Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters

Governments of the world just ramped up spying on reporters

They had been working on an investigation into surveillance on journalists and human rights activists in a particular Middle Eastern nation, and had been in contact with sources the government was hostile to.One group of foreign correspondents, working on sensitive stories, were finding that their phone calls to some sources were automatically redirected.

Details of 10 million MGM hotel guests leaked online

Details of 10 million MGM hotel guests leaked online

The data was acquired in the summer after attackers gained access to MGM servers, though the breach went under the radar at the time.Though no financial information was leaked, the information made available on a public hacking forum is sufficient for cybercriminals to perform other varieties of attack, including spear-phishing emails and SIM jacking.

Reddit tests forcing users to login or use the app to read content

Reddit tests forcing users to login or use the app to read content

Members of the r/mobilweb community are expectedly unhappy with this limited availability of the site, observing the irony of Reddit saying its controversial new layout design was there to improve the experience on mobile devices – only to now start cutting web users out.

Europe can win global battle for industrial data, says EU industry chief

Europe can win global battle for industrial data, says EU industry chief

Vast troves of data from how fast we drive our cars to how much time a robot needs to churn out products will open a new front in the battle for digital dominance, said Thierry Breton, the European Commissioner in charge of the bloc’s single market.

Google removes alleged spying app ToTok from the Play Store for a second time

Google removes alleged spying app ToTok from the Play Store for a second time

Google has removed the chat app ToTok, which is allegedly an espionage tool for the United Arab Emirates, from the Play Store for a second time.The app was previously pulled from Apple’s App Store and the Google Play Store in December, shortly before The New York Times published a report about it.

Wacom drawing tablets track the name and time everytime you open an app

Wacom drawing tablets track the name and time everytime you open an app

Wacom drawing tablets have a dirty little secret – they are likely tracking the name and time of every app you’re opening – and sending that information to Google.The discovery and damning of Wacom’s anti-privacy actions are thanks to one observant Wacom drawing tablet user: Robert Heaton.

App Used by Netanyahu's Likud Leaks Israel's Entire Voter Registry

App Used by Netanyahu's Likud Leaks Israel's Entire Voter Registry

The voter registry was uploaded by Likud to the Elector app, which is used by the party to manage Election Day. The firm that developed the application, Feed-b, commented that the vulnerability was a “one-off incident that was immediately dealt with," and that security measures have since been boosted.

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.

Edison Mail Responds to Report on Email Apps Selling Anonymized Data Scraped From Inboxes

Edison Mail Responds to Report on Email Apps Selling Anonymized Data Scraped From Inboxes

Edison Mail is transparent about its data collection in its privacy policy, for example, noting that it uses "non-personal data such as seller, product and price extracted from information we collect" to help its Edison Trends business partners "aggregate and understand commerce trends.".

Grindr, Tinder privacy: How to keep dating apps from selling your data

Grindr, Tinder privacy: How to keep dating apps from selling your data

Whether it's hackers or predators, a cybercriminal can use that information to send you a phishing email, and you can fall for it," said Jo O'Reilly, a data privacy expert at ProPrivacy.Report: Dating apps like Grindr, Tinder and OkCupid collect, share your personal data.

Mental health websites don't have to sell your data. Most still do.

Mental health websites don't have to sell your data. Most still do.

For example, the page dedicated to treatments for depression on French health website Eurekasante contacts an astounding 71 third parties (compared to 36 in our first research) as soon as you open the page.

The FBI still hasn't unlocked Pensacola shooter's iPhones

The FBI still hasn't unlocked Pensacola shooter's iPhones

According to the report: *-- The FBI has reconstructed an iPhone belonging to the shooter behind the December Naval Air Station attack in Pensacola, Florida, but still can't access the encrypted data on the device, Director Christopher Wray said Wednesday.

Swift Crypto helps more developers than ever to build secure applications

Swift Crypto helps more developers than ever to build secure applications

Apple has introduced a new open-source Swift Crypto package which makes the secure capabilities of Apple’s CryptoKit available to the wider Swift community — even if they’re deploying their software on platforms other than Apple’s own.

Android User Warning: Here Are 24 ‘Dangerous’ Apps With A Dark Secret—And 382 Million Installs

Android User Warning: Here Are 24 ‘Dangerous’ Apps With A Dark Secret—And 382 Million Installs

And so the team says it decided to investigate, finding links to a Chinese company called Shenzhen HAWK that is “secretly” behind Hi Security as well as four other app developers.

Telegram Founder on WhatsApp Hacks: Backdoors Are Camouflaged as Security Flaws

Telegram Founder on WhatsApp Hacks: Backdoors Are Camouflaged as Security Flaws

Durov says that despite iOS devices having “loads of privacy-related issues,”, WhatsApp is the culprit here, as the corrupt video vulnerability exposes not only iPhones, but also Android and Windows Phone devices.

