China’s Olympics App for Athletes Has Security Flaws, Study Says

Researchers said the app, which will store sensitive health data on participants at the Winter Games, has serious encryption vulnerabilities.

#china, #citizen-lab, #computer-security, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mobile-applications, #olympic-games-2022, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Journalists in El Salvador Targeted With Spyware Intended for Criminals

The announcement came months after the U.S. government blacklisted the Israeli firm that produces Pegasus, the technology used to target the journalists.

#access-now, #bukele-nayib, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #el-faro, #el-salvador, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #nso-group, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Biden Administration Warns Against Spyware Targeting Dissidents

The U.S. intelligence community offered steps that would mitigate — but not stop — spyware developed by firms like the NSO Group.

#computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #national-counterintelligence-and-security-center, #nso-group, #smartphones, #software, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

Is a Judge’s Order a Threat to a Free Press?

A case involving The Times and Project Veritas. Also: Elizabeth Holmes; Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens; dangers of biometrics; healthy is hard.

#baseball, #baseball-hall-of-fame, #biometrics, #bonds-barry, #clemens-roger, #diet-and-nutrition, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #freedom-of-the-press, #holmes-elizabeth-1984, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-times, #project-veritas, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #theranos-inc

U.S. Cracks Down on Firms Said to Aid China’s Repression of Minorities

The Commerce and Treasury Departments put new restrictions on an array of companies and institutions that they said were misusing biotechnology.

#biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #china, #commerce-department, #defense-and-military-forces, #dji-innovations, #facial-recognition-software, #raimondo-gina-m, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #treasury-department, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

U.S. and Others Pledge Export Controls Tied to Human Rights

The Biden administration’s partnership with Australia, Denmark, Norway, Canada, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom aims to stem the flow of key technologies to authoritarian governments.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #denmark, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #norway, #russia, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker NSO Group

Apple accused NSO Group, the Israeli surveillance company, of “flagrant” violations of its software, as well as federal and state laws.

#apple-inc, #citizen-lab, #cloud-computing, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #facebook-inc, #icloud, #industrial-espionage, #lookout-inc, #nso-group, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Palestinian Diplomats Targeted by Israeli Spyware, Official Says

The accusation, which has not been independently verified, raises new questions over whether Israel is using software made by NSO Group to spy on Palestinians.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #nso-group, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #shin-bet, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

Supreme Court Weighs Case Against F.B.I. for Spying on Muslims

The justices considered whether the state secrets doctrine required dismissal on national security grounds of a case claiming religious discrimination.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #discrimination, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act-fisa, #supreme-court-us, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Uyghurs Seek Emotional Help as Families in China Suffer

As Uyghurs grapple with the emotional trauma of their families suffering back in Xinjiang, some are overcoming a cultural stigma to seek out counseling.

#anxiety-and-stress, #china, #depression-mental, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mental-health-and-disorders, #muslims-and-islam, #political-prisoners, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

Is Meta’s Facial Recognition Retreat Another Head Fake?

If ever an issue cried out for some lawmaking guidance, this is it.

#amazon-com-inc, #carlyle-group-lp, #facebook-inc, #facial-recognition-software, #internal-sub-only-nl, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #virtual-reality-computers

I Was Hacked. The Spyware Used Against Me Makes Us All Vulnerable.

Invasive hacking software sold to countries to fight terrorism is easily abused. Researchers say my phone was hacked twice, probably by Saudi Arabia.

#al-jazeera, #cellular-telephones, #citizen-lab, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #nso-group, #privacy, #saudi-arabia, #signal-open-whisper-systems, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #text-messaging

Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple and E.U. Phone Scanning Plans

A group of researchers said the “dangerous technology” was invasive and not effective at detecting images of child sexual abuse.

#apple-inc, #child-pornography, #cloud-computing, #computer-security, #european-union, #icloud, #privacy, #research, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

The Artists Bringing Activism Into and Beyond Gallery Spaces

At a time when the basic power structures of the art world are being questioned, collectives and individuals are fighting against the very institutions funding and displaying their work.

#art, #decolonize-this-place, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #discrimination, #forensic-architecture, #goldin-nan, #guerrilla-girls, #museums, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #t-design-and-luxury, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #weizman-eyal

At the Supreme Court, a Plea to Reveal Secret Surveillance Rulings

The justices will soon consider whether to hear a case arguing that the First Amendment requires disclosure of a secret court’s major rulings.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #americans-for-prosperity, #brennan-center-for-justice, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act-fisa, #garland-merrick-b, #supreme-court-us, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #usa-freedom-act

Don’t get Bezosed

A spyware flaw, Elizabeth Holmes and my latest Facebook alert.

#bush-cori, #carreyrou-john, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #internal-sub-only, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #wearable-computing

Cameras, Drones and X-Ray Vans: How 9/11 Transformed the N.Y.P.D. Forever

Two decades after the attack on New York City, the Police Department is using counterterrorism tools and tactics to combat routine street crime.

