Privacy-first search aggregator DuckDuckDuckGo has grown a whopping 600 percent since NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden began revealing the extent of the US spying apparatus.
The search engine uses sites including Wikipedia, Yandex, Yahoo!, Bing and Yummly and offers users bare-bones search results without the personalisation and tracking wizardry which powers Google.
Chief executive officer Gabriel Weinberg told CNBC it crunches some three billion searches a year.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has spotted the US Navy publicly soliciting people to sell security vulnerabilities to well-known software, so that the US government can build backdoors into the software.
On a page posted to government agency contracting website FedBizOpps, which was deleted shortly after being highlighted by the EFF, the US Navy said the US government needs "to have access to vulnerability intelligence, exploit reports and operational exploit binaries affecting widely used and relied upon commercial software".
About the only thing rising as fast as online mischief is the stock of firms trying to thwart it.
Companies from FireEye Inc. to Palo Alto Networks Inc. have taken off in 2015, extending the gain in a four-year-old index tracking network security firms past 200 percent. An exchange-traded fund tied to the shares just surpassed $1 billion in market value, having doubled in size since the start of April.
As many as 600 million Samsung phones may be vulnerable to attacks that allow hackers to surreptitiously monitor the camera and microphone, read incoming and outgoing text messages, and install malicious apps, a security researcher said.
Nine privacy groups plan to withdraw from U.S. government-hosted negotiations to develop voluntary facial-recognition privacy standards because the groups feel the process won’t lead to adequate privacy protections.
Industry representatives at the talks have been pushing to limit consumer control over the facial recognition data collected, the groups said in a letter to be released Tuesday.