State-sponsored cyber spies targeting IoT - a warning from Microsoft

State-sponsored cyber spies targeting IoT - a warning from Microsoft

Back in April, Microsoft security researchers observed the infamous Russian-backed hacking group STRONTIUM (also known as Fancy Bear or APT28) compromising popular IoT devices (a VOIP phone, an office printer, and a video decoder) across multiple customer locations.

WhatsApp security flaws can fake messages from you

WhatsApp security flaws can fake messages from you

Check Point Research says that it found three different ways to exploit the vulnerability, including the ability to put words in your mouth.

Global Regulators Warn on Privacy Risks of Facebook’s Libra

Global Regulators Warn on Privacy Risks of Facebook’s Libra

The privacy commissioners also set out a list of questions that Facebook is expected to address, including how the Libra Network will provide end users with clear information on how their data will be used by project participants and how it will ensure that default privacy setting will “not use nudge techniques or “dark patterns” to encourage people to share personal data with third parties or weaken their privacy protections.”.

Telegram Has Decentralized Hong Kong’s Massive Protests While Uniting Cryptocurrency Users

Telegram Has Decentralized Hong Kong’s Massive Protests While Uniting Cryptocurrency Users

Telegram, an end-to-end encrypted messaging app, has been a driving factor in the recent Hong Kong public protests. Details such as arrests, assaults on protestors and journalists, and letters of support from Hong Kong industry leaders were publicized on Telegram.

Telegram: the messaging app driving Hong Kong’s decentralized revolution

Telegram: the messaging app driving Hong Kong’s decentralized revolution

Hong Kong authorities have also attempted to clamp down on Telegram group members, which protestors say is taking cues from the ways China polices the Internet.

'Five Eyes' security alliance calls for access to encrypted material

'Five Eyes' security alliance calls for access to encrypted material

“The Five Eyes are united that tech firms should not develop their systems and services, including end-to-end encryption, in ways that empower criminals or put vulnerable people at risk,” said British Home Secretary Priti Patel.

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Rights group loses mass surveillance appeal in High Court

Rights group loses mass surveillance appeal in High Court

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A lawyer with Liberty called the ruling "disappointing" Human rights group Liberty has lost its High Court challenge against the government's Investigatory Powers Act. Called the "Snoopers' Charter" by its critics, the legislation allows for mass surveillance of electronic devices, allowing intelligence agencies to extract and store information.

A new Facebook privacy flaw allowed thousands of children on Messenger Kids to enter group chats with strangers

A new Facebook privacy flaw allowed thousands of children on Messenger Kids to enter group chats with strangers

According to the report, Messenger Kids had a design flaw that allows for a situation in which a child can enter a group chat with other users — including adults — who hadn't been preapproved by their parents.

Portland may ban masked protesters like antifa in effort to crack down on violent clashes

Portland may ban masked protesters like antifa in effort to crack down on violent clashes

City officials in Portland, Oregon are considering banning masks for protesters in an effort to address clashes between protesters, Th Wall Street Journal reported. Eileen Park, a spokesperson for Mayor Ted Wheeler (D), said officials have been discussing banning the wearing of a mask to evade identification for criminal activity in the city.

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Browser Extensions Scraped Data From Millions of People

Ars Technica reporter Dan Goodin brings the news of a major new privacy failure recently unearthed by security researchers: widely used Chrome and Firefox browser extensions scraped and sold the data of more than 4.1 million people, until the researcher alerted Google and Mozilla.

Report: Israeli surveillance tool can silently collect all iCloud data for a targeted user

Report: Israeli surveillance tool can silently collect all iCloud data for a targeted user

Apple is facing a new security threat, thanks to developments in the spyware/surveillance tool sold by the Israeli firm NSO Group. Via the Financial Times, the Pegasus phone software now not only harvests data from the user’s onboard storage, but also all communications with the connected cloud.

MPs Call on Facial Recognition Trials to be Suspended

MPs Call on Facial Recognition Trials to be Suspended

In a report published this week, the House of Commons Science and Technology committee voiced serious concerns over the accuracy of the invasive technology and raised questions over bias – an issue which has been brought up repeatedly in discussions over the technology’s use.

New privacy alliance to be formed in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe

New privacy alliance to be formed in Russia, Central and Eastern Europe

Civil Society advocates from Russia, and Central and Eastern Europe have joined forces to form a new inter-regional NGO to promote privacy in countries bordering the EU.

