Police are increasingly using digital vehicle forensics to solve cases

Police are increasingly using digital vehicle forensics to solve cases

The same way that a smart phone’s location data and gyroscope data can be used to infer certain things about the phone holder’s location and actions, many people aren’t aware that similar information is stored in a black box within your car.

‘Be a mensch’: Hackers leak negotiation texts as Israeli insurer refuses ransom

‘Be a mensch’: Hackers leak negotiation texts as Israeli insurer refuses ransom

The group responsible for the attack, Black Shadow, had said that if the requested sum of 50 bitcoins ($950,000) was transferred into its account by Friday morning it would not publish or sell the information.

Humble Book Bundle: Hacking 101 by No Starch Press

Humble Book Bundle: Hacking 101 by No Starch Press

Get ebooks like Metasploit, Web Security for Developers, Real-World Bug Hunting, and Black Hat Go. Plus, your purchase will support the National Coalition Against Censorship and the No Starch Press Foundation!

New Google app could help providers block phone functions if you miss installment payments

New Google app could help providers block phone functions if you miss installment payments

The app’s function is described on the Play Store as follows: Device Lock Controller enables device management for credit providers.Sometimes devices from carriers with outstanding balances could be blacklisted from working on the network until the balance of the phone is paid off – the same thing can happen when a customer decides to leave the carrier.

Urban surveillance in The City of Angels: Watch out for the eyes in the sky

Urban surveillance in The City of Angels: Watch out for the eyes in the sky

The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) has recently gained approval to start recording the aerial footage captured by its helicopters.Recent Black Lives Matter protests around the country have sparked aerial surveillance at a federal and state level in multiple cities.

Dissidence Recommendation and Interview with Matthew Brdlik

Dissidence Recommendation and Interview with Matthew Brdlik

Brdlik: “The number one response I get is that it’s like Black Mirror.It’s almost like the new benchmark of quality for this type of film.THiNC: “Having just re-watched the film, it’s all becoming more clear!

Police chiefs, community denounce 'hateful' video comparing Ottawa chief to Hitler

Police chiefs, community denounce 'hateful' video comparing Ottawa chief to Hitler

César Ndéma-Moussa, seen here in 2017, says he is 'strongly convinced' the fact Ottawa Police Service Chief Peter Sloly is Black played a role in the decision to create the video.

How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more

How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more

The new tool, Blacklight, emulates how users might be tracked as they browse the Web. To use it, you simply type in a Web address, and the tool scans the site for the following types of privacy violations: third-party cookies, ad trackers, key logging, session recording, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook tracking, and Google Analytics’ “Remarketing Audiences”.

Surveillance in an Era of Pandemic and Protest

Surveillance in an Era of Pandemic and Protest

As this summer of pandemic and racial justice protests draws to a close, Naomi Klein hosted a landmark conversation between Shoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” and Simone Browne, author of “Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness.” The three authors discussed how both governments and tech giants are using our moment of overlapping crises to push through discredited surveillance technologies that threaten privacy, democracy, and any hope of equality.

NYPD used facial recognition to track down Black Lives Matter activist

NYPD used facial recognition to track down Black Lives Matter activist

“The NYPD uses facial recognition as a limited investigative tool, comparing a still image from a surveillance video to a pool of lawfully possessed arrest photos,” said a spokesperson.In response to the report, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio told Gothamist that his office would reexamine the standards for police use of facial recognition.

Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election

Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election

The connectivity blackout, which also includes landline phones, appears to be a government-imposed outage that comes amid widespread protests and increasing social unrest over Belarus' presidential election Sunday.

Blackstone to acquire Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

Blackstone to acquire Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

(Reuters) - Blackstone Group Inc (BX.N) said on Wednesday it agreed to acquire genealogy provider Inc from private equity rivals for $4.7 billion, including debt, placing a big bet on family-tree chasing as well as personalized medicine.

Investment firm buys Utah’s Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

Investment firm buys Utah’s Ancestry.com for $4.7 billion

“Our entire leadership team is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Blackstone to further accelerate Ancestry’s global leadership in family history and consumer genomics, and to help us achieve our mission to empower journeys of personal discovery to enrich lives,” Margo Georgiadis, Ancestry president and CEO, said in a statement.

With this new sensor, Blackjack drones can monitor an entire city at once

With this new sensor, Blackjack drones can monitor an entire city at once

Blackjack drones already host a number of sophisticated sensors, including full-motion video, infrared marker, laser range finder and a communications relay package, but Cardcounter offers a new capability: the ability to view a city-sized area.

New anti-encryption bill worse than EARN IT. Act now to stop both.

New anti-encryption bill worse than EARN IT. Act now to stop both.

Outline of the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act. Senators Graham, Blackburn, and Cotton call the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act (press release): "a bill to bolster national security interests and better protect communities across the country by ending the use of “warrant-proof” encrypted technology by terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior".

FreePN - 4 Tips to Stay Private While Job Hunting

FreePN - 4 Tips to Stay Private While Job Hunting

Sharing information such as your mailing address and phone number on a publicly available online resume is a bad idea; scammers sometimes use public resumes to look for identifying information and use that to employ phishing scams, blackmail, or identity theft.

