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.

FYI: FBI raiding NSA's global wiretap database to probe US peeps is probably illegal, unconstitutional, court says

FYI: FBI raiding NSA's global wiretap database to probe US peeps is probably illegal, unconstitutional, court says

In a decision [PDF] that could put an end to a practice that civil-liberties groups have decried as illegal for years, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit noted that the way the Feds today use a database of seized communications “would be at odds with the bedrock Fourth Amendment concept that law enforcement agents may not invade the privacy of individuals without some objective reason to believe that evidence of crime will be found by a search.”.

Republicans propose mass student surveillance plan to prevent shootings

Republicans propose mass student surveillance plan to prevent shootings

Senate Republicans have a new plan for preventing mass shootings: require public schools to use surveillance technology to monitor students’ online behavior for signs of violence or self-harm.

Court Ruling Shows How FBI Abused NSA Mass Surveillance

Court Ruling Shows How FBI Abused NSA Mass Surveillance

While the law requires that FBI searches of such data be related to investigations in which agents have reasonable suspicion that crimes are occurring or in which national security is at risk, assessments provide an enormous loophole that potentially allows agents to search through the communications of any American without a warrant.

Europol Looks Forward to a Substantial Collaboration with Amazon’s Alexa

Europol Looks Forward to a Substantial Collaboration with Amazon’s Alexa

The five pillars of the presentations concerned data retention methods, email address-based tracking, data protection considerations, global access to criminal evidence, and predictive policing.

Empire Files: NSA Whistleblower: Government Collecting Everything You Do

Empire Files: NSA Whistleblower: Government Collecting Everything You Do

So, if NSA didn’t want to publish anything that I thought was important to get to people in any agency, I used what was called the gray phone, you know, it’s the encrypted line.

Russell Stover Chocolates hit by data breach - what customers need to know

Russell Stover Chocolates hit by data breach - what customers need to know

Candymaker Russell Stover Chocolates announced Friday that a recent data security breach at its stores potentially affected the information of customers’ credit and debit cards.If a consumer suspects an unauthorized charge, they should immediately notify the bank or financial institution that issued the payment card.”.

You Know That Mobile Phone Tracking Data You Used As Evidence In Over 10,000 Court Cases? Turns Out Some Of It Was Wrong, But We're Not Sure Which Yet

You Know That Mobile Phone Tracking Data You Used As Evidence In Over 10,000 Court Cases? Turns Out Some Of It Was Wrong, But We're Not Sure Which Yet

In addition, Denmark's director of public prosecutions has ordered a two-month halt in the use of this location data in criminal cases while experts try to sort out the problems: The first error was found in an I.T. system that converts phone companies' raw data into evidence that the police and prosecutors can use to place a person at the scene of a crime.

Facebook denies claims of discrepancies in evidence to MPs

Facebook denies claims of discrepancies in evidence to MPs

“In their evidence, Facebook representatives truthfully answered questions about when the company first learned of Aleksandr Kogan/GSR’s improper transfer of data to Cambridge Analytica, which was in December 2015 through The Guardian’s reporting.

Hearing Thursday: EFF, ACLU Will Ask Court to Rule In Favor of Travelers Suing DHS Over Unconstitutional, Warrantless Searches of Cellphones, Laptops

Hearing Thursday: EFF, ACLU Will Ask Court to Rule In Favor of Travelers Suing DHS Over Unconstitutional, Warrantless Searches of Cellphones, Laptops

Boston, Massachusetts—On Thursday, July 18, at 3:00 p.m., lawyers for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the ACLU will ask a federal judge to decide that the constitutional rights of 11 travelers were violated by the suspicionless, warrantless searches of their electronic devices at the border by the U.S. government.

Police can access full details of injured protesters in hospital, says medical sector lawmaker following patient arrests

Police can access full details of injured protesters in hospital, says medical sector lawmaker following patient arrests

Chan said that he received an internal email from the Hospital Authority stating that staff members should label the injured patients accepted on Wednesday using the description “Mass gathering outside Legco” and identify them as “police,” “reporter,” “civilian,” or “others.”.

Schools Are Safer Than Ever, But That's Not Stopping Schools From Buying Social Media Monitoring Software

Schools Are Safer Than Ever, But That's Not Stopping Schools From Buying Social Media Monitoring Software

The Brennan Center for Justice reports schools are purchasing social media monitoring tools with increasing frequency, allowing them to track and surveil students far past the borders of the school grounds.

Russia’s “Sovereign Internet” is About Counterintelligence

Russia’s “Sovereign Internet” is About Counterintelligence

The moves by Russia to increase control over its own citizens and to filter incoming content into the country look like attempts to prevent the same thing happening to their own society.

