Russia's security service tells internet firms to hand over user data: The Bell

Russia's security service tells internet firms to hand over user data: The Bell

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has ordered some of the country’s major internet companies to give it continuous access to their systems, The Bell investigative website reported late on Tuesday, citing three sources at the firms.

Ring Doorbell Hack Lawsuits

Ring Doorbell Hack Lawsuits

Multiple class action lawsuits have been filed alleging that Ring has failed to implement “even the most basic” security measures to protect its customers.Multiple class action lawsuits have been filed against Ring LLC following reports of hackers infiltrating the company’s camera systems and terrorizing homeowners and their children.

Beset by lawsuits over poor security protections, Ring rolls out 'privacy dashboard' for its creepy surveillance cams, immediately takes heat

Beset by lawsuits over poor security protections, Ring rolls out 'privacy dashboard' for its creepy surveillance cams, immediately takes heat

On Monday, in time for this year's CES in Las Vegas, the home surveillance camera and internet-connected doorbell specialist made a point of unveiling an account control panel it hopes will allow users to better manage the access settings on their devices and keep hackers and other intruders out.

We Buy Gifts That Surveil Our Loved Ones Because There Is Nothing Else to Buy

We Buy Gifts That Surveil Our Loved Ones Because There Is Nothing Else to Buy

We buy DNA tests from 23AndMe that could one day end up in a police database, we buy Amazon Echo and smartphone technology used to target us with ads, and, increasingly, we are buying Amazon’s Ring doorbell cameras that are being used to watch ourselves and our neighbors, create a warrantless police surveillance apparatus, and serve as an attack surface that can allow hackers to enter our homes.

Hiding In Plain Sight:

Hiding In Plain Sight:

I haven’t done anything with the information other than collect it and although my Bellingcat project didn’t focus on the cartels, it did give me the idea to see if I could use a Russian facial recognition website (FindClone) introduced to me by the Bellingcat team to locate active social media profiles of individuals wanted by the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL).

Canadian islanders angry over US mail searches

Canadian islanders angry over US mail searches

"Anything that arrives at the border is subject to being searched - that means anything," postmaster Kathleen Case told the BBC.Some days every item of mail - which are placed in a bonded truck in Canada and then sent about 80km (50 miles) through Maine and over the international Franklin Delano Roosevelt Bridge to Campobello - is inspected.

Website Calls for Investigation of Ring, Gets Blocked by Facebook

Website Calls for Investigation of Ring, Gets Blocked by Facebook

A leading digital rights organization on Tuesday said that Facebook was actively blocking its users from sharing a link to a web page critical of Amazon that labels its internet-connected home security products—namely, Ring doorbell cameras—a threat to “privacy, civil liberties, and security”.

Amazon admits it has enacted zero civil liberties protections as part of surveillance doorbell partnerships

Amazon admits it has enacted zero civil liberties protections as part of surveillance doorbell partnerships

Amazon has confirmed that civil rights organizations were correct about the threats Ring technology and police partnerships pose to privacy and civil liberties in statements to U.S. Senator Edward Markey.

Before buying Ring, WEMO or Roku, consider privacy issues

Before buying Ring, WEMO or Roku, consider privacy issues

The folks at the Mozilla Foundation, which makes the Firefox browser, have consumers in mind with a new chart outlining the worst privacy offenders this holiday season, a list that's topped by the Ring video doorbell and ancillary products, the Roku streaming players and WEMO's smart home accessory, a Wi-Fi-connected light dimmer.

Amazon Admits It Has Enacted Zero Civil Liberties Protections as Part of Surveillance Doorbell Partnerships

Amazon Admits It Has Enacted Zero Civil Liberties Protections as Part of Surveillance Doorbell Partnerships

WASHINGTON - Amazon has confirmed that civil rights organizations were correct about the threats Ring technology and police partnerships pose to privacy and civil liberties in statements to U.S. Senator Edward Markey.

Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes (“The War of All Against All”)

Bellum Omnium Contra Omnes (“The War of All Against All”)

In order to help fight the good fight for the equality of all people, 2.5 years ago, Private Internet Access began exploring partnerships with others in the industry with the idea that together, we would be stronger.

Vulnerability In Ring Doorbells Left the Door Open for Hackers to Open the Door

Vulnerability In Ring Doorbells Left the Door Open for Hackers to Open the Door

Bitdefender–the tireless actuary of the Internet of Things–were able to crack into homeowner’s personal WiFi networks via Amazon’s Ring doorbells, the video-enabled auto-locks that allow homeowners to remotely open the door.Balan told us that the vulnerability was discovered following a request from PCMag to look into the device and that it’s now been patched.

Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Bitdefender said the Amazon-owned doorbell was sending owners’ Wi-Fi passwords in cleartext as the doorbell joins the local network, allowing nearby hackers to intercept the Wi-Fi password and gain access to the network to launch larger attacks or conduct surveillance.

More than 10,000 people call on Congress to investigate Amazon’s surveillance empire

More than 10,000 people call on Congress to investigate Amazon’s surveillance empire

Digital rights group Fight for the Future has launched a new campaign calling on Congress to investigate Amazon’s surveillance-based business practices, and the rapidly spreading partnerships between it’s doorbell camera company, Ring and local law enforcement.

