In January, I wrote about administrative backdoors, shitty passwords, and a whole lot more. As always, I’ve rounded up everything I had published for the month, this time divided by publications rather than by topic.
A note for Forbes readers (or non-readers, as the case may be): Unfortunately, Forbes is blocking ad blockers, and I’ve been getting a lot of comments from folks who’d like to read these posts but don’t want to put themselves at risk of malware. There are certain ad blockers that still seem to work (like uBlock Origin), and Tor is always an option, but if you really want to read something and can’t access it, feel free to email me–the terms of my contract allow me to share my own work privately or repurpose it after it’s published.
- Peerio Co-Founder On Why He Left The Company (Hint: It Had To Do With Admin Backdoors) I wrote about why 25-year-old programmer and privacy advocate Nadim Kobeïssi says he quit the company he co-founded. And for the record, I believe him.
- 2015’s Worst Passwords Are Still Really Bad (So Please Tell Me Yours Is Not On The List) This post got 60,000+ views, and I’m not really exactly sure why, but I’ll take it.
- Many Americans Are Willing To Sacrifice Personal Information For Good Deals This is about an interesting Pew Research Center study which gets into a bit of detail on when people will give up their privacy, and when they say they’d find a certain tradeoff unacceptable.
- Twitter Restores Politwoops’ API Access, Allowing It To Post Politicians’ Deleted Tweets Once Again This was actually a bit of a followup to my first post about Politwoops and Donald Trump’s deleted tweet.
- How Investigative Journalists Can Protect Themselves Some great technical and legal tips from cybernetic lawyer Aaron Williamson and digital security trainer Harlo Holmes to help us stay safe.
- This Tool Wants to Help Writers Break News The scoop on Sqoop.
- Security This Week: License Plate Readers in Texas Are Now Also Debt Collectors. This roundup also includes information on the UK allowing firms to sell invasive spying equipment to human rights abusers, Chicago police sabotaging their own dashcams, an espionage campaign targeting minority activists, Israel’s electric authority getting hacked, a new Android ransomware, Lenovo SHAREit’s poor security, and how easy it is to get an address from Amazon over chat.
- Security News This Week: Now California Wants to Ban Encrypted Phones, Too Also the FBI ran a child porn site for two weeks, a UK court ruled that the Terrorism Act violates the rights of a free press, a GCHQ-built phone messaging app has a massive backdoor, and more.
- Security News This Week: Tim Cook Demands That the White House Defend Encryption This roundup also includes information on Spamhaus Project accusing Verizon of routing millions of IP addresses for spammers, Homeland Security asking hotel staff to essentially spy on guests, a graduate center purging interlibrary loan records to protect the privacy of its patrons, and more.
- Security News This Week: Hacked Toymaker VTech Now Makes Home Monitoring Tech Plus news on the monkey selfie, Ukraine’s malware-induced power outage, the Dutch government formally rejecting backdoors, the FTC fining a dental practices software provider for misleading ads about encryption, and more.
- Beating the Odds: UFC 195 (Sherdog) I wrote about the four upsets on the January 2nd card.
That’s it for now! I’ll see you next month.