Discovery of cameras built into airlines’ seats sparks privacy concerns

Discovery of cameras built into airlines’ seats sparks privacy concerns

Cameras pointed at passengers have been noticed in the inflight entertainment systems used by some American Airlines and Singapore Airlines aircraft, BuzzFeed News reports.

Vendors must start adding physical on/off switches to devices that can spy on us

Vendors must start adding physical on/off switches to devices that can spy on us

A device equipped with a hardware “off” switch for the camera and microphone isn’t yet on the market, as far as I know.

Microsoft disabled or replaced these Google features in the new Edge

Microsoft disabled or replaced these Google features in the new Edge

Microsoft published a list of services that it replaces or disabled in the Chromium-based version of Microsoft Edge recently.

Hackers Could Read Your Hotmail, MSN, and Outlook Emails by Abusing Microsoft Support

Hackers Could Read Your Hotmail, MSN, and Outlook Emails by Abusing Microsoft Support

But the issue is much worse than previously reported, with the hackers able to access email content from a large number of Outlook, MSN, and Hotmail email accounts, according to a source who witnessed the attack in action and described it before Microsoft’s statement, as well as screenshots provided to Motherboard.

Microsoft discloses security breach that impacted some Outlook accounts

Microsoft discloses security breach that impacted some Outlook accounts

Chinese companies have leaked over 590 million resumes via open databases Over 540 million Facebook records found on exposed AWS servers According to Microsoft, between January 1, 2019, and March 29, 2019, a hacker, or group of hackers, compromised the account of a Microsoft support agent, one of the company's customer support representatives that handles technical complaints.

Apple's New MacBook Disconnects Microphone "Physically" When Lid is Closed

Apple's New MacBook Disconnects Microphone "Physically" When Lid is Closed

Apple's custom T2 security chip in the latest MacBooks includes a new hardware feature that physically disconnects the MacBook's built-in microphone whenever the user closes the lid, the company revealed yesterday at its event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in New York.

Huawei's surveillance system in Serbia threatens citizens' rights, watchdog warns

Huawei's surveillance system in Serbia threatens citizens' rights, watchdog warns

"Thanks to Huawei's intelligent technology, police are now able to locate suspects based on stored HD video, improving safety and security, and realizing an overall reduction in the rates of crime," the case study reads, with Huawei saying so far it has deployed Safe City systems in 230 cities around the world.

Security researcher pleads guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo

Security researcher pleads guilty to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo

A 24-year-old security researcher narrowly avoided prison today, after admitting to hacking into Microsoft and Nintendo servers and stealing confidential information. Clark, who was employed at the Malwarebytes security company at the time of the Microsoft hack, was also previously cautioned by British police after being arrested for his role in the massive Vtech data breach in 2015.

Google’s Nest fiasco harms user trust and invades their privacy

Google’s Nest fiasco harms user trust and invades their privacy

But, following a trust-shattering move by Google last month regarding its Nest Secure product, consensus on one issue has emerged: Companies shouldn’t ship products that can surreptitiously spy on users.

Facebook is helping Intel design their next processor

Facebook is helping Intel design their next processor

Facebook is working with Intel to improve its upcoming Copper Lake processors. The company is helping Intel add a touch of deep learning to the Copper Lake processors to improve the performance. Intel is expected to release the Copper Lake processors later this year.

Microsoft CEO Calls for Global Implementation of GDPR-like Legislation

Microsoft CEO Calls for Global Implementation of GDPR-like Legislation

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, speaking recently during an on-stage interview at World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, lead the calls for the global introduction of legislation that enshrines data privacy as a human right.

Apple privacy, a commodity for the few

Apple privacy, a commodity for the few

Trend Micro denied any wrongdoing, but it is curious that the apps didn’t reappear on Apple Store. So again, privacy, in terms of apple, is a commodity only for the ones that can afford it.

A “serious” Windows 0-day is being actively exploited in the wild

A “serious” Windows 0-day is being actively exploited in the wild

with 80 posters participating Share this story Google security officials are advising Windows users to ensure they’re using the latest version 10 of the Microsoft operating system to protect themselves against a “serious” unpatched vulnerability that attackers have been actively exploiting in the wild.

Schneier on Security

Schneier on Security

The Latest in Creepy Spyware The Nest home alarm system shipped with a secret microphone , which -- according to the company -- was only an accidental secret : On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson told Business Insider the company had made an "error." "The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs," the spokesperson said.

Windows 10 Shouldn’t Upload Encryption Keys to Microsoft, Privacy Watchdog Says

Windows 10 Shouldn’t Upload Encryption Keys to Microsoft, Privacy Watchdog Says

Microsoft is one of the giants that can further improve how user security is handled, as the EFF says that Windows 10 should actually allow customers who install the Home version of the operating system to keep the disk encryption keys to themselves.

Instagram is listening to you

Instagram is listening to you

At some point I was talking with my cousin (in spanish) about a product I would like to buy: a micro projector connected in Bluetooth to share videos on a wall from my phone.

