The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked

The Motherboard Guide to Not Getting Hacked

The future is probably not going to get better, with real-life disasters caused by internet-connected knick-knacks , smart home robots that could kill you , and your telecom providers who routinely lose customer data and unwittingly help hackers steal your phone number (and sometimes your money.) Meanwhile, an ever-growing and increasingly passive surveillance apparatus that has trickled down to state and local police is an ever-present threat to our digital privacy and increasingly uses technology that is developed by Silicon Valley giants who are supposedly consumer-focused.

The DEA and ICE are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights

The DEA and ICE are hiding surveillance cameras in streetlights

Earlier this week, the DEA issued a solicitation for “concealments made to house network PTZ [Pan-Tilt-Zoom] camera, cellular modem, cellular compression device,” noting that the government intended to give the contract to Obsidian Integration LLC, an Oregon company with a sizable number of federal law enforcement customers.

In a court filing, Edward Snowden says a report critical to an NSA lawsuit is authentic

In a court filing, Edward Snowden says a report critical to an NSA lawsuit is authentic

Snowden’s signed declaration, filed on October 31, confirms that one of the documents he leaked, which the EFF relied heavily on for its case, is an authentic draft document written by the then-NSA inspector general in 2009, which exposed concerns about the legality of the Bush’s warrantless surveillance program — Stellar Wind — particularly the collection of bulk email records on Americans.

Australian bill spells trouble for data privacy around the world

Australian bill spells trouble for data privacy around the world

An unlikely alliance of tech companies, start-ups and digital consumer rights groups has locked horns with the Australian government over its proposed anti-data encryption law, currently under review by the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS).

Surveillance state: NSW intensifies citizen tracking

Surveillance state: NSW intensifies citizen tracking

"Law enforcement authorities habitually push for greater access to private data and information to help them do their job and will likely call to increase The Capability to include less serious crimes and public nuisances," Mr Greenwich said.

Privacy vs. security: Why the widespread use of encryption is essential to national security

Privacy vs. security: Why the widespread use of encryption is essential to national security

Most recently, the Australian government has waged a campaign to promote encryption backdoors, which would weaken the right to privacy and make us all less safe. Proponents of these kinds of laws say encrypted services, like WhatsApp or ProtonMail, allow criminals to plan and carry out attacks beyond the reach of police.

Starting November 1st, Chinese police can go to any Chinese ISP to copy your data

Starting November 1st, Chinese police can go to any Chinese ISP to copy your data

It goes on top of a law passed in 2016 that mandates ISPs store 6 months of IP address connection data and makes it very clear that your internet traffic is available to be monitored.

How Indian Government’s Digital Authoritarianism Is Interfering With “Internet Freedom”

How Indian Government’s Digital Authoritarianism Is Interfering With “Internet Freedom”

Throughout the year, India has been on the world’s radar for many Internet and privacy-related incidents; top-most being the numerous mob lynchings which have been reported to initiate from fake Whatsapp messages.

Data breach: Microsoft shared Indian bank customers’ financial details with US intelligence agencies

Data breach: Microsoft shared Indian bank customers’ financial details with US intelligence agencies

In response to the RBI risk assessment observation, seen by DNA Money, a bank acknowledged that they have agreed with Microsoft, and according to the deal, Microsoft will only share the bank customers’ data if the order was issued by the government of India or an Indian court.

WhatsApp India formed, to begin operations soon

WhatsApp India formed, to begin operations soon

In his last meeting with Daniels, Prasad requested him to devise ways to trace the origins of fake messages, set up a local corporate entity and appoint a grievance officer to address complaints to curb the spread of deadly rumours.

Feds Also Using 'Reverse Warrants' To Gather Location/Identifying Info On Thousands Of Non-Suspects

Feds Also Using 'Reverse Warrants' To Gather Location/Identifying Info On Thousands Of Non-Suspects

What used to be officers canvassing the area where a crime took place is now a warrant sent to Google to obtain location data and identifying info for all people and devices in the area.

Report: Microsoft shares banking data of Indian customers with US Intelligence agencies

Report: Microsoft shares banking data of Indian customers with US Intelligence agencies

The report stated that the consumer data with banks who moved to Microsoft Office 365 was shared by the company with the US Intelligence Agencies.

Feds took woman’s iPhone at border, she sued, now they agree to delete data

Feds took woman’s iPhone at border, she sued, now they agree to delete data

According to the agency's most recent figures (Fiscal Year 2017), out of 397 million international travelers, only 30,200 digital border searches were conducted—or approximately 0.007 percent.

Kennedy: The unholy alliance between state and tech

Kennedy: The unholy alliance between state and tech

While I applaud Cook's natural inclination to preserve privacy and thus liberty, which is implied in several amendments especially the first and fourth, it is this special insidious cronyism that has developed between big tech and big government that's worrisome.

Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

While the ACLU has been able to confirm that under Trump, government departments like the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security are accelerating domestic social media surveillance in relation to anticipated anti-Trump protest incidents, these FOIA requests have not revealed the technologies being deployed to do so.