Graham, Cotton, Blackburn Introduce Balanced Solution to Bolster National Security, End Use of Warrant-Proof Encryption that Shields Criminal Activity

Graham, Cotton, Blackburn Introduce Balanced Solution to Bolster National Security, End Use of Warrant-Proof Encryption that Shields Criminal Activity

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) and U.S. Senators Tom Cotton (R-Arkansas) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tennessee) today introduced the Lawful Access to Encrypted Data Act, a bill to bolster national security interests and better protect communities across the country by ending the use of “warrant-proof” encrypted technology by terrorists and other bad actors to conceal illicit behavior.

FBI reportedly used top spy plane to monitor Black Lives Matter protests

FBI reportedly used top spy plane to monitor Black Lives Matter protests

The FBI used one of its most advanced spy plans to monitor the Black Lives Matter protests in DC earlier this month, Buzzfeed's Peter Aldhous reported.

How Surveillance Has Always Reinforced Racism

How Surveillance Has Always Reinforced Racism

SIMONE BROWNE: In the book, I looked at branding and the commodification of blackness by trying to historicize the branding of enslaved people, marketing and marking them as sellable.

Political groups use “deeply spooky” protester location data, report finds

Political groups use “deeply spooky” protester location data, report finds

It's no secret that police and other law enforcement agencies have a history of using mobile phone location and other data to target or investigate individuals, and the wave of mass protests in support of black communities and against police brutality this month has provided a rich data trove for them to probe.

New Facebook Tool Allows Employers to Suppress “Unionize” in Workplace Chat

New Facebook Tool Allows Employers to Suppress “Unionize” in Workplace Chat

Facebook employees sparked a flurry of posts denouncing the feature, with several commenting in disbelief that the company would overtly pitch “unionize” as a topic to be blacklisted.

35 Members of Congress sign letter asking federal agencies to stop surveillance on Black Lives Matter protests

35 Members of Congress sign letter asking federal agencies to stop surveillance on Black Lives Matter protests

Eshoo (D-CA) and Bobby Rush (D-IL) have published a letter which was sent to multiple federal agencies demanding that the federal agencies stop spying on Black Lives Matter protests happening across the country.

House Dems demand FBI, others stop spying on Black Lives Matter protests

House Dems demand FBI, others stop spying on Black Lives Matter protests

The letter says that in the last two weeks, all four agencies have been using tech that's a "vast overreach" of power -- like the FBI and National Guard using aircraft equipped with infrared and electro-optical cameras; CBP using Predator drones to collect live video feeds of protests; and the DEA being given authority for "covert surveillance" over people protesting the death of Floyd.

Slack Removed a Blog Post Showing How Police Use its Tech

Slack Removed a Blog Post Showing How Police Use its Tech

In response, Megan Anctil, a former Slack employee, tweeted, "is one of those actions going to include taking down the blog post about working with the police that I and other black employees diplomatically asked to have removed three years ago that’s still up?".

The Government is Regularly Flying Predator Drones Over American Cities

The Government is Regularly Flying Predator Drones Over American Cities

The news comes after Motherboard previously verified that CBP flew a Predator drone above Minneapolis last week as protesters pushed back against police brutality and the murder of unarmed black man George Floyd by a white police officer.

U.S. tech giants are reportedly providing web services to blacklisted Chinese surveillance firms

U.S. tech giants are reportedly providing web services to blacklisted Chinese surveillance firms

Picture of Hikvision cameras in an electronic mall in Beijing on May 24, 2019.A new report claims that Amazon, Microsoft and Google are among a number of American firms that are providing various web services to Chinese surveillance firms accused of human rights abuses and which are now on a U.S. blacklist.

Amazon buys heat-sensing cameras from blacklisted Chinese firm

Amazon buys heat-sensing cameras from blacklisted Chinese firm

The deal comes as the US Food and Drug Administration warned of a shortage of temperature-reading devices and said it would not halt certain pandemic uses of thermal cameras that lack the agency’s regulatory approval.

FCC Says 'One or More' Phone Carriers Illegally Shared Location Data, Fueling Black Market Sales

FCC Says 'One or More' Phone Carriers Illegally Shared Location Data, Fueling Black Market Sales

Photo: Chip Somodevilla (GettyIn letters addressed to oversight lawmakers on Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced that his agency’s nearly two-year investigation into the unauthorized sale of consumers’ phone location data had finally come to an end.

AOC is sounding the alarm about the rise of facial recognition: ‚This is some real-life „Black Mirror“ stuff‘

AOC is sounding the alarm about the rise of facial recognition: ‚This is some real-life „Black Mirror“ stuff‘

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is raising concerns about the spread of facial recognition, arguing that the technology will quickly become dystopic without regulation.„This is some real life Black Mirror stuff that we’re seeing here,“ Ocasio-Cortez said during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on facial recognition technology.

'Get your act together': Tech companies face bipartisan congressional uproar over encryption

'Get your act together': Tech companies face bipartisan congressional uproar over encryption

Tech companies need to “get your act together, or we will gladly get your act together for you,” said Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), after noting the bipartisan frustration at the hearing.

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