Unsecured Chinese companies leak users’ sensitive personal and business data

Unsecured Chinese companies leak users’ sensitive personal and business data

The Xiaoxintong database contains more than 340,000 records of:Mobile numbers, addresses and GPS locationsMobile numbers and names of users’ relatives and other “Guardians”Location tracks (including addresses and GPS coordinates)Hashed passwordsSOS records and SOS record locationsPersonal IDsMost of these (about 285,000) were for addresses, GPS coordinates and personal IDs. The second database (possibly from Shanghai Yanhua Smartech).

Why Facial Recognition is a Threat to Privacy: Government Going Rogue

Why Facial Recognition is a Threat to Privacy: Government Going Rogue

The facial recognition system uses a technology that is used to recognize human faces.The facial recognition technology verifies the personal identities of different people by posing a threat to privacy and human rights.

Privacy-Focused OS Wants to Know How Facebook and the FBI Hacked it

Privacy-Focused OS Wants to Know How Facebook and the FBI Hacked it

The hacking tool relied on an unknown flaw—also called a zero-day in hacker lingo—in the default video player included in Tails, a well-known Linux-based operating system that’s used by journalists, dissidents, human rights activists, and security-focused users all over the world.

Oracle's BlueKai Spilled Network Monitoring Data 'Billions of Documents'

Oracle's BlueKai Spilled Network Monitoring Data 'Billions of Documents'

An Oracle ad tech division responsible for monitoring 1 % of all web traffic has exposed billions of records through an unsecured server.By leaving a server unsecured without a password, Tech giant and data harvester Oracle has exposed billions of records of people around the globe.

China Is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Men and Boys, Using U.S. Equipment

China Is Collecting DNA From Tens of Millions of Men and Boys, Using U.S. Equipment

In the report released by the Australian institute, it estimated that the authorities aimed to collect DNA samples from 35 million to 70 million men and boys, or roughly 5 percent to 10 percent of China’s male population.

When the home is no data protection haven: addressing privacy threats from intimate relationships

When the home is no data protection haven: addressing privacy threats from intimate relationships

That’s precisely what a new paper from Karen Levy and Bruce Schneier does: This article provides an overview of intimate threats: a class of privacy threats that can arise within our families, romantic partnerships, close friendships, and caregiving relationships.For example: some intimate privacy threats occur by virtue of copresence between victim, attacker, and device.

The Privacy Perils of Contact Tracing in Libraries

The Privacy Perils of Contact Tracing in Libraries

Yet, as communities struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic, libraries are faced with requests or demands to institute contact tracing, monitoring who comes into the library and restricting access to those who don’t provide their personal information.

Serious Xbox Security Breach Allows Gamertag Spoofing

Serious Xbox Security Breach Allows Gamertag Spoofing

A major Xbox security breach allows anyone to spoof your Gamertag and send offensive messages that could get you banned.A video of this security breach in action was posted on Reddit that shows how many Xbox Live users fell victims to it already.

UK sets up a new inquiry into Huawei security risk

UK sets up a new inquiry into Huawei security risk

Following the US announcement of additional sanctions against Huawei, the NCSC is looking carefully at any impact they could have to the UK’s networks, the spokesperson said.

Wacom drawing tablets are spying on every app you open, and sending the data back to Wacom

Wacom drawing tablets are spying on every app you open, and sending the data back to Wacom

“In section 3.1 of their privacy policy, Wacom wondered if it would be OK if they sent a few bits and bobs of data from my computer to Google Analytics, “[including] aggregate usage data, technical session information and information about [my] hardware device.” The half of my heart that cares about privacy sank.

Trump's Secret New Watchlist Lets His Administration Track Americans Without Needing a Warrant

Trump's Secret New Watchlist Lets His Administration Track Americans Without Needing a Warrant

National security officials say that though the government is still debating the full scope of the new watchlist, they are concerned that applying the terrorism standard imperils Americans' civil liberties and privacy rights.

Keybase joins Zoom

Keybase joins Zoom

Today we're announcing that Zoom acquired Keybase.We're thrilled with the match, and we're excited to be working on security that affects everyone we know.You can use the Zoom app on just about any platform, but you can also dial in over a plain old copper phone line.

Acting Intelligence Chief says he's "increasingly concerned" over handling of sensitive U.S. person information among agencies and orders broad review

Acting Intelligence Chief says he's "increasingly concerned" over handling of sensitive U.S. person information among agencies and orders broad review

But Grenell wrote, "As the Acting Director of National Intelligence, I serve as the approving official for dissemination of unmasked congressional identity information...I have become increasingly concerned with intelligence reports that inconsistently apply the policies and procedures governing how U.S. person identities are masked.".

Half of Americans won’t trust contact-tracing apps, new poll finds

Half of Americans won’t trust contact-tracing apps, new poll finds

Overall, the poll indicates that only 41 percent of American adults have both the technological capacity and the will to use a contact-tracing app.2 billion phones cannot use Google and Apple contact-tracing tech The University of Washington and Microsoft together are also planning to launch a contact-tracing app.

Special Report: Cyber-intel firms pitch governments on spy tools to trace coronavirus

Special Report: Cyber-intel firms pitch governments on spy tools to trace coronavirus

REUTERS/Mike Hutchings In South Africa, for example, after the government last month announced it would use telecom data to track the movements of citizens infected with COVID-19, a communications minister acknowledged concerns about loss of privacy.

