Target's Delivery App Workers Describe a Culture of Retaliation and Fear

Target's Delivery App Workers Describe a Culture of Retaliation and Fear

In particular, on its official national Facebook group, known as the Shipt Shopper Lounge, which has more than 100,000 members, Shipt moderators selected by the company frequently censor and remove posts, turn off comments sections, and ban workers who speak out about their working conditions, according to screenshots, interviews, and other documentation provided to Motherboard.

How Big Companies Spy on Your Emails

How Big Companies Spy on Your Emails

Motherboard has also obtained documentation that provides more specifics about how two other popular apps—Cleanfox and Slice—sell products based on users' emails to corporate clients.

Do Ring Cameras Violate Wiretapping Laws? New Hampshire Is About to Find Out

Do Ring Cameras Violate Wiretapping Laws? New Hampshire Is About to Find Out

Assistant Strafford County Attorney Emily Garod, who is prosecuting Burke, told Motherboard that when she learned of the Ring audio recording she messaged a state-wide group of prosecutors to ask for advice or examples of similar cases.

Bernie Sanders Thinks Companies That Sell Your Browser History Are ‘Trampling Over the Rights of Consumers’

Bernie Sanders Thinks Companies That Sell Your Browser History Are ‘Trampling Over the Rights of Consumers’

A joint investigation by Motherboard and PCMag published Monday found that Avast antivirus, which has more than 435 million users around the world, is selling its users’ browsing habits to companies like Google, Microsoft, McKinsey, Pepsi, Yelp, Condé Nast, and Home Depot through a subsidiary called Jumpshot.

Mozilla Wants Young People to Consider ‘Ethical Issues’ Before Taking Jobs in Tech

Mozilla Wants Young People to Consider ‘Ethical Issues’ Before Taking Jobs in Tech

Anu Raghunathan, a math and mechanical engineering major at New York University and chair of the university’s Association of Computer Machinery (ACM) chapter told Motherboard she was surprised by the Mozilla reception of an event she organized at NYU in October, where students and expert panelists discussed ethical AI, discrimination against women in tech, and algorithimic bias.

Amazon Conference Badges Tracked Attendees' Movements

Amazon Conference Badges Tracked Attendees' Movements

Included in re:Invent's attendee badges was a small device acting as a Bluetooth beacon, which allowed AWS to track people as they moved from room to room.AWS confirmed to Motherboard this was the company behind the beacons, and added that attendees could opt-out if they wanted to.

The California DMV Is Making $50M a Year Selling Drivers’ Personal Information

The California DMV Is Making $50M a Year Selling Drivers’ Personal Information

The California Department of Motor Vehicles is generating revenue of $50,000,000 a year through selling drivers’ personal information, according to a DMV document obtained by Motherboard.Lawmakers introduced the Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) in 1994 after a private investigator hired by a stalker obtained the address of actress Rebecca Schaeffer from the DMV.

A Saudi Telecom Exposed a Streaming List of GPS Locations

A Saudi Telecom Exposed a Streaming List of GPS Locations

STCS, a Saudi Arabian telecom company, was running a server containing hundreds of thousands of constantly updated GPS locations before Motherboard contacted the organization about the issue.

It’s Very Easy to Get Your Hands on Cell Phone Location Data

It’s Very Easy to Get Your Hands on Cell Phone Location Data

Photo-Illustration: Konstantin Sergeyev/Intelligencer; Photo: Alberto Cabanillas/Getty Images/EyeEm. If recent privacy scandals have taught us anything, it’s that industries reliant on monetizing user data have little or no enforcement procedures in place for preventing the abuse of that data.The most recent example of this comes from a large report from Motherboard concerning how telecom companies resell user location data.

Planting Tiny Spy Chips in Hardware Can Cost as Little as $200

Planting Tiny Spy Chips in Hardware Can Cost as Little as $200

More than a year has passed since Bloomberg Businessweek grabbed the lapels of the cybersecurity world with a bombshell claim: that Supermicro motherboards in servers used by major tech firms, including Apple and Amazon, had been stealthily implanted with a chip the size of a rice grain that allowed Chinese hackers to spy deep into those networks.

Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold

Legit-Looking iPhone Lightning Cables That Hack You Will Be Mass Produced and Sold

After demoing the cable for Motherboard at the Def Con hacking conference this summer, MG said "It’s like being able to sit at the keyboard and mouse of the victim but without actually being there.".

Bernie Sanders Says DMVs Should Stop Profiting From Drivers’ Personal Data

Bernie Sanders Says DMVs Should Stop Profiting From Drivers’ Personal Data

Senator and Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said that Departments of Motor Vehicles should not profit from drivers' personal information after a Motherboard investigation found DMVs across the country selling data to a wide array of companies, including private investigators.

Cities Asked Ring to Share ‘Registry Lists’ of Customers Who Bought Surveillance Cameras

Cities Asked Ring to Share ‘Registry Lists’ of Customers Who Bought Surveillance Cameras

Cities and local police departments have asked Ring, Amazon's home security company, to share the names, home addresses, and email addresses of every person who has bought a home surveillance camera through taxpayer-funded subsidy programs Motherboard has learned.

Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

Microsoft Contractors Listened to Xbox Owners in Their Homes

Contractors working for Microsoft have listened to audio of Xbox users speaking in their homes in order to improve the console’s voice command features, Motherboard has learned.(Microsoft did not explicitly say humans may review audio recordings from its products in its privacy policy until after Motherboard's earlier reporting on Skype and Cortana).

