Social Security numbers stolen in defense agency data breach

Social Security numbers stolen in defense agency data breach

Department of Defense spokesperson Charles Prichard confirmed Thursday the agency had detected a breach of personally identifiable information on a system it hosts, and was in the process of notifying those affected by letter.

Following Mitsubishi, Pasco and Kobe Steel Disclose Data Breaches

Following Mitsubishi, Pasco and Kobe Steel Disclose Data Breaches

Both, Pasco and Kobe Steel’s official statements said that no damage has been done in either of the data breach attempts as no information leakage had been discovered so far during the joint investigations carried out by the Ministry of Defense and various government and state authorities.

A dark web tycoon pleads guilty. But how was he caught?

A dark web tycoon pleads guilty. But how was he caught?

“Perhaps the greatest overarching question related to the investigation of this case is how the government was able to pierce Tor’s veil of anonymity and locate the IP address of the server in France,” Marques’s defense lawyers wrote in a recent filing.

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.

The Military Is Building Long-Range Facial Recognition That Works in the Dark

The Military Is Building Long-Range Facial Recognition That Works in the Dark

The Army Research Lab has previously publicized research in this area, but these contracts, which started at the end of September 2019 and run until 2021, indicate the technology is now being actively developed for use in the field.“Sensors should be demonstrable in environments such as targets seen through automotive windshield glass, targets that are backlit, and targets that are obscured due to light weather (e.g., fog),” the Department of Defense indicated when requesting proposals.

Not so IDLE hands: FBI program offers companies data protection via deception

Not so IDLE hands: FBI program offers companies data protection via deception

Sometimes, that involves field agents proactively contacting companies when they have information of a threat—as two FBI agents did when they caught wind of researchers trying to alert casinos of vulnerabilities they said they had found in casino kiosk systems.

EXCLUSIVE: This Is How the U.S. Military’s Massive Facial Recognition System Works

EXCLUSIVE: This Is How the U.S. Military’s Massive Facial Recognition System Works

These contracts, combined with revelations surrounding the military’s massive biometric database initiatives, paint an alarming picture: A large and quickly growing network of surveillance systems operated by the U.S. military and present anywhere the U.S. has deployed troops, vacuuming up biometric data on millions of unsuspecting individuals.

Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract

Microsoft beats Amazon for Pentagon's $10 billion cloud computing contract

In a book slated for publication Oct. 29, retired Navy commander Guy Snodgrass, who served as a speech writer to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, said Trump called Mattis and directed him to “screw Amazon” by preventing it from bidding on the JEDI contract, according to an excerpt of the book seen by Reuters ahead of its release.

Israel eased export controls on surveillance technologies amid criticism

Israel eased export controls on surveillance technologies amid criticism

Israel is a major exporter of surveillance technology, according to a June 2019 report by U.N. Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression David Kaye, which called for a global moratorium on such exports until a human rights compliant regime was put in place.

TSA: Forced Strip-Search No More Offensive Than Voluntarily Using a Locker Room

TSA: Forced Strip-Search No More Offensive Than Voluntarily Using a Locker Room

What we do know from the TSA’s 24-page reply to the lawsuit (.pdf), a motion to dismiss filed Friday in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, is that they don’t think they should be held responsible.

Why the Air Force is investigating a cyber attack from the Navy

Why the Air Force is investigating a cyber attack from the Navy

The Air Force defense lawyer reported the tracking device to his information security manager, who concluded the malware was a “splunk tool,” which allowed the sender of the malware to gain “full access to his computer and all files on his computer,” Wilson wrote in the memo, which he sent to the chief of staff for the Navy’s Region Legal Service Offices.

Secret tracking device found in Navy email to Navy Times amid leak investigation raises legal, ethical questions

Secret tracking device found in Navy email to Navy Times amid leak investigation raises legal, ethical questions

Not using one could be a violation of existing privacy laws, including the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. Defense attorneys involved in the SEALs’ war crimes cases have said that 13 lawyers and paralegals on their team also received emails with a similar tracking device, according to court documents filed by the defense attorneys.

Microsoft, Amazon are the last bidders standing for the $10 billion DoD JEDI cloud contract

Microsoft, Amazon are the last bidders standing for the $10 billion DoD JEDI cloud contract

U.S. Department of Defense officials have decided this week that the only two cloud vendors able to meet their requirements for a huge, winner-take-all project are Amazon and Microsoft. Google dropped out of the JEDI bidding last year, acknowledging it couldn't meet the requirements (and citing its AI principles, as well).

Prosecutors Dropping Child Porn Charges After Software Tools Are Questioned

Prosecutors Dropping Child Porn Charges After Software Tools Are Questioned

Drawing upon thousands of pages of court filings as well as interviews with lawyers and experts, ProPublica found more than a dozen cases since 2011 that were dismissed either because of challenges to the software’s findings, or the refusal by the government or the maker to share the computer programs with defense attorneys, or both.

The US Military Is Creating the Future of Employee Monitoring

The US Military Is Creating the Future of Employee Monitoring

It’s not looking at any other cyber data that’s available” — perhaps 20 percent of the available digital information on a person, Nehmer said at a November briefing put on by company, C3, a California-based technology company serving as a partner on the pilot.

