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Topic “hackers and hacking”

Digital vulnerability could endanger online media’s private information

Earlier this week, experts discovered a code defect in software used by almost two thirds of the Internet to encrypt private information, which may have endangered personal data from millions of people and access keys to some of the most popular online services, according to website GigaOmThe vulnerability can affect news organizations’ websites as well.  Read more »


Court orders incarcerated U.S. journalist not to discuss his case with the press

In a decision being criticized as the latest instance of government prosecutorial overreach against freedom of expression, a U.S. federal court has barred incarcerated journalist Barrett Brown from disclosing information to the media regarding his ongoing case, The Guardian reported. Brown faces 105 years in prison related to his reporting on the hacker collective Anonymous and private intelligence firm Stratfor. Read more »


Hacker takes over Venezuelan news site, warns government to not give asylum to Edward Snowden

Update: Asked about the incident, staff at El Nacional said the newspaper's site was never hacked.

Eduardo Ponte, El Nacional's interactive content and social media manager, said his tech support and programming team were unable to detect any intrusion to their servers or interruption to the site's service.  Read more »


Daily News Digest: Story on Guatemalan massacre survivor wins award for excellence in trauma coverage

The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma will honor today the winners of this year’s Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma. Among the winners are Mexico’s Fundación MEPI, This American Life and ProPublica, who received the award for their stories “Finding Oscar” and “What Happened at Dos Erres.” The multi plataform package tells the story of one of the only two known survivors of a 1982 massacre in a Guatemalan village. Read more »


CPJ highlights cyber-attack against Knight Center

The Committee to Protect Journalists highlighted last week the cyber-attack against the websites of the Knight Center for Journalism in the Americas and the International Symposium for Online Journalism, which knocked down the sites for two weeks. Read more »


Cyber attack crashes Honduran newspaper's website after investigation into government use of helicopters


The Honduran digital newspaper Hondudiario announced that it was the target of a cyber attack that left its website out of service for 48 hours on Friday, Oct. 12, according to the Committee for Free Expression in Honduras (C-Libre in Spanish). Read more »


Interview attempt lands Argentine journalist behind bars

A journalist was placed in solitary confinement for five hours after trying to interview an official in the city of Saavedra, Buenos Aires, reported the Argentine Journalism Forum (FOPEA in Spanish). Read more »


In freedom of online speech, U.S. and Cuba at opposite extremes: Freedom House report

The United States and Cuba are at opposite extremes of Freedom House’s Freedom on the Net 2012 report. According to the New York-based organization, the United States was ranked the second most “free” country in the world for online expression, while Cuba was listed as the second to worst.

Freedom House ranked 47 countries as "free," "partly free," or "not free" for its 2012 report, which surveyed six countries in the Americas -- Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela and the U.S. Read more »


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