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