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- Tor Developer Accuses the FBI of Harassment
Tor Project developer Isis Agora Lovecruft has published a blog post [also here] accusing the FBI of harassment for the past six months. Lovecruft's troubles started when she and her family were on vacation, and when an FBI agent dropped by her house and left his card, with a message to call him. Weeks passed by as Lovecruft mulled over the decision to call or not call the agent, knowing she had done nothing wrong. She also knew very well that the FBI was very interested in anything Tor-related. In recent months, it was discovered that the FBI paid the Carnegie Mellon University
- Pirate Bay Blocked in Chrome, Firefox & Safari Due to Phishing Site Error
Google Chrome, Firefox, and Safari are blocking access to The Pirate Bay torrent portal showing the classical "Deceptive site ahead" error usually seen on dangerous sites that may attempt to collect user credentials with fake login pages, show deceptive ads, or push unwanted downloads. The exact same thing happened to Kickass Torrents almost a month ago, when the same three browsers displayed the same error for at least three days to their users. The Kickass Torrents staff said it happened because of the intermediary confirmation screen that appeared every time users navigated away from the site. The Pirate Bay does not use this type of external link confirmation system and has not used one for years. The cause of the alert is still unknown The warnings seen in thes...
- Starting Firefox 47 You'll Have to Manually Enable All Plugins, Except Flash
Mozilla announced plans to force users to click-to-activate all Firefox plugins, with the exception of Adobe Flash. This change will become official when Firefox 47 moves into the stable channel at the start of June. Back in September 2013, Mozilla introduced a whitelist for the "click-to-activate" feature which asks users to enable a plugin like Java, Flash, video codecs, and such, on a per-site basis. [Plugins are different from Firefox Add-ons.] The whitelist meant that a series of plugins were automatically turned on for all sites. Mozilla engineers managed the list of approved plugins, which was hardcoded inside Firefox's code. For all other plugins, users had to click a popup to activate each plugin, or go to the Add-ons section, to the Plugins option and set it to activate on all sites by default. The removal of the whitelist means that users will ha...
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