surveillance

Kazakhstan spies on citizens’ HTTPS traffic; browser makers fight back

Enlarge Thomas Jackson | Stone | Getty Images Google, Mozilla, Apple, and Microsoft said they’re joining forces to stop Kazakhstan’s government from decrypting and reading HTTPS-encrypted traffic sent between its citizens and overseas social media sites. All four of the companies’ browsers recently received updates that block a root certificate the government has been requiring …

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Feds logged website visitors in 2019, citing Patriot Act authority

Enlarge Peter Dazeley | Getty Images The federal government gathered up visitor logs for some websites in 2019, the Office of Director of National Intelligence disclosed in letters made public this week. And the feds cited authority derived from a provision of the Patriot Act to do it. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe confirmed …

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Solidus Labs Believes Its Crypto Surveillance Tool Can Help Launch a Bitcoin ETF

Market manipulation is one of the main concerns the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has cited in rejecting a number of bitcoin exchange-traded fund (ETF) applications. Solidus Labs, a technology firm, believes it has developed a technical surveillance solution to address this issue. Solidus announced Wednesday it was rolling out a market surveillance tool …

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San Diego’s spying streetlights stuck switched “on,” despite directive

Enlarge / Two of San Diego’s camera-equipped smart streetlights at twilight in August, 2020. Bing Guan | Bloomberg | Getty Images Over the past few years, streetlights in the city of San Diego have become “smart,” equipped with a slate of cameras and sensors that report back data on the city and its denizens. Following …

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Iranian hackers’ Android malware spies on dissidents by stealing 2FA codes

REUTERS/TIMA It’s no secret that some countries have spied on their citizens through innocuous-looking apps, but one effort is more extensive than usual. Check Point Research has discovered (via ZDNet) that Rampant Kitten, an Iranian hacker group that has targeted the country’s political opponents for years, has developed Android malware focused on stealing two-factor authentication …

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The Raw, Savage Capitalism of Open-Source Protocols

Recapping the biggest stories of the week, including Joe Biden’s China plan, a market holding pattern and, of course, the strange competitive saga of SUSHI. On this edition of the Breakdown Weekly Recap, NLW looks at: The “holding pattern economy” – why stocks, jobs and central bank policy seem stuck in place Why Joe Biden’s …

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Secret Service buys location data that would otherwise need a warrant

Enlarge / Dozens of apps on your phone know where you are, whether you’re home, at a doctor’s appointment, at the airport, or sitting still in a blank white room to pose artfully for a photo shoot. JGI | Tom Grill | Getty Images An increasing number of law enforcement agencies, including the US Secret …

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Rite Aid deployed facial recognition in hundreds of stores, report finds

Enlarge / A woman wearing a mask walks past a Rite-Aid store in Portland, Oregon, in May 2020. hapabapa | Getty Images Pharmacy chain Rite Aid deployed facial recognition technology in hundreds of store locations in the nation’s largest cities, particularly in low-income neighborhoods predominantly home to people of color, a new report has found. …

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FBI reportedly uses a travel company’s data for worldwide surveillance

Spencer Platt/Getty Images The FBI doesn’t necessarily have to rely on spy databases or phone records to collect vast amounts of information about suspects — it might just have to ask a travel company for help. Forbes understands the FBI is using info from Sabre, the world’s largest travel data holder, to conduct surveillance around …

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Senators demand answers over Juniper Network’s 2015 backdoor incident

Sponsored Links Westend61 via Getty Images Back in 2015, networking equipment vendor Juniper Networks discovered unauthorized code in its software that created a backdoor, potentially allowing hackers to decrypt and spy on supposedly secure traffic. Now, officials want answers. A group of 13 senators has sent an open letter to the company, calling for the …

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