19 Jul 2021

Windows 0-Days Used Against Dissidents in Israeli Broker’s Spyware

According to new reports, a unique set of spyware strains created by an Israeli firm used by governments across the world to conduct surveillance on dissidents has been defanged by Microsoft. The company is called Candiru or Sourgum and specializes in the sale of the DevilsTongue surveillance malware. The malware

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10 May 2021

iPhone Hack Allegedly Used to Spy on China’s Uyghurs

US intelligence has stated that the Chaos iPhone flaw that allows for remote takeover was leveraged by China against the minority ethnic group, the Uyghurs before Apple patched the issue. A Chinese security researcher working at the antivirus company Qihoo 360 allegedly found the complex exploit in 2019, dubbing it

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29 Apr 2021

Germany puts anti-lockdown group under surveillance for possible extremist ties

Germany’s intelligence service has identified some anti-lockdown activists as having potential ties to extremism, declaring that the groups will be put under federal surveillance due to fears that they are attempting to undermine the leadership and legitimacy of the state. On Wednesday, the Federal office for the Protection of the

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10 Mar 2021

Exposed Password Gave Hackers Access to 150,000 Cameras

A new report reveals details about a hacktivist endeavor that claims to have successfully targeted and hacked a leading surveillance camera manufacturer called Verkada. Verkada is based out of San-Mateo and conceded that they had to disable all internal administrative accounts to prevent unauthorized access. An international hacker collective seems

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11 Feb 2021

Android spyware strains linked to state-sponsored Confucius threat group

On Tuesday, cybersecurity firm Lookout reported that they had uncovered evidence linking two malware strains recently targeting Android devices to Confucius, a pro-India state-sponsored hacking group. The two strains, called Hornbill and SunBird, are both forms of Android spyware seemingly focused on compromising the Whatapp messaging platform and stealing the

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09 Feb 2021

Iranian Cyber Groups Spying on Dissidents & Others of Interest to Government

Two cyber threat groups have been identified and determined to be working for the Iranian government. One of the groups is called Infy and has been operating since at least 2007. Infy has been accused of perpetrating attacks against Persian language media, diplomatic targets, and Iranian dissidents in multiple countries

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28 Dec 2020

China’s new data privacy law ‘will state how facial recognition can be used’

According to the Legislative Affairs Commission of China, the country’s new law on data privacy will include provisions to protect personal biometric information, despite the high state of surveillance. The law aims to confront growing concerns over the government’s prolific use of facial recognition technology and biometric data. The law,

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11 Dec 2020

Intel, Nvidia Face Questions from Lawmakers on Sale of Supercomputing Chips to China

Nvidia and Intel both manufacture and sell advanced computer chips and are now facing heat from lawmakers on their usage by the Chinese government and security forces. The chips are reportedly being used to power a supercomputer that allows China to host and conduct its mass surveillance system. The system

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09 Dec 2020

Huawei Tested Facial Recognition System That Identifies Uighurs, Report Claims

According to Pennsylvania-based research group IPVM, Chinese tech giant Huawei tested a facial recognition system that aims to specifically identify Uighur Muslims, an ethnic minority group that has been surveilled and oppressed by China. According to documents uncovered by IPVM, the system was built using Huawei cloud infrastructure and tools

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11 Nov 2020

EU Agrees on Tighter Rules for Surveillance Tech Exports

On Monday, the European Union agreed to implement stricter regulations on the sale and export of cyber-surveillance technology. EU lawmakers reached a deal on new restrictions for dual-use goods like facial recognition technology, biometric data tech, and spyware to prevent spreading them to areas in which they may be used

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