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Facebook Is Paying Teens to Install a ‘Research’ App That Lets It Monitor Their Phones

Facebook has stealthily launched a service similar to Onavo Protect, its vampiric psuedo-VPN that claims to protect users’ privacy but actually collects and analyses their data. This time it’s worse – Facebook is targeting teens to install a similar app via third-party beta testing services, in possible violation of Apple’s rules for enterprise developers. Read More >>

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Legal Threat Looms Over Israeli Cyber Firm Accused of Helping Saudi Spies

Amnesty International said today that it had submitted a formal request to Israeli authorities two weeks ago asking that the export license of a Herzliya-based hacking firm be revoked over reported efforts to sell Saudi Arabia sophisticated surveillance software. Read More >>

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Amnesty International Targeted by Israeli-Made Spyware via WhatsApp

Human rights nonprofit Amnesty International on Tuesday disclosed what it says was a plot likely carried out by a hostile government to infiltrate its network by infecting a member of its staff with sophisticated spyware. Read More >>

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How to Spot and Remove Stalkerware

As if there aren’t enough tech security threats to worry about, you also need to be on your guard against so-called ‘stalkerware’—those invasive types of programs installed by suspicious spouses, jealous exes or controlling parents without your knowledge. Here are the warning signs (on your computer) to look out for, and what you can do about them. Read More >>

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How to Protect Your PC From Trolls, Hackers and Other Obnoxious Security Threats

It’s a scary fact of digital life that there are a lot of ways your PC can be exposed. Maybe you’ve been hacked by a state agent, or cracked by weird Nazi trolls. Fortunately you’re not powerless, and there are lots of ways to fight back. You don’t need to be a hacker, cracker, or computer savant to protect your laptop. Read More >>

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Spyware Demo Video Shows How Easily Governments Can Monitor Computers

As if Flash needed any more terrible press. A never-before-seen video showing off a live demo of a hacking tool has been obtained my Motherboard, and it makes for pretty scary viewing. Read More >>

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How the Hell Are These Popular Spying Apps Not Illegal?

Here are some sordid scenarios. Your ex-girlfriend can see every time you swipe right while using Tinder. Your former husband is secretly listening to and recording your late-night Skype sessions with your new boyfriend. Some random perv is rubbing one out to the naked photos in your private photo library. For millions of people, it's not hypothetical. Read More >>

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The Scam Hunter: What it’s Like to Track Internet Bad Guys for a Living

These days, new malware scams are a dime a dozen. Phony email links, misleading URLs, fake call centres; if you haven't already stumbled across one yourself, chances are you know someone who has. But what's stopping all this malicious code from running rampant and turning every last corner of the internet into a kill zone? Read More >>

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A Peek Inside the NSA’s Spy Gear Catalogue

Der Spiegel's fairly harrowing report about the NSA's hacking unit, Tailored Access Operations (TAO) got a little more harrowing this morning when an unnamed blogger at LeakSource published images from the agency's hilariously-named and terrifying spy gear catalogue. Read More >>

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All It Took to Hijack Google Glass Was a Dumb QR Code

The scariest Google Glass hack just got fixed before anyone evil could actually use it, but the details are a little unsettling. Using nothing more than Glass's camera and a malicious QR code, hackers would have been able to steal total control of the device if you so much as looked at the wrong thing. Read More >>

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How Rental PCs Loaded With Spyware Snooped on and Photographed Their Users

When you pay to use a computer, you don't expect it to be tracking your each and every digital move as a result. But that's exactly what happened to Aaron's Sale and Leasing customers — who had their rental computers snooped on in incredible detail. Read More >>