Zuckerberg Plans to Wiretap Whatsapp. He’ll Do the Same to Libra

Zuckerberg Plans to Wiretap Whatsapp. He’ll Do the Same to Libra

Facebook will do the same thing with its new currency, Libra , scanning transactions through the Calibra wallet. According to a Forbes report, Facebook is experimenting with a blacklist filter and content-scanner for WhatsApp. The algorithm would read messages before they are sent and detect suspicious activity.

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

Facebook's Ex-Security Chief Details His 'Observatory' for Internet Abuse

It aspires to be a central outlet for the study of all manner of internet abuse, assembling for visiting researchers the necessary machine learning tools, big data analysts, and perhaps most importantly, access to major tech platforms' user data—a key to the project that may hinge on which tech firms cooperate, and to what degree.

We Tested Europe’s New Lie Detector for Travelers — and Immediately Triggered a False Positive

We Tested Europe’s New Lie Detector for Travelers — and Immediately Triggered a False Positive

It is a virtual policeman designed to strengthen Europe’s borders, subjecting travelers to a lie detector test before they are allowed to pass through customs.

Zcash Foundation Reveals FPGA Research Results

Zcash Foundation Reveals FPGA Research Results

In May last year, after Bitmain unveiled its new Antimer Z9 Mini, the Foundation funded research into ASIC resistance, partly to appeal to the network’s strong base of GPU miners.

China’s government has given location-tracking watches to 17,000 children

China’s government has given location-tracking watches to 17,000 children

The smart watches use chips developed and designed by BeiDou, a Chinese satellite navigation system, to pinpoint a child’s position within 10 meters. The tech: The watches are equipped with a positioning chip, developed by BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, China’s GPS equivalent.

Hackers breach FSB contractor, expose Tor deanonymization project and more

Hackers breach FSB contractor, expose Tor deanonymization project and more

Hackers have breached SyTech, a contractor for FSB, Russia's national intelligence service, from where they stole information about internal projects the company was working on behalf of the agency -- including one for deanonymizing Tor traffic.

Public Statement on Neutrality of Free Software  -  F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

Public Statement on Neutrality of Free Software - F-Droid - Free and Open Source Android App Repository

This also means F-Droid won’t allow oppression or harassment to happen at its communication channels, including its forum. We believe platforms like F-Droid’s repository or fediverse instances must be moderated in order to prevent oppression and harassment to flourish.

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.

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.

Here’s why Google thinks you should trust it with unprecedented quantities of your city’s “urban data”

Here’s why Google thinks you should trust it with unprecedented quantities of your city’s “urban data”

The organization would also manage all urban data from the Sidewalk Toronto project and make it publicly accessible by default (if properly de-identified). In an attempt to head off that criticism, the company now says: Sidewalk Labs has already committed publicly that it would not sell personal information to third parties or use it for advertising purposes.

What’s that liquid? IBM’s flavor-identifying ‘e-tongue’ will tell you

What’s that liquid? IBM’s flavor-identifying ‘e-tongue’ will tell you

“We’re very good as humans at being able to recognize different liquids,” Patrick Ruch, one of the researchers working on the e-tongue project, told Digital Trends.

Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan to Prevent “Trump situation” in 2020 on Hidden Cam

Insider Blows Whistle & Exec Reveals Google Plan to Prevent “Trump situation” in 2020 on Hidden Cam

An additional document Project Veritas obtained, titled “Fair is Not the Default” says “People (like us) are programmed” after the results of machine learning fairness.

Firefox 67.0.4 Released — Mozilla Patches Second 0-Day Flaw This Week

Firefox 67.0.4 Released — Mozilla Patches Second 0-Day Flaw This Week

After patching a critical actively-exploited vulnerability in Firefox 67.0.3 earlier this week, Mozilla is now warning millions of its users about a second zero-day vulnerability that attackers have been found exploiting in the wild.

Facebook urged to pause Libra crypto-currency project

Facebook urged to pause Libra crypto-currency project

"Given the company's troubled past, I am requesting that Facebook agree to a moratorium on any movement forward on developing a crypto-currency until Congress and regulators have the opportunity to examine these issues and take action," said Democratic congresswoman Maxine Waters.

Big Brother Comes to Belgrade

Big Brother Comes to Belgrade

The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei last August described this incident (with some alterations of dates and key details) as a case study for the Safe City project that the firm is implementing in Serbia.

Charles Koch and George Soros team up with Patreon, Mozilla, Pinterest and more to stamp out “hate” online

Charles Koch and George Soros team up with Patreon, Mozilla, Pinterest and more to stamp out “hate” online

Pinterest insider, Eric Cochran, who exposed internal blacklist speaks out - calls big tech companies “dark censorship bureaus”. Pinterest insider, Eric Cochran, who exposed internal blacklist speaks out - calls big tech companies “dark censorship bureaus”.

Privacy hazard: Centralized financial blue chips behind Facebook's GlobalCoin

Privacy hazard: Centralized financial blue chips behind Facebook's GlobalCoin

Totally centralized and run by the same payment processors already dominating the financial sector, Facebook's GlobalCoin looks more like a blockchain trojan horse than a cryptocurrency proper. So far a dozen companies have joined Project Libra / GlobalCoin, among them some of the top e-commerce businesses and financial payment processors today:.

'Surveillance capitalism': critic urges Toronto to abandon smart city project

'Surveillance capitalism': critic urges Toronto to abandon smart city project

Project with Google’s Sidewalk Labs comes under increasing scrutiny amid concerns over privacy and data harvesting. The 12-acre Quayside project, a partnership between Google’s Sidewalk Labs and the city of Toronto, has come under increasing scrutiny amid concerns over privacy and data harvesting.

Let’s retake control of our events! #JoinMobilizon

Let’s retake control of our events! #JoinMobilizon

We asked professional designers to help us develop our vision for Mobilizon. We asked two designers to work with us on this project, so that Mobilizon would, right from its conception, fit the needs and uses of the people who are going to use it.

The guy who made a tool to track women in porn videos is sorry

The guy who made a tool to track women in porn videos is sorry

Though the programmer—who posted about the project on the Chinese social network Weibo—originally insisted everything was fine because he didn’t make the information public, just collecting the data is illegal if the women didn’t consent, according to Börge Seeger, a data protection expert and partner at German law firm Neuwerk.

Can tracking people through phone-call data improve lives?

Can tracking people through phone-call data improve lives?

Phone companies don’t legally need subscriber consent to share information that is anonymized and aggregated, says Jeanine Vos, head of the GSMA’s Big Data for Social Good initiative.

CU Colorado Springs students secretly photographed for government-backed facial-recognition research

CU Colorado Springs students secretly photographed for government-backed facial-recognition research

A professor at the University of Colorado’s Colorado Springs campus led a project that secretly snapped photos of more than 1,700 students, faculty members and others walking in public more than six years ago in an effort to enhance facial-recognition technology.

SHA-1 Has One Foot In the Grave

SHA-1 Has One Foot In the Grave

Last week, researchers Gaëtan Leurent and Thomas Peyrin released a paper detailing improvements to the original SHAttered project that theoretically allow chosen-plaintext attacks against SHA-1. A fully-functional version of this type of attack was demonstrated in 2009 with a dramatic improvement to chosen-prefix attacks for the MD5 hash algorithm.

First official version of Tor Browser for Android released on the Play Store

First official version of Tor Browser for Android released on the Play Store

Today, the Tor Project released on the Google Play Store the first stable version of the Tor Browser for Android. "We made it a priority to reach the rising number of users who only browse the web with a mobile device," said Isabela Bagueros, Executive Director of the Tor Project.

/e/ pre-installed Grade A smartphones

/e/ pre-installed Grade A smartphones

And we’d love to hear which model you would buy if interested, so we can plan accordingly. You can register by clicking on the button located underneath your smartphone of choice, and leave your contact details so we can come back to you when these phones will be available.

Mozilla offers research grant for a way to embed Tor inside Firefox

Mozilla offers research grant for a way to embed Tor inside Firefox

A better Tor integration is one of the key points that Mozilla is willing to fund via its Research Grants 2019H1 program that the organization announced last month. For this, Mozilla is willing to provide research grants that will help discover a better way of integrating Tor into Firefox without the current performance losses.

Tor Browser 8.0.9 update resolves add-on signing issue

Tor Browser 8.0.9 update resolves add-on signing issue

Means, add-ons should show up as installed again after Tor Browser is updated to the new version or installed anew. Tor users who use the built-in extensions or others are encouraged to update to the new version to fix the issue.

The CIA Sets Up Shop on Tor, the Anonymous Internet

The CIA Sets Up Shop on Tor, the Anonymous Internet

The anonymity service has been open source since its public release in 2002, and it transitioned to being overseen by a nonprofit, dubbed the Tor Project, in 2006.It can seem confusing at first that the US government would fund the creation of a tool that has since been used by criminals and foreign governments to conduct secret operations.

Google now wants to crack down on cookies to convince you it cares about privacy

Google now wants to crack down on cookies to convince you it cares about privacy

We said above that this move has the “semblance” of a pro-privacy effort, because of course the importance of cookies has waned a bit in recent years, thanks in part to the impact of smartphones and mobile browsers on web activity.

Facebook 'labels' posts by hand, posing privacy questions

Facebook 'labels' posts by hand, posing privacy questions

The Wipro work is among about 200 content labeling projects that Facebook has at any time, employing thousands of people globally, company officials told Reuters.

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