Achilles: Small chip, big peril.

Achilles: Small chip, big peril.

In this research dubbed “ Achilles ” we performed an extensive security review of a DSP chip from one of the leading manufacturers: Qualcomm Technologies.Check Point Research decided not to publish the full technical details of these vulnerabilities until mobile vendors have a comprehensive solution to mitigate the possible risks described.

[Updated] A Tampa, Florida Teenager Has Been Arrested for the Giant Twitter Hack

[Updated] A Tampa, Florida Teenager Has Been Arrested for the Giant Twitter Hack

The Hillsborough State Attorney’s Office is prosecuting Clark because Florida law allows minors to be charged as adults in financial fraud cases such as this when appropriate.

Amazon’s new smart shopping cart lets you check out without a cashier

Amazon’s new smart shopping cart lets you check out without a cashier

The Dash Cart links with your Amazon account and tracks the items you place inside The Dash Cart is coming first to Amazon’s grocery store in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles.

India blocks more webpages than Pakistan, Bahrain and UAE combined: Chilling details emerge

India blocks more webpages than Pakistan, Bahrain and UAE combined: Chilling details emerge

As per Citizen Lab, a combination of publicly available "IP scanning, network measurement data, and other technical tests" were used to identify Netsweeper installations first in 30 countries, and then the list was narrowed down to 10 countries where the filter of content was taking place at a country-wide level by ISPs. Censorship attempts in India worse than Pakistan, Bahrain and UAE combined.

Republicans Hate Surveillance on Trump but Sound Like They’ll Renew the PATRIOT Act

Republicans Hate Surveillance on Trump but Sound Like They’ll Renew the PATRIOT Act

BRENDAN SMIALOWSKIIf Republicans have any appetite for reining in domestic surveillance that they describe as a massive violation of the civil liberties of Donald Trump’s associates, it wasn’t on display when FBI Director Christopher Wray made his first appearance on Capitol Hill since the damning Justice Department inspector general’s report into the Trump-Russia investigation.

Your annual reminder that Facebook tracks your location after you opt out

Your annual reminder that Facebook tracks your location after you opt out

Several major news organizations and outlets, from AFP to CNBC to The Hill, are reporting that Facebook told US senators that it continues to track users’ location even after they’ve turned those settings off within the app.

Should Tech CEOs Go to Jail Over Data Misuse? Some Senators Say Yes

Should Tech CEOs Go to Jail Over Data Misuse? Some Senators Say Yes

As Mark Zuckerberg testified about all things Facebook on the House side of the Capitol last week, over on the Senate side some lawmakers were debating whether CEOs like Zuckerberg should face jail time if their companies misuse people’s personal data.“You know, my sense is that Mark Zuckerberg is not going to take American’s privacy seriously unless he and others in these positions face personal consequences,” senator Ron Wyden (D-Oregon) told WIRED in his Capitol Hill office.

SCHILLING: If You Value Freedom On The Internet, Stop Using Google Chrome

SCHILLING: If You Value Freedom On The Internet, Stop Using Google Chrome

Here’s the background: Google has announced that they will soon start changing the way users are connected to websites through its Chrome browser, using a new protocol called DNS over HTTPS (DoH).

Chris Hughes Worked to Create Facebook. Now, He Is Working to Break It Up.

Chris Hughes Worked to Create Facebook. Now, He Is Working to Break It Up.

In recent weeks, Mr. Hughes has joined two leading antitrust academics, Scott Hemphill of New York University and Tim Wu of Columbia University, in meetings with the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department and state attorneys general.

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.

Facebook to be slapped with $5 billion fine for privacy lapses, say reports

Facebook to be slapped with $5 billion fine for privacy lapses, say reports

Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.The Federal Trade Commission approved an approximately $5 billion settlement with over the company's 2018 Cambridge Analytica scandal, a person familiar with the matter told The Wall Street Journal.

Chilling undercover footage taken inside China's most oppressive region shows it's virtually impossible to escape the paranoid police state

Chilling undercover footage taken inside China's most oppressive region shows it's virtually impossible to escape the paranoid police state

A chilling new documentary created by two undercover reporters reveals the paranoia at the heart of China's 21st-century police state in Xinjiang, the western frontier region where authorities are cracking down on millions of Muslims.

Big Mood Machine

Big Mood Machine

“It’s a strategic evolution of the Spotify ads business.” As of May 1, 2015, advertisers would be able to target ads to users of the free ad-supported service based on activities and moods: “Mood categories like happy, chill, and sad will let a brand like Coca-Cola play on its ‘Open Happiness’ campaign when people are listening to mood-boosting music,” the Ad Age article explained.

Don't Trust the FBI to Properly Use Its Massive Facial Recognition Database

Don't Trust the FBI to Properly Use Its Massive Facial Recognition Database

"Using a series of Freedom of Information requests Big Brother Watch" found that "Metropolitan Police's facial recognition matches were 98% inaccurate, misidentifying 95 people at last year's Notting Hill Carnival as criminals," the civil liberties organization reports.

Want a Visa for the U.S.? You’ll Have to Hand Over Your Social Media Handles

Want a Visa for the U.S.? You’ll Have to Hand Over Your Social Media Handles

Although applicants will be able to say they don’t use social media, lying about it could lead to “serious immigration consequences,” a State Department official said in an interview with the Hill.

Trump administration to ask most US visa applicants for social media information

Trump administration to ask most US visa applicants for social media information

The Trump administration will implement a new policy Friday asking most applicants for U.S. visas to provide information on their use of social media, a U.S. Department of State official tells Hill.

