Author - Dana Vioreanu

The end of net neutrality knocks on our doors

Update, May 18th: 

Two days ago, the U.S. Senate has made a successful first step in the long battle towards restoring net neutrality. The Senate achieved a 52-47 vote in favor of an equal and open internet for all American citizens. Senators succeeded by invoking the CRA (Congressional Review Act) which allows them to revoke recent decisions of government agencies.

This is good news and instills hope for all Americans who opposed the FCC and have been fighting against the repeal of net neutrality. This is the result of the ongoing efforts of several organizations and activists that chose to not give up and defend their rights. And we applaud that!

Yet, as mentioned, the winning battle is just starting!

The next step: members of the House of Representatives have to pass their vote as well. To get a positive outcome, a full majority of House members have to support the reinstatement of net neutrality. If that will happen, the final move is for Donald Trump to sign and have the policy reversed. Everyone knows the White House always backed FCC’s decision in dissolving net neutrality.

But let’s not lose hope! Good things can still happen. Many probably didn’t dare to believe net neutrality is actually important for American senators. They proved they care. We should all continue to fight for it.

Here are useful resources if you want to follow more updates on this topic:

Update, December 15th: Despite everything, the inevitable occurred and the FCC’s final vote for dismantling net neutrality took place yesterday. U.S. ISPs have now full power to block websites, suppress services, and censor online content.

After the vote, it appears that several Republican voters declared to be against the resolution to put a stop to net neutrality. In addition, many attorney generals and state officials including members of the Congress plan to sue the FCC over the repeal.

The effects of the end of net neutrality will become official in a few months so maybe there is still hope.

However, CyberGhost VPN can still help you enjoy internet freedom like you used to and access any website you please.

As recently announced, the FCC had to come up with the final proposal regarding net neutrality until November 22nd. Yesterday, Ajit Pai announced that it will dismantle net neutrality rules, giving giant telecom and web companies full power on deciding what online content to deliver to their customers. Additionally, the end of net neutrality would mean that ISPs can either slow down or speed up web services at their own will. Clearly, only big companies will afford to offer the best connections to consumers.

FCC Chairman mentioned the new proposal would actually mean restoring internet freedom since it forces ISPs to be transparent on the costs they require users for each web service they provide. Customers can simply choose a service plan according to their needs and preferences. Basically, American citizens will pay different costs for a basic internet service and will have to pay more if they want to access music or movie websites, for example.

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World Press Freedom Day – spotlight on the media’s impact on privacy awareness

Right now, you’re online, reading what you chose you wanted to read. You have the liberty of leaving a comment on platforms, even if it’s a bad one. You’re lucky because in some countries, people can’t enjoy freedom of speech. Sometimes, the situation is even worse and browsing the web comes with certain restrictions such as geo-blocking.
A recent case of blocked service occurred at the beginning of April when Russia banned Telegram.
However, in the last years, we have witnessed several similar cases that are first of all, a threat to our basic human rights.
Join us in taking a moment to celebrate World Press Freedom Day. Here’s why we believe it’s an important and timely reminder for all of us.

  • EU’s plan on creating an anti-fake news law
  • Fake news vs. real news
  • 5 stories that uncovered some of the world’s deepest secrets
  • Simple ways to spot fake news
  • The need for “identifying fake news” educational programs

But what exactly is the meaning of freedom of expression today, when we have all been heavily bombarded with fake news through all media channels?

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7 Ways to look at the Facebook – Cambridge Analytica scandal

Clearly, Facebook is living its worst time since its founding. Everywhere you turn and each webpage you open, you will see a different angle of Cambridge Analytica’s scandal in which Facebook had a leading role.

As Facebook COO, Sheryl Sandberg declared, Facebook suffered “a huge breach of trust”.

You probably realized a while back that Facebook is not just a “socializing” platform. But the backlash Facebook faces these days is clearly at one of its lowest levels.

Facebook deceived you and million others. What now?

Here is what Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg said after the Cambridge Analytica scandal:

“We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can’t then we don’t deserve to serve you,” Zuckerberg wrote. “I’ve been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

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CyberGhost VPN, currently blocked in Turkey

Ghosties, both CyberGhost app and website have been blocked in Turkey since yesterday. We are currently working to fix this problem. Until this issue is solved, you can use our Chrome and Firefox browser extensions which allow you to surf the web anonymously.

We’ll make sure to keep you updated on this matter!

Short history of internet censorship in Turkey

In Turkey, the government is in complete control of citizens’ access to online content and also of their level of digital privacy.

As an example, the Turkish government requires IPSs to keep the activity logs of all users for 2 years and these logs can be checked by the government at any time if they require. The web traffic is also filtered by the government and some websites are always blocked.

Over the years, internet censorship and freedom of speech have turned to be worse and worse. By 2017, Turkey hold the 155th position in the world based on freedom index.

Why is a VPN the optimal solution for internet freedom?

Many Turkish citizens have relied on VPNs in order to enjoy complete online freedom. By using CyberGhost VPN, you can hide your IP, connect to one of our numerous servers from over 50 countries and access basic websites such as YouTube, Facebook, etc. Plus, CyberGhost provides a secure connection and you can be sure that you’ll remain anonymous online thanks to our features, such as “Block online tracking”.

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Unfortunately, many VPNs including CyberGhost have been blocked by the government in the past.

We appreciate your feedback so far and if you are affected by this situation, please give us a comment and tell us more about it!

Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: A cyberattack disrupts the Winter Olympics ceremony and more

Hackers continue to do what they know best, whether they’re trying to steal money online or make a statement. However, there is a piece of good news, as Germany has recorded another triumph over Facebook’s policy that compels users to reveal their real name.

Read below to find out more about what happened lately in terms of online threats and vulnerabilities.

India’s digital identity database can be easily hacked

India has a national digital identity project called Aadhaar that registers and archives nationals’ financial and personal data. Reporters from The Tribune discovered a loophole as they tested the system and managed to access information regarding any Aadhaar cardholder. Due to their discovery, journalists have been accused of forgery by Indian government agencies.

More on this news.

Germany wins a fight with Facebook over users’ right to use fake names

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Watch the Super Bowl 2018 with CyberGhost!

Americans are looking forward to the first biggest sports event of the year: the Super Bowl is this Sunday, February 4th. American or not, it’s almost impossible to not have heard of the incredible hysteria that goes on around this great annual sport event. Utterly advertised, with a long history and tradition, the Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League NFL.

Now, you may not be an American football fan, but the Super Bowl is an event in itself. Why? Because the Super Bowl is not all about football.

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Ghostie’s Weekly Digest: Dutch spies knew Russian hackers interfered in US elections and more

A lot has happened, and secrets were revealed in the cyber security world as well over the last seven days. Here are some notable news you should be aware about:

The biggest cryptocurrency hack targeted Coincheck

Apparently, some of the predictions in terms of cyber-attacks are starting to come true. Hackers are targeting cryptocurrencies and the biggest hack has just hit Coincheck – a Tokyo-based cryptocurrency exchange. Hackers stole digital assets worth of $532 million, but it affected the entire cryptocurrency market, including the Bitcoin price.

More on the news.

CrossRAT malware hits Windows, macOS and other systems

A new malware called CrossRAT has hit Windows, macOS, Solaris and Linux systems. CrossRAT is a Trojan developed by a group called Dark Caracal, allowing hackers to handle file systems as they please and run random executables. In addition, they use social engineering posting on Facebook and sending messages on WhatsApp, encouraging users to access fake and harmful websites.

Check out more details.

Dutch spies knew that Russians hackers influenced U.S. elections

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