Amazon Told Police It Has Partnered With 200 Law Enforcement Agencies

Amazon Told Police It Has Partnered With 200 Law Enforcement Agencies

At least 200 law enforcement agencies around the country have entered into partnerships with Amazon’s home surveillance company Ring, according to an email obtained by Motherboard via public record request.

How Pornhub Enables Doxing and Harassment

How Pornhub Enables Doxing and Harassment

This doxing led several of the women in Girls Do Porn videos to endure ongoing harassment, depression, and suicidal thoughts, according to court records, online posts, and an interview with Motherboard.

Class Claims AT&T Sold Their Real-Time Locations to Bounty Hunters

Class Claims AT&T Sold Their Real-Time Locations to Bounty Hunters

AT&T then falsely stated it had suspended Securus’ and other aggregators’ access to customer data, the plaintiffs say, but just a few days later, a Motherboard article reported the carrier was selling customers’ phone locations to car salesmen, bail bondsmen, landlords and bounty hunters for as little as $7.50.

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being forced to install a piece of malware on their phones that gives all of their text messages as well as other pieces of data to the authorities, a collaboration by Motherboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian , the New York Times , and the German public broadcaster NDR has found.

Snapchat Employees Used Internal Tools to Spy on Users

Snapchat Employees Used Internal Tools to Spy on Users

A detailed Motherboard report highlights how Snapchat employees have been using internal tools to access user data and spy on them. The report is based on the account of two former Snap employees, a current employee, and internal company emails.

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data

Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T Hit With Class Action Lawsuit Over Selling Customers’ Location Data

The news provides the first instance of individual telco customers pushing to be awarded damages after Motherboard revealed in January that AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint had all sold access to the real-time location of their customers’ phones to a network of middlemen companies, before ending up in the hands of bounty hunters.

The Microsoft Outlook hackers are stealing victims’ Bitcoin

The Microsoft Outlook hackers are stealing victims’ Bitcoin

“The hackers also had access to my inbox allowing them to password reset my account and withdrawal [sic] my Bitcoin,” Jevon Ritmeester, a Microsoft user affected by the data breach, told Motherboard.

Hackers Could Read Your Hotmail, MSN, and Outlook Emails by Abusing Microsoft Support

Hackers Could Read Your Hotmail, MSN, and Outlook Emails by Abusing Microsoft Support

But the issue is much worse than previously reported, with the hackers able to access email content from a large number of Outlook, MSN, and Hotmail email accounts, according to a source who witnessed the attack in action and described it before Microsoft’s statement, as well as screenshots provided to Motherboard.

Silk Road 2 Founder Dread Pirate Roberts 2 Caught, Jailed for 5 Years

Silk Road 2 Founder Dread Pirate Roberts 2 Caught, Jailed for 5 Years

Paul Chowles, an investigator from the National Crime Agency (NCA) who worked on the case, told Motherboard in a phone call one piece of evidence included the private encryption key belonging to DPR2 on one of White’s computers.

Google Play Store’s Malware Problem, and More Security News This Week

Google Play Store’s Malware Problem, and More Security News This Week

Working together with security researchers, a Motherboard investigation found that more than 20 Android apps in the Google Play Store were actually spyware that may have been developed for the Italian government.

Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware

Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware

Hackers working for a surveillance company infected hundreds of people with several malicious Android apps that were hosted on the official Google Play Store for months, Motherboard has learned.

There is mysterious ‘undocumented technology’ hidden on Intel computer chips, researchers say

There is mysterious ‘undocumented technology’ hidden on Intel computer chips, researchers say

‘We found out that it is possible to access Intel VISA on ordinary motherboards, with no specific equipment needed,’ said Positive Technologies expert Maxim Goryachy. Intel told Metro that the VISA vulnerability was real, but said it ‘required physical access’ meaning that hackers couldn’t activate it over the internet and begin stealing information.

AI-based predictive policing systems widely used in US and UK, despite concerns about privacy, and flaws in the approach

AI-based predictive policing systems widely used in US and UK, despite concerns about privacy, and flaws in the approach

For example, Motherboard found that numerous US police forces in cities and municipalities that are home to over 1 million people use a system from a company called PredPol. According to the home page, “PredPol uses a machine-learning algorithm to calculate predictions.

As Phones Get Harder to Hack, Zero Day Vendors Hunt for Router Exploits

As Phones Get Harder to Hack, Zero Day Vendors Hunt for Router Exploits

Image: Seth Laupus/Motherboard On Thursday, Crowdfense, a company that buys zero day exploits from researchers and then sells them to government agencies, announced it is now offering a total of $15 million to hackers who have particular exploits for sale.

Stalkers and Debt Collectors Impersonate Cops to Trick Big Telecom Into Giving Them Cell Phone Location Data

Stalkers and Debt Collectors Impersonate Cops to Trick Big Telecom Into Giving Them Cell Phone Location Data

The practice is ongoing according to the sources, and court documents and an audio recording obtained by Motherboard also detail a previously prosecuted case in which one debt collector tricked T-Mobile by fabricating cases of child kidnapping to convince the telco to hand over location data.

What Is A-GPS Data?

What Is A-GPS Data?

In addition to location data gleaned directly from cell towers, a new Motherboard investigation has revealed that cellular carriers have also been providing access to A-GPS data to data brokers, bounty hunters, and related businesses.

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