#adams-eric-l, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #facial-recognition-software, #kelly-raymond-w, #miller-john-j, #new-york-city, #new-york-civil-liberties-union, #police-department-nyc, #privacy, #september-11-2001, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #terrorism

After Stabbing Attack, New Zealand Examines Its Anti-Terrorism Efforts

A man who wounded seven people in a supermarket had been under surveillance for months. Officials say a loophole in the country’s laws needs to be closed.

#ardern-jacinda, #auckland-new-zealand, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #new-zealand, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #terrorism

‘I Helped Destroy People’

Terry Albury, an idealistic F.B.I. agent, grew so disillusioned by the war on terror that he was willing to leak classified documents — and go to prison for doing it.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #content-type-personal-profile, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #muslim-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #september-11-2001, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #terrorism, #terry-albury, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

Are Apple’s Tools Against Child Abuse Bad for Your Privacy?

The backlash to Apple’s efforts to fight child sexual abuse show that in the debate between privacy and security, there are few easy answers.

#apple-inc, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #child-pornography, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #holder-eric-h-jr, #icloud, #iphone, #kutcher-ashton, #national-center-for-missing-and-exploited-children, #privacy, #sex-crimes, #smartphones, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #whatsapp-inc

Watchdog to Investigate Tucker Carlson’s Claim N.S.A. Spied on Him

Tucker Carlson accused the government of intercepting his emails without disclosing that he had been reaching out to the Kremlin.

#carlson-tucker, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #fox-news-channel, #national-security-agency, #news-and-news-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

‘Rogue’ U.S. Agency Used Racial Profiling to Investigate Commerce Dept. Employees, Report Says

An obscure federal office operated for more than a decade as an “unaccountable police force” inside the Commerce Department, using extreme and unauthorized tactics.

#chinese-americans, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #commerce-department, #discrimination, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #senate, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whistle-blowers, #wicker-roger

Athan Theoharis, Chronicler of F.B.I. Abuses, Dies at 84

He found his way through the formerly unobtainable files of J. Edgar Hoover, whom he called “an insubordinate bureaucrat in charge of a lawless organization.”

#books-and-literature, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #deaths-obituaries, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #freedom-of-information-act, #history-academic-subject, #hoover-j-edgar, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #theoharis-athan-1936-2021, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods, #writing-and-writers

Bitcoin and Encryption: A Race Between Criminals and the F.B.I.

The F.B.I. scored two major victories, recovering a Bitcoin ransom and tricking lawbreakers with an encryption app. But criminals may still have the upper hand.

#apple-inc, #australia, #bitcoin-currency, #colonial-pipeline-co, #computer-security, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #google-inc, #justice-department, #organized-crime, #police, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #virtual-currency

Was Daniel Ellsberg’s Leak of the Pentagon Papers Really Heroic?

The way we control secrets has been established by Congress and the executive branch, both accountable to the public and the courts. Daniel Ellsberg, accountable to no one, took it upon himself to steer the ship of state.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #defense-department, #ellsberg-daniel, #pentagon-papers, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #vietnam-war

China Still Buys American DNA Equipment for Xinjiang Despite Blocks

The U.S. government has long tried to prevent the sales over concerns about rights abuses and surveillance. Documents show those efforts have failed.

#china, #dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forensic-science, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

The FISA Court’s Unnecessary Secrecy

Many of the decisions of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court have not seen the light of day. That’s irreconcilable with the Constitution.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #constitution-us, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #privacy, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #supreme-court-us, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #usa-freedom-act, #usa-patriot-act

It’s Police Violence That Spurs Black Rebellion

The history of Black rebellion demonstrates a fundamental reality. Police violence precipitates community violence in a vicious cycle.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #nineteen-hundred-sixties, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-reform, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #vigilantes

Censorship, Surveillance and Profits: A Hard Bargain for Apple in China

Apple built the world’s most valuable business on top of China. Now it has to answer to the Chinese government.

#apple-inc, #censorship, #cloud-computing, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cook-timothy-d, #cue-eddy, #data-storage, #guizhou-cloud-big-data-industry-co-ltd, #guo-wengui, #icloud, #inner-mongolia, #iphone, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Justice Dept. Seizes Washington Post’s Phone Records

Federal prosecutors sought phone records for three Washington Post journalists as part of an investigation into the publication of classified information in 2017.

#barr-william-p, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #freedom-of-the-press, #justice-department, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #newspapers, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-post

Clubhouse App Creates Space for Open Talk in Middle East

The social networking app is booming in authoritarian countries, where users are speaking freely about otherwise taboo topics.

#computers-and-the-internet, #egypt, #hashemi-faezeh-1962, #iran, #middle-east, #mobile-applications, #saudi-arabia, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

F.B.I. Surveillance in Spying and Terrorism Cases Plummet

But the F.B.I. is still using residual authority to obtain business records under a partly expired Patriot Act provision, a new report showed.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act-fisa, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #justice-department, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #usa-patriot-act, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

N.Y.P.D. Will Stop Using Robot Dog After Backlash

The Police Department will return the device earlier than planned after critics seized on it as a dystopian example of overly aggressive policing.

