Greece’s Mitsotakis Fends Off Accusations His Government Spied on Rivals

Revelations that the cellphone of a top opposition politician was tapped have shaken the government and stoked concerns over just how widespread such surveillance is.

#cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #europe, #european-parliament, #european-union, #greece, #international-relations, #new-democracy-greece, #pasok-panhellenic-socialist-movement, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #ukraine, #wireless-communications, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

Don’t Drag Our Most Basic Rights Into the Culture Wars

Democrats should reclaim the cause of civil liberties as Republicans move to restrict them.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #crime-and-criminals, #democratic-party, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #internal-sub-only-nl, #san-francisco-calif, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

China’s Surveillance State Encounters Public Resistance

Beijing’s swift move to censor news about one of the largest known data breaches shows keen awareness of how major security lapses can harm its credibility.

#beijing-china, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #facial-recognition-software, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer

The sheer amount of tech tools and knowledge required to discreetly seek an abortion underlines how wide open we are to surveillance.

#abortion, #computer-security, #privacy, #reproductive-health, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #smartphones, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #virtual-private-network

Chinese Police Database Was Unsecured Long Before It Was Seized

The breach is “a big black eye” for the Chinese security apparatus, one expert says, exposing the risk of the state’s vast effort to amass citizens’ personal data.

#china, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #privacy, #shanghai-china, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Hacker Offers to Sell Chinese Police Database in Potential Breach

For about $200,000, an unidentified person or group is offering what is described as data on a billion Chinese citizens. A sampling seemed to show the data to be genuine.

#computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

China’s Surveillance State Is Growing Bigger and More Invasive. These Documents Reveal How.

A Times investigation analyzing over 100,000 government bidding documents found that China’s ambition to collect digital and biological data from its citizens is more expansive and invasive than previously known.

#china, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #your-feed-visual-investigations

A Debate Over ‘Common Sense’ Gun Legislation

Conservative writer Charles C.W. Cooke and Times Opinion editor at large Alex Kingsbury on three frequently cited policies.

#audio-neutral-informative, #buffalo-ny-shooting-may-14-2022, #cooke-charles-c-w, #firearms, #gun-control, #kingsbury-alex-journalist, #law-and-legislation, #mass-shootings, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

America Is Under the Gun

Will we rise up to face the rising tide of violence?

#buffalo-ny, #connecticut, #crime-and-criminals, #firearms, #mass-shootings, #national-rifle-assn, #newtown-conn-shooting-2012, #republican-party, #sandy-hook-elementary-school-newtown-conn, #senate, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #uvalde-tex

The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending

Nations are accelerating efforts to control data produced within their perimeters, disrupting the flow of what has become a kind of digital currency.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #austria, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-storage, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #enterprise-computing, #europe, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #france, #germany, #google-inc, #great-britain, #india, #kazakhstan, #kenya, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #social-media, #software, #south-africa, #spain, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #telephones-and-telecommunications

As China Doubles Down on Lockdowns, Some Chinese Seek an Exit

Inquiries to immigration consultants have surged; social media users trade tips on how to get abroad. But the government aims to “strictly restrict nonessential exit activities.”

#beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #immigration-and-emigration, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #travel-warnings, #united-states-international-relations, #visas

Digital Technology Invaded Our Lives. Now Women May Pay For It.

In a post-Roe America, we’ll bear the costs of letting data collection undermine our liberty.

#abortion, #brandeis-louis-d, #computers-and-the-internet, #constitution-us, #constitutional-amendments, #data-storage, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #electronic-communications-privacy-act, #facial-recognition-software, #law-and-legislation, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #social-media, #supreme-court-us, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

House, Acting After Buffalo Rampage, Moves to Combat Domestic Terrorism

Democrats advanced the legislation on a nearly party-line vote, but with Republicans opposed, it faces an uphill battle in the Senate.

#buffalo-ny-shooting-may-14-2022, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #house-of-representatives, #law-and-legislation, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

Has Shanghai Been Xinjianged?

Shanghai used to be the glamorous China, while Xinjiang was the dark China. Now both are casualties of authoritarian excess.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #quarantines, #shanghai-china, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #xinjiang-china

When Nokia Pulled Out of Russia, a Vast Surveillance System Remained

The Finnish company played a key role in enabling Russia’s cyberspying, documents show, raising questions of corporate responsibility.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporations, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #nokia-oyj, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #telephones-and-telecommunications, #text-messaging

Robot Dogs Join the New York Fire Department

Plans to use two new robot dogs only in precarious search and rescue missions may help avoid the controversy that met the Police Department’s robots last year.

#boston-dynamics, #fire-department-nyc, #fires-and-firefighters, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #international-committee-for-robot-arms-control, #new-york-city, #robots-and-robotics, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Supreme Court Sides With F.B.I. in Case on Spying on Muslims

In a narrow and unanimous decision, the justices ruled that a 1978 law governing national security surveillance did not displace the state secrets doctrine.

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

Israel Says Police Didn’t Hack Civilians Without Court Approval

An official investigation refuted claims that the police had illegally hacked dozens of civilians using spyware from NSO Group, an Israeli company that has long attracted global scrutiny.

#israel, #new-york-times, #nso-group, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

C.I.A. Is Collecting in Bulk Certain Data Affecting Americans, Senators Warn

A partly declassified letter from two senators, Ron Wyden and Martin Heinrich, does not say what the data is.

#central-intelligence-agency, #heinrich-martin, #privacy-and-civil-liberties-oversight-board, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government, #wyden-ron

Israel to Investigate Domestic Use of Pegasus Spyware as Scrutiny Hits Home

The decision reflected rising concerns about the domestic use of spyware made by NSO Group, based in Israel, which has long been a target of criticism abroad.

#bennett-naftali, #israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nso-group, #politics-and-government, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Where a Thousand Digital Eyes Keep Watch Over the Elderly

As Japan rapidly ages, it is envisioning fundamental changes, even in infrastructure. Is electronic surveillance an answer to its epidemic of dementia?

#dementia, #elderly, #privacy, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

Migrant Worker’s Tale of Inequality Grips China, Then Is Erased

A man with Covid revealed a parallel universe to well-off Chinese and became a symbol of inequality. The government found him inconvenient to its narrative.

#censorship, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #income-inequality, #migrant-labor-non-agriculture, #missing-persons, #parenting, #poverty, #social-media, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #xi-jinping

The Battle for the World’s Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains around the world from NSO’s Pegasus spyware — a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

#apple-inc, #arms-trade, #central-intelligence-agency, #commerce-department, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defense-and-military-forces, #djibouti, #drug-enforcement-administration, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #facebook-inc, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #google-inc, #government-contracts-and-procurement, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #israel, #justice-department, #khashoggi-jamal, #martinelli-ricardo, #mexico, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #mohammed-bin-zayed, #mossad, #netanyahu-benjamin, #niv-karmi, #nso-group, #omri-lavie, #panama, #privacy, #raytheon-company, #saudi-arabia, #secret-service, #shalev-hulio, #smartphones, #sullivan-jacob-j-1976, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-arab-emirates, #united-states-africa-command, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #washington-post, #wireless-communications

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