EFF is proud to announce its newest investigative team: the Threat Lab. Using a combination of research skills, the Threat Lab will take a deep dive into how surveillance technologies are used to target communities, activists, or individuals.
The Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) service featured in Windows 10 version 1809 alerted researchers to an NSA-inspired backdoor vulnerability in Huawei laptops. The PCManager software included in some Huawei’s Matebook systems allows unprivileged users to create processes with superuser privileges, according to a March 25 Microsoft security post.
“We wanted to give as many people as we can the time to update and patch their devices before disclosing such critical vulnerability.” The flaws, which could be exploited by an attacker on a shared WiFi network, have a CVSS 3.0 score of 8.2, meaning they are high-severity, researchers told Threatpost.
The ability of attackers to manipulate and shift data around is a real threat – one that could cause widespread financial and even physical harm as a result – if done successfully. Mitigating Against Data Manipulation Attacks To combat these types of attacks, organizations need to ensure they have endpoint visibility on their IT systems.
Facebook monitors and tracks the locations of its users when the company’s security team finds that they are making credible threats on its social network, according to a report from CNBC today .
Any suggestion our onsite physical security team has overstepped is absolutely false." Facebook is unique in the way it uses its own product to mine data for threats and locations of potentially dangerous individuals, said Tim Bradley, senior consultant with Incident Management Group, a corporate security consulting firm that deals with employee safety issues.
The researchers said the iPhone apps were loaded with ads, which could have duped users into tapping a link and granting permission for malware installed outside the App Store.
Today, however, the biggest risk to our privacy and our security has become the threat of unintended inferences, due to the power of increasingly widespread machine learning techniques. Once we generate data, anyone who possesses enough of it can be a threat, posing new dangers to both our privacy and our security.
LOUIS BURKE | Culture | CONTACT Multinational tech companies are threatening to leave the country after the passing of the Access and Assistance Bill, which could cost the government up to $0 in taxes if they make good on their threat.
But let’s be realistic: They’re small measures when you consider the big picture, that the gears of the online world are greased with our data.
When you use online services, like email or web browsing, your data travels across the network and gets stored on servers that belong to those companies. Almost all online services and Internet-connected devices have privacy settings you can update to restrict the amount of information collected and/or posted publicly online.
While Vigneault said terrorism remained the “number one national security-related danger to public safety in this country,” he called espionage and foreign interference “the greatest threat to our prosperity and national interest.”
“They suddenly had images that their family could be arrested, that they could be arrested, some people had post-traumatic stress disorder-like symptoms,” Chisholm said in a phone interview. “The fear and uncertainty generated by surveillance inhibit activity more than any action by the police,” Franco said in a phone interview.
Alan Monie, researcher with Pen Test Partners, outlined in a Thursday post how he was able to launch various Insecure Direct Object Reference (IDOR) attacks on the watches. Regardless, Monie told Threatpost that the security glitch would be difficult to fix, and recommends that consumers stop using the watch.
Kaspersky blocked 796.8 million attacks around the globe in Q1 2018, and the company found that one popular productivity suite was the victim of more than 47 percent of exploits: Microsoft Office.
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).
Wojcicki focuses on Article 13 of the EU's new Directive on Copyright, which passed in early September and makes tech platforms liable for copyright-protected content. Essentially, this means that giant platforms that rely on user-generated content, including Google's YouTube, , and , would be responsible for making sure that users don't share copyrighted material.
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 Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon employees have been bribed to leak corporate data - such as sales metrics and the personal details of reviewers - to sellers:
From a close reading of much of this prior work, my colleagues and I identified three inter-related high level barriers that may explain why advice about security and privacy is often ignored and why many security and privacy tools go largely unused: awareness, motivation, and knowledge.
Subject Re: A Plea to Unfuck our Codes of Conduct Regarding those who are ejected from the Linux Kernel Community after this CoC: Contributors can, at any time, rescind the license grant regarding their property via written notice to those whom they are rescinding the grant from (regarding their property (code)) .
We're asking our representatives and institutions to investigate and consider suspending Axel Voss, the rapporteur for the Copyright Directive, for potential conflict of interest and subversion of democracy within the European Union.
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.
"The MikroTik RouterOS device allows users to capture packets on the router and forward the captured network traffic to the specified Stream server," the researcher said, adding that ports 20, 21, 25, 110, and 143 appear to be of the most interest to the eavesdroppers.