Trudeau defends Statistics Canada move to collect banking info of 500,000 Canadians

Trudeau defends Statistics Canada move to collect banking info of 500,000 Canadians

Conservative House Leader Candice Bergen grilled Trudeau during question period Monday following a report by Global News that revealed Statistics Canada is asking the country’s nine largest banks for the transaction data of 500,000 randomly chosen Canadians, including everything from bill payments to cash withdrawals from ATMs to credit card payments and even account balances.

Is Decentralisation the new Utopia from centralized governments?

Is Decentralisation the new Utopia from centralized governments?

Decentralized technologies eliminate the need to position a human intermediary in systems by providing a global platform for respective parties to interact on a peer to peer network. The country’s government operates on Blockchain and all the citizens are provided with digital tokens which function as Voter Id card.

Google’s smart city dream is turning into a privacy nightmare

Google’s smart city dream is turning into a privacy nightmare

In a statement, the company said: "At last week's meeting of the Waterfront Toronto's Digital Strategy Advisory Panel, it became clear that Sidewalk Labs would play a more limited role in near-term discussions about a data governance framework at Quayside.

Smart Cities for Dumb Humans

Smart Cities for Dumb Humans

This is how Google makes money: It collects data on people, places, and patterns of activity, on which it then runs advanced algorithms designed by some of the smartest and most innovative coders and engineers in the world, to create targeted advertising or to optimize efficiencies in processes.

Facebook and Google seek assurances from UK about impact of Brexit deal

Facebook and Google seek assurances from UK about impact of Brexit deal

Google’s UK head Ronan Harris is understood to have asked ministers about the potential impact of Brexit on laws around the transfer of data. Google’s advertising business relies heavily upon retaining user data, and Brexit will see the government have to form a new data-sharing agreement with the European Union.

Governments want your encrypted data, Australia wants them to have it, and you should be worried

Governments want your encrypted data, Australia wants them to have it, and you should be worried

This legislation comes after the Five Eyes intelligence alliance, including Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.S., and the U.K., released a statement calling for government access to encrypted files on the basis of national security and crime prevention.

The Chinese Surveillance State

The Chinese Surveillance State

I think, Matthew, you and I were talking about this earlier about, what was it, something like 15 million Chinese people have been placed on, because of their low score on one of these systems, they have been banned from being allowed to buy plane tickets or to ride trains.

Feds Order Google To Hand Over A Load Of Innocent Americans' Locations

Feds Order Google To Hand Over A Load Of Innocent Americans' Locations

Then Google is asked to provide information on all users within those locations at those times, most likely including data on many innocent people.

How the TSA’s Facial Recognition Plan Will Go Far Beyond the Airport

How the TSA’s Facial Recognition Plan Will Go Far Beyond the Airport

Under the TSA plan, which reads like a parody of warnings against “slippery slopes” in the expansion of surveillance technology, the agency would first streamline its partnership with the Customs and Border Protection’s new biometric exit program, which matches certain international travelers with their passport photos at the aircraft gate.

Hackers steal data of 75,000 users after Healthcare.gov FFE breach

Hackers steal data of 75,000 users after Healthcare.gov FFE breach

Healthcare insurance agents and brokers use the FFE to enroll users into Obamacare plans made available through the official HealthCare.gov portal. US citizens can still enroll for Obamacare health care plans via the HealthCare.gov portal or the Marketplace Call Center.

Japan to tell Facebook to improve data protection: Kyodo

Japan to tell Facebook to improve data protection: Kyodo

The Japanese government is set to tell Facebook Inc (FB.O) to better protect its users' personal data after a leak involving British firm Cambridge Analytica that affected 87 million users globally, Kyodo News reported on Monday.

DTA attacks China-style social credit claims about Govpass digital identity

DTA attacks China-style social credit claims about Govpass digital identity

The ASPI report also takes a swing at both federal government agencies (Govpass) and Australia Post (Digital iD) for developing broadly similar digital identity credentials, saying neither scheme “is governed by dedicated legislation, beyond existing laws such as the inadequate Privacy Act 1988, leaving Australians vulnerable to having their data misused.”

Report: Israeli spyware helping dictatorships track dissidents, minorities

Report: Israeli spyware helping dictatorships track dissidents, minorities

The investigation, based on 100 sources in 15 countries, including many current and former employees of the Israeli companies producing the cyber products, concluded that the Israeli regulatory bodies that are supposed to ensure that exports aren’t used for illegal or immoral purposes by the client governments are not stopping the sales even when there is clear evidence of abuse.

Between Freedom of Speech and Online Security

Between Freedom of Speech and Online Security

Moreover, the AVMD contradicts the E-Commerce Directive meant to protect the freedom of expression by ensuring that internet companies can’t be obliged to delete user-generated content.

Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it

Smart home makers hoard your data, but won’t say if the police come for it

We asked some of the most well-known smart home makers on the market if they plan to release a transparency report, or disclose the number of demands they receive for data from their smart home devices.

More