Bloomberg Appears To Flub Another China Story, Insists Telnet Is A Nefarious Huawei Backdoor

Bloomberg Appears To Flub Another China Story, Insists Telnet Is A Nefarious Huawei Backdoor

Europe’s biggest phone company identified hidden backdoors in the software that could have given Huawei unauthorized access to the carrier’s fixed-line network in Italy, a system that provides internet service to millions of homes and businesses, according to Vodafone’s security briefing documents from 2009 and 2011 seen by Bloomberg, as well as people involved in the situation.".

New Documents Reveal DHS Asserting Broad, Unconstitutional Authority to Search Travelers’ Phones and Laptops

New Documents Reveal DHS Asserting Broad, Unconstitutional Authority to Search Travelers’ Phones and Laptops

The request for summary judgment comes after the groups obtained documents and deposition testimony revealing that U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement authorize border officials to search travelers’ phones and laptops for general law enforcement purposes, and consider requests from other government agencies when deciding whether to conduct such warrantless searches.

Rape cases ‘could fail’ if victims refuse to give police access to phones

Rape cases ‘could fail’ if victims refuse to give police access to phones

And the director of public prosecutions, Max Hill, who has been DPP since last November, said: “You can end up in an extreme case where there’s there’s outright refusal [by a complainant] to allow access [to mobile phone contents] … and that can have consequences for our ability to pursue a prosecution.

Judge Dodges Legality of NSA Mass Spying, Citing Secrecy Claims

Judge Dodges Legality of NSA Mass Spying, Citing Secrecy Claims

The latest obstacle came Thursday, when the court hearing our long-running case challenging NSA spying ruled that the lawsuit should be dismissed on account of the government's argument that to proceed further would jeopardize national security.

Judge Kills Lawsuit Over Mass Surveillance Programs

Judge Kills Lawsuit Over Mass Surveillance Programs

In his public ruling, White deemed inadequate the evidence plaintiffs submitted to support claims that the National Security Agency violated the Wiretap Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The public evidence included a 2003 document from a former AT&T technician detailing how the telecom giant routed internet traffic to a secret room at an AT&T facility in San Francisco controlled by the NSA.

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.

Facebook Confirms Millions of Instagram Passwords Were Stored in Plain Text

Facebook Confirms Millions of Instagram Passwords Were Stored in Plain Text

In an update to its original blog post, Facebook now says that millions of Instagram passwords were stored on its servers in a readable format.

Government Fights to Trap EFF’s NSA Spying Case in a Catch-22

Government Fights to Trap EFF’s NSA Spying Case in a Catch-22

Because the government refused to formally acknowledge the document, Snowden submitted a declaration in our case confirming that he had seen the report when he was an NSA contractor.

Facebook’s Decision To Censor Anti-Vaccination Posts And Why Some Might Not Like It

Facebook’s Decision To Censor Anti-Vaccination Posts And Why Some Might Not Like It

However, in recent years there have been calls for social media networks such as Twitter and Facebook to start censoring some of the content that’s posted on their platforms.

US government claims to have found evidence against Huawei via secret surveillance

US government claims to have found evidence against Huawei via secret surveillance

The news comes as the US government has urged its allies around the world to bar Huawei from public communications networks, claiming that the company's hardware poses a national security risk.

Faulty Court Ruling That Threatens to Gut Groundbreaking Privacy Statute CalECPA Must Be Reversed

Faulty Court Ruling That Threatens to Gut Groundbreaking Privacy Statute CalECPA Must Be Reversed

Prosecutors who collect electronic communications stored on a laptop or in the cloud absent a warrant that meets the requirements of CalECPA lose the ability to use information as evidence.

Court convicts man of drug possession but rules GPS probe without warrant illegal

Court convicts man of drug possession but rules GPS probe without warrant illegal

The Asahikawa District Court sentenced 46-year-old Masayuki Tanikawa, a former gangster, to six years in prison and fined him 1.5 million yen for possessing 61 grams of stimulant drugs.

Facebook stored hundreds of millions of passwords unprotected

Facebook stored hundreds of millions of passwords unprotected

According to security reporter Brian Krebs, who cited a “senior Facebook insider”, “access logs showed some 2,000 engineers or developers made approximately nine million internal queries for data elements that contained plaintext user passwords”.

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.

Dow Jones’ watchlist of 2.4 million high-risk individuals has leaked

Dow Jones’ watchlist of 2.4 million high-risk individuals has leaked

The database record on Haqqani, who was categorized under “sanctions list” and terror,” included (and condensed for clarity): DOW JONES NOTES: Killed in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal area on 21-Aug-2012.

Why Security is Important (Or how Google sucks at it and it's just pathetic.)

Why Security is Important (Or how Google sucks at it and it's just pathetic.)

A few months ago I had an issue with a drive and wanted to upgrade, so I got a bigger, better drive, and as a precaution I offloaded some important documents to my google drive(in case data transfer from old drive gets borked. According to Google's own security, no one had logged on to my account but me.