Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Catholics in Iowa went to church. Steve Bannon tracked their phones.

Steve Bannon and the conservative group CatholicVote used cell-phone location data for people who had been inside Roman Catholic churches in Dubuque, Iowa, in 2018 to target them with get-out-the-vote ads, ThinkProgress has learned.

New Attack Lets Android Apps Capture Loudspeaker Data Without Any Permission

New Attack Lets Android Apps Capture Loudspeaker Data Without Any Permission

Nitesh Saxena also confirmed The Hacker News that the attack can not be used to capture targeted users' voice or their surroundings because "that is not strong enough to affect the phone's motion sensors, especially given the low sampling rates imposed by the OS," and thus also doesn't interfere with the accelerometer readings.

FaceApp’s Privacy Policy Isn’t The Problem

FaceApp’s Privacy Policy Isn’t The Problem

The app owes its popularity to viral sensations like the one it’s currently experiencing, which has users sharing photos of their older or younger counterparts. In the statement, he claims that FaceApp does not share or sell any user data to third parties(that’s different from allowing third part advertisers to deliver targeted ads).

You Have Just Given FaceApp a Perpetual And Royalty Free License to do What They Want With Your Selfies

You Have Just Given FaceApp a Perpetual And Royalty Free License to do What They Want With Your Selfies

When you post or otherwise share User Content on or through our Services, you understand that your User Content and any associated information (such as your [username], location or profile photo) will be visible to the public,” is the subsequent piece of text.

Google removes stalkerware apps after researchers discover trackers on Play Store

Google removes stalkerware apps after researchers discover trackers on Play Store

"These apps are highly unethical and problematic for people's privacy and shouldn't be on the Google Play Store, as they promote criminal behavior, and can be abused by employers, stalkers or abusive partners to spy on their victims," Nikolaos Chrysaidos, Avast's head of mobile threat intelligence and security, said in a statement.

Privacy Warnings Issued Over Russian-Owned FaceApp

Privacy Warnings Issued Over Russian-Owned FaceApp

FaceApp is an app that lets users upload their photos, and uses artificial intelligence to change their looks, either older or younger. But it’s making headlines again because the app has gotten good — like, eerily good — at showing users what they’ll look like when they age.

Permission-greedy apps delayed Android 6 upgrade so they could harvest more user data

Permission-greedy apps delayed Android 6 upgrade so they could harvest more user data

Android app developers intentionally delayed updating their applications to work on top of Android 6.0, so they could continue to have access to an older permission-requesting mechanism that granted them easy access to large quantities of user data, research published by the University of Maryland last month has revealed.

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

How To Clear Out Your Zombie Apps and Online Accounts

Disconnecting third-party apps and services from Facebook, Twitter, and Google usually only takes a click or two from the pages we've just linked to, but bear in mind that this won't actually close down your unused accounts—it just means they can't get into your main accounts quite as easily.

Tales from the spam filter of an Android app developer

Tales from the spam filter of an Android app developer

I regularly get mail from various shady companies that obviously crawl Play for developer contact addresses in order to spam them with “lucrative business proposals”. Automatically crawling Google Play for contact addresses of fairly obscure apps and spamming their developers is actually child’s play.

GitHub - encrypted-dev/proof-of-concept: A proof of concept for an end-to-end encrypted web app.

GitHub - encrypted-dev/proof-of-concept: A proof of concept for an end-to-end encrypted web app.

The point of the demo is that it should feel indistinguishable from a regular web app, despite the fact that all database queries are running over encrypted data, and in the browser.

Has Google's data collection gone too far?

Has Google's data collection gone too far?

Google has taken steps in recent years to be more transparent about what it does with our data, and users of its products now have more control over the use of personal information when using its services.

Agent Smith Malware jeopardizes 25 million android devices

Agent Smith Malware jeopardizes 25 million android devices

Agent smith malware The malware would be hidden inside “barely functioning photo utility, games, or sex-related apps,” Check Point writes. After the user downloads one, the malware masquerades as an app related to Google with a title such as “Google Updater” and starts replacing code.

Stalkerware Warning: Your Partner or Ex May Be Tracking Your Smartphone

Stalkerware Warning: Your Partner or Ex May Be Tracking Your Smartphone

Anti-virus software researchers report that thousands of people, mostly women, have “stalkerware” apps hidden on their phones — surreptitiously installed by their partners — that give the stalker access to the victim’s email, location, SMS, social media messages and even live feeds from their device cameras or microphones.

25 Million Android Phones Infected With Malware That 'Hides In WhatsApp'

25 Million Android Phones Infected With Malware That 'Hides In WhatsApp'

Jaap Arriens/NurPhotoAs many as 25 million Android phones have been hit with malware that replaces installed apps like WhatsApp with evil versions that serve up adverts, cybersecurity researchers warned Wednesday.

