Amazon: How Bezos built his data machine

Amazon: How Bezos built his data machine

Once a week they too delved into individuals' behaviour.“We had to make it actionable,” Selinger continues.“So to do that, we would project on the wall this view [of a] single customer and try to understand who she was.Weigend and Selinger moved on, but Amazon continued to hire talent to find innovative ways to turn data into dollars.

Chinese state 'likely' linked to cyber spies targeting human rights workers

Chinese state 'likely' linked to cyber spies targeting human rights workers

The espionage group, dubbed Bronze President, deployed malware against its alleged victims to monitor their activities and steal documents, according to the assessment released on Sunday by Secureworks , a US-based cyber security company.

Opinion | You Should Be Freaking Out About Privacy

Opinion | You Should Be Freaking Out About Privacy

Like, was it my idea to go to this place for a vacation, or was it Facebook’s idea?” If being tracked by a beer company doesn’t cross the line for you, let’s see how you feel when we take it up a level.

Smile as you buy your holiday goods in a store – you are probably being watched, tracked and analyzed

Smile as you buy your holiday goods in a store – you are probably being watched, tracked and analyzed

For example, AiFi works in the same way as Amazon Go, but is designed to scale: the company claims its Autonomous Store Platform can track up to 500 people, and tens of thousands of products.

Are You One Of Avast’s 400 Million Users? This Is Why It Collects And Sells Your Web Habits.

Are You One Of Avast’s 400 Million Users? This Is Why It Collects And Sells Your Web Habits.

As a final assurance, Vlcek told Forbes he recognizes customers use Avast to protect their information and so it can’t do anything that might “circumvent the security of privacy of the data including targeting by advertisers.”.

Mozilla Foundation

Mozilla Foundation

What you may not know is that this button allows Facebook to track what sites you’re browsing in order to target ads to you.We’re calling on Facebook to turn off the default use of cross-site tracking tools - such as the like button on external sites - that target advertising based on people’s browsing.

Privacy and Edward Snowden’s “Permanent Record” book

Privacy and Edward Snowden’s “Permanent Record” book

One thing I found when reading the book was that the NSA technically follows the law, just interprets it in such a way as to make it meaningless.

Senator proposes mandatory labeling for products with mics, cameras

Senator proposes mandatory labeling for products with mics, cameras

A rule such as the regulation Gardner proposes would close the gap that, for example, led owners of Nest Secure devices to the unpleasant discovery earlier this year that the products had shipped with undisclosed microphones.

Hundreds of exposed Amazon cloud backups found leaking sensitive data

Hundreds of exposed Amazon cloud backups found leaking sensitive data

He said that all too often cloud admins don’t choose the correct configuration settings, leaving EBS snapshots inadvertently public and unencrypted.Morris found dozens of snapshots exposed publicly in one region alone, he said, including application keys, critical user or administrative credentials, source code and more.

Facebook Sues Over 'Ad Fraud' Apps On Google Play, But Google Keeps Apps In Place (Updated)

Facebook Sues Over 'Ad Fraud' Apps On Google Play, But Google Keeps Apps In Place (Updated)

Just a few days later and Facebook has announced that is has filed its first lawsuit against two Asian developers for "click injection fraud—where developers made apps available on the Google Play store to infect their users’ phones with malware [which] created fake user clicks on Facebook ads that appeared on the users’ phones, giving the impression that the users had clicked on the ads.".

What can we learn from Palantir’s secret user manual for police users of its big data software?

What can we learn from Palantir’s secret user manual for police users of its big data software?

A Bloomberg article last year gave some details of how the Los Angeles Police Department uses Palantir’s Gotham product for Operation Laser, a program to identify and deter people likely to commit crimes: Information from rap sheets, parole reports, police interviews, and other sources is fed into the system to generate a list of people the department defines as chronic offenders, says Craig Uchida, whose consulting firm, Justice & Security Strategies Inc., designed the Laser system.

GitHub - tg12/slow_the_bots: Slow the bot's by spoofing what they are looking for!

GitHub - tg12/slow_the_bots: Slow the bot's by spoofing what they are looking for!

Slow the bot's by spoofing what they are looking for! This is a honeypot project. Are you sick of this in your log files? Install Ubuntu and Apache, (Default log directory /var/www/html/). */5 * * * * python3 /path/to/slow_the_ >/dev/null 2>&1.

Dnscrypt.ca: Snork's DNSCrypt Servers

Dnscrypt.ca: Snork's DNSCrypt Servers

There is no record of who connects to these servers, or what names they resolve to IP addresses. As a result, it might be possible for someone to know what DNS names you are requesting, and ultimately what services you are using (even if you are connecting to an encrypted service).

That mental health app might share your data without telling you

That mental health app might share your data without telling you

Free apps marketed to people with depression or who want to quit smoking are hemorrhaging user data to third parties like Facebook and Google — but often don’t admit it in their privacy policies, a new study reports.

