Google Says State-Sponsored Hackers Target Journalists by Posing as One of Them

Government-backed hackers are impersonating journalists in attempts to spread malicious email attachments and disinformation amongst newsreaders, according to Google’s own elite team of hackers. Read More >>

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Civil Rights Groups Cancel Twitter’s ‘Birthday,’ Say CEO Is Giving Nazis a ‘Megaphone’

In case you somehow forgot, Twitter’s “birthday” is once again right around the corner. As of this Saturday, 14 years will have passed since Twitter’s founder, Jack Dorsey – who at the time hilariously thought people might actually pay to use his platform, now dubbed “the hell site” – tweeted the very first tweet. Read More >>

Jury Deadlocked in Case of Accused WikiLeaks Source Charged for ‘Vault 7’ CIA Leaks

A US federal jury on Monday said it had failed to reach a verdict on eight counts in the trial of a former CIA computer engineer who is accused of leaking a trove of classified material to the anti-secrecy organisation WikiLeaks. Read More >>

Judge Orders Chelsea Manning and Jeremy Hammond Released From Jail

Documents ordering the release of Chelsea Manning and former AntiSec hacker Jeremy Hammond were signed on Thursday by the same U.S. District judge who had them both detained in a Virginia jail last year for refusing to testify in the federal grand jury investigating WikiLeaks. Read More >>

Are Apple and Google Illegally Crushing Competitors?

A US Senate subcommittee on Tuesday took aim at what some witness described as a “dire threat” to the digital marketplace – the processes by which “platform monopolists” such as Google allegedly maintain a stranglehold over the range of apps and services most commonly adopted by consumers; using its own services, in fact, to effectively smother competitors before any can squeak out a small victory against the trillion-dollar giant. Read More >>

Apple Disables Clearview AI’s App, Accusing the Face Recognition Firm of Violating Its Rules

Embattled face recognition startup Clearview AI is topping off a week of intense scrutiny over its nebulous law enforcement partnerships with an even bigger dose of bad news: Apple has reportedly disabled the iOS version of Clearview’s app citing violations of its developer programme. Read More >>

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Data Breach at Controversial Face Recognition Firm Shows Company Can’t Be Trusted, Officials Say

A security breach at a face-recognition startup, already embattled over its unfettered collection of Americans’ personal data on behalf of its hundreds of law enforcement clients, further underscores the potential hazards faced by consumers at the hands of a controversial and largely-unregulated surveillance technology, federal officials said on Wednesday. Read More >>

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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 >>