18 Feb 2020

Ring cameras can help you spy on your neighbors, but they haven’t really helped police

Amazon’s Ring home security devices have been installed in hundreds of thousands of homes and have been advertised as a way to secure homes by providing video footage whenever someone rings the doorbell. However, two recent articles have exposed that the company’s work with law enforcement to provide additional security

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29 Jan 2020

Home Affairs report reveals deeper problems with Australia’s encryption laws

Australian law enforcement agencies used controversial new powers just seven times over the course of seven months, each incident regarding voluntary Technical Assistance Requests. The powers were granted under the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment Act in 2018. The Australian Federal Police acted under the law five times, and the

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27 Jan 2020

Class-action lawsuit filed against controversial Clearview AI startup

A class-action lawsuit was filed earlier this week against Clearview AI, a New York-based startup that has created one of the biggest facial recognition databases in the world. The database was developed by scraping social media networks for people’s photos. The startup was originally low-profile but was exposed last week

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20 Dec 2019

Trudeau Presses U.S. to Secure Release of Canadians Detained in China

Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, stated Thursday that the US should not continue with trade deal proceedings involving China until the cases of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou and two Canadian citizens detained in China have been resolved. Trudeau’s plea is a result of escalating tensions between Beijing and Ottawa after

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18 Oct 2019

More than 300 arrested in worldwide sting of ‘largest dark web child sex abuse marketplace run by bitcoin’

Law enforcement agencies in the US and 37 other countries have arrested hundreds of people suspected of involvement in what authorities called “the largest dark web” child sex abuse marketplace ever found. Before it was shut down by authorities, the website hosted over 200,000 videos showing sexual abuse against children,

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08 Oct 2019

US and UK Sign Crime Data Sharing Agreement

The governments of the United States and the United Kingdom have signed a data sharing agreement that will make it possible for law enforcement agencies from each country to quickly access data from tech companies operating in one of two the countries. Under the accord, UK law enforcement can demand

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30 Sep 2019

Global Consumers Reject Government-Mandated Encryption Backdoors

While the US Justice Department’s claims that government-mandated encryption backdoors would make it easier to prevent terror attacks, almost two-thirds (64%) of consumers across the US, UK, France and Germany don’t believe this argument, a recent survey by Venafi found. Only 30% of respondents expressed trust in governments to safeguard

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29 Aug 2019

Avast Maker Team WIth Police To Free 850,000 Computers From Cryptomining Malware

In a collaborative effort, security researchers with Avast and the French police took down a massive cryptomining botnet earlier this year. The botnet consisted of 850,000 machines that were infected with Retadup, a malware strain designed to mine Monero (XMR) and in some cases to log keystrokes and take screenshots.

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29 Jul 2019

No More Ransom saves ransomware victims $108 million

In the three years since its launch, Europol’s No More Ransom initiative has helped over 200,000 ransomware victims regain access to their files without paying the attackers, thereby preventing $108 million in ransom payouts. No More Ransom offers 109 different decryptor tools, 14 of which were added in 2019. The

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11 Jun 2019

They Just Won’t Die: Dark Web Drug Sellers Resist Police Crackdowns

For over six years, law enforcement agencies in the US, Europe and other parts of the world have been cracking down on digital marketplaces where narcotics and other illegal goods are being exchanged. However, the efforts have done little in the way of preventing the trade of illicit goods and

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