Pentagon Says All of Google’s Work on Drones Is Exempt From the Freedom of Information Act

Pentagon Says All of Google’s Work on Drones Is Exempt From the Freedom of Information Act

According to a Pentagon memo signed last year, however, no one at Google needed worry: All 5,000 pages of documents about Google’s work on the drone effort, known as Project Maven, are barred from public disclosure, because they constitute “critical infrastructure security information.”.

Reprising ‘Trust Sucks’. With Nick Espinosa

Reprising ‘Trust Sucks’. With Nick Espinosa

With Nick Espinosa Speaker: Nicole Stephensen Nick Espinosa, Chief Security Fanatic and host of the nationally syndicated radio show “The Deep Dive” (USA), shares an insightful view about Trust – in particular, the erosion of cognitive trust in our reliance on digital technologies and how governments, industry and others can address this.

Google Maps could point users down the wrong path

Google Maps could point users down the wrong path

Should a person call one of these institutions by accessing it through Google Maps, the inquiry will be answered by a fraudster who will then press the caller to divulge their bank details or credit card information before subsequently attempting to take as much money as possible.

Echoing Defense Industry Donors, Democrats Call for a Surveillance Wall

Echoing Defense Industry Donors, Democrats Call for a Surveillance Wall

These companies, which include Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and General Dynamics, have been lobbying Congress on border technology appropriations for years, and they currently hold the largest border surveillance contracts with the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

Forget Face ID: Smartphones Will Monitor How Workers Walk, Type And "Spend Their Free Time"

Forget Face ID: Smartphones Will Monitor How Workers Walk, Type And "Spend Their Free Time"

Forget Face ID: a collaboration between the Defense Department and a NY-based company called TWOSENSE.AI, has birthed an artificial intelligence algorithm that could be embedded in smartphones and will be able to identify the device owner by the way they talk, type, walk and even by how "they spend their free time".

Japan lends its vision to 'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance

Japan lends its vision to 'Five Eyes' intelligence alliance

Aircraft from the U.S., Australia, Canada and New Zealand have been tasked with the bulk of surveillance, although British naval vessels also patrol the South China Sea. Japan has shared pictures of North Korean smuggling with each nation.

How the NSA Spies on Us All – Part 4: The 90’s – Present

How the NSA Spies on Us All – Part 4: The 90’s – Present

Enter the TAO ( Up until 1998, the NSA had been a, that was tasked with cryptography (enemy code breaking), passive collection of SIGINT, intelligence production for other agencies, and defense of American and Five Eyes networks.

New Release: Tor Browser 8.0.4

New Release: Tor Browser 8.0.4

Tor Browser 8.0.4 contains updates to Tor (0.3.4.9), OpenSSL (1.0.2q) and other bundle components. setting back the sandboxing level to 5 on Windows (the Firefox default), after working around some Tor Launcher interference causing a broken Tor Browser experience.

534 Ways that Windows 10 Tracks You – From German Cyberintelligence

534 Ways that Windows 10 Tracks You – From German Cyberintelligence

The German Federal Cyberintelligence Agency BSI has released a report (PDF warning) (sections 1.2 and later are in English) that details the myriad ways that Windows 10 tracks users, and shows that unless you have an enterprise version of Windows, the various privacy settings make almost no difference.

Schneier on Security

Schneier on Security

(There are photos -- scroll past the video.) Israeli media is claiming that the capture of this gear by Hamas causes major damage to Israeli electronic surveillance capabilities. The Israelis themselves destroyed the vehicle the commandos used to enter Gaza.

EPIC Urges Department of Defense to Limit Disclosure of Personnel Records

EPIC Urges Department of Defense to Limit Disclosure of Personnel Records

In to the Department of Defense, EPIC has proposed privacy safeguards for the agency's Personnel Vetting system of records. EPIC opposes the records system's disclosure standards that authorize sharing of individuals' personal information with any requesting source as part of an investigation, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and foreign law enforcement entities.

Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

While the ACLU has been able to confirm that under Trump, government departments like the Departments of Defense, Justice, and Homeland Security are accelerating domestic social media surveillance in relation to anticipated anti-Trump protest incidents, these FOIA requests have not revealed the technologies being deployed to do so.

Report: Israeli spyware helping dictatorships track dissidents, minorities

Report: Israeli spyware helping dictatorships track dissidents, minorities

The investigation, based on 100 sources in 15 countries, including many current and former employees of the Israeli companies producing the cyber products, concluded that the Israeli regulatory bodies that are supposed to ensure that exports aren’t used for illegal or immoral purposes by the client governments are not stopping the sales even when there is clear evidence of abuse.

Amazon worker pushes Bezos to stop selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement

Amazon worker pushes Bezos to stop selling facial recognition tech to law enforcement

A group of over 400 employees signed a letter in June urging Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition software to law enforcement and working with Palantir, which provides digital services to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Microsoft workers protest bid to build Pentagon's $10bn AI warfare system

Microsoft workers protest bid to build Pentagon's $10bn AI warfare system

The letter accuses of Microsoft of betraying its principles "in exchange for short-term profits" in a plan that would force employees to build a product who have no idea "whether our work is being used to aid profiling, surveillance, or killing".