Nearly everyone in Ecuador is the victim of a data breach

Nearly everyone in Ecuador is the victim of a data breach

According to vpnMentor, the data appears to have come from multiple sources including Ecuadorian government registries, an Ecuadorian national bank and an automotive association.It even includes detailed information about individuals' family members.vpnMentor notified Ecuador's Computer Emergency Response Team, and the breach was closed on September 11th.

Personal Data Of Entire 16.6 Million Population Of Ecuador Leaked Online

Personal Data Of Entire 16.6 Million Population Of Ecuador Leaked Online

Now the dynamic duo has, with the help of ZDNet reporter Catalin Cimpanu, exposed one of the most mind-boggling security blunders to date: the leaking of personal information about what is thought to be the entire population of Ecuador.

The World’s First Ambassador to the Tech Industry

The World’s First Ambassador to the Tech Industry

COPENHAGEN — Casper Klynge, a career diplomat from Denmark, has worked in some of the world’s most turbulent places.A country in southern Europe, or in Southeast Asia, or Latin America, or would it be the big technology platforms?” Mr. Klynge said in an interview last month at a cafe in central Copenhagen during an annual meeting of Denmark’s diplomatic corps.

Debate rages in Austria over enshrining use of cash in the constitution

Debate rages in Austria over enshrining use of cash in the constitution

Other parties and experts have also pointed out that Austria would not have the unilateral right to protect cash through constitutional changes because it uses the euro, which is under the purview of the European Central Bank.

Google reportedly targeted by states in coming antitrust probe

Google reportedly targeted by states in coming antitrust probe

The investigation comes as Google and other Silicon Valley giants face increased scrutiny from government officials and regulators.The Justice Department in July announced an antitrust probe into the tech industry more broadly, targeting Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon.

Singapore’s government will give every citizen a free Fitbit, with a catch

Singapore’s government will give every citizen a free Fitbit, with a catch

Under the country’s national health program — Live Healthy SG, hundreds of thousands of Singapore residents will soon be able to register to get a free Fitbit Inspire HR.On top of that, Singaporeans will have to agree to share whatever data the Fitbit collects with the country’s health board.

4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data

4 Dating Apps Pinpoint Users’ Precise Locations – and Leak the Data

Chris Morales, head of security analytics at Vectra, told Threatpost that it’s problematic if someone concerned about being located is opting to share information with a dating app in the first place.

Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe

Google will charge search providers to be the Android default in Europe

In each country auction, search providers will state the price that they are willing to pay each time a user selects them from the choice screen in the given country. The three highest bidders that meet or exceed the bid threshold for a given country will appear in the choice screen for that country.

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

Americans aren't enchanted by Silicon Valley anymore: poll

According to new Pew Research Center data, Americans are more likely to view megaliths like Facebook and Google as mistrustful swindlers — whereas just a few years ago, more Americans believed tech companies were having a positive effect on our world.

Victory: Oakland City Council Votes to Ban Government Use of Face Surveillance

Victory: Oakland City Council Votes to Ban Government Use of Face Surveillance

On the same day that Oakland’s City Council voted to ban government use of the technology, the House of Representatives passed a bipartisan amendment to the Intelligence Authorization Act (H.R. 3494) that would require the Director of National Intelligence to report on the use of face surveillance by intelligence agencies.

Kazakhstan begins intercepting citizens’ web traffic to ‘protect them from cyber threats’

Kazakhstan begins intercepting citizens’ web traffic to ‘protect them from cyber threats’

The Kazakhstan government has started to intercept all HTTPS traffic from all devices within its borders effective July 17, reports ZDNet. Local internet service providers (ISPs) have been instructed by the government to force their citizens to install a state-authorized certificate on all devices, and all browsers.

DEA tracked every opioid pill sold in the US. The data is out—and it’s horrific

DEA tracked every opioid pill sold in the US. The data is out—and it’s horrific

While the local governments suing the companies have had access to this data during the litigation, it was only released to the public after the Washington Post and HD Media, publisher of the Charleston Gazette-Mail of West Virginia, sued and waged a year-long legal battle.

Swedes are getting implants in their hands to replace cash, credit cards

Swedes are getting implants in their hands to replace cash, credit cards

Libberton added, “It’s not just about the chip, but integration with other systems and data sharing.”. “The chip is very convenient, so could we accept our data being shared very widely before we know the risks?”.

Middle East Dictators Buy Spy Tech From Company Linked to IBM and Google

Middle East Dictators Buy Spy Tech From Company Linked to IBM and Google

The device is one of several spy tools manufactured by a Chinese company called Semptian, which has supplied the equipment to authoritarian governments in the Middle East and North Africa, according to two sources with knowledge of the company’s operations.

Opinion | ‘Love Island’ Is a Lesson in Surveillance

Opinion | ‘Love Island’ Is a Lesson in Surveillance

Millions of viewers tune in six days a week for an unrelenting barrage of relationship drama recorded from every possible angle, using as many as 73 cameras and countless hidden microphones to capture it all.

