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Researchers Find 234 Android Apps That Track You (Poorly) With Ultrasonic Waves

Researchers Find 234 Android Apps That Track You (Poorly) With Ultrasonic Waves For example, apps can employ ultrasound cross-device tracking (uXDT) to find out where you are or what you’re watching.The research was funded by the German government, and surveyed top Android apps to see how many were using uXDT technology.

4 Years After Snowden, Top Defense Contractor Still Can't Secure its Files

4 Years After Snowden, Top Defense Contractor Still Can't Secure its Files Analysis of the files showed that they were related to the US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA).The exact specifications and capabilities of US spy satellites are kept classified.

New CIA Leak Reveals Tool That Can Track Computers via Wi-Fi

New CIA Leak Reveals Tool That Can Track Computers via Wi-Fi A cache of CIA hacking and information gathering tools have been leaking online lately via in infamous WikiLeaks.The leaked documents date from 2013 and focus on using ELSA on Windows 7.

Windows 10 Has Halved Data Collection: Privacy Watchdog

Windows 10 Has Halved Data Collection: Privacy Watchdog When Microsoft launched Windows 10, one of the major flashpoints of disagreement between the company and its users were Microsoft’s Windows 10 data collection practices.The French data privacy watchdog CNIL (Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés) later announced that it had begun an investigation into Microsoft’s data collection practices and found them to be in violation of French law.

Twitter is better than police at predicting riots, and it's unsettling

Twitter is better than police at predicting riots, and it's unsettling 6 million tweets from the London 2011 riots, has noticed that the micro-blogging platform can be used to detect dangerous situations up to an hour faster than police reports.Last year, Twitter shut off commercial access to social media surveillance company Geofeedia after the ACLU revealed that Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram data was being marketed by Geofeedia to police as a way to monitor activists and protests.

Kaspersky Lab is Awfully Tight With Russian Intelligence

Kaspersky Lab is Awfully Tight With Russian Intelligence Yesterday, the Trump Administration released a statement indicating that Kaspersky Lab, one of the largest security companies in the world, would no longer be allowed to sell its products or services to the federal government.According to emails obtained by Bloomberg Businessweek (and confirmed by Kaspersky Lab as genuine), Kaspersky’s ties to the Russian FSB (the successor to the KGB) are much tighter than have previously been reported.

20 Best Tips to Stay Anonymous and Protect Your Online Privacy

20 Best Tips to Stay Anonymous and Protect Your Online Privacy The privacy of average internet denizens has never been in greater peril.ISPs, advertisers, and government agencies from around the world are increasingly interested in tracking every single movement you make online.

Chinese Censors Working Overtime in Wake of Dissident Liu Xiaobo’s Death

Chinese Censors Working Overtime in Wake of Dissident Liu Xiaobo’s Death Last week, Chinese literary critic, writer, poet, Nobel Peace Prize winner, and long-time civil rights activist Liu Xiaobo died of terminal liver cancer.According to the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs, there was a significant shift in Chinese censorship patterns following Liu’s death.

China forces its Muslim minority to install spyware on their phones

China forces its Muslim minority to install spyware on their phones China has ramped up surveillance measures in Xinjiang, home to much of its Muslim minority population, according to reports from Radio Free Asia.The notice, written in Uyghur and Chinese, was sent by WeChat to residents in Urumqi, Xinjiang's capital.

Someone Is Selling A Genuine FBI Surveillance Van On eBay

Someone Is Selling A Genuine FBI Surveillance Van On eBay But if you’re looking for something truly unique to arrive in when you roll up to the club, you may want to get in on the bidding for this 1989 Dodge Ram 350 conversion van.The conversion, in this particular case, was into a rolling surveillance unit for the FBI.

Toys - A Fairy Tale about Drones, Surveillance, and Escapism

Toys - A Fairy Tale about Drones, Surveillance, and Escapism Scenes go on for too long, characters are inconsistent, themes pop in and out with seemingly no rhyme or reason.The antagonistic General Zevo, who inherits the toy factory, laments that since the end of the cold war the U.

Tor Amps Up Its Mobile Browser Support

Tor Amps Up Its Mobile Browser Support Now, Tor is expanding its work to include a mobile browser.In recent years, the usefulness of Tor in what’s supposed to be its prime territory has been waning.

Lenovo Faces No Significant Penalty for Security-Destroying Superfish Debacle

Lenovo Faces No Significant Penalty for Security-Destroying Superfish Debacle This is the classic architecture of a man-in-the-middle attack, except it’s one Lenovo perpetrated against its own users.The crazy part: Lenovo actually knew about this behavior, told Superfish to remove it, and then never checked to see if the company had done so.

HP Enterprise Shared Pentagon's Cyberdefense Source Code With Russia

HP Enterprise Shared Pentagon's Cyberdefense Source Code With Russia HP Enterprise shared at least some of the source code used in the Pentagon’s cybersecurity defense systems with Russian defense agencies, Reuters reports, in a bid to win their business.Either Markov is required to notify the Russian government of any flaws they find, whether the company agrees to this or not, or Echelon isn’t required to disclose potential bugs to the Russian government.

Post-Equifax Breach, It's Time for a Digital Universal ID

Post-Equifax Breach, It's Time for a Digital Universal ID In the wake of the massive Equifax data breach, once again a spotlight has been shone on the overuse of the not-so-secret number that passes for a national ID in the United States–the Social Security Number (SSN).The SSN was never designed to be a universal ID.

Woman Films Her New Internet-Connected Camera Whispering 'Hello'

Woman Films Her New Internet-Connected Camera Whispering 'Hello' ” The camera, purchased from a discount chain store called Action, apparently claimed to offer password protection to protect its stream from being snooped on.“The question is whether it’s in the camera or in the wrong use of passwords and Wi-Fi connection.

Google Home Mini Defect Caused Some Units To Record Audio 24/7

Google Home Mini Defect Caused Some Units To Record Audio 24/7 For example, Android Police founder Artem Russakovskii discovered a hardware defect in the upcoming Google Home Mini that caused the device to record almost all nearby audio and upload it directly to Google.The Google Home Mini is a small puck-shaped speaker that lets you interact with Google Assistant.

Israel Caught Russian Hackers Using Kaspersky Software to Spy on the US

Israel Caught Russian Hackers Using Kaspersky Software to Spy on the US Over the last few years, there have been persistent concerns about Kaspersky Lab and its relationship with the Russian government.Earlier this summer, the Trump Administration announced Kaspersky’s various antivirus and security programs would no longer be allowed on any US government systems.

Supreme Court Will Hear Case Pitting Microsoft Against DOJ Over Data Privacy

Supreme Court Will Hear Case Pitting Microsoft Against DOJ Over Data Privacy The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case on whether data concerning foreign individuals stored on foreign servers can be accessed under the auspices of United States law.No matter which way this case is decided, it’s going to have significant ramifications.