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Apple Says iPhones Don't Spy On Users, But Here's How To Make Sure

Apple gave its assurance that iPhones are not listening to user's conversations. However, for those who are still concerned that their iPhones are functioning as spying devices, there are some ways to protect against it.

Apple August 9, 2018

Smartphones Listening To Conversations? Researchers Discover Another Way Of Spying On Users Instead

Northeastern University researchers determined that smartphones are not secretly listening to user conversations, a conspiracy theory that has been present over the past few years. However, they found that apps are spying on users in another way.

Security July 5, 2018

Global Spying Operation 'Dark Caracal' Uncovered: Hackers Compromise Thousands Of Android Smartphones, Windows Computers

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Lookout have uncovered Dark Caracal, a global spying operation that has compromised thousands of Android smartphones and Windows computers in 21 countries. Further investigations revealed that the hackers may be nation-state actors.

Security January 19, 2018

Is Facebook Secretly Listening To Your Conversations Via Mobile Apps?

Facebook might be listening to its users’ private conversations to target relevant ads for them based on keywords. True or not, fear of consumer technology being able to spy on its owners is a legitimate fear.

Security October 31, 2017

Bose Headphones Spy On Users, Lawsuit Claims: Here's What You Should Know

Bose is allegedly spying on its customers by collecting information about what they’re listening to. The claim further suggests that Bose sells the information without permission.

Security April 20, 2017

WikiLeaks Exposes CIA Spying Tools: Smartphones, Computers, Even Internet-Connected TVs Compromised

WikiLeaks has uploaded Vault 7, which are thousands of documents that claim to expose the hacking tools used by the Central Intelligence Agency. The general public, however, should not hit the panic button just yet.

Security March 7, 2017

My Friend Cayla Is A Spy, Parents Advised To Destroy Doll

The Wi-Fi-connected My Friend Cayla doll could be used by hackers to spy on children, so has been banned in Germany with parents advised to destroy the to

Security February 17, 2017

Smart TV Tracking You? Here's How To Stop It From Spying On You

Your smart TV tracking you isn't really a big surprise, but that doesn't mean it's OK. Here are a few ways to stop it from spying on you and keeping tabs on your viewing habits.

Security February 8, 2017

Here's How Your Smartphone's Vibration Motor May Help Others Spy On You

Last week, there were allegations that Facebook can listen in on conversations through the microphones of mobile devices. A new research reveals that there is at least one other way for others to spy on users.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech June 7, 2016

FTC Warns Android Developers On Using Silverpush: Should Users In US Worry?

The Federal Trade Commission of the United States has sent a letter to a slew of Android developers, warning them regarding the use of controversial audio monitoring software Silverpush in their apps.

Apps/Software March 21, 2016

FTC To Android Developers: Don't Spy On Users' TV Habits

The Federal Trade Commission has warned Android developers who are using the controversial SilverPush software. The code allows apps to gather information on the TV watching habits of users.

Apps/Software March 20, 2016

The NSA Is Killing Its Bulk Surveillance Program This Weekend

The NSA will finally be putting an end to its bulk collection of phone data this weekend, essentially meaning that the agency will now only be able to collect data for individuals it deems suspicious by getting a court order.

Internet November 27, 2015

UK Broadband Consumers Face Double Whammy As ISPs Warn Cost Of Government Snooping Will Be Passed On To Them

ISPs in the UK told the government’s science and technology committee that the proposed $266 million budget to spy on citizens’ Internet activities will not be enough. Consumers will have to foot the bill for the government’s surveillance program.

Internet November 13, 2015

Hacker Group Pawn Storm Uses Java Zero-Day Exploit To Spy On NATO Countries

The hacking group Pawn Storm, also known as APT28/Sednit, is deploying a Java-based zero-day exploit to target media and government organizations, as well as the military.

Society July 16, 2015

First Trailer For 'Snowden' Sets An Ominous Tone

He lives in secret, far from home. He's the most wanted man on the planet. Here's the first teaser trailer for Oliver Stone's movie about Edward Snowden.

Movies/TV Shows June 30, 2015

Inkless Printer Uses Holes To Create Tiny Text And Images

An inkless printer is just the latest step in the continuing history of ultrafine printing. What good could it do?

June 19, 2015

Effect Of NSA Spying On US Tech Industry: $35 Billion? No. Way More

The NSA is costing the U.S. economy billions of dollars in lost business, and it appears not to have any plans of backing down.

Business June 10, 2015

Want To Be A Spy? Here Are Best Spy Apps For iPhone And Android Smartphones

Famous spies like James Bond, Ethan Hunt and the Black Widow need technology to carry out their missions. Here are some apps that wannabe spies can try out as well.

Apps/Software June 6, 2015

NSA Mulled Ending Phone Spying Before Snowden Leak

The latest revelations tied to the controversy over the federal security agency's surveillance moves claim a few agency leaders wanted to shut down the phone data collection activity.

Society March 30, 2015

Snowden Documents Reveal CIA's Attempt To Break Apple iPhone, iPad And Mac Security

Recent documents revealed that the CIA has been targeting Apple’s security system by undermining the encryption used in the company’s devices. The disclosed documents were released to The Intercept by whistleblower Edward Snowden.

