Chinese spyware code was copied from America's NSA: researchers

Chinese spyware code was copied from America's NSA: researchers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chinese spies used code first developed by the U.S. National Security Agency to support their hacking operations, Israeli researchers said on Monday, another indication of how malicious software developed by governments can boomerang against their creators.

Facebook is reportedly building a smartwatch and wants to sell it to you starting next year in exchange for your health data

Facebook is reportedly building a smartwatch and wants to sell it to you starting next year in exchange for your health data

Still, Facebook hopes its smartwatch will make it less dependent on Apple and Google, whose operating systems power most of the world’s mobile devices.

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 5, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 5, 2021

The proposed new law, called the Personal Information Protection Law or the PIPL for short, provides a look at how the Chinese government wants to protect consumer privacy while maintaining powers of surveillance.Apple has released security updates for all of its operating systems, patching dozens of vulnerabilities in iOS, MacOS, WatchOS, and more.

Location Tracking Apps Vs Niche Mobile Operating Systems — CyberPunks.com

Location Tracking Apps Vs Niche Mobile Operating Systems — CyberPunks.com

To anyone who cared enough to watch my movements, I looked like an idiot as at forty odd points internal and external to any number of buildings, I took out my Android handset and stared fixedly at it for a couple of minutes before snapping a photograph and moving a dozen or so meters further along.

Pseudonymization vs. Encryption: Fight!

Pseudonymization vs. Encryption: Fight!

IDC 2020 predictions show that enterprises will prepare for the digitized economy by accelerating investments in key technologies and new operating models to become hyper speed, hyperscaled, and hyperconnected organizations.

T-Mobile rounds out this awful year with another data breach, affecting hundreds of thousands of subscribers

T-Mobile rounds out this awful year with another data breach, affecting hundreds of thousands of subscribers

T-Mobile has confirmed to Android Police it has shut down a data breach operation that may have harvested a small group of customers' phone numbers, number of lines per account, and call diagnostic metrics.

In 2023, you won’t be able to fly most drones in the US without broadcasting your location

In 2023, you won’t be able to fly most drones in the US without broadcasting your location

If you’re a professional, licensed drone operator, there is some very intriguing and long-awaited news today alongside the Remote ID rule, though: the FAA has decided to finally allow you to fly drones over people, at night, and in some cases even over moving vehicles, without applying for a special exemption.

Nintendo Conducted Invasive Surveillance Operation Against Homebrew Hacker

Nintendo Conducted Invasive Surveillance Operation Against Homebrew Hacker

Leaked Nintendo documents have revealed a frightening surveillance operation carried out against a hacker who was researching exploits for the 3DS handheld.Unfortunately for Nintendo, leaked documents are now revealing how frightening things can get for console hackers in their crosshairs, even when those targets have already declared that their work isn’t designed for piracy purposes.

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

This week Europol launched an innovative decryption platform, developed in close cooperation with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre.The new Europol Decryption Platform, funded by the European Commission, will allow us to further enhance our support for Member State investigations.

Privacy Commissioner Launches Investigation of RCMP Internet Unit

Privacy Commissioner Launches Investigation of RCMP Internet Unit

The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada has launched an investigation into the RCMP’s Tactical Internet Operational Support unit and Project Wide Awake, the unit’s advanced web monitoring program using digital tools it kept secret.

Iranian RANA Android Malware Also Spies On Instant Messengers

Iranian RANA Android Malware Also Spies On Instant Messengers

Formally linking the operations of APT39 to Rana, the FBI detailed eight separate and distinct sets of previously undisclosed malware used by the group to conduct their computer intrusion and reconnaissance activities, including an Android spyware app called "" with information-stealing and remote access capabilities.

Eyes in the sky

Eyes in the sky

Kumar and his team are in the Integrated Command and Control Center (ICCC) overlooking operations for this year’s Magh Mela, an annual Hindu pilgrimage and festival that draws millions of people in a single day.

Inside the French government’s mission to develop an encrypted messaging platform

Inside the French government’s mission to develop an encrypted messaging platform

Although DINUM wasn’t looking for an open source solution specifically, it discovered Matrix; a decentralised communication protocol developed with interoperability and privacy in mind.

The Network: How a Secretive Phone Company Helped the Crime World Go Dark

The Network: How a Secretive Phone Company Helped the Crime World Go Dark

Motherboard spoke to over half a dozen sources around Phantom, including family members of Ramos, distributors who sold Phantom phones in multiple countries on his behalf, and people with knowledge of the company's operations.

European privacy activists file complaint over iPhone tracking software

European privacy activists file complaint over iPhone tracking software

But the non-profit group says that Apple's iOS operating system creates unique codes for each iPhone that allow the company and other third parties to "identify users across applications and even connect online and mobile behaviour.".

