The week has been quite generous in terms of online privacy news. Our weekly digest aims to showcase what we regard as the most important headlines of the past seven days. Did we leave anything out? Are you directly affected by any of these measures? Drop us a line in the comment section and let’s debate!
Gmail phishing technique mimics past emails
An ingenious phishing technique that composes convincing emails by analyzing and mimicking past messages and attachments has been discovered by security experts. The new technique convinces Gmail users to click on an infected attachment which will then send them to a fake Gmail login page that will steal their credentials.
Read more on the topic here.
North Wales reports more cybercrimes than offline ones
It may seem like this is only a small region from a much bigger world, but this fact may be a reflection of a global trend.
According to the local police and crime commissioner (PCC) for the area, there are now more cybercrimes being recorded in north Wales than those in the offline world.
North Wales PCC Arfon Jones claimed that while traditional crimes such as burglary and shoplifting had decreased over the past decade, online crime has made up for the shortfall.
Using an ad blocker? No website content for you, according to EU initiative
A possible win for online publishers this week, as the European Union is proposing that publishers can deny content to visitors who refuse to switch off their ad blockers.
Although the EU has been taking measures to protect citizens’ online privacy, through this measure they are encouraging people to support free online content by not blocking ads, sometimes the only source of revenue for online publishers.
Read more here.
The naked truth: porn websites blocked in Philippines
Porn websites can now only be accessed using CyberGhost VPN in the Philippines.
The Philippines government has blocked Internet users from accessing some of the world’s most popular adult websites, such as: Pornhub, Xvideos, Redtube. This comes only 10 days after a survey showed that for the third year running Filipinos had spent more time, per visit, on Pornhub than any other nation.
Get more here.
Google launches Key Transparency, a new tool for encryption
Made available as an open-source prototype, Key Transparency was designed to help developers improve messaging security.
Key Transparency looks to give developers all the data at hand to build simpler security features easily. Google claims it’s just a prototype, and the framework will be improved based on the security community’s feedback in the future.
Get all the details here.