Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 19, 2021

Privacy News Online | Weekly Review: February 19, 2021

New Spotify patent would use mic to infer emotional state, age, gender, and accent.New York, Washington, and Virginia are three states that are expected to pass privacy bills this coming legislative session.

EFF to Ninth Circuit: Don’t Grant Immunity to Notorious Spyware Company

EFF to Ninth Circuit: Don’t Grant Immunity to Notorious Spyware Company

EFF filed a brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of WhatsApp’s lawsuit against notorious Israeli spyware company NSO Group.

'It's a free-for-all': how hi-tech spyware ends up in the hands of Mexico's cartels

'It's a free-for-all': how hi-tech spyware ends up in the hands of Mexico's cartels

An investigation by the Cartel Project can reveal that a 10th Mexican journalist – editor of the country’s foremost investigative magazine – was targeted with the “Pegasus” spyware sold by the Israeli company NSO Group, according to technical analysis by Amnesty International.

Europe is adopting stricter rules on surveillance tech

Europe is adopting stricter rules on surveillance tech

The European Union has agreed to stricter rules on the sale and export of cyber-surveillance technologies like facial recognition and spyware.

Internet And Privacy Issues You Must Need to Address

Internet And Privacy Issues You Must Need to Address

It’s always best to protect your personal computer.Another thing which the privacy software needs to possess is a way of eliminating cookie trackers.The software should offer malware detection and browser cleaning.Program that protects privacy will continue to defend you even when you’re not online.

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.”.

Champagne, shotguns, and surveillance at spyware’s grand bazaar

Champagne, shotguns, and surveillance at spyware’s grand bazaar

But it’s cyber that’s growing the fastest as the sector attracts new people, companies, buyers, and technology thanks in part to the success of high-profile, high-controversy firms like NSO Group.

Spyware Maker NSO Promises Reform but Keeps Snooping

Spyware Maker NSO Promises Reform but Keeps Snooping

Still, Ms. Bhatia said she was shocked to learn her phone had been infected with invasive spyware delivered through missed video calls on WhatsApp, a messaging service that is used by about 400 million people in India, WhatsApp’s biggest market.

Tracking NSO, the media shy Israeli firm behind Pegasus

Tracking NSO, the media shy Israeli firm behind Pegasus

October ended with the news that an Israeli spyware called Pegasus was used to snoop around two dozen Indian users of WhatsApp, including notable journalists, lawyers and activists.

Priyanka Gandhi was warned by WhatsApp, says Congress

Priyanka Gandhi was warned by WhatsApp, says Congress

The Congress on Sunday claimed that party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had received a text message from WhatsApp alerting her to a possible privacy breach about a month ago, as did others whose phones were similarly hacked with the Pegasus spyware from the Israel-based technology and cyber intelligence firm, NSO Group.“When WhatsApp sent out messages to all hacked phones, one such message was sent to Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s mobile phone too.

Facebook is testing end-to-end encryption for secret Messenger calls

Facebook is testing end-to-end encryption for secret Messenger calls

According to app researcher Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook is testing encrypting video and audio calls over Messenger in Secret mode.Facebook Messenger is testing Video/Audio calls over Secret Conversation — Jane Manchun Wong (@wongmjane).

A Multimillionaire Surveillance Dealer Steps Out Of The Shadows . . . And His $9 Million WhatsApp Hacking Van

A Multimillionaire Surveillance Dealer Steps Out Of The Shadows . . . And His $9 Million WhatsApp Hacking Van

The mythically themed malware was coded by NSO Group, a company Dilian is closely associated with: His first surveillance business, Circles, merged with NSO in 2014, when U.S. private equity firm took control of both for a total of $250 million.

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.

Twitter Pushed Adverts for Spyware to Monitor Girlfriends

Twitter Pushed Adverts for Spyware to Monitor Girlfriends

The advert heavily suggested the monitoring could be done without the subject's consent; it is illegal to use spyware in this way in the U.S. The news shows how companies selling consumer spyware —sometimes known as stalker- or spouseware due to who it is used by and against—leverage platforms to try and get more customers.

The Predator in Your Pocket A Multidisciplinary Assessment of the Stalkerware Application Industry

The Predator in Your Pocket A Multidisciplinary Assessment of the Stalkerware Application Industry

However, spyware can also operate as stalkerware when surveillance software that is sold for ostensibly legitimate purposes (e.g., monitoring young children or employees) is repurposed to facilitate intimate partner violence, abuse, or harassment.

NSO owner tells Amnesty it will prevent abuse of spyware linked to WhatsApp breach

NSO owner tells Amnesty it will prevent abuse of spyware linked to WhatsApp breach

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - NSO Group’s owner said it will do whatever necessary to ensure the Israeli firm’s spyware does not undermine human rights, after Amnesty International sought to revoke the export license for NSO, which has been linked to a WhatsApp breach.

WhatsApp urges users to update app after discovering spyware vulnerability

WhatsApp urges users to update app after discovering spyware vulnerability

WhatsApp is encouraging users to update to the latest version of the app after discovering a vulnerability that allowed spyware to be injected into a user’s phone through the app’s phone call function.

WhatsApp exploit let attackers install government-grade spyware on phones

WhatsApp exploit let attackers install government-grade spyware on phones

“WhatsApp encourages people to upgrade to the latest version of our app, as well as keep their mobile operating system up to date, to protect against potential targeted exploits designed to compromise information stored on mobile devices,” the company said in a statement.

Internet And Privacy Issues of Personal Computer

Internet And Privacy Issues of Personal Computer

It’s always best to protect your personal computer. Another thing which the privacy software needs to possess is a way of eliminating cookie trackers. The software should offer malware detection and browser cleaning. Program that protects privacy will continue to defend you even when you’re not online.

Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware

Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware

Hackers working for a surveillance company infected hundreds of people with several malicious Android apps that were hosted on the official Google Play Store for months, Motherboard has learned.

A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments

A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments

Within a year, the Emirati government was caught installing NSO spyware on the mobile phone of Ahmed Mansoor, a prominent human rights activist.

Reckless VII Wife of Journalist Slain in Cartel-Linked Killing Targeted with NSO Group’s Spyware

Reckless VII Wife of Journalist Slain in Cartel-Linked Killing Targeted with NSO Group’s Spyware

With the assistance of our investigative partners R3D, SocialTic, and Article 19, we can now report that, one week after Javier Valdez Cárdenas was murdered, his wife, journalist Griselda Triana, was also targeted with multiple infection attempts using NSO Group’s Pegasus malware.

Uber used secret spyware to try to crush Australian start-up GoCatch

Uber used secret spyware to try to crush Australian start-up GoCatch

Uber developed spyware code-named Surfcam in its Sydney office in 2015Surfcam scraped data on competitors' cars to allow Uber to poach driversUber used Surfcam to steal drivers from start-up GoCatch The spyware program, code-named Surfcam, was deployed against Australian start-up rideshare company GoCatch, which was backed by high-profile investors including billionaire James Packer and hedge fund manager Alex Turnbull.

Schneier on Security

Schneier on Security

The Latest in Creepy Spyware The Nest home alarm system shipped with a secret microphone , which -- according to the company -- was only an accidental secret : On Tuesday, a Google spokesperson told Business Insider the company had made an "error." "The on-device microphone was never intended to be a secret and should have been listed in the tech specs," the spokesperson said.

How to Know if You’re Being Tracked on the Internet

How to Know if You’re Being Tracked on the Internet

How to stop my device from listening to my conversations Visit the app permission section on your phone and revoke mic permissions. Once you’ve updated the software, install a good anti-spyware app on your device.

How To Secure Your Devices Before Travelling

How To Secure Your Devices Before Travelling

Wipe the phone clean and throw it away BEFORE you come home, so you don’t bring any spyware back with you. Take a backup of important documents and wipe the devices clean when you come back.

How to Prevent Spyware

How to Prevent Spyware

If you’re suspicious that you’ve got spyware, you can install a good antivirus and antispyware software to get rid of it. With a more secure browser, there are fewer chances of downloading spyware or malware on your computer.

What is Spyware?

What is Spyware?

Be careful when you go online: Spyware is installed from malicious websites. A malicious website can throw a popup your way that will prompt you to download spyware on your system. Don’t agree to anything if you don’t know about the software it’s going to install on your device.

Lenovo Reaches $7.3 Million Settlement After Superfish Adware Debacle

Lenovo Reaches $7.3 Million Settlement After Superfish Adware Debacle

Lenovo Group Ltd. can now move ahead with an $7.3 million settlement to end a class action that its ad software exposed customer laptops to performance, privacy, and security problems, Bloomberg said.

Dangerous Pegasus Spyware Has Spread to 45 Countries

Dangerous Pegasus Spyware Has Spread to 45 Countries

The infamous Pegasus spyware, which targets iPhones and Android devices, has allegedly infiltrated 45 different countries across the globe — and six of those countries have used surveillance malware in the past to abuse human rights, a group of researchers claimed Tuesday.