Sludge: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s September 30th, 2018, and the theme of the last week was memory. Not just at Gizmodo, where we wrapped up Memory Week, our series on nostalgia, neuroscience, and all that data tightly locked up in our brains. No, you should additionally be trying to remember everything you’ve put into the sprawling Facebook…

Is the FBI's Fitness App a Cop? Is the FBI's Fitness App a Cop?

Getting into the FBI is not easy, as the agency’s new “Do you have what it takes?” fitness app will happily tell you. The app, which was released in August 2018, walks users through the five legs of the fitness requirements former director James Comey re-implemented in 2015—daring them to achieve high scores on…

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