Powerful FinSpy Spyware Found Targeting iOS and Android Users in Myanmar

Powerful FinSpy Spyware Found Targeting iOS and Android Users in Myanmar

Since some advanced functionalities require FinSpy to have root privileges on a targeted device, the implant doesn't work properly on iOS without jailbreaking, which can be achieved with physical access or remotely in combination with some zero-day vulnerabilities.

Civil Rights Group Wants to Ban Feds From Using Facial Recognition

Civil Rights Group Wants to Ban Feds From Using Facial Recognition

Fight for the Future, one of the main activist groups fighting for net neutrality and against mass surveillance in the past few years, launched a new campaign today, asking for a ban on the use of facial recognition software by the federal government.

DoH! Secure DNS doesn't make us a villain Mozilla tells UK ISP's

DoH! Secure DNS doesn't make us a villain Mozilla tells UK ISP's

The UK ISPA earlier this week proposed Mozilla, self-styled defender of internet freedom, as a black hat for its "proposed approach to introduce DNS-over-HTTPS in such a way as to bypass UK filtering obligations and parental controls, undermining internet safety standards in the UK.".

Massive Desjardins Group data breach caused by employee who's since been fired

Massive Desjardins Group data breach caused by employee who's since been fired

Laval police informed the financial-services giant that personal information of more than 2.9 million members has been shared with people outside of the organization. The largest data breach in history occurred in 2013 when three billion Yahoo accounts were hacked.

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.

Facebook unveils ‘its most invasive and dangerous form of surveillance yet’ with launch of Libra cryptocurrency

Facebook unveils ‘its most invasive and dangerous form of surveillance yet’ with launch of Libra cryptocurrency

The cryptocurrency "Libra" launches next yearCredit: AFP or licensors "Libra holds the potential to provide billions of people around the world with access to a more inclusive, more open financial ecosystem," he explained.

Why Facebook Privacy is a Hoax? Facebook censoring crypto-related messages

Why Facebook Privacy is a Hoax? Facebook censoring crypto-related messages

Maybe Facebook is happy enough by being able to read your SMS and your call history on Android devices. Facebook has been collecting call history and SMS data from Android devices. Facebook just made some big privacy promises, and they all hinge on encryption.

Monsanto kept 'watch lists' in seven EU countries

Monsanto kept 'watch lists' in seven EU countries

German chemicals and pharmaceuticals giant Bayer said Tuesday that US seeds and pesticides maker Monsanto, which it bought last year, kept lists of key pro- or anti-pesticides figures in at least seven EU countries.

How tech companies are shaping the rules governing AI

How tech companies are shaping the rules governing AI

Benkler says the program is an example of how the tech industry is becoming too influential over how society governs and scrutinizes the effects of AI.

>20,000 Linksys routers leak historic record of every device ever connected

>20,000 Linksys routers leak historic record of every device ever connected

Hackers abuse ASUS cloud service to install backdoor on users’ PCs Besides handing out device information, vulnerable routers also leak whether their default administrative passwords have been changed.

Your landlord is watching

Your landlord is watching

These forms of smart home and surveillance technology can only fuel the existing problem of landlords, especially in New York City, harassing and evicting tenants in order to raise rent prices.

Israeli firm linked to WhatsApp spyware attack faces lawsuit

Israeli firm linked to WhatsApp spyware attack faces lawsuit

The Israeli firm linked to this week’s WhatsApp hack is facing a lawsuit backed by Amnesty International, which says it fears its staff may be under surveillance from spyware installed via the messaging service.

How Hackers Broke WhatsApp With Just a Phone Call

How Hackers Broke WhatsApp With Just a Phone Call

But a new Financial Times report alleges that the notorious Israeli spy firm NSO Group developed a WhatsApp exploit that could inject malware onto targeted phones—and steal data from them—simply by calling them.

It’s Almost Impossible to Tell if Your iPhone Has Been Hacked

It’s Almost Impossible to Tell if Your iPhone Has Been Hacked

Jonathan Levin, a researcher who has written books about iOS and macOS internals and security and provides training on iPhone security, said that in his opinion, so few iOS zero-days have been caught because they are worth a lot of money, and thus more likely to be used in targeted attacks.

San Francisco Is Preparing to Ban Facial Recognition Technology

San Francisco Is Preparing to Ban Facial Recognition Technology

As facial recognition technology makes its presence felt across the globe, the city of San Francisco is preparing to ban its use by local agencies.

Wikipedia Is Now Banned in China in All Languages

Wikipedia Is Now Banned in China in All Languages

China has expanded its ban on Wikipedia to block the community-edited online encyclopedia in all available languages, the BBC reports. According to Open Observatory of Network Interference (OONI), an internet censorship research group, the block has been in place since late April.

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