As technology becomes more sophisticated, so too, it seems, do surveillance methods. Unfortunately, with improved surveillance methods comes increased intrusiveness. Basically, what was once the stuff of science-fiction is now a reality.
It seems like hacking incidents have become more and more prevalent in recent times, and they show no signs of letting up. Several recent attacks have something in common: the alleged perpetrators are hacker groups operating out of China.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way the world works in many ways, from how we work to living more socially distanced lives. Another way it may impact society is helping pave the way for more widespread use of digital passports, specifically vaccine and immunity passports. Some speculate that they may even transform digital identity as we know it, making some kind of streamlined worldwide digital identity pass the norm in the years to come. For that to happen, though, there would need to be serious consideration given to privacy and ethical concerns.
Whether you’re a website owner or web user, it always pays to be vigilant online, particularly when it comes to authentication and logins. Hackers have many ways of compromising online accounts and systems, and if you don’t practice good password hygiene, you’ll likely be a victim sooner or later. One of these methods, which we’ll be talking about today, is brute force attacks.
Following investigations by Amnesty International and The Pegasus Project in mid-July, Amazon Web Services has banned all accounts and infrastructure linked to NSO Group, an Israeli surveillance vendor. These investigations laid bare some damning revelations and human rights implications concerning NSO’s Pegasus software, a type of surveillance spyware that has been sold to governments around the world.
HTTPS, the protocol that SSL enables on websites, is key to ensuring a more private web ecosystem where data is protected. When HTTPS is enabled, it ensures that the connection between a user’s browser and a website’s server is encrypted, preventing any third party from stealing any information shared over the connection. HTTPS is the reason why SSLs.com does what it does and also why there has been a massive campaign from major web browsers to ensure websites are secured by SSL.