More than 1,000 Android apps harvest data even after you deny permissions

More than 1,000 Android apps harvest data even after you deny permissions

Researchers from the International Computer Science Institute found up to 1,325 Android apps that were gathering data from devices even after people explicitly denied them permission.

These are the sneaky new ways that Android apps are tracking you

These are the sneaky new ways that Android apps are tracking you

Egelman added that the workings of these apps often made the deception obvious to researchers: “There are many apps that we observed which try to access the data the right way through the Android API, and then, failing that, try and pull it off the file system.”.

Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones

Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones

Chinese border police are secretly installing surveillance apps on the phones of visitors and downloading personal information as part of the government’s intensive scrutiny of the remote Xinjiang region, the Guardian can reveal.

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being forced to install a piece of malware on their phones that gives all of their text messages as well as other pieces of data to the authorities, a collaboration by Motherboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian , the New York Times , and the German public broadcaster NDR has found.

China cracks down on popular social media apps

China cracks down on popular social media apps

SHANGHAI -- China's cyberspace regulator has blocked access to 26 podcast sharing or voice-based social apps, citing subversive content including "historical nihilism" and pornography. In a statement, Soul said it will work with the CAC to rectify its network.

Useless Features Justify Data Collection

Useless Features Justify Data Collection

Snapchat currently handles permissions for your camera, contacts, location, microphone, phone app and storage in order to operate on Android. Now let's talk about Snap Map. Just like the useless feature Snapchat implemented just for filling in your phone number during sign up — this too justifies unnecessary data collection.

Gay dating app forced to pay for failing to prevent users' nude leaks

Gay dating app forced to pay for failing to prevent users' nude leaks

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced a settlement with Online Buddies (the company who owns Jack’d) to pay the users a total of $240,000 (£189,000). ‘This app put users’ sensitive information and private photos at risk of exposure,’ said Attorney General James via a press release.

Line announces social credit scores, a Google Duplex competitor, and much more

Line announces social credit scores, a Google Duplex competitor, and much more

Line is one of the most prominent tech companies in Japan, with a chat app that virtually everyone here uses and which offers various adjacent services, from gaming to ride-hailing to personal finance.

A zombie game with 50,000 Play Store downloads is pulling sensitive data from Gmail

A zombie game with 50,000 Play Store downloads is pulling sensitive data from Gmail

Researchers from the mobile security company Wandera have identified the app, called “Scary Granny ZOMBY Mod: The Horror Game 2019,” as a malicious program that launches persistent full-screen advertisements on users’ phones, and asks some to enter their Google credentials.

How to generate virtual online IDs to prevent spam, scams, and phishing attacks

How to generate virtual online IDs to prevent spam, scams, and phishing attacks

By not offering services your actual email, phone number, or credit card information, you’re at least one step removed from potential cyber attacks should those services suffer a breach.

Facebook wants to pay you for your data — read this before you sign up

Facebook wants to pay you for your data — read this before you sign up

The social-media giant this week announced Study, a “market research program” that will compensate willing users of Android, Google’s GOOG, +0.66% GOOGL, +0.70% operating system, in exchange for information about their phone-app use.

Understanding the online safety and privacy challenges faced by South Asian women

Understanding the online safety and privacy challenges faced by South Asian women

To understand some of the challenges that South Asian women face online and on their devices, between May 2017 and January 2018, the research team conducted in-person, semi-structured, 1:1 and triad interviews with 199 participants who identified as women in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh (11 of them identified as queer, lesbian, or transgender male-to-female).Six NGO staff members working on women’s safety and LGBTQ rights were also interviewed.

How does Upgrade Readiness in WA collects application inventory for your OMS workspace?

How does Upgrade Readiness in WA collects application inventory for your OMS workspace?

If you are not taking these monthly security updates, then force a full sync on your machines monthly by running these two commands as System (via Configuration Manager or other management system): -m: -f:DoCensusRun -m: -f:DoScheduledTelemetryRun ent Deploying and running the UR Script monthly also helps you understand the population of devices which are running stale versions of appraiser components.

App Analysis: Nimses

App Analysis: Nimses

PewDiePie noticed this outcry and came back to ensure his users that the application was not a scam, that the app collects a similar amount of data as other social media applications, and that his fans are spreading "misinformation".

How to Set a Sleep Timer on iPhone, iPad and Android

How to Set a Sleep Timer on iPhone, iPad and Android

You can ask the sleep timer feature of Music for help, which allows you to fall asleep to Apple Music or Beats 1 radio without it playing all night. The sleep timer will start and will automatically turn off Apple Music or Beats 1 radio after the time set by you.

Facebook app banned by Apple got data from 187k users first- 9to5Mac

Facebook app banned by Apple got data from 187k users first- 9to5Mac

The social media giant said in a letter to Sen. Richard Blumenthal’s office — which TechCrunch obtained — that it collected data on 31,000 users in the U.S., including 4,300 teenagers.

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