Pssst... Wanna buy a digital identity? Only $50

Pssst... Wanna buy a digital identity? Only $50

It finds that for under $50, criminals can sell a person's complete digital life on the dark web, including data from breached social media accounts; banking details; remote access to servers or desktops; data from popular services like Uber, Netflix, and Spotify; and accounts for gaming websites, dating apps and porn websites, which might include credit card information.

Need medical help? Sorry, not until you sign away your privacy

Need medical help? Sorry, not until you sign away your privacy

I dutifully entered my info anyway—immediate physical needs have a way of leapfrogging over data privacy concerns, even for people like me who feel strongly about maintaining control over how their information is collected and used.

The Privacy Battle to Save Google From Itself

The Privacy Battle to Save Google From Itself

Every employee—from research scientists to engineers, program managers, and executives—described a single shared goal: to respect Google users and help them understand and control their data as they generate it in real time on Google’s services.

No More Glass Safes: tnnl Brings Privacy to Digital Assets

PRAGUE, Oct. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- At Devcon4, Cryptographic Applications Research, LLC (Cryptario) today released a "dark" paper and protocol specification detailing tnnl, a privacy-layer for the Ethereum network.

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.

Quantum Computing – Is the World of a Security Internet Over?

Quantum Computing – Is the World of a Security Internet Over?

After decades and billions of dollars in research, designs are finally coming online that can solve tasks faster than classical computer designs.

Mobile app data sharing 'out of control'

Mobile app data sharing 'out of control'

Google said it had clear policies for how developers could handle data, and that the research had mischaracterised some "ordinary functions" of apps. The researchers found that more than 88% of free apps on Google Play shared information with firms owned by Alphabet.

How smartphone apps track users and share data

How smartphone apps track users and share data

Researchers at Oxford university analysed approximately a third of the apps available in Google’s Play Store in 2017 and found that the median app could transfer data to 10 third parties, with one in five apps able to share data with more than 20.

Oxford researchers exposed the avalanche of data Google and Facebook can hoover up from apps on your phone

Oxford researchers exposed the avalanche of data Google and Facebook can hoover up from apps on your phone

Companies like Google and Facebook can hoover up vast quantities of data from third-party apps on people's smartphones, according to a detailed new study by the University of Oxford.

Genome Hackers Show No One’s DNA Is Anonymous Anymore

Genome Hackers Show No One’s DNA Is Anonymous Anymore

In fact, according to new research led by Erlich, published today in Science, more than 60 percent of Americans with European ancestry can be identified through their DNA using open genetic genealogy databases, regardless of whether they’ve ever sent in a spit kit.

Facebook Plans To Double Size Of AI Research Unit By 2020

Facebook Plans To Double Size Of AI Research Unit By 2020

Facebook and Google are locked in a battle to hire the smartest minds in the field, while others like Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft are also trying to poach the best PhD students and other academics, leading to brain drain concerns.

FBI fitness app asks users to agree to 'all of their activities monitored and recorded'

FBI fitness app asks users to agree to 'all of their activities monitored and recorded'

The FBI's full privacy policy, which the agency told CNBC also applies to its app, says users "are subject to having all of their activities monitored and recorded." It's not clear from the privacy policy exactly what data is collected and how much users are being monitored.

Hackers selling research phished from universities on WhatsApp

Hackers selling research phished from universities on WhatsApp

Iranian hackers have reportedly breached top British universities – including Oxford and Cambridge – to steal what the Telegraph says are “millions” of papers and academic research documents that they then put up for sale via WhatsApp and websites.

Edtech poses privacy and safety risks for students, FBI warns

Edtech poses privacy and safety risks for students, FBI warns

The announcement warns parents, students and teachers of the potential exploitation of information stored on these technologies, which include personalized learning experiences, tracking academics, disciplinary issues, student information systems and classroom management programs.

Report: Anonymity could be the answer to feeling happier online

Report: Anonymity could be the answer to feeling happier online

Platforms like YouTube and Netflix, which focus on entertainment and content and largely eschew social interaction or personal identity, were the ones impacting their users in a positive way.

The Deep Web — etymological curiosity and urban legend

The Deep Web — etymological curiosity and urban legend

The term ‘deep web’ most commonly refers to hidden service .onion websites build on top of the Tor dark web.