Prank Call Service PrankDial Exposed 138 Million Records Online

Prank Call Service PrankDial Exposed 138 Million Records Online

What the database contained: 138 Million log records in total.I sent multiple requests to KickBack Apps and PrankDial but no one every replied or acknowledged my discovery, instead they simply closed public access to the logs.

Google Ads Targeted at Literally One Person Could Be the Future of Doxxing

Google Ads Targeted at Literally One Person Could Be the Future of Doxxing

Every day, thousands of Mexican migrants tell Google about their intent to cross the border into the U.S. Nevertheless, throughout 2019, I ran various experiments, trying to achieve this “one-to-one” ad targeting — the ability to serve just you an ad, and get just your data, disaggregated.

Windows 10 Privacy: Debotnet 0.5 update brings massive improvements

Windows 10 Privacy: Debotnet 0.5 update brings massive improvements

The third-party category lists options to block the Chrome Software Reporter Tool, CCleaner monitoring, or Adobe's Acrobat Reader online service while Ninite Apps options to download and install popular applications using Ninite.

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

US colleges are trying to install location tracking apps on students’ phones

What the reports do agree on: the app uses local Bluetooth signals, not GPS, so it’s probably not going to be very useful to track students outside of school.

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem

Grindr and OKCupid Sell Your Data, but Twitter’s MoPub Is the Real Problem

On January 15, a Norweigian Consumer Council (NCC) investigative report exposed the ways that Grindr, OKCupid, and eight other apps are collecting and sharing extremely sensitive personal data.A third-party advertising company called MoPub, owned by Twitter, was responsible for much of the technology that Grindr used to collect and share data.

What Your Period Tracker App Knows About You

What Your Period Tracker App Knows About You

While the Facebook suit isn’t related to personal health data, it’s not hard to imagine that the information collected by period trackers—especially with some employers and health insurers licensing the apps to use as part of corporate wellness programs—could be used in ways that harm women, King says.

Clearview AI sued over facial recognition privacy concerns

Clearview AI sued over facial recognition privacy concerns

Getty Images A lawsuit is taking aim at Clearview AI, a controversial facial recognition app being used by US law enforcement to identify suspects and other people.

Setting the Record Straight: PinePhone Misconceptions

Setting the Record Straight: PinePhone Misconceptions

Let’s start with the Allwinner A64 SoC, which is the brains of the PinePhone; it runs mainline Linux, uses mainline ATF and u-boot and there are open source drivers for all main SoC components.

Background location tracking down 68% after iOS 13 launch- 9to5Mac

Background location tracking down 68% after iOS 13 launch- 9to5Mac

Like iOS, Android 10 also alerts users when an existing app collects location data in the background and provides a shortcut to stop the app from doing so.

Study shows prominent apps are selling your data to 3rd parties

Study shows prominent apps are selling your data to 3rd parties

In a study [PDF] conducted by the Norwegian Consumer Council named Forbrukerrådet on 10 apps, it has been found out that several popular dating apps such as Tinder, OkCupid & Grindr along with certain popular menstrual help apps such as Clue and MyDays have been sharing the personal data of users with as much as 135 different third parties for advertising purposes.

Trying to get pregnant? Period tracker apps come with privacy concerns

Trying to get pregnant? Period tracker apps come with privacy concerns

That’s the issue raised by a new review of five popular period tracker apps by Consumer Reports' Digital Lab, which tests apps to see how well they protect consumers’ privacy and data.

UK lays out tough child data privacy rules

UK lays out tough child data privacy rules

LONDON (AP) - Social media sites, games and other online services won’t be allowed to “nudge” British kids into revealing personal details or lowering their privacy settings, under tough new rules drawn up by the country’s privacy regulator.

Jared Kushner reportedly used WhatsApp to chat with Mohammed bin Salman, who allegedly used the same app to hack Jeff Bezos

Jared Kushner reportedly used WhatsApp to chat with Mohammed bin Salman, who allegedly used the same app to hack Jeff Bezos

New reporting alleges that Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman hacked Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos‘ phone through WhatsApp. The report raises renewed concern about top White House aide Jared Kushner’s reported WhatsApp communications with bin Salman.

Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources

Exclusive: Apple dropped plan for encrypting backups after FBI complained - sources

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc (AAPL.O) dropped plans to let iPhone users fully encrypt backups of their devices in the company’s iCloud service after the FBI complained that the move would harm investigations, six sources familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Apple reportedly abandoned plans to roll out end-to-end encrypted iCloud backups, apparently due to pressure from the FBI

Apple reportedly abandoned plans to roll out end-to-end encrypted iCloud backups, apparently due to pressure from the FBI

Messages are also stored using end-to-encryption but as said earlier, this is nullified if the user also enabled iCloud Backup.