U.S spied on allies, including Netherlands, through Denmark

U.S spied on allies, including Netherlands, through Denmark

United States secret service NSA for years abused a cooperation agreement with Denmark to spy on allies in Europe, including the Netherlands, Danish public broadcaster DR reported based on reports from a whistleblower and confirmation from various sources.

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?

New lawsuit: Why do Android phones mysteriously exchange 260MB a month with Google via cellular data when they're not even in use?

"Google designed and implemented its Android operating system and apps to extract and transmit large volumes of information between Plaintiffs’ cellular devices and Google using Plaintiffs’ cellular data allowances," the complaint claims.

How can “interoperability” strengthen our choices and privacy online?

How can “interoperability” strengthen our choices and privacy online?

An equivalent technical interoperability requirement for the largest social media and messaging platforms would enable interconnection between very large services (such as Facebook/WhatsApp/Instagram) and services run by other organisations and even individuals that wish to.

The next big privacy battles: cross-border data flows and data localization

The next big privacy battles: cross-border data flows and data localization

The EDPS strongly encourages [European Union Institutions] to ensure that any new processing operations or new contracts with any service providers does not involve transfers of personal data to the United States.

Apple Faces Antitrust Complaint in France Over Privacy Changes in iPhones

Apple Faces Antitrust Complaint in France Over Privacy Changes in iPhones

Starting in early 2021, Apple's operating software will require apps to get opt-in permission from users to collect their advertising identifier, a key number used to deliver targeted ads and check how ad campaigns performed.

Quest 2 has allegedly been jailbroken, bypassing Facebook login requirement

Quest 2 has allegedly been jailbroken, bypassing Facebook login requirement

While root access is generally thought of as a way to flash ROMs or modify the operating system in the Android smartphone world, root access on a Quest 2 means folks would be able to bypass the requirement to log into a Facebook account before being able to use their Oculus Quest 2.

LAPD gets approval to begin recording, storing aerial footage of protests

LAPD gets approval to begin recording, storing aerial footage of protests

The Los Angeles Police Department received approval Tuesday to begin recording and storing aerial footage of protests and other large gatherings from its helicopters — a new capability that the department said would expand its “operational readiness” and protesters and civil liberties advocates denounced as unconstitutional government surveillance.

China launches crackdown on mobile web browsers, decries 'chaos' of information

China launches crackdown on mobile web browsers, decries 'chaos' of information

China’s strict internet censorship rules have been tightened numerous times in recent years and in the latest crackdown, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has told firms operating mobile browsers that they have until Nov. 9 to conduct a “self examination” and rectify problems.

Court seeks IP address from Twitter for account allegedly linked to Seth Rich conspiracy

Court seeks IP address from Twitter for account allegedly linked to Seth Rich conspiracy

U.S. Magistrate Judge Donna Ryu of Oakland, CA has issued a subpoena to Twitter asking the social media platform to provide the IP address and account registration information used to create and operate the Twitter account that has been established as the first link to an allegedly forged FBI document which some say is the root of the conspiracy surrounding the death of Seth Rich – a Democratic National Congress staffer who died in 2016.

The FBI Team Sent to ‘Exploit’ Protesters’ Phones in Portland

The FBI Team Sent to ‘Exploit’ Protesters’ Phones in Portland

An official familiar with the Portland operation said the email was facetious in intent and maintained that there was no difference between the legal authorities governing the Fly Team and those that applied to local agents.

Car manufacturers are challenging traditional auto insurers: Who will win the tech race?

Car manufacturers are challenging traditional auto insurers: Who will win the tech race?

As Elon Musk highlighted in Tesla’s Q2 earnings call on July 22, Tesla hopes to use its crash data not only to improve their insurance operations but also to learn how to adjust their car designs for less expensive repairs in the future.

Amazon Employee Warns Internal Groups They’re Being Monitored For Labor Organizing

Amazon Employee Warns Internal Groups They’re Being Monitored For Labor Organizing

An Amazon Web Services employee emailed a series of internal Amazon listservs and told them that their communications were being monitored for labor organizing efforts and processed in a data farming project by the company's Global Security Operations, according to an internal email obtained by Motherboard.

Darknetlive

Darknetlive

The Northern California Illicit Digital Economy Task Force (NCIDE) investigated Porras in 2018 and identified him as the operator of vendor accounts on Hansa Market, Wall Street Market, and Dream Market.

Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down

Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down

In a court filing in Dublin, Facebook said that a decision by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) would force the company to pull up stakes and leave the 410 million people who use Facebook and photo-sharing service Instagram in the lurch.

Android 11 — 5 New Security and Privacy Features You Need to Know

Android 11 — 5 New Security and Privacy Features You Need to Know

After a long wait and months of beta testing, Google last week finally released Android 11, the latest version of the Android mobile operating system—with features offering billions of its users more control over their data security and privacy.

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