#boston-dynamics, #kallos-benjamin, #miller-john-j, #new-york-city, #police-department-nyc, #privacy, #robots-and-robotics, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

France Proposes More Surveillance to Hunt for Potential Terrorists

The new bill, which some fear will curtail civil liberties, comes after a series of attacks and as the far right is stoking feelings of insecurity.

#darmanin-gerald, #france, #le-pen-marine, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #terrorism

Prosecutors Are Said to Have Sought Aggressive Approach to Capitol Riot Inquiry

Their proposal was quashed amid concerns that it would violate First Amendment protections, people briefed on the plan said.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #garland-merrick-b, #justice-department, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

Court Chides F.B.I., but Re-Approves Warrantless Surveillance Program

Newly disclosed episodes in which analysts improperly searched for data about Americans largely came before changes at the bureau.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-act-fisa, #fourth-amendment-us-constitution, #justice-department, #national-security-agency, #privacy, #search-and-seizure, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

Why Does the C.I.A. Need Puppets?

And where does it get them? The agency’s top technologist, Dawn Meyerriecks, talks spy gear and why Hollywood and Silicon Valley play a critical role in national security.

#central-intelligence-agency, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #dawn-meyerriecks, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #facebook-inc, #snowden-edward-j, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

She’s Taking Jeff Bezos to Task

Joy Buolamwini is on a crusade against bias in facial recognition technology, and the powerful companies that profit from it.

#artificial-intelligence, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #buolamwini-joy, #china, #computer-vision, #computers-and-the-internet, #face, #facial-recognition-software, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states

Republicans Question Spy Agencies’ Work on Domestic Extremism

Agency officials say they are analyzing information, not collecting intelligence on Americans.

#domestic-violent-extremism, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #haines-avril-d, #house-committee-on-intelligence, #republican-party, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #stewart-christopher-d-1960, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #terrorism, #united-states-politics-and-government

France Lawmakers Pass Contentious Bill Extending Police Powers

The legislation was criticized by civil rights groups and political opponents, who intend to challenge its constitutionality.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #france, #law-and-legislation, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #politics-and-government, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

He Was Convicted of a Bombing Plot. Was It a Setup?

Since 9/11, U.S. authorities have used informants to convict hundreds of people of crimes related to international terrorism. Did the informants help create plots where none had existed?

#bay-ridge-brooklyn-ny, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #herald-square-manhattan-ny, #informers, #james-elshafay, #muslims-and-islam, #osama-eldawoody, #police-department-nyc, #prisons-and-prisoners, #september-11-2001, #siraj-shahawar-matin, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

N.Y.P.D.’s Robot Dog Returns to Work, Touching Off a Backlash

Deployed at a public housing building, the device drew condemnation as a stark example of police power and misplaced priorities.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #artificial-intelligence, #bowman-jamaal, #de-blasio-bill, #new-york-city, #police, #police-department-nyc, #robots-and-robotics, #shea-dermot-f-1969, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Subpoenaing the Brookings Institution, Durham Focuses on Trump-Russia Dossier

The special counsel scrutinizing the Russia inquiry, a Trump-era leftover, appears to be retreading ground that an inspector general explored in 2019.

#brookings-institution, #danchenko-igor, #durham-john-h, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #foreign-intelligence-surveillance-court, #justice-department, #russian-interference-in-2016-us-elections-and-ties-to-trump-associates, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

The Lawyer Behind the Throne at Fox

Even before the company’s C.E.O., Lachlan Murdoch, moved to Australia, Viet Dinh was seen as Fox’s power center.

#21st-century-fox, #content-type-personal-profile, #dinh-viet, #fox-entertainment-group-inc, #murdoch-james-r, #murdoch-lachlan, #murdoch-rupert, #news-and-news-media, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #usa-patriot-act, #vietnamese-americans, #walt-disney-company

Biden Steps Up Federal Efforts to Combat Domestic Extremism

The administration has taken a series of steps to prioritize dealing with white supremacists and militias, especially after the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #homeland-security-department, #justice-department, #national-security-council, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #terrorism, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #whites

How to Protect Massage Workers

Policing and criminalization of sex work hurts massage workers, even when they aren’t sex workers.

#human-trafficking, #illegal-immigration, #labor-and-jobs, #massage, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

German Court Suspends Right to Surveil Far-Right AfD Party

The ruling came days after a news report that Germany’s domestic intelligence agency planned to investigate the leading opposition party on suspicion of being a threat to democracy.

#alternative-for-germany, #cologne-germany, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #germany, #hocke-bjorn-1972, #politics-and-government, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Myanmar’s Military Deploys Digital Arsenal of Repression in Crackdown

The generals who staged a coup last month use surveillance drones, iPhone cracking devices and hacking software, some of it from Western countries that bar sales of such technology to Myanmar.

#arms-trade, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

The Season of the Snitch

Narc-narc, who’s there?

#computers-and-the-internet, #facial-recognition-software, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

How the Military Behind Myanmar’s Coup Took the Country Offline

As the military seized power again, the generals moved quickly to take the country offline, criminalize online dissent and block social media.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #computer-network-outages, #computers-and-the-internet, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #data-centers, #defense-and-military-forces, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #myanmar, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tatmadaw-myanmar, #telenor-communications-sa, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #zte-corp