07 Oct 2020

Post-Brexit Digital Economy at Risk After EU Court Ruling

In the UK, the digital economy is at high risk following a European Union court ruling stating that bulk collection or retention regimes in the UK, France, and Belgium must be brought within EU law. This will either force the UK to modify its mass surveillance regime or face consequences

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28 Sep 2020

Ring’s Flying In-Home Camera Drone Escalates Privacy Worries

Cybersecurity experts have expressed concern over a new development from Amazon’s Ring division, which unveiled a new drone feature on its Always Home Camera. The robot drone can fly around the customers’ homes, taking security footage while doing so. This has caused an outcry of concerns over several privacy aspects,

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24 Sep 2020

Millions Exposed in COVID19 Surveillance Platform Snafu

In India, eight million patients had their personal and medical details compromised after multiple vulnerabilities were discovered within a COVID-19 surveillance system run by the government, called the Surveillance Platform Uttar Pradesh Covid-19. The software bugs were first found by vpnMentor researchers while conducting a routine web scan in early

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18 Sep 2020

Google Play Bans Stalkerware and ‘Misrepresentation’

Google has announced that its Play Store will enforce stricter bans prohibiting the sale of spy and surveillance ware that could potentially contribute to political influence campaigns. Starting on October 1, any application that could allow someone to track the user’s location or online activity will be removed from the

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16 Sep 2020

Half of US citizens would share medical data beyond COVID-19 despite surveillance state worries

According to a new study, over half of US citizens are willing to partake in sharing medical records to further the COVID-19 vaccine and health developments. However, fears of a surveillance state are still present despite the growing threat of COVID-19. Worldwide cases are slowly reaching 30 million total, and

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01 Sep 2020

FBI warned of how Ring doorbell surveillance can be used against police officers

According to leaked documents, smart doorbell vendors such as Amazon’s Ring create concerns on behalf of law enforcement on how their use of IoT technology can pose a risk to the security of police officers. Homeowners implement IoT doorbell technology to provide their homes with heightened security at each point

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15 Jul 2020

This Secret $35 Million FBI Unit Mixes Facial Recognition With Big Data To Investigate America’s Most Horrific Crimes

A previously unknown forensics division within the FBI called the Multimedia Exploitation Unit (MXU) sifts through and analyzes video footage connected to terrorist attacks. This can include CCTV footage, witness video, or social media clips. For example, when the Boston Marathon bombing occurred in 2013, the FBI tasked 120 analysts

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15 Jul 2020

A New Map Shows the Inescapable Creep of Surveillance

A new map produced by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and the University of Nevada called the “Atlas of Surveillance” depicts how far-spread police surveillance has become within the US. The research reported 1,300 partnerships with Ring, hundreds of facial recognition systems installed, dozens of cell-site simulator devices, and automated

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02 Jul 2020

New Android Spyware Tools Emerge in Widespread Surveillance Campaign

Brand new Android spyware tools have been discovered being deployed in a widespread APT campaign designed to spy on the Uyghur ethnic minority group. Researchers discovered the surveillance campaign, which dates back to 2013 and includes three never-before-seen surveillance tools, through analyzing trojanized legitimate applications. The campaign’s Android surveillance tools,

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30 Jun 2020

How public safety systems can be abused by nation state actors

Open-source systems such as nom or GitHub have been repeatedly abused to spread malware. Similarly, public safety systems that are designed to protect citizens from adversaries can be misused by threat actors to do the opposite. Nation-state actors can also reportedly target national security systems, particularly if they are open-source,

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