Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm

Report Claims CIA Controlled Second Swiss Encryption Firm

Omnisec meanwhile also sold its faulty OC-500 series devices to several federal agencies in Switzerland, including its own intelligence agencies, as well as to Switzerland’s largest bank, UBS, and other private companies in the country, the SRF investigation showed.

There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

There’s a war going on over 5G (and no, that’s not a conspiracy theory)

First there’s Trump himself, whose attacks on Chinese tech companies appear to be part of a broader strategy aimed at getting a better trade deal out of China.

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.

The Air Force Spy Plane Over Portland

The Air Force Spy Plane Over Portland

“The Dornier 328 aircraft, assigned to Air Force Materiel Command’s 645th Aeronautical Engineering Group, was not gathering intelligence or conducting operations related to civil unrest in Portland, Oregon.” (According to flight tracking data, the surveillance plane left the Portland area early Friday morning.).

Huawei 5G banned in the United Kingdom; must be removed by 2027

Huawei 5G banned in the United Kingdom; must be removed by 2027

Following sanctions put on Huawei by the United States, United Kingdom Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden told the press on Tuesday that the UK will forbid mobile providers from buying Huawei 5G kits and must retire already bought hardware by 2027.

The Feds Are Now Using 'Stingrays' in Planes to Spy on Our Phone Calls

The Feds Are Now Using 'Stingrays' in Planes to Spy on Our Phone Calls

That's according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal indicating that the government has been using Cessna planes outfitted with special phone surveillance equipment to track suspects.

Amazon buys heat-sensing cameras from blacklisted Chinese firm

Amazon buys heat-sensing cameras from blacklisted Chinese firm

The deal comes as the US Food and Drug Administration warned of a shortage of temperature-reading devices and said it would not halt certain pandemic uses of thermal cameras that lack the agency’s regulatory approval.

Huawei fires back, points to US’ history of spying on phone networks

Huawei fires back, points to US’ history of spying on phone networks

The US alleges that Huawei violated these laws by "buil[ding] equipment that secretly preserves the manufacturer's ability to access networks through these interfaces without the carriers' knowledge," the Journal article said.

US says it can prove Huawei has backdoor access to mobile-phone networks

US says it can prove Huawei has backdoor access to mobile-phone networks

US officials say they have evidence that Huawei has backdoor access to mobile-phone networks around the world, according to a Wall Street Journal article published today.

CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report

CIA controlled global encryption company for decades, says report

Encryption weaknesses added to products sold by Crypto AG allowed the CIA and its German counterpart, the BND, to eavesdrop on adversaries and allies alike while earning million of dollars from the sales, according the Washington Post and the German public broadcaster ZDF, based on the agencies’ internal histories of the intelligence operation.

'Shot across the bow': U.S. steps up pressure on UK ahead of Huawei decision

'Shot across the bow': U.S. steps up pressure on UK ahead of Huawei decision

LONDON/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is making a final pitch to Britain ahead of a UK decision on whether to upgrade its telecoms network with Huawei equipment, amid threats to cut intelligence-sharing ties, people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

Joe Biden's Record On Privacy May Give Democrats Pause – InsideSources

Joe Biden's Record On Privacy May Give Democrats Pause – InsideSources

Joe Biden’s record on privacy issues extends back to at least 1994 when, as a US Senator from Delaware, he introduced the Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Act (CALEA).

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.

Nokia's CTO Slams Huawei After 'Potential Backdoors' Found In 55% Of Its Devices

Nokia's CTO Slams Huawei After 'Potential Backdoors' Found In 55% Of Its Devices

The comments from Nokia's CTO came in light of research from Finite State, which published a scathing report claiming that "Huawei devices quantitatively pose a high risk to their users.

Hikvision and DahuaTech have been banned by the U.S. Gov

Hikvision and DahuaTech have been banned by the U.S. Gov

Following the U.S. Government’s decision on technology developed by Chinese manufacturers, multiple investors from Hangzhou Hikvision Digital Technology and Zhejian Dahua Technology (the two largest surveillance camera manufacturers in the world) decided to get rid of the company’s shares because, according to the cybersecurity specialists, they fear that the impact of this decision will be extended to the rest of their business.