Victory: Somerville, Massachusetts Stands Up to Stop Face Surveillance

Victory: Somerville, Massachusetts Stands Up to Stop Face Surveillance

The city council of Somerville, Massachusetts voted unanimously last week to become the first city on the East Coast to ban government face surveillance. Massachusetts, tell your lawmakers: it’s time to hit the pause button on face surveillance.

Kaspersky VPN Now Blocks 'Pirate' Sites in Russia

Kaspersky VPN Now Blocks 'Pirate' Sites in Russia

As a result, if tools with the ability to circumvent the blacklist don’t play ball by respecting its contents, they also face being blocked by ISPs. This proposal came to head earlier this year when telecoms watchdog Roscomnadzor wrote to several major VPN providers – NordVPN, ExpressVPN, TorGuard, IPVanish, VPN Unlimited, VyprVPN, Kaspersky Secure Connection, HideMyAss!, Hola VPN, and OpenVPN – demanding compliance .

Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones

Chinese border guards put secret surveillance app on tourists' phones

Chinese border police are secretly installing surveillance apps on the phones of visitors and downloading personal information as part of the government’s intensive scrutiny of the remote Xinjiang region, the Guardian can reveal.

A Major Police Body Camera Maker Hits Pause on Face Surveillance

A Major Police Body Camera Maker Hits Pause on Face Surveillance

It should be noted that Axon has left open the possibility that it may include face recognition in the future, which is why we need federal and state laws—such as A.B. 1215—that would ban the use of biometric technology on body cameras altogether.

Incensed by Warrantless Border Searches of Americans' Tech Devices? These Senators Have the Cure.

Incensed by Warrantless Border Searches of Americans' Tech Devices? These Senators Have the Cure.

Senator Paul and I are introducing this bill to start taking back Americans' Constitutional protections," Sen. Wyden said. Our bill will put an end to these intrusive government searches and uphold the fundamental protections of the Fourth Amendment," Sen. Paul said.

City of Somerville Takes Major Step to Follow San Francisco And Ban Facial Surveillance. Next Stop: Oakland

City of Somerville Takes Major Step to Follow San Francisco And Ban Facial Surveillance. Next Stop: Oakland

Tonight the Somerville City Council Legislative Matters Committee voted to ban facial recognition. Somerville follows in San Francisco’s footsteps to become the second city in the country to ban this dangerous and racist technology.

Yahoo! Japan’s new system looks suspiciously like a social credit score

Yahoo! Japan’s new system looks suspiciously like a social credit score

Japan defended the “opt-out” model – but the company also promised that only the rating score, and not any personal data, would be shared with third parties.

Report: Russia Will Block Nine VPN Services in July

Report: Russia Will Block Nine VPN Services in July

The other providers contacted by Roskomnadzor include popular services like OpenVPN, NordVPN, four others with VPN in their names, IPVanish, TorGuard and Hide My Ass. Most were explicit in their refusal to comply with the regulator's demands, assuring their users that they weren't interested in perpetuating the Russian government's censorship.

Microsoft quietly pulls massive facial-recognition database from internet

Microsoft quietly pulls massive facial-recognition database from internet

The Chinese government used facial recognition software to track and control 11 million Uighurs, a largely Muslim minority, in the country, The New York Times reported in April.

Freedom of press in Europe no longer self-evident

Freedom of press in Europe no longer self-evident

The murder of the Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée Martina Kusnirova in February provoked a wave of anger, resulting in Prime Minister Robert Fico’s resignation. However, half a year later, the state of press freedom in the country is still in limbo.

A German minister wants access to your encrypted WhatsApp and Telegram messages

A German minister wants access to your encrypted WhatsApp and Telegram messages

Because according to Spiegel Online, the country’s Federal Interior Minister, Horst Seehofer, wants encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp and Telegram to provide chat logs in plain text to the authorities.

New York Public School District First to Use Facial-recognition System

New York Public School District First to Use Facial-recognition System

Until the New York State Department of Education stepped in to stop the bad press from spreading, the Lockport (New York) City School District announced that it would become the first public school in the country to fire up a facial-recognition system that would scan its students, staff, and faculty.

Fly Don't Spy

Fly Don't Spy

In a congressional hearing, Secretary Kelly said they’re even considering forcing some travelers to provide their passwords to social media accounts as a condition to enter. But what isn’t a question is whether forcing travelers to give up their social media passwords is a violation of our civil liberties.

Opinion | Your Car Knows When You Gain Weight

Opinion | Your Car Knows When You Gain Weight

It’s alarmingly easy to imagine carmakers’ charging fees to independent repair shops that need access to vehicle data to service a vehicle purchased for tens of thousands of dollars. But without access to car data, they’re working blindfolded, unable to see the diagnostic information they need.

Thai immigration about ready to scan all faces

Thai immigration about ready to scan all faces

The facial and fingerprinting system “will be used to verify the identity of individuals entering or departing the country via land, sea and air,” the government’s publicity office announced today. It said work to replace existing systems with the new devices was 70 percent complete.