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