Tag: surveillance

Facebook Updates Policy To Ban Devs From Using Data For Surveillance

Facebook has updated its platform policy to ban developers from accessing its data for surveillance purposes, which is a result of working with the ACLU for the past several months.

Internet March 13, 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

FBI Budget For Surveillance Tech To Reach Close To $1B: What Is The Money Spent On?

With the request for additional budget of over $100 million for next year, the budget of the FBI's Operational Technology Division inches closer to $1 billion. The amount has been revealed in a roundtable discussion on encryption.

Security June 26, 2016

No Surprise: CIA Reportedly Funds Companies That Can Spy On You Via Twitter And Instagram

The CIA is reportedly investing in tech companies that monitor social media activity for any possible threats or disruptions to the government. Social media sites, such as Twitter and Instagram, are being monitored to supposedly counteract terrorist activity.

Apps/Software April 16, 2016

India's Military Satellite Cartosat-2C To Boost Surveillance Capabilities

Earth observation satellite Cartosat-2C will be launched in May on a PSLV rocket as a show of India's military surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities. The Indian military satellite will place the country alongside the U.S., China, and Israel, which all have spy satellites in space.

Space April 14, 2016

Panasonic Debuts New Devices And Updates To Its Surveillance Product Line

Panasonic is building on its surveillance product line with new cameras, including the Aero PTZ and True 4K cameras.

Gadgets April 7, 2016

The British Government Can Now Record The Internet History Of Every UK Citizen

Parliament has decided to pass a piece of legislation that would allow the government to record the Internet history of every citizen in the United Kingdom.

Internet February 11, 2016

Manhattan DA Blames Apple Encryption For Failing To Solve 111 Criminal Cases

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance called on Congress to create legislation that will compel Apple and Google to build backdoors into their mobile phones, after more than a hundred cases went cold because of encryption.

Legal November 19, 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

Seagate Unveils First Ever 8TB HDD For Storing Surveillance Videos

Seagate unveiled the new 3.5-inch 8TB Surveillance HDD, which is designed to store massive amounts of surveillance videos. Previous HDDs faced a variety of issues when being used for surveillance video storage purposes, but the new HDD by Seagate solves them all.

Computers October 29, 2015

Wi-Fi Signals Can Now Track And I.D. You, Even Through Walls

A fascinating new technology developed by a group at MIT uses Wi-Fi signals like sonar to detect human shapes. It's still rudimentary, but it could be used to monitor the elderly or detect heart problems.

FUTURE TECH October 28, 2015

Top EU Court Invalidates 15-Year-Old Data Transfer Pact, Says US Privacy Measures Not Enough Against NSA Snoops

The EU’s Court of Justice announced a landmark ruling that nullifies that 15-year-old Safe Harbour pact, which allows tech companies such as Facebook and Google to transfer European customer data to U.S. servers.

Legal October 7, 2015

Edward Snowden Is Pushing For A Global Treaty Against Digital Surveillance

Edward Snowden campaigns for a global privacy treaty, saying that mass spying is on an international scale. The notorious whistle-blower calls for change on an international scale.

Internet September 29, 2015

FBI Admits Spying On Burning Man Festival To Collect Intelligence, Prevent 'Terrorist Activities'

Newly released internal memos reveal the FBI has been spying on the week-long Burning Man event in Nevada's Black Rock Desert. The Bureau 'attended' at least the 2010 edition of the annual arts and music festival.

Society September 7, 2015

NSA Set To Destroy Old Phone Records - But Not Yet

The NSA promises to destroy all telephone metadata records collected in bulk over the last five years in compliance with the expiration of the Patriot Act and the instatement the Freedom Act.

Society July 29, 2015

No Presidential Pardon For Edward Snowden, Says White House

Sorry, Edward Snowden. No presidential pardon for you. That's what the White House said today in an official statement, following a petition by more than 165,000 Americans asking for Snowden's whistleblowing to be forgiven.

Internet July 28, 2015

Pakistan Bans BlackBerry Enterprise Services Due To Security Concerns

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority ordered that all mobile service providers block customer access to BlackBerry Enterprise Services, which establishes secure networks the government can’t monitor, by Nov. 30.

Internet July 27, 2015

France's Controversial Surveillance Law Takes Effect Post-Charlie Hebdo

With comparison to the Patriotic Act, France's new surveillance laws have been put into effect — but at what cost?

Society July 24, 2015

Hacking Team Uses UEFI BIOS Rootkit And You Can't Simply Get Rid Of It

Antivirus firm Trend Micro's investigations have revealed the use of the UEFI BIOS rootkit by the Hacking Team as a replacement for the traditional BIOS. This ensures the malware agent stays in the victim's PC even after the hard drive is reinstalled.

