US Senator Edward Markey yesterday revealed the results of a months-long investigation into Amazon‘s Ring camera-doorbells and the company’s relationship with law enforcement. The Senator’s press team dubbed the findings “alarming” and called the company’s policies “an open door for privacy and civil liberty violations.” The press release is available at: http://bit.ly/2ObxAnb.
Online Privacy & Security
The Indian government said on Tuesday that it is “empowered” to intercept, monitor, or decrypt any digital communication “generated, transmitted, received, or stored” on a citizen’s device in the country in the interest of national security or to maintain friendly relations with foreign states. Details may be found at: https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/19/india-intercept-monitor-citizen-computers/.
Senators want Zuckerberg to Explain Why Facebook Still Tracks Your Location even When You Ask It Not To
Yes, Facebook sill lies to you. Why is that not a surprise? Two senators are asking Facebook to “respect” users’ decisions to keep their location data from the company. In a letter sent Tuesday, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to respond to questions about how the company collects location data through the new operating systems for Apple’s iPhones and Google’s Android. […]
If you are using WhatsApp, you need to read an article by Brendan Hesse in the Lifehacker web site that tells how to fix a major security bug that could let hackers slip malicious code onto your devices through seemingly innocent .MP4 video files. The article may be found at: https://lifehacker.com/install-the-latest-whatsapp-update-to-fix-a-major-bug-1839944628.
If you use Windows, you need to read the article by Steve Ranger in the ZDNet web site at: https://tinyurl.com/utqrle3. He writes: “Tech security company Bitdefender analysed Windows security threats including ransomware, coin miners, fileless malware, PUAs (‘potentially unwanted applications’ that can compromise privacy or security), exploits (attacks based on unpatched or previously-unknown vulnerabilities) and banking Trojans. “Bitdefender found that of all these threats, ransomware reports saw the biggest year-on-year […]
A new Linux-based smartphone dubbed Volla Phone is listed on Kickstarter. The phone reportedly rethinks the entire approach to how we use our smartphones and all the features of the Volla Phone are based around protecting user anonymity. Here is a quote from the Volla Phone information on KickStarter: “Today’s smart phones know what we do and when. The deep integration of cloud services with Google Play in mobile operating […]
From an article by Davey Winder published in the Forbes web site: “A notorious hacking group known as Platinum, for once deserving of the “advanced” in the advanced persistent threat (APT) label, has developed a backdoor security threat that hides in plain sight on Windows 10 systems. The Platinum APT group, also known as TwoForOne, is thought to have nation-state backing and has been actively operating for the last ten […]