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Researchers attack secured Internet activity to mine personal data

Antone Gonsalves | March 12, 2014
Technique used on HTTPS traffic can correctly determine Web pages users visited with 89 percent accuracy.

Employers could monitor the activities of employees while they are on the corporate network, regardless whether they are using a personal or employer-issued device.

Finally, governments could find the collected information useful to find criminals and to punish political dissidents or people who defy censors, the study said. In China, for example, the social media firm Sina recently punished more than 100,000 users through account suspensions and occasional public admonishment for violating the government's guidelines for Internet use.


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