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.

Confessions of a private spy

Confessions of a private spy

Of course, Weinstein hired Black Cube - an organisation staffed by ex-Mossad operatives and a favoured plaything of some of the less savoury individuals stalking the planet - to spy on McGowan.

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.

Canada should ban Huawei from 5G networks, says former spy chief

Canada should ban Huawei from 5G networks, says former spy chief

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada should ban China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from supplying equipment to Canadian 5G networks because the security risk is too great, a former spy chief said in an article published on Monday.

Why tech giants don't need to spy on you to know what you're up to

Why tech giants don't need to spy on you to know what you're up to

Simply put, tech firms routinely gather so much data about you in other ways, they already have an excellent idea what your interests, desires and habits might be.

You Can Now Get $1 Million for Hacking WhatsApp and iMessage

You Can Now Get $1 Million for Hacking WhatsApp and iMessage

In an interview in December of last year, Shwartz told Motherboard that exploits for messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Signal, which are end-to-end encrypted and thus make it hard for hackers or spies to intercept messages, can go for $1 million or even up to $4 million depending on the circumstances and how urgently the government needs to hack their target.

How to Know if You’re Being Tracked on the Internet

How to Know if You’re Being Tracked on the Internet

How to stop my device from listening to my conversations Visit the app permission section on your phone and revoke mic permissions. Once you’ve updated the software, install a good anti-spyware app on your device.

How To Secure Your Devices Before Travelling

How To Secure Your Devices Before Travelling

Wipe the phone clean and throw it away BEFORE you come home, so you don’t bring any spyware back with you. Take a backup of important documents and wipe the devices clean when you come back.

The Government Is Trying to Keep Key NSA Spying Rules Secret

The Government Is Trying to Keep Key NSA Spying Rules Secret

The Freedom of Information Act suit seeks the release of secret memos written by government lawyers that provided the foundation for the warrantless surveillance of Americans’ international communications. It’s also withholding six other memos that set out the legal basis for surveillance activities under the order.

How to Prevent Spyware

How to Prevent Spyware

If you’re suspicious that you’ve got spyware, you can install a good antivirus and antispyware software to get rid of it. With a more secure browser, there are fewer chances of downloading spyware or malware on your computer.

What is Spyware?

What is Spyware?

Be careful when you go online: Spyware is installed from malicious websites. A malicious website can throw a popup your way that will prompt you to download spyware on your system. Don’t agree to anything if you don’t know about the software it’s going to install on your device.

Encryption Backdoor Threatens Privacy of All

Encryption Backdoor Threatens Privacy of All

The 2018 Assistance and Access Bill would force tech companies such as Wickr and Telegram to provide state agencies with backdoor access to otherwise encrypted messages.

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms

The spy agencies would be allowed to order a company to silently add government snoops to conversations, presumably turning off any notifications that alert users to the fact that a new person has been added to the chat, or an existing one changed.

Lenovo Reaches $7.3 Million Settlement After Superfish Adware Debacle

Lenovo Reaches $7.3 Million Settlement After Superfish Adware Debacle

Lenovo Group Ltd. can now move ahead with an $7.3 million settlement to end a class action that its ad software exposed customer laptops to performance, privacy, and security problems, Bloomberg said.

Dangerous Pegasus Spyware Has Spread to 45 Countries

Dangerous Pegasus Spyware Has Spread to 45 Countries

The infamous Pegasus spyware, which targets iPhones and Android devices, has allegedly infiltrated 45 different countries across the globe — and six of those countries have used surveillance malware in the past to abuse human rights, a group of researchers claimed Tuesday.

HIDE AND SEEK Tracking NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware to Operations in 45 Countries

HIDE AND SEEK Tracking NSO Group’s Pegasus Spyware to Operations in 45 Countries

We found suspected NSO Pegasus infections associated with 33 of the 36 Pegasus operators we identified in 45 countries: Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt, France, Greece, India, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Libya, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Poland, Qatar, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, the UAE, Uganda, the United Kingdom, the United States, Uzbekistan, Yemen, and Zambia.

Mobile spyware maker leaks 2 million records

Mobile spyware maker leaks 2 million records

mSpy, a commercial spyware solution designed to help you spy on kids and partners, has leaked over 2 million records including software purchases and iCloud usernames and authentication tokens of devices running mSky. The data appears to have come from an unsecured database that allowed security researchers to pull out millions of records.

For 2nd Time in 3 Years, Mobile Spyware Maker mSpy Leaks Millions of Sensitive Records — Krebs on Security

For 2nd Time in 3 Years, Mobile Spyware Maker mSpy Leaks Millions of Sensitive Records — Krebs on Security

mSpy, the makers of a software-as-a-service product that claims to help more than a million paying customers spy on the mobile devices of their kids and partners, has leaked millions of sensitive records online, including passwords, call logs, text messages, contacts, notes and location data secretly collected from phones running the stealthy spyware.

US, UK and others push for mandatory access to encrypted data

US, UK and others push for mandatory access to encrypted data

The countries said any measures would honor privacy and oversight laws, but also contended that the same laws allowing them to search homes and cars also gave them permission to obtain any private data they deemed legally necessary. "Privacy laws must prevent arbitrary or unlawful interference, but privacy is not absolute," the group said in its statement.

Spyware Company Exposed ‘281 Gigabytes’ of Children’s Photos Online

Spyware Company Exposed ‘281 Gigabytes’ of Children’s Photos Online

The hacker, who’s mainly known for having hacked spyware maker Retina-X, wiping its servers (twice), said he was able to find the key to the cloud servers of Family Orbit, a company that that markets itself as “the best parental control app to protect your kids.” The servers contained the photos intercepted by the spyware, according to the hacker.

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.