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Police use of facial recognition violates human rights, UK court rules

Push back against the 'China-fication' of UK law enforcement...: Enlarge / A close-up of a police facial recognition camera in use at the Cardiff City Stadium on January 12, 2020 in Cardiff, Wales. Police used the technology to identify individuals who were issued with football banning orders in an attempt to prevent disorder. Critics argued that the use of such technology is invasive and discriminatory. (credit: Matthew Horwood | Getty Images) Privacy advocates in ...

Beware of find-my-phone, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth, NSA tells mobile users

Like a lot of families, we have 'Find My iPhone' turned on so when the inevitable happens and someone leaves their device(s) on a bus/taxi/train we can all see where it is and wipe if irretrievable. Location Services come with risks though. Time to create your own threat model and decide if it's worth leaving them set to 'on'...: The National Security Agency is recommending that some government workers and people generally concerned about privacy turn off find-my-phone, ...

A critical iPhone and iPad bug that lurked for 8 years may be under active attack

Look out for a patch and make sure you apply it...: Enlarge (credit: ZecOps) A critical bug that has lurked in iPhones and iPads for eight years appears to be under active attack by sophisticated hackers to hack the devices of high-profile targets, a security firm reported on Wednesday. The exploit is triggered by sending booby-trapped emails that, in some cases, require no interaction at all and, in other cases, require only that a user open the message, researche...

Huawei fires back, points to US’ history of spying on phone networks

I think we should see the 'smoking gun'...: Chinese vendor Huawei has provided a longer response to US allegations of spying, claiming that it doesn't have the spying capability alleged by the US and pointing out that the US itself has a long history of spying on phone networks. "As evidenced by the Snowden leaks, the United States has been covertly accessing telecom networks worldwide, spying on other countries for quite some time," Huawei said in a six-paragraph sta...

New ransomware doesn’t just encrypt data. It also meddles with critical infrastructure

Nasty...: Over the past five years, ransomware has emerged as a vexing menace that has shut down factories, hospitals, and local municipalities and school districts around the world. In recent months, researchers have caught ransomware doing something that's potentially more sinister: intentionally tampering with industrial control systems that dams, electric grids, and gas refineries rely on to keep equipment running safely. A ransomware strain discovered last month ...

Amazon’s Ring app shares loads of your personal info, report finds

Another example of where you are the product, in this case despite the fact that you've paid good money...: Amazon's Ring line of home surveillance products has come under intense scrutiny in recent months following a seemingly endless litany of worrying revelations about Ring's police partnerships, account security, vulnerabilities, employee snooping, and sharing of extremely detailed location data. Now, we have a new report to add to the pile: it seems the app that cus...

PoS malware skimmed convenience store customers’ card data for 8 months

Wow, that's a 9 month dwell time...: US convenience store Wawa said on Thursday that it recently discovered malware that skimmed customers' payment card data at just about all of its 850 stores. The infection began rolling out to the store's payment-processing system on March 4 and wasn't discovered until December 10, an advisory published on the company's website said. It took two more days for the malware to be fully contained. Most locations' point-of-sale systems we...

Senate Judiciary committee interrogates Apple, Facebook about crypto

I understand the desire, but the non-cognoscenti really don't understand why back doors are a bad idea...: In a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, while their counterparts in the House were busy with articles of impeachment, senators questioned New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance, University of Texas Professor Matt Tait, and experts from Apple and Facebook over the issue of gaining legal access data in encrypted devices and messages. And committee ch...

Senate takes another stab at privacy law with proposed COPRA bill

It would be great to have equivalent privacy regimes on both sides of the Atlantic. Maybe this time...: Perhaps the third time's the charm: a group of Senate Democrats, following in the recent footsteps of their colleagues in both chambers, has introduced a bill that would impose sweeping reforms to the current disaster patchwork of US privacy law. The bill (PDF), dubbed the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Act (COPRA), seeks to provide US consumers with a blanket set o...

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