Internet July 16, 2015

WikiLeaks Posts Over 1 Million Hacking Team Emails And It's A Can Of Worms For Governments

WikiLeaks has just made over 400 GB of Hacking Team emails and source codes available, and so far, we know governments from Mexico to Australia were in on the spying game.

Internet July 11, 2015

NSA Resumes Bulk Phone Data Collection Following New Court Ruling

It’s the FISA court against a federal appeals court clashing as they decide the fate of NSA’s eavesdropping on American’s telephones.

July 1, 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

Edward Snowden Files Reveal NSA And GCHQ Operated To Subvert Antivirus And Security Software To Spy On Users

New documents unearthed from the Edward Snowden files reveal the governments are not just after the phone companies.

Internet June 24, 2015

Amazon Releases First Transparency Report: Here Are The Numbers

Amazon becomes the last major technology company to publish its transparency report.

Business June 13, 2015

South Carolina Police Body Cam Bill Signed Into Law

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley signed a bill requiring law enfocement to wear body cams during work hours.

Wearable Tech June 12, 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

NSA Spy Program Expires At Least Temporarily: What Are The Implications?

Several provisions of the Patriot Act have expired, though the USA Freedom Act looks to replace it right away. What are the implications of the Patriot Act's expiration?

Society June 1, 2015

Google Public Policy Execs Do Reddit AMA: On Snowden, Surveillance Laws, And More

Google executives discussed surveillance and Edward Snowden when they participated in the Reddit Ask Me Anything feature.

Internet May 10, 2015

CIA Helped Justice Department Develop Technology To Secretly Slurp Thousands Of Cellphone Data At Once

Federal law enforcement agencies are under scrutiny for tapping unique surveillance technology to find and collect citizen cellphone data. The program has reportedly collected information on tens of thousands of citizens, claim reports.

Internet March 12, 2015

Silent Circle Spends $50 Million For BlackPhone Maker

Half the joint venture that came up with the security-focused Blackphone has now 100 percent control over the enterprise.

Business February 28, 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

NSA Chief: Edward Snowden Leaks Hurt US Counterterroism Efforts And Surveillance Capabilities

Mike Rogers, NSA chief, says Snowden's revelations are having a 'material impact' on his agency's cybersecurity and surveillance strategies, creating 'blind spots' in agency efforts to stop terrorism. He also admits not expecting the chilling cyber attack on Sony Pictures.

Society February 24, 2015

PowerSpy: The Android App That Tracks Your Location By Battery Use Alone

Nevermind illegal spy hacks, GPS tracking or public Wi-Fi; now a phone’s battery power can be used to track its location. Researchers found they could locate Android phones by measuring small changes in battery use.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech February 23, 2015

U.S. Sets Rules For Exports Of Military And Commercial Drones

The government of the United States has established an export policy for military and commercial drones. Countries that purchase armed drones are first required to agree to certain conditions.

FUTURE TECH February 18, 2015

Kim Dotcom Makes Mega Comeback with Fully Encrypted Browser-based Video Call and Chat Service

Kim Dotcom, the founder of the Mega file hosting service, revealed that he is preparing to release a fully-encrypted video calling and chat service named MegaChat.

Apps/Software December 30, 2014

Naughty or Nice? NSA Releases Report on 12 Years of Secret (and Improper) Surveillance on Americans

A day before Christmas, the National Security Agency released reports on how its employees abused intelligence gathering and mishandled the private data of Americans and foreign nationals.

Society December 27, 2014

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

Operation Auroragold Allows NSA to Spy on Carriers Worldwide and Plant Bugs

NSA is spying on your cellphone carrier so it can spy on you. That is the latest discovery in the Edward Snowden archives that aims to bring to light the U.S. government’s massive surveillance operation.

Internet December 6, 2014

Regin Spyware Was Operational For At Least 6 Years: Who Created It and Why?

Researchers have discovered a new complex malware architecture designed by a nation state for mass surveillance. Who is behind this malware?

Internet November 25, 2014

Regin Malware May Have Been Spying on Computers Since 2008: How Did It Escape Detection?

A highly advanced and sophisticated piece of malware is discovered by security researchers to have been lurking in computer systems around the world. It is believed to be the work of a government, but which government no one can tell.

Computers November 24, 2014

Turn Off Those Webcams, Baby Monitors as the World Is Watching

A Russian website syndicates hundreds of thousands of feeds from webcams located in 152 countries. The site claims to point out a common security vulnerability, but privacy watchdogs want the site shuttered immediately.

Internet November 20, 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 Using Planes Equipped with 'Dirtbox' to Spy on Your Phone Calls

The United States Justice Department is deploying airplanes equipped with 'dirtboxes,' which are devices that mimic cell towers, to collect information from mobile phones.

Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 16, 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

USPS internal audit reveals feds also interested to spy on your snail mail

The 2014 audit of the "mail covers" program of the USPS raises privacy and security concerns over a system that could easily be abused.

Society October 29, 2014

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