SecurityWatch: Make Corporations, Not Customers, Suffer for Data Breaches

SecurityWatch: Make Corporations, Not Customers, Suffer for Data Breaches

On March 29, Earl Enterprises announced that visitors to its chain restaurants may have had their credit card information stolen. If you ate out at specific Buca di Beppo, Chicken Guy!, Earl of Sandwich, Mixology, Planet Hollywood, or Tequila Taqueria, you may have had your credit or debit card information stolen.

New York City’s algorithm task force is fracturing

New York City’s algorithm task force is fracturing

The city says specific examples are forthcoming As the first plan of its kind in the United States, the New York law established a model, and other local governments have launched similar programs in the time since.

Lyft tightens employee access to rider data, but it may not be enough

Lyft tightens employee access to rider data, but it may not be enough

That said, Lyft did set up an anonymous tip line for complaints about employees misusing data after its investigation in 2018.The ride-hailing service's new security measures are similar to Uber's, which also issues warnings on employees' dashboard tools and trains staff on the proper ways to access user data.

The Irony of Glenn Greenwald Cuddling Up with Bill Barr, the Grandfather of Ed Snowden’s Phone Dragnet

The Irony of Glenn Greenwald Cuddling Up with Bill Barr, the Grandfather of Ed Snowden’s Phone Dragnet

Glenn’s denialism is all the more remarkable, though, given that this same guy who wrote two books on abuse of presidential power is choosing to trust a memo from Bill Barr that was obviously playing legalistic games over what the public record says.

Want a Facebook account? Just hand over your private email password

Want a Facebook account? Just hand over your private email password

After all, it was Facebook that stored half a billion users’ passwords on its servers in unencrypted plaintext for seven years - then told users not to worry, because its employees were trustworthy (those employees who weren’t calling the users “dumb f**ks,” that is).

FTC announces inquiry into the privacy practices of broadband providers

FTC announces inquiry into the privacy practices of broadband providers

The Federal Trade Commission today announced a broad inquiry into the privacy practices of internet service providers requesting large companies like AT&T, Verizon, and T-Mobile to hand over nonpublic information describing how they handle consumer data.

Some iOS Apps Sending an Alarming Amount of Data to Facebook and Most Users Are Unaware

Some iOS Apps Sending an Alarming Amount of Data to Facebook and Most Users Are Unaware

At least 11 out of the 70 apps tested by The Wall Street Journal were sending sensitive user data to Facebook, including six of the top 15 health and fitness apps.

How Much of Your Data Would You Trade for a Free Cookie?

How Much of Your Data Would You Trade for a Free Cookie?

"It is crazy what people were willing to give me," said artist Risa Puno, who conducted the experiment, which she called "Please Enable Cookies," at a Brooklyn arts festival.

Sony promises better face identification through depth-sensing lasers

Sony promises better face identification through depth-sensing lasers

Speaking with Bloomberg last week , Sony’s sensor division boss Satoshi Yoshihara said Sony plans to ramp up production of chips to power front and rear 3D cameras in late summer, responding to demand from multiple smartphone manufacturers.

DOOMBA

DOOMBA

I bring forth DOOMBA, a half-goat, half-script creature, with native binary backing for the expensive parts, to be offered in place of my firstborn on this fine Christmas Eve.In order to use DOOMBA and the rest of the new Roomba functionality, you'll need to download the latest Noesis.

GDPR and Your Remote Team

GDPR and Your Remote Team

One aspect of the GDPR that information security teams are going to have to think carefully about in respect of a distributed workforce, considering the way our personal and professional lives are now so blended, is that your team have enhanced privacy rights now as individuals.

What Constant Surveillance Does to Your Brain

What Constant Surveillance Does to Your Brain

“They suddenly had images that their family could be arrested, that they could be arrested, some people had post-traumatic stress disorder-like symptoms,” Chisholm said in a phone interview. “The fear and uncertainty generated by surveillance inhibit activity more than any action by the police,” Franco said in a phone interview.

We Need to Have an Honest Talk About Our Data

We Need to Have an Honest Talk About Our Data

So if you look at Netflix’s ability to start a subscription business, I think it gives you hope that business models can change, and if people are used to free things, they actually can be persuaded that a paid model makes the world better.

Tim Berners-Lee launches open source project Solid to decentralize the web and place users in control of data

Tim Berners-Lee launches open source project Solid to decentralize the web and place users in control of data

Tim Berners-Lee is famous for inventing the world wide web, and now he's ready to take things to the next level with an ambitious open source project called Solid.

GM Collected Radio-Listening Data on 90,000 Cars

GM Collected Radio-Listening Data on 90,000 Cars

People who drive the same types of cars also sometimes consistently listen to the same stations, an insight that, once you think about it, kind of makes sense.

China’s Dystopian Technocracy: ‘Leave No Dark Corner’

China’s Dystopian Technocracy: ‘Leave No Dark Corner’

These technologies are already ramping up in the U.S. and are certain to take over unless people stand up now and say ‘NO’! The entire nation is one big social engineering project where everything is lathered with technology to keep everything and everyone within the Technocrats’ model.