A top-tier app in Apple’s Mac App Store stole your browser history

A top-tier app in Apple’s Mac App Store stole your browser history

This app promises to “keep your Mac safe” and “get rid of annoying pop-up ads” — and even “discover and remove threats on your Mac.” But what the app won’t tell you is that for just a few bucks it’ll steal and download your browser history — including all the sites you’ve searched for or accessed — to servers in China run by the app’s makers.

Why we need better tracking protection

Why we need better tracking protection

Firefox has always offered a baseline set of protections and allowed people to opt into additional privacy features. In addition, research has shown that people rarely take steps to change their default settings — our own data agrees.

Eye Movements During Everyday Behavior Predict Personality Traits

Eye Movements During Everyday Behavior Predict Personality Traits

Using a state-of-the-art machine learning method and a rich set of features encoding different eye movement characteristics, we were able to reliably predict four of the Big Five personality traits (neuroticism, extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness) as well as perceptual curiosity only from eye movements.

Auckland researchers make world-first discovery into artificial intelligence

Auckland researchers make world-first discovery into artificial intelligence

The work is based on a new type of artificial intelligence research called spiking neural networks, which was used to develop NeuCube, a machine learning system modelled on how the human brain learns and recognises patterns.

How putting artificial intelligence in Google Glass-like systems could both help and harm our privacy

How putting artificial intelligence in Google Glass-like systems could both help and harm our privacy

The basic idea is to use the neural network to detect correlations between eye movement patterns and the level of privacy sensitivity experienced by the person wearing the camera headset.

DNA Testing Cos. Increase Lobbying as Privacy Concerns Mount

DNA Testing Cos. Increase Lobbying as Privacy Concerns Mount

As the popularity of genetic and genealogy testing companies, such as Ancestry.com and 23andMe, skyrockets, and privacy concerns mount over how user data is secured, the companies are increasing their presence in Washington.

Schools Are Mining Students' Social Media Posts for Signs of Trouble

Schools Are Mining Students' Social Media Posts for Signs of Trouble

Amanda Lenhart, a New America Foundation researcher who has studied how teens use the internet, says it’s understandable schools like the idea of monitoring social media.

Spyware Company Leaves ‘Terabytes’ of Selfies, Text Messages, and Location Data Exposed Online

Spyware Company Leaves ‘Terabytes’ of Selfies, Text Messages, and Location Data Exposed Online

Motherboard was able to verify that the researcher had access to Spyfone’s monitored devices’ data by creating a trial account, installing the spyware on a phone, and taking some pictures.

New Attack Recovers RSA Encryption Keys from EM Waves Within Seconds

New Attack Recovers RSA Encryption Keys from EM Waves Within Seconds

But at the Usenix conference held in Baltimore last week, a seven-man team from Georgia State University (GSU) detailed a new technique that recovers RSA encryption keys within seconds.

Facebook bans first app since Cambridge Analytica, myPersonality, and suspends hundreds more – TechCrunch

Facebook suspended the app around then, saying “we believe that it may have violated Facebook’s policies.” That suspension has graduated into a ban, because the creators “fail[ed] to agree to our request to audit and because it’s clear that they shared information with researchers as well as companies with only limited protections in place.”

Android Sucks 10X More of Your Private Data Than iPhone

Android Sucks 10X More of Your Private Data Than iPhone

According to a research paper published by Vanderbilt University's Professor Douglas Schmidt on August 15, Google’s Android phones are sucking your private life at a much higher rate than Apple’s iPhones—almost 10 times more, on average.

Facebook Starts War On Knowledge After Closing Doors to Researchers

Facebook Starts War On Knowledge After Closing Doors to Researchers

The latest casualty is the app Netvizz, a research tool used by hundreds of academics to gather public Facebook data, that the social network has recently banned. The questionable use of Facebook data by academic researchers and political campaigners in the Cambridge Analytica scandal highlights the need for new privacy and security measures.

Academics Discover New Bypasses for Browser Tracking Protections and Ad Blockers

Academics Discover New Bypasses for Browser Tracking Protections and Ad Blockers

Researchers looked at how browsers prevent third-party services —such as advertising companies— from tracking users via cross-site requests and persistent cookies. For their research, the KU Leuven team tested if browsers or extensions blocked cross-site requests for user cookie files initiated via: