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Free service shields online communications from surveillance

SAN FRANCISCO — A free service launched on Wednesday called PrivateSky lets Internet users shield email, Facebook updates, and other online exchanges from hackers or other unwanted snoops. The service from startup CertiVox comes as hackers appear to be rampaging through the Internet, cracking defenses at companies, attacking public websites,…

WikiLeaks won’t release key to ‘insurance’ file, despite Assange arrest

The website Wikileaks will continue publishing leaked US embassy cables but won’t release the encryption key for its 200,000 cable “insurance file” despite the arrest of its founder, Julian Assange. Assange was arrested early Tuesday morning by British authorities under a Swedish arrest warrant. He is accused of vague sex-related…

BlackBerry maker to resist pressure from Gulf governments

A top executive of the maker of the BlackBerry smartphones said in an interview published Wednesday that the firm would not give in to pressure to allow foreign governments to access customer data. Mike Lazaridis, founder and co-chief executive of Canadian-based Research in Motion, told The New York Times that…

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