Apps/Software March 11, 2015

Gemalto Claims SIM Cards Are Safe. Experts Disagree

Security experts challenge Gemalto’s results of its “thorough” investigation of the Edward Snowden assertion that millions of SIM cards were breached by the GCHQ with help from the NSA.

Business February 26, 2015

Gemalto Claims Products Are Secure, Continues Investigation On Stolen SIM Card Encryption Keys

Early in its internal investigation, SIM card manufacturer Gemalto said it found no evidence that it had been compromised by the NSA and GCQH operatives. It intends to announce the finding of its investigation soon.

Business February 24, 2015

Kaspersky Says NSA Planted Stuxnet-Type Cyberweapon In Hard Drives To Spy On Computers Worldwide

The cyber threat organization tagged 'Equation Group' is reportedly the most complex and sophisticated in computer security history. Security researchers say it has ties to U.S. intelligence agencies.

Computers February 16, 2015

Is The Pirate Bay Resurrection An FBI Gambit To Catch Illegal File-Sharing?

Torrent sharing site The Pirate Bay is back up and running after being taken down by Swedish authorities. However, fears are rampant that thepiratebay.se resurrection is an FBI ploy to catch illegal file sharers.

Internet February 6, 2015

Scientist Gets 5 Years in Jail for Sharing Nuclear Secrets with Venezuela

Former nuclear scientist who worked on weapons at Los Alamos lab in New Mexico gets prison sentence for attempting to sell nuclear secrets to Venezuela. His wife, who also worked at Los Alamos, is also sentenced.

Life January 30, 2015

NSA Spills About Decade of Privacy Violations

The National Security Agency released a new report on Christmas Eve, detailing surveillance of American's private data.

Society December 26, 2014

US Government Is Spying on Criminal Suspects (and You) with Flying Fake Cell Towers

The U.S. government is using sophisticated technology to trick cell phones into giving personal identification information. While the program is targeted at criminals, it is likely that it also is picking up information of thousands of citizens.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 17, 2014

US Spying on Cell Phones to Hunt Criminals, Claims Report

The U.S. government is reportedly using fake cell phone towers attached to planes to trick cell phones into handing over unique identification information along with other sensitive and personal data. The spy method has been in operation since 2007.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 14, 2014

China hit up Apple iCloud but not for data storage, claims censorship monitor

While Apple's iCloud may not have been hit, users attempting to contact the service's Chinese servers may have had their information siphoned off by a middle man. A censorship monitor accuses the Chinese government of the attacks.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech October 21, 2014

NSA, GCHQ spies help Tor Project seal system from fellow spies

Tor reveals that it is getting tips from agents intended to undermine others who are attempting to penetrate the network. These agents are said to come from NSA and GCHQ.

Internet August 24, 2014

Videos, links you click might be doorway for government to spy on you

A new report reveals that merely clicking on seemingly friendly links or video may make one susceptible to monitoring thanks to "network injection" tools. The government may be able to spy on individuals using this method.

Internet August 19, 2014

Dating website spied on its cheating users

Women using the dating website for extramarital affairs, Ashley Madison, were spied on for a study to prove they still loved their husbands. The study found that women cheat because they need more passion.

Internet Culture August 18, 2014

How spies could use your phone to eavesdrop on you

Security experts find a new hole in smartphone security, creating a way that an app could use a phone's gyroscope feature, without requesting permission, to listen in on your conversations.

Internet Culture August 15, 2014

Eavesdropping via potato chips? Yup, it can happen

Researchers figure out how to capture sound from vibrating objects, ranging from bags of chips to plants. An algorithm produces sounds from vibrations generally too subtle to be picked up by the naked eye.

Energy August 5, 2014

Verizon gets da boot from Germany thanks to NSA activities

Germany says no more to Verizon. In ending its contract, the government is sending a direct message that collusion with spy agencies is not acceptable.

Deals June 27, 2014

UK admits to spying on citizens via Google, Facebook

The British government has admitted to spying on its citizens. Using Google, Facebook and Twitter, among others, officials cite a loophole that allows them to track citizens through the foreign companies.

Internet June 17, 2014

Is SSL bugs a Heartbleed Part 2? Flaws may be worse than Heartbleed, say security experts

New reports indicate OpenSSL has a number of security flaws. In order to avoid exploitation, quick action needs to be taken.

Internet June 6, 2014

Iranian hackers tap Facebook, social sites for spying activities, say reports

Iran has been using social networks, such as Facebook, to spy and extract information from top U.S. officials, according to reports. The campaign is being dubbed "Newscaster."

Internet May 29, 2014

Bizarre: NSA whistleblower Snowden questions Putin, adopted country about surveillance on national TV

In what many Western commentators are saying was a staged event, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden went on Russian TV to question President Vladimir Putin about surveillance and privacy.

Society April 19, 2014

Turkish ISPs intercept Google DNS services to spy on Internet users

The Turkish government allegedly has intercepted Google DNS. What does this mean for Internet users?

Internet March 31, 2014

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