Facial recognition thermometer installed in buses in south China

Facial recognition thermometer installed in buses in south China

The smart thermometer can take body temperature in seconds and issue an alert if abnormal data is detected, according to the Guangzhou Municipal Transportation Bureau.

What Canada can learn from this Michigan city's use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals

What Canada can learn from this Michigan city's use of doorbell cameras to catch criminals

Ron Taig, with the Livonia Police Department in Michigan, shows the Neighbors portal made available to law enforcement agencies who sign agreements with Amazon's Ring subsidiary.Last year, Livonia PD signed a partnership with the Amazon subsidiary allowing citizens using Ring's Neighbors app to report suspicious activity caught on surveillance.

Meet the Guy Selling Wireless Tech to Steal Luxury Cars in Seconds

Meet the Guy Selling Wireless Tech to Steal Luxury Cars in Seconds

A 2017 video released by the West Midlands Police in the U.K. showed two men approach a Mercedes Benz parked in the owner's driveway; similar to Evan's video, one man stood next to the target vehicle with a handheld device, while another positioned a larger piece of tech near the home, hoping to pick up the signal emitting from the car keys stored inside.

A simple introduction to mixnets

A simple introduction to mixnets

The Sphinx packets traverse multiple mixnodes and get delivered to Bob. Assuming there is a sufficiently large number of people using the mixnet (that we have a big anonymity set of stormtroopers, or sheep, in the street), it’s impossible for anybody watching the network to determine whether Alice was talking to Bob, talking to someone else, or just automatically sending cover traffic while she was out eating a sandwich.

Watching you watch: the tracking system of over-the-top TV streaming devices

Watching you watch: the tracking system of over-the-top TV streaming devices

Our measurements showed that tracking is prevalent on the OTT platforms we studied, with traffic to known trackers present on 69% of Roku channels and 89% of Amazon Fire TV channels.

Google Photos video backups sent to strangers last year

Google Photos video backups sent to strangers last year

Google this evening began alerting Takeout users about the “technical issue.” From November 21-25, 2019, those that requested backups could have had videos in Google Photos “incorrectly exported to unrelated users’ archives.”.

Do Ring Cameras Violate Wiretapping Laws? New Hampshire Is About to Find Out

Do Ring Cameras Violate Wiretapping Laws? New Hampshire Is About to Find Out

Assistant Strafford County Attorney Emily Garod, who is prosecuting Burke, told Motherboard that when she learned of the Ring audio recording she messaged a state-wide group of prosecutors to ask for advice or examples of similar cases.

Let’s Reverse Engineer Discord

Let’s Reverse Engineer Discord

After encrypting the entire stream and sending with an RTP header, we can see this packet received and decrypted by our remote Discord client which is in a debugger.

TikTok on the clock, and the hacking won't stop: SMS spoofing vuln let baddies twiddle teens' social media videos

TikTok on the clock, and the hacking won't stop: SMS spoofing vuln let baddies twiddle teens' social media videos

TikTok, a mobile video app popular with teens, was vulnerable to SMS spoofing attacks that could have led to the extraction of private information, according to infosec researchers.Research from Israeli outfit Check Point found that an attacker could send a spoofed SMS message to a user containing a malicious link.

YouTube decides it’s easier to treat all watchers of kids’ content as kids

YouTube decides it’s easier to treat all watchers of kids’ content as kids

According to the FTC complaint, while Google said internally that it had no "child-directed" content and didn't need to worry about COPPA, it was at the same time telling companies such as Mattel and Hasbro that "YouTube was unanimously voted as the favorite website for kids 2-12" and "93 percent of tweens visit YouTube to watch videos.".

Google cuts Xiaomi's Nest access for showing photos of strangers' homes

Google cuts Xiaomi's Nest access for showing photos of strangers' homes

A photo posted to Reddit taken from a Xiaomi camera streamed to a Google Nest Hub. Xiaomi, a Chinese technology company best known for its inexpensive and wildly popular smartphones, told CNN Business in a statement that it had fixed the issue and apologized for the inconvenience caused to users.

Google shutting down Xiaomi access to Assistant following Nest Hub picking up strangers' camera feeds (Updated)

Google shutting down Xiaomi access to Assistant following Nest Hub picking up strangers' camera feeds (Updated)

This issue was first reported by user /r/Dio-V on Reddit and affects his Xiaomi Mijia 1080p Smart IP Security Camera, which can be linked to a Google account for use with Google/Nest devices through Xiaomi's Mi Home app/service.

Opinion | Think Alexa Is Too Creepy For Your Kitchen? Don’t Give It to Aunty Mary.

Opinion | Think Alexa Is Too Creepy For Your Kitchen? Don’t Give It to Aunty Mary.

That investigation, based on a dataset provided by sources alarmed by the unchecked power of the tracking industry, offered a look at more than 50 billion location pings from the phones of more than 12 million Americans across several major cities.

We Buy Gifts That Surveil Our Loved Ones Because There Is Nothing Else to Buy

We Buy Gifts That Surveil Our Loved Ones Because There Is Nothing Else to Buy

We buy DNA tests from 23AndMe that could one day end up in a police database, we buy Amazon Echo and smartphone technology used to target us with ads, and, increasingly, we are buying Amazon’s Ring doorbell cameras that are being used to watch ourselves and our neighbors, create a warrantless police surveillance apparatus, and serve as an attack surface that can allow hackers to enter our homes.

Uploaded Ring footage reportedly provides location to the square inch

Uploaded Ring footage reportedly provides location to the square inch

Gizmodo this week published a new report delving into video data available on Neighbors to identify precisely how many Ring cameras are deployed, and where.

TikTok accused of secretly gathering user data and sending it to China

TikTok accused of secretly gathering user data and sending it to China

Getty Images TikTok, known for its quirky 15-second videos, has been illegally and secretly harvesting vast amounts of personally identifiable user data and sending it to China, according to a proposed class-action lawsuit filed in California federal court last week.

Spot is a Cop

Spot is a Cop

According to a report by Boston news station WBUR, documents obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts show that the state’s bomb squad had Spot on loan from Boston Dynamics for three months, from August to November this year.

Before buying Ring, WEMO or Roku, consider privacy issues

Before buying Ring, WEMO or Roku, consider privacy issues

The folks at the Mozilla Foundation, which makes the Firefox browser, have consumers in mind with a new chart outlining the worst privacy offenders this holiday season, a list that's topped by the Ring video doorbell and ancillary products, the Roku streaming players and WEMO's smart home accessory, a Wi-Fi-connected light dimmer.

YouTube change of conditions : between Deception and wrong interpretation !

YouTube change of conditions : between Deception and wrong interpretation !

Google's extremely popular video platform, sentenced in the United States for violating the law on the tracking of children for advertising purposes, has negotiated a four-month period before changing the rules.

Did Some Phone Cameras Inadvertently Open While Users Scrolled Facebook App?

Did Some Phone Cameras Inadvertently Open While Users Scrolled Facebook App?

Facebook app on iOS 13.2.2 opens my phone’s rear camera when I open a profile photo swipe down to return (look at the little slit on the left of the video).

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.

Edward Snowden says 'the most powerful institutions in society have become the least accountable'

Edward Snowden says 'the most powerful institutions in society have become the least accountable'

Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden speaks via video link at the Web Summit technology conference in Lisbon, Portugal on November 4, 2019.

Adobe Error Exposes 7.5 Million Users’ Personal Data

Adobe Error Exposes 7.5 Million Users’ Personal Data

Security researchers have recently discovered that Adobe accidentally exposed and compromised the private data of around 7.5 million accounts, including those of its own employees.Diachenko found that around 7.5 million Adobe Creative Cloud users had their accounts’ details exposed to the public.

Ring Gave Police Stats About Users Who Said ‘No’ to Law Enforcement Requests

Ring Gave Police Stats About Users Who Said ‘No’ to Law Enforcement Requests

Amazon’s home security company Ring tracked how its users responded to law enforcement requests for surveillance footage captured by Ring devices, and it provided overviews of that data to police departments upon request.

Chinese snooping tech spreads to nations vulnerable to abuse

Chinese snooping tech spreads to nations vulnerable to abuse

With the United States claiming that Chinese state authorities can get backdoor access to Huawei data, the aggressive rollout is raising concerns about the privacy of millions of people in countries with little power to stand up to China.“The system can be used to trail political opponents, monitor regime critics at any moment, which is completely against the law,” said Serbia’s former commissioner for personal data protection, Rodoljub Sabic.

Privacy Groups: Ring’s Police Partnerships Can Lead to Sinister Ends

Privacy Groups: Ring’s Police Partnerships Can Lead to Sinister Ends

“Amazon Ring partnerships with police departments threaten civil liberties, privacy and civil rights, and exist without oversight or accountability,” reads the letter.

Would you give up Google for $17,000 a year? The Federal Reserve wants to know

Would you give up Google for $17,000 a year? The Federal Reserve wants to know

Jerome Powell, chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve, speaks during the NABE annual meeting in Denver, Colorado, U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019.WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve wants to know what the internet is worth to you.To stop using search engines, consumers would need a median $17,530, making it the most valuable digital service.

Researchers ID People Through Walls Using WiFi Signals & Walking Style

Researchers ID People Through Walls Using WiFi Signals & Walking Style

A group of researchers from UC Santa Barbara has developed a new way to identify people behind the walls using off-the-shelf Wi-Fi transceivers and analyzing their walking gait.

Vulnerability in WebEx and Zoom allows hackers to access their sessions

Vulnerability in WebEx and Zoom allows hackers to access their sessions

Vulnerability testing specialists point out that any web application that uses numeric or alphanumeric identifiers is exposed to enumeration attacks.

Snowden will make first major appearance since U.S. lawsuit at conference next month

Snowden will make first major appearance since U.S. lawsuit at conference next month

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Fugitive U.S. intelligence whistleblower Edward Snowden will speak next month by video at Web Summit in Lisbon, billed by the organizers as the world’s largest annual tech conference.