Cybersecurity company finds hacker selling info on 186 million U.S. voters

Cybersecurity company finds hacker selling info on 186 million U.S. voters

But the fact that so many names, email addresses, phone numbers and voter registration records were found for sale in bulk on the so-called dark web underscores how easily criminals and foreign adversaries can deploy it as the FBI said Iran has done recently, by sending emails designed to intimidate voters.

Facial recognition to be used in 150 booths for GHMC elections, AIMIM opposes move

Facial recognition to be used in 150 booths for GHMC elections, AIMIM opposes move

The AIMIM, which has called the use of facial recognition an infringement of the right to privacy, expressed shock at the decision taken by the SEC without convening an all-party meeting.

Apple Tells Secure Messaging App Telegram to Take Down Protestor Channels in Belarus

Apple Tells Secure Messaging App Telegram to Take Down Protestor Channels in Belarus

These channels are a tool for Belarus’ citizens protesting the recently rigged presidential election, but, with a centralized entity like Apple calling the shots on its own App Store, there’s little the protesters can do about it, explains Telegram CEO Pavel Durov.

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

The Trump campaign was working to suppress “idealistic white liberals, young women, and African Americans,” and they’d be doing it with targeted, “dark” Facebook ads.“I wouldn’t have come aboard, even for Trump, if I hadn’t known they were building this massive Facebook and data engine,” Bannon told them.

The Citizens

The Citizens

This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the many urgent risks the platform poses to the upcoming election.The Real Facebook Oversight Board.The Real Facebook Oversight Board.We believe accountability in real-time is vital.

Hackers leak data on 1,000 Belarusian police officers

Hackers leak data on 1,000 Belarusian police officers

Women tear balaclavas off security officers amid mass arrests in Belarus – video The government said 390 women were detained for taking part in a protest on Saturday against Lukashenko.

A fired Facebook employee wrote a scathing 6,600-word memo detailing the company's failures to stop political manipulation around the world

A fired Facebook employee wrote a scathing 6,600-word memo detailing the company's failures to stop political manipulation around the world

A recently fired Facebook employee wrote a memo on her last day at the company detailing how the tech giant routinely ignored or did not prioritize fake accounts' efforts to manipulate elections and political climates around the world, according to a Monday Buzzfeed report.

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook won't remove anti-vaccine posts despite Covid concerns

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook won't remove anti-vaccine posts despite Covid concerns

Parker Molloy, a writer and cultural critic at Media Matters for America, said Facebook had proved itself an echo chamber when it allowed hundreds of inaccurate ads funded by pro-Trump organizations.

United States Postal Service (USPS) Files Patent for a Blockchain-Based Voting System

United States Postal Service (USPS) Files Patent for a Blockchain-Based Voting System

The United States Postal Service (USPS) has reportedly filed a patent for a blockchain-based mail-in voting system.Following President Donald Trump’s conclusion that mail-in voting would represent ballots all over the place and fraudulent ballots would be named after dogs and dead people, the patent that was filed back in February 2020 was made public on Thursday 13th August.

Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election

Belarus Has Shut Down the Internet Amid a Controversial Election

The connectivity blackout, which also includes landline phones, appears to be a government-imposed outage that comes amid widespread protests and increasing social unrest over Belarus' presidential election Sunday.

Privacy and Voting

Privacy and Voting

Literally anyone anywhere with no record or oversight can go to your state or county election website, type in a few details about you (usually last name and date of birth are sufficient) and pull up your full name, date of birth, home address, phone number, email, sex, and more.

The Verge Tech Survey 2020: how people feel about Apple, Google, Facebook, and more

The Verge Tech Survey 2020: how people feel about Apple, Google, Facebook, and more

The Verge conducted its first national tech survey in the hangover of the 2016 US presidential election, when Americans were beginning to come to grips with the vast reach and influence of big tech platforms.Microsoft leads big tech companies in the number of Americans who say they trust it, at 75 percent of survey respondents.

Facebook makes a decision: microtargeted, false political ads are fine

Facebook makes a decision: microtargeted, false political ads are fine

The social media company, as it considered what to do about political ads, faced intense pleas from campaign strategists on both sides, pointing out legitimate uses of microtargeting, especially for challengers, in local races and for advocacy groups.“Over 85% of spend by US presidential candidates on Facebook is for ad campaigns targeted to audiences estimated to be greater than 250,000,” Facebook said.

Trump Campaign Deploying Phone Location-Tracking Technology

Trump Campaign Deploying Phone Location-Tracking Technology

President Donald Trump’s reelection effort has retained the services of a technology company that specializes in the mass collection of smartphone location data, which can be used to track voters for political targeting purposes.

Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’

Fresh Cambridge Analytica leak ‘shows global manipulation is out of control’

It comes as Christopher Steele, the ex-head of MI6’s Russia desk and the intelligence expert behind the so-called “Steele dossier” into Trump’s relationship with Russia, said that while the company had closed down, the failure to properly punish bad actors meant that the prospects for manipulation of the US election this year were even worse.

Voters ‘used as lab rats’ in political Facebook adverts, warn analysts

Voters ‘used as lab rats’ in political Facebook adverts, warn analysts

Campaign group Who Targets Me?, which was established to monitor online political ads, has been examining how parties used Facebook before the election was called and in the first week of the campaign.

The Cambridge Analytica whistleblower on how American voters are “primed to be exploited”

The Cambridge Analytica whistleblower on how American voters are “primed to be exploited”

I spoke to Wylie about how the propaganda spread by Cambridge Analytica and the Trump campaign influenced American voters and why he’s worried about the 2020 election, among other subjects.

Secret F.B.I. Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies

Secret F.B.I. Subpoenas Scoop Up Personal Data From Scores of Companies

Because so few gag orders have been reviewed and rescinded, it isn’t possible to say whether the companies that received the most termination letters also received the most national security letters.

Canada’s golden opportunity to restore trust online

Canada’s golden opportunity to restore trust online

Working with technologists, policy experts, and industry partners, we’ve crafted a set of principles that we believe will help ensure the internet remains open, trusted, and people-centred.

Government Agency Known for Its Bonkers Tech Now Tasked With Solving Fake News

Government Agency Known for Its Bonkers Tech Now Tasked With Solving Fake News

The program, called Semantics Forensics (SemaFor), effectively wants to figure out an automated system that will identify and defend against disinformation campaigns, including text, audio, image, and video content.According to the SemaFor announcement, the program wants to develop a bunch of algorithms that will analyze these coordinated attacks.

Twitter admits using user data for ads without consent

Twitter admits using user data for ads without consent

Twitter said on Tuesday it may have shared user data with advertisers without permission.The company said "certain data" of mobile users such as country code may have been shared with advertising partners since May 2018 "even if you didn't give us permission to do so.".

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.

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Replace Every Single Voting Machine to Make Elections 'As Secure As Fort Knox'

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Replace Every Single Voting Machine to Make Elections 'As Secure As Fort Knox'

Warren’s Medium post indicates the plan would allocate about $20 billion over 10 years to election administration and security. “We have a solemn obligation to secure our elections from those who would try to undermine them,” Warren writes in the blog post.

The League of Entropy Forms to Offer Acts of Public Randomness

The League of Entropy Forms to Offer Acts of Public Randomness

Cloudflare, along with a group of individual and academic partners, is forming a new coalition that will provide truly random, unpredictable numbers for a variety of applications, including election systems and lotteries.

Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users

Facebook now says its password leak affected ‘millions’ of Instagram users

“We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format,” the company said. Last month, Facebook admitted it had inadvertently stored “hundreds of millions” of user account passwords in plaintext for years, said to have dated as far back as 2012.

DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System

DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System

“Galois and DARPA have just stepped up and filled a vacuum of leadership at the federal level to address the well-documented vulnerabilities in US voting machines that constitute a national security crisis.” But even so, the secure designs are expected to change how new CPUs are architected going forward.

★ A package to create personal data exports

★ A package to create personal data exports

use Spatie \ PersonalDataExport \ Jobs \ CreatePersonalDataExportJob ; dispatch( new CreatePersonalDataExportJob(auth()->user()); The package will create a zip containing all personal data.

How Can Data Privacy Regulations Limit the Ability to Present Evidence in a Litigation?

How Can Data Privacy Regulations Limit the Ability to Present Evidence in a Litigation?

A recent decision of the French Supreme Court[1] illustrates this tension and highlights the need for litigators to take into account data privacy principles before producing evidence containing personal information.In this case, a company had organized mandatory staff representatives’ elections.

Protecting user privacy: an approach for untraceable web browsing history and unambiguous user profiles

Protecting user privacy: an approach for untraceable web browsing history and unambiguous user profiles

In this paper, we aim to study the following problem: how many links and what links should be added to a user’s browsing history to boost user privacy while retaining high utility. When it comes to selecting actual links to hit the desired topic counts, PBooster needs access to the user’s friend list on social media.

Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser

Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser

A spokesman for Brittany Kaiser, former business development director for Cambridge Analytica – which collapsed after the Observer revealed details of its misuse of Facebook data – confirmed that she had been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller, and was cooperating fully with his investigation.