Canadian lawmakers fume after Facebook's Zuckerberg snubs invitation

Canadian lawmakers fume after Facebook's Zuckerberg snubs invitation

An empty chair and nameplate are pictured after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg failed to appear at the International Grand Committee on Big Data, Privacy and Democracy meeting on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 28, 2019.

Don't Put Anonymous Speech on the Chopping Block

Don't Put Anonymous Speech on the Chopping Block

Farrell and Schneier propose greater transparency as one means of strengthening democracy against information attacks that undermine trust. Chilling legitimate participation and reducing the diversity of opinions voiced would not fix the broken public comment process.

Rape cases ‘could fail’ if victims refuse to give police access to phones

Rape cases ‘could fail’ if victims refuse to give police access to phones

And the director of public prosecutions, Max Hill, who has been DPP since last November, said: “You can end up in an extreme case where there’s there’s outright refusal [by a complainant] to allow access [to mobile phone contents] … and that can have consequences for our ability to pursue a prosecution.

The Time Tim Cook Stood His Ground Against the FBI

The Time Tim Cook Stood His Ground Against the FBI

At 4:30 a.m., just in time for the morning news cycle on the East Coast, Cook published an open letter to Apple customers explaining why the company would be opposing the ruling, which “threatens the security of our customers.” He referenced the danger that could come from the government having too much power: “The implications of the government’s demands are chilling,” he wrote.

Here's The Shocking Reality Of Completely Blocking Google From Your Life

Here's The Shocking Reality Of Completely Blocking Google From Your Life

Hill discovered that after only a few hours into her experiment, her various devices had tried to ping Google servers more than 15,000 times. Apparently that number paled in comparison to her "block Amazon challenge" which revealed 293,000 attempted pings to Amazon servers in one short week.

Shuttering of NSA surveillance program emboldens privacy groups

Shuttering of NSA surveillance program emboldens privacy groups

A top national security aide to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy Kevin Owen McCarthyShuttering of NSA surveillance program emboldens privacy groups The Hill's 12:30 Report: House Dems pass electoral reform bill after difficult week House passes sweeping electoral reform bill MORE (R-Calif.) recently revealed on a podcast that, for the past six months, the spy agency hasn't used a program that gathers metadata on domestic text messages and phone calls.

U.S. Democrats unveil legislation to reinstate net neutrality rules

U.S. Democrats unveil legislation to reinstate net neutrality rules

REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/File Photo The bill mirrors an effort last year to reverse the FCC’s December 2017 order repealing landmark rules approved in 2015 that barred internet providers from blocking or slowing content or offering paid “fast lanes.” “It is a fight that we can win,” said Senator Ed Markey, a bill sponsor, at a Capitol Hill news conference.

Why We Can't Break Up With Big Tech

Why We Can't Break Up With Big Tech

Hill, a reporter and editor at Gizmodo, has tackled extreme tech experiments before, like living in a smart home and spending only Bitcoin for a week . Armed with that VPN and unmitigated determination, Hill put Alexa in a drawer and started her Amazon week .

Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software

Dozens of Cities Have Secretly Experimented With Predictive Policing Software

The documents obtained by Motherboard—which include PredPol contract documents, instructional manuals and slide presentations for using the software, and PredPol contract negotiation emails with government officials—were obtained from the police departments of South Jordan, UT; Mountain View, CA; Atlanta, GA; Haverhill, GA; Palo Alto, CA; Modesto, CA; Merced, CA; Livermore, CA; Tacoma, WA; and the University of California, Berkeley using public records requests.

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

Wow, fancy that. Web ad giant Google to block ad-blockers in Chrome. For safety, apparently

In a note posted Tuesday to the Chromium bug tracker, Raymond Hill, the developer behind uBlock Origin and uMatrix , said the changes contemplated by the Manifest v3 proposal will ruin his ad and content blocking extensions, and take control of content away from users.

Chrome Extension Manifest V3 could end uBlock Origin for Chrome

Chrome Extension Manifest V3 could end uBlock Origin for Chrome

Raymond Hill, known as Gorhill online, the author of the popular content blockers uBlock Origin and uMatrix, voiced his concern over some of the planned changes; these changes, if implemented as proposed currently, remove functionality that the extensions use for content blocking.

Did 2018 usher in a creeping tech dystopia?

Did 2018 usher in a creeping tech dystopia?

And then there's Microsoft President Brad Smith, who in December called for regulating facial recognition technology so that the "year 2024 doesn't look like a page" from George Orwell's "1984." In a blog post and a Washington speech, Smith painted a bleak vision of all-seeing government surveillance systems forcing dissidents to hide in darkened rooms "to tap in code with hand signals on each other's arms." In this Dec. 11, 2018, file photo, Google CEO Sundar Pichai appears before the House Judiciary Committee to be questioned about the internet giant's privacy security and data collection, on Capitol Hill in Washington.

Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to restrict sharing of personal data, poll finds

Americans overwhelmingly want Congress to restrict sharing of personal data, poll finds

The Hill.TV/American Barometer poll asked registered voters to choose from several provisions enacted earlier this year in the European Union's sweeping privacy law – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Net Neutrality Potentially Gains Powerful Foe in Top Justice Candidate

Net Neutrality Potentially Gains Powerful Foe in Top Justice Candidate

Barr’s appointment would be welcome news for at least three major internet service providers and a trade organization -- including Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, and the National Cable & Telecommunications Association -- that have spent more than $600 million lobbying on Capitol Hill since 2008, according to a MapLight analysis.

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