Monday, February 8, 2021

They Stormed the Capitol. Their Apps Tracked Them...


In 2019, a source came to us with a digital file
 containing the precise locations of more than 12 million individual smartphones for several months in 2016 and 2017. The data is supposed to be anonymous, but it isn’t. We found celebrities, Pentagon officials and average Americans.

It became clear that this data — collected by smartphone apps and then fed into a dizzyingly complex digital advertising ecosystem — was a liability to national security, to free assembly and to citizens living mundane lives.

Surrendering our privacy to the government would be foolish enough. But what is more insidious is the Faustian bargain made with the marketing industry, which turns every location ping into currency as it is bought and sold in the marketplace of surveillance advertising. 

Now, one year later, we’re in a very similar position. But it’s far worse.

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Monday, February 1, 2021

Technician hacked home security cameras to spy on women...

 Here is the backstory

Earlier this month, Telesforo Aviles, a 35-year-old former technician for security company ADT, admitted to federal prosecutors that he accessed more than 200 ADT customer camera feeds to spy on them. Aviles said he targeted particularly attractive women to watch them at home as they undressed, slept or had sex.

According to the guilty plea submitted by Aviles in court, the ADT tech not only spied on the women but secretly accessed the customers’ accounts more than 9,600 times during a four-year period.

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Russian hack brings changes, uncertainty to US court system..


PHILADELPHIA — (AP) — Trial lawyer Robert Fisher is handling one of America’s most prominent counterintelligence cases, defending an MIT scientist charged with secretly helping China. But how he’ll handle the logistics of the case could feel old school: Under new court rules, he’ll have to print out any highly sensitive documents and hand-deliver them to the courthouse.

Until recently, even the most secretive material — about wiretaps, witnesses and national security concerns – could be filed electronically. But that changed after the massive Russian hacking campaign that breached the U.S. court system’s electronic case files and those of scores of other federal agencies and private companies.

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Friday, September 25, 2020

Ring’s latest security camera is a drone that flies around inside your house...


The Always Home Cam is an ambitious new home security device

Ring latest home security camera is taking flight — literally. The new Always Home Cam is an autonomous drone that can fly around inside your home to give you a perspective of any room you want when you’re not home. Once it’s done flying, the Always Home Cam returns to its dock to charge its battery. It is expected to cost $249.99 when it starts shipping next year.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

The Secret SIMs Used By Criminals to Spoof Any Number..

Criminals use so-called Russian, encrypted, or white SIMs to change their phone number, add voice manipulation to their calls, and try to stay ahead of law enforcement.

The unsolicited call came from France. Or at least that's what my phone said. When I picked up, a man asked if I worked with the National Crime Agency, the UK's version of the FBI. When I explained, no, as a journalist I don't give information to the police, he said why he had contacted me.

"There are these special SIM cards out there," he said, referring to the small piece of hardware that slips inside a cell phone. "I'm actually ringing from one now," he added, before later explaining he runs an underground site that sells these cards.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020


TikTok. You’ve likely heard of, or used, this wildly popular app. If you are one of the few who doesn’t know what TikTok is, the app is social media sharing app used to create short dance, lip-sync, comedy and talent videos.

It’s been downloaded over 2 billion times on the app store and Google play (as of 07/03/2020), and has over 800 million active users worldwide. A whopping 69% of TikTok users are Gen Z’ers (age 7 to 22). Chances are either you’re a TikTok app user, or a family member or close associate is. But, did you know that this app has been banned in India? Or, that the US government is also considering banning the TikTok app over security concerns? 

From its Chinese ownership to concern about the app’s privacy policy and data access, there are some well founded concerns about the TikTok app security that you should be aware of.

Hackers reportedly demand $10 million from Garmin to release data..

Hackers reportedly demand $10 million from Garmin to release data.

Hackers are reportedly demanding $10 million to free Garmin’s systems from a ransomware cyberattack that began Thursday, according to BleepingComputer.

Employees within Garmin confirmed to the tech site that Garmin suffered an attack using WastedLocker, a new ransomware operated by a malware exploitation gang commonly known as Evil Corp. Ransomware is malicious software designed to keep an individual or company from accessing their own data unless a ransom is paid.

Screenshots shared with BleepingComputer show lists of files encrypted by the malware, with ransom notes attached to each file. The notes tell Garmin to email one of two email addresses “to get a price for your data.” That price is reportedly $10 million.

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