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Psychologist Finds Chelsea Manning’s Imprisonment Pointless as Lawyers Seek Her Release

Attorneys for imprisoned activist and former US Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning have filed a new motion for her release from the jail in the US state of Virginia where she’s been held for almost a year. Read More >>

Google Slaps Face-Recognition Firm Clearview With a Cease-and-Desist Order

Clearview AI, a controversial face recognition start-up, whose customers include hundreds of US law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, has been served a cease-and-desist order by Google and its subsidiary YouTube. Read More >>

Ring App Shares Personal Data With Facebook, Other Unlisted Trackers, EFF Says

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) announced last week that its research into the Ring app’s Android version identified several embedded third-party trackers sucking up “a plethora” of personal information. Read More >>

Ring Drops a Major App Update, Placing Privacy and Security Settings Front and Centre

Ring has begun pushing out an update to its phone app with the aim of consolidating its privacy and security settings, a likely response to consumer concerns about “hackers” who’ve hijacked in-home camera feeds in recent months. Read More >>

Intel Announces Latest Attempt at Zombieload Patch Coming… ‘In the Near Future’

Intel on Monday announced the third in a series of patches meant to address processor vulnerabilities. The latest is closely related to issues addressed in November known as ZombieLoad 2, or TSX Asynchronous Abort. A fix will be available in the near future, an advisory notice said. Read More >>

Ring Got Reporters to Omit Its Ukraine Staff Is Working on ‘Many Other Amazon Projects’

Amazon’s home security company, Ring, pressed the chief editor at a Ukrainian business publication last year to delete a passage in an article touting the successes of Ring’s Kyiv-based research lab, the Intercept reported Friday. The article reportedly included a quote attributed to the general manager of Ring Ukraine stating the lab was not only working on Ring products, but on “many other Amazon projects” as well. Read More >>

Amazon Engineer Leaked Private Encryption Keys. Outside Analysts Discovered Them in Minutes

An Amazon Web Services (AWS) engineer last week inadvertently made public almost a gigabyte’s worth of sensitive data, including their own personal documents as well as passwords and cryptographic keys to various AWS environments. Read More >>

Sonos Sues Google for Allegedly Stealing Its Speaker Technology

Accusing the tech giant of “blatantly and knowingly” infringing on its technology patents, smart-speaker maker Sonos filed two lawsuits against Google today after years’ of quiet talks between the pair apparently fell through. Read More >>

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Chelsea Manning Responds After Top U.N. Official Labels Her Imprisonment ‘Torture’

In her first public statement since a top United Nations official equated her imprisonment to torture, former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning reaffirmed her pledge to remain in jail rather than testify before a grand jury investigating WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Read More >>

Ring’s Security Woes Cause Some Tech Review Sites to Rethink Glowing Endorsements

At least two tech review sites are discussing whether to rescind their positive recommendations of Ring’s home surveillance cameras, a leading digital-rights organisation announced this week. Read More >>

Top US Lawmakers Warn Against Private Equity Firm’s .Org Takeover

A group of US lawmakers on Monday raised concerns about the proposed sale of the .org top-level domain to a private equity firm by the organisation created to manage it, a deal that has drawn significant scrutiny from digital rights groups and nonprofits since it was first announced last month. Read More >>

Chinese Hackers Bypass 2FA in Attacks Spanning 10 Countries

A Chinese hacking group believed to operate on behalf of the Beijing government has learned how to bypass two-factor authentication (2FA) in attacks on government and industry targets, ZDNet reported today. Read More >>

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Ring Has a Lot of Password Leaks That Are Entirely Your Fault

One of Ring’s stated goals is to “reduce crime in neighbourhoods by connecting people.” What customers didn’t expect is that those people would be criminals who’d be spying on them in their homes, occasionally yelling racist or threatening things at their children. Read More >>

‘I Slept With My Gun’: What It’s Like to Get Your Ring Camera Hacked

He was on his way home from the shops when he got the call. After a weekend out of town, John’s kids were finally asleep in his home, in the US city of Houston, Texas. His wife, too, had been getting ready for bed – until she heard a stranger’s voice echoing down the hallway. Read More >>