Washingtonpost.com: Microsoft to Rid Windows of Tracking Numbers

Washingtonpost.com: Microsoft to Rid Windows of Tracking Numbers

Enter symbols separated by a space: Look Up Symbols Portfolio Made Possible by: Microsoft to Rid Windows of Tracking Numbers By Ted Bridis Associated Press Monday, March 8, 1999; Page A08 Microsoft Corp., which sells the software runs most of the world's personal computers, said yesterday that its latest version of Windows generates a unique serial number that partly is planted within electronic documents and could be used to trace the identity of authors.

Senate demands Google CEO answer for hidden Nest microphone

Senate demands Google CEO answer for hidden Nest microphone

Tyler Lizenby/CNET The US Senate Commerce Committee wants explanations from Google CEO Sundar Pichai about a recent controversy at Nest, the smart-home device company Google owns. The committee wants Pichai to specifically address six questions: Has a microphone always been a component of the Nest Secure home security and alarm system device?

Google forced to reveal which products have microphones following privacy backlash

Google forced to reveal which products have microphones following privacy backlash

The existence of a microphone on the Nest Secure has never been mentioned in any product material for the device, which a Google spokesperson said was “an error” on the company’s part.

Nest's Hidden Microphone Prompts Privacy Group to Call for FTC Action Against Google

Nest's Hidden Microphone Prompts Privacy Group to Call for FTC Action Against Google

A privacy group with a history of complaining about Google’s acquisition of Nest sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission this week, calling on regulators to force Google to spin off the company after the existence of a secret microphone was revealed in its Nest Secure products.

Google admits error over hidden microphone

Google admits error over hidden microphone

Image copyright Google Image caption The Nest Guard acts as a way to arm and disarm the firm's home security alarm system by use of a code or tap of a key fob In response to criticism, Google said on Tuesday: "The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs.

Someone found cameras in Singapore Airlines’ in-flight entertainment system

Someone found cameras in Singapore Airlines’ in-flight entertainment system

Now, there’s the camera, which was discovered by a traveler who tweeted out the discovery, asking Singapore Airlines to clarify how it was being used.

Sen. Warner blasts Google for hidden Nest microphone: Federal agencies and Congress 'must have hearings to shine a light on the dark underbelly of the digital economy'

Sen. Warner blasts Google for hidden Nest microphone: Federal agencies and Congress 'must have hearings to shine a light on the dark underbelly of the digital economy'

"That was an error on our part." Read more: Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret' Warner said that federal hearings may need to take place to bring more answers to consumer questions about their smart home devices.

Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret'

Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret'

Nest Guard Nest Google says that "the microphone has never been on and is only activated when users specifically enable the option." Read more: Google is reabsorbing Nest, the smart home company it bought for $3.2 billion in 2014 It also said the microphone was originally included in the Nest Guard for the possibility of adding new security features down the line, like the ability to detect broken glass.

Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret' (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google says the built-in microphone it never told Nest users about was 'never supposed to be a secret' (GOOG, GOOGL)

Still, even if Google included the microphone in its Nest Guard device for future updates — like its Assistant integration — the news comes as consumers have grown increasingly wary of major tech companies and their commitment to consumer privacy.

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

With the Google Assistant built in, your security system is now even more helpful.” More cybersecurity news Kid’s creepy smartwatch recalled as hackers can locate and talk to kids While we are on the topic of potentially creepy IoT devices, it would be remiss not to mention the European Commission’s recall of the Enox Safe-Kid-One smartwatch, which poses a “serious” risk to kids since attackers could locate or even communicate with kids wearing the high-tech watch.

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

Nest Secure had a secret microphone, can now be a Google Assistant

Nest Guard does have one on-device microphone that is not enabled by default.” [ Read also: The IoT security survival guide | Get the latest from CSO: Sign up for our newsletters ] Nest Secure owners have been able to use Google Assistant and voice commands, but it previously required a separate Google Assistant device to hear your commands.

What Does Big Tech Know About You? Basically Everything

What Does Big Tech Know About You? Basically Everything

The folks at Security Baron examined the privacy policies of Facebook, Google, Apple, Twitter, Amazon, and Microsoft and put together a handy infographic showing the types of data each company admits to collecting.

Nest Secure has an unlisted, disabled microphone (Update: Google statement)

Nest Secure has an unlisted, disabled microphone (Update: Google statement)

Here is Google’s official statement on the matter: The Google Assistant on Nest Guard is an opt-in feature, and as the feature becomes available to our users, they’ll receive an email with instructions on how to enable the feature and turn on the microphone in the Nest app.

Walgreens, Nestlé, Coors And More Use Iris-Tracking Cameras To Spy On Shoppers

Walgreens, Nestlé, Coors And More Use Iris-Tracking Cameras To Spy On Shoppers

<span style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" data-mce-type="bookmark" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span> Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. is testing a technology that embeds cameras, sensors and digital screens in the cooler doors in its stores, a new network of “smart” displays that marketers can use to target ads for specific types of shoppers.

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