The Surveillance State Is Here and Now

The Surveillance State Is Here and Now

Amazon-owned Ring, which sells video doorbells and other security cameras, announced last week that it has “partnered” with more than 400 police departments across the United States to create the Neighbors Active Law Enforcement Map using the video feeds from doorbells bought, paid for, and installed by private citizens.

Amazon Ring’s police partnerships ‘troubled’ security industry group

Amazon Ring’s police partnerships ‘troubled’ security industry group

Unlike other video doorbells and surveillance products, police often end up promoting Ring sales through partnerships with the company."When an industry association that represents security and surveillance camera companies thinks that your practices are too invasive and lack transparency, that really says something," Fight for the Future's deputy director Evan Greer said in a statement.

Police can get your Ring doorbell footage without a warrant, report says

Police can get your Ring doorbell footage without a warrant, report says

That alone raises troubling issues, but according to a pair of new reports, Ring also gets access to real-time 911 data, and the company helps police work around a need for search warrants when looking for footage.

Amazon Requires Police to Shill Surveillance Cameras in Secret Agreement

Amazon Requires Police to Shill Surveillance Cameras in Secret Agreement

Ring donated 15 free doorbell surveillance cameras to the Lakeland Police Department, and created a program to encourage people to download its “neighborhood watch” app, Neighbors.

Amazon’s collaborations with local police turn its Ring doorbell cameras into unofficial community surveillance systems

Amazon’s collaborations with local police turn its Ring doorbell cameras into unofficial community surveillance systems

Amazon is promoting this kind of digital neighborhood watch with a free app: Neighbors is an app launched by Ring, Amazon’s smart-doorbell company.

Detroit cops arrest police commissioner, protester at raucous public meeting

Detroit cops arrest police commissioner, protester at raucous public meeting

Twitter/Alan Campbell Detroit police yank police commissioner Willie Burton from his seat. Detroit Police Commissioner Willie Burton was yanked out of his seat and arrested during a public meeting Thursday because the chairwoman wanted him to stop talking.

Chief Executive of Communications Company Sentenced to Prison for Providing Encryption Services and Devices to Criminal Organizations

Chief Executive of Communications Company Sentenced to Prison for Providing Encryption Services and Devices to Criminal Organizations

“I want to thank prosecutors Andrew Young, Ben Katz and Mark Pletcher, as well as the FBI, DEA, Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security Investigations, U.S. Marshals Service, Washington State Police, the Bellingham and Blaine Police Departments, and all of our law enforcement partners around the world, including Australia, Canada, Panama, Hong Kong, and Thailand for their hard work on this case,” Brewer said.

Amazon heads off facial recognition rebellion

Amazon heads off facial recognition rebellion

Image copyright Amazon Image caption Rekognition can match photos to databases holding millions of people's faces Shareholders seeking to halt Amazon's sale of its facial recognition technology to US police forces have been defeated in two votes that sought to pressure the company into a rethink.

Facial recognition wrongly identifies public as potential criminals 96% of time, figures reveal

Facial recognition wrongly identifies public as potential criminals 96% of time, figures reveal

Facial recognition technology has misidentified members of the public as potential criminals in 96 per cent of scans so far in London, new figures reveal. Extinction Rebellion demonstrators camp near Marble Arch, London, as more than 100 people have been arrested as police deal with ongoing climate change protests.

The Doorbell Company That’s Selling Fear

The Doorbell Company That’s Selling Fear

A report from Pew last month asked people about various topics in local news and asked both whether they thought they were important or interesting and, if so, why. Those surveyed overwhelmingly said crime news was important.

Bellingcat - Creating an Android Open Source Research Device on Your PC - bellingcat

Bellingcat - Creating an Android Open Source Research Device on Your PC - bellingcat

Installation: Genymotion and VirtualBox. For this guide, we will use Genymotion to set up an Android virtual device on Windows. Just like with a real phone, you can search for and install apps onto your Android virtual device through the Google Play store.

Bellingcat - Locating The Netherlands' Most Wanted Criminal By Scrutinising Instagram - bellingcat

Bellingcat - Locating The Netherlands' Most Wanted Criminal By Scrutinising Instagram - bellingcat

A fugitive convict from the Netherlands is taunting Dutch police with provocative pictures and videos from Iran, playing a game of “catch me if you can” on Instagram.

Twitter is secretly holding onto deleted direct messages

Twitter is secretly holding onto deleted direct messages

Then open the profile page of the account you want to receive notifications from, tap the Bell icon next to the Following button and choose between All Tweets, Only Live Video and Off. Twitter's privacy policy states that anyone who deactivates their account will have their data deleted after a 30-day grace period.

Don’t look now: why you should be worried about machines reading your emotions

Don’t look now: why you should be worried about machines reading your emotions

The labelling process that Affectiva and other emotion detection companies use to train algorithms can only identify what Barrett calls “emotional stereotypes”, which are like emojis, symbols that fit a well-known theme of emotion within our culture.

My Gender Is: Mind Your Business

My Gender Is: Mind Your Business

When I see or hear strangers introduce me as “Arabelle, genderqueer” to people they don’t even know, to rooms I’m unfamiliar with, in public spaces where I can’t address the dangers first, I feel like a specimen with all the lights bearing down.

Ring Doorbell Flaw Opens Door to Spying

Ring Doorbell Flaw Opens Door to Spying

A serious flaw in the popular Ring smart doorbell could allow an attacker on a shared WiFi network to spy on families’ video and audio footage, according to researchers.

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