Why 5G is a huge future threat to privacy

Why 5G is a huge future threat to privacy

The same news item includes details about the concerns of Christopher Krebs, director of the US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency: First, Krebs said, “the quality of the engineering is not great, and so there are a number of vulnerabilities that are left open on the box, so China and other capable actors – Russia, Iran, North Korea – could exploit the vulnerabilities”.

This major online retailer has private data for sale

This major online retailer has private data for sale

The fact that third-party companies are failing to remove user data from devices they're selling is even more alarming -- and can lead to major privacy and financial consequences for everyone involved.

The Terrifying Potential of the 5G Network

The Terrifying Potential of the 5G Network

Even before Spalding began working on his report, the telecom companies were rolling out what they were calling their new 5G services in test markets around the country.

Huawei Could Rebuild Trust in Their Products Through Open Source

Huawei Could Rebuild Trust in Their Products Through Open Source

Open source code for Huawei equipment would allow nations, companies, and individuals alike to verify that the code is free of malware, and that it contains no obvious security problems.

UK officials just massively bolstered the US campaign against Huawei, finding its equipment has 'major defects'

UK officials just massively bolstered the US campaign against Huawei, finding its equipment has 'major defects'

LONDON — Britain publicly chastised China's Huawei Technologies for failing to fix long-standing security flaws in its mobile network equipment and revealed new "significant technical issues," increasing pressure on the company as it battles Western allegations that Beijing could use its gear for spying.

Protect freedom on radio devices: raise your voice today!

Protect freedom on radio devices: raise your voice today!

It requires hardware manufacturers of most devices sending and receiving radio signals to implement a barrier that disallows installing software which has not been certified by the manufacturer. It will send a signal to the European Commission that there are people who care about freedom on radio devices.

China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise

China Uses DNA to Track Its People, With the Help of American Expertise

It was underwritten in part by Thermo Fisher, a company that has come under intense criticism for its equipment sales in China, and Illumina, a San Diego company that makes gene sequencing instruments.

UK plans to introduce new laws to block Huawei from ‘sensitive state projects’

UK plans to introduce new laws to block Huawei from ‘sensitive state projects’

New laws Hunt and Britain’s most senior civil servant, Mark Sedwill, are said to be backing the plan that will allow the government to prohibit Chinese firms like Huawei from participating in any 5G mobile network rollouts in the UK and all “strategically significant “technology.

Canada should ban Huawei from 5G networks, says former spy chief

Canada should ban Huawei from 5G networks, says former spy chief

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada should ban China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd from supplying equipment to Canadian 5G networks because the security risk is too great, a former spy chief said in an article published on Monday.

Ethical Mind Hacking

Ethical Mind Hacking

It still allows users benefit from personalized notifications that inform them about the trends and events that are essentially based on their interests, but it gives them a choice, a set of customizable options, to define how much and how often of it.

GCHQ boosts powers to launch mass data hacking

GCHQ boosts powers to launch mass data hacking

“The bulk equipment interference power permits the UK intelligence services to hack at scale by allowing a single warrant to cover entire classes of property, persons or conduct,” explained Scarlet Kim, legal officer at Privacy International, which has taken the government to court over GCHQ’s hacking activities abroad.

BT removing Huawei equipment from parts of 4G network

BT removing Huawei equipment from parts of 4G network

“In 2016, following the acquisition of EE, we began a process to remove Huawei equipment from the core of our 3G and 4G mobile networks, as part of network architecture principles in place since 2006,” BT said.

New Zealand becomes third Five Eyes member to ban Huawei from 5G network

New Zealand becomes third Five Eyes member to ban Huawei from 5G network

New Zealand is barring China’s Huawei on national-security grounds from supplying equipment for next-generation mobile networks, and in doing so has become the third member of the “Five Eyes” intelligence-sharing alliance to take action against the huge Shenzen-based telecom-gear maker.

US asks foreign allies to avoid Huawei

US asks foreign allies to avoid Huawei

Officials have spoken to their counterparts and telecom bosses in Germany, Italy, Japan and other friendly countries where the Chinese company's equipment is already in use, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing unnamed sources.

Feds using Houston company to put surveillance cameras in streetlights

Feds using Houston company to put surveillance cameras in streetlights

"The targeted use of surveillance equipment used during investigations into drug trafficking, human smuggling, human trafficking and other illicit activities is consistent with other federal law-enforcement agencies," ICE officials wrote in an emailed statement to KHOU 11.