Judge clears Baltimore’s planned aerial surveillance test

Judge clears Baltimore’s planned aerial surveillance test

U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett in Baltimore on Friday, April 24, 2020, ruled against a grassroots think tank and area activists who asked him to keep the surveillance program from taking off, arguing that it violates their First and Fourth Amendment rights.

Why You (Yes You, Reading This) Need to Take the Lead in Privacy & Security

Why You (Yes You, Reading This) Need to Take the Lead in Privacy & Security

But for a lot of them, I’m the only person they communicate with using those services and when I try to convince them to get their friends and family to join, they respond with something along the lines of “they just don’t care about privacy or security.” But it’s up to you to lead the charge into an era of privacy and security, and here’s why.

5 Common Social Engineering Techniques to Avoid During Lockdown

5 Common Social Engineering Techniques to Avoid During Lockdown

Social engineering is the practice of psychological techniques that are used on people with the intention of eliciting sensitive information from them in order to gain access to secure systems.Described below are some of the 5 most common social engineering techniques that attackers like to use.

Shlonik ‘How Are You’ app monitors home quarantined people

Shlonik ‘How Are You’ app monitors home quarantined people

KUWAIT CITY, Apr 19: The Ministry of Health has launched a mobile application, called to monitor home quarantined people as the country starts a massive operation to repatriate citizens who were stranded abroad due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.

NHS coronavirus app: memo discussed giving ministers power to 'de-anonymise' users

NHS coronavirus app: memo discussed giving ministers power to 'de-anonymise' users

A draft government memo explaining how the NHS contact-tracing app could stem the spread of the coronavirus said ministers might be given the ability to order “de-anonymisation” to identify people from their smartphones, the Guardian can reveal.

Thermal Imaging Cameras are Still Dangerous Dragnet Surveillance Cameras

Thermal Imaging Cameras are Still Dangerous Dragnet Surveillance Cameras

Now, some vendors of surveillance equipment are advocating for the use of thermal cameras that would supposedly detect people who may be infected with the virus and walking around with a fever.

Federal, NSW governments use Vodafone data to see if public is following COVID-19 restrictions

Federal, NSW governments use Vodafone data to see if public is following COVID-19 restrictions

Australia has become the latest country to track the movements of the public, with the federal and New South Wales governments having received the location data of millions of Vodafone Australia customers.

Swedish Covert Surveillance of Data Act

Swedish Covert Surveillance of Data Act

In those cases where an organisation which is subject to confidentiality (see section 11) uses Mullvad as a permanent element in its operations, and if the service is used for any purpose of the operations’ activities or the service is specifically intended to be used in the operations, there is no possibility for law enforcement agencies to be granted authorisation for covert surveillance of data of data before it is encrypted by the service (or via, for example, remote control).

Poland’s COVID-19 “selfie app” raises privacy questions – will everyone eventually be tracked?

Poland’s COVID-19 “selfie app” raises privacy questions – will everyone eventually be tracked?

While it’s perfectly fine for such an app to exist – especially as an alternative to using law enforcement man hours to physically check on at-risk quarantined patients, it would be a huge privacy concern if Poland decided to make every citizen download the COVID-19 selfie app.

Coronavirus: Pa. senator wants to suspend HIPAA amid COVID-19 pandemic

Coronavirus: Pa. senator wants to suspend HIPAA amid COVID-19 pandemic

Mastriano said HIPAA preventing the public release of the names of people who have tested positive endangers the lives of people who have been in close contact with them.

How China built facial recognition for people wearing masks

How China built facial recognition for people wearing masks

The company now says its masked facial recognition program has reached 95 percent accuracy in lab tests, and even claims that it is more accurate in real life, where its cameras take multiple photos of a person if the first attempt to identify them fails.

Personal privacy matters during a pandemic — but less than it might at other times

Personal privacy matters during a pandemic — but less than it might at other times

Individual privacy and the risks that can come from the disclosure of personal health information — like stigma — are still critical concerns for public health officials, Lee stresses.But the actions public health officials can take, like collecting information, aren’t designed to limit privacy, Fairchild says.

The age of data privacy: personalization's existential crisis?

The age of data privacy: personalization's existential crisis?

With all the potential for penalties, a question lingers: How much do the latest data privacy regulations limit customer journey data that powers personalized online experiences?This is another challenge for personalizing experiences online, as tools like cookies help companies optimize their marketing spend and deliver customers more relevant marketing messages.

Cambridge Analytica: Australia takes Facebook to court over privacy

Cambridge Analytica: Australia takes Facebook to court over privacy

Image copyright Getty Images Australia's privacy regulator is taking Facebook to court over the Cambridge Analytica scandal."Facebook failed to take reasonable steps to protect those individuals' personal information from unauthorised disclosure," the Australian commissioner's office said.

How The Internet of Things Stole (And Is Stealing) Our Privacy

How The Internet of Things Stole (And Is Stealing) Our Privacy

IoT devices create the largest surveillance network in the world and people are more than willing to bring these devices into their homes.People spend their own money on smart speakers and other internet-connected items to have their behavior tracked and analyzed by businesses.