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Scottish couple discover hidden camera in downtown Toronto Airbnb (PHOTOS)

For young travellers all over the world, Airbnb has provided a platform that finds accommodation that is central, affordable, and private. Or so we …

Living Rooms

Google’s location privacy practices are under investigation in Arizona

By Tony Romm<p>Tony Romm<p>Staff writer covering technology policy<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Google's alleged practice of recording location data about Android device owners even when they believe they have opted out of such tracking has sparked an investigation in Arizona, where the state's attorney general could …

Personal Data

Adware Doctor, Spyware Disguised as Anti-Malware Tool, Allowed into Mac App Store

By the things that are said about Apple and its app stores, both macOS and iOS, it would be easy to think that they’re on top of everything. They’re …

Russian hacker pleads guilty for role in Kelihos botnet

A renowned Russian hacker on Wednesday pleaded guilty in a U.S. District Court for his involvement in the Kelihos botnet, a global network of …

Judiciary

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Huawei Phones If You Care About Privacy

What would you say if I said that your Huawei phone could be spying on you? You’d probably call me a conspiracy theorist. But would you believe that …

Ontario town plans to pay ransom after computers locked down

The Town of Midland, Ont., plans to pay off a hacker who was able to lock down the town's computer system with a ransomware attack.

'I'm looking out your front door': Stranger had access to homeowner's security cameras

Last Monday, Shelan Faith of Saskatoon received a letter from a stranger. Moments later she burst into tears.<p>The author had never met Faith but had a …

Home Security

Newspaper headlines: 'Smiling assassins caught on camera'

<b>The naming of the two Russian agents accused of the Novichok attacks in Salisbury is the lead for almost every paper - and their pictures appear widely on the front pages.</b><p>For the Daily Express headline, they are the "smirking assassins sent by Putin".<p>The Daily Mail describes them as "Putin's …

Russian Military

IBM secretly used New York’s CCTV cameras to train its surveillance software

The company developed features like searching for individuals based on age, gender, and skin tone<p>IBM secretly used footage from NYPD CCTV cameras to develop surveillance technology that could search for individuals based on bodily characteristics like age and skin tone. This is according to a …

Analytics

North Korean spy charged with hacking Sony

So it turns out that maybe Seth Rogen isn't the best person to look to on matters of cybersecurity.<p>The Justice Department today officially charged an …

Sony Pictures

Mystery JPMorgan Hacker Is in U.S. Hands. What Does He Know?

The mystery figure behind what prosecutors call the biggest financial hack of all time is now in U.S. custody.<p>Andrei Tyurin, a Russian citizen who is …

Corruption

Will Foreign Agents Rig the U.S. Midterm Elections Through Social Media?

Samantha Bradshaw, an expert on computational propaganda, weighs in on whether Facebook, Twitter, and others are doing enough to curb political …

Social Media

Ai Weiwei Takes On Public Surveillance

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei has been closely surveilled in China, from getting his phone tapped to being followed in the street. Now, he's launched an exhibit at New York's Park Avenue Armory that employs the same tools used to spy on the public to explore the state of privacy today.

Ai Weiwei

How Faking Videos Became Easy and Why That's So Scary

A minute-long video of Barack Obama has been seen more than 4.8 million times since April. It shows the former U.S. president seated, with the …

Jordan Peele

Egypt's President el-Sissi ratifies law to monitor social media users

Legislation approved in July has been signed into law by Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi that gives officials the right to monitor social …

Social Media

Fireproof Lithium-Ion Batteries That Harden When Hit

Liquid electrolyte that solidifies on impact could keep batteries from shorting and catching fireTo make lithium-ion batteries safer, researchers …

Batteries

Hacking a Prince, an Emir and a Journalist to Impress a Client

The rulers of the United Arab Emirates had been using Israeli spyware for more than a year, secretly turning the smartphones of dissidents at home or rivals abroad into surveillance devices.<p>So when top Emirati officials were offered a pricey update of the spying technology, they wanted to make sure …

Human Rights

Group: US, Russia block consensus at 'killer robots' meeting

A key opponent of high-tech, automated weapons known as "killer robots" is blaming countries like the U.S. and Russia for blocking consensus at a …

Russia

'Sonic' Attacks on U.S. Embassy Staff Could Have Been Weaponized Microwave Radiation

Researchers looking into bizarre reports of U.S. diplomatic staff in Cuba and later China hearing troubling noises before developing symptoms very …

Microwaves

Convicted spy released on parole less than halfway into sentence

The Parole Board of Canada decided Tuesday to release convicted spy Jeffrey Delisle on day parole, after a two-hour hearing at Dorchester …

Selling

Cohen says he has information about Trump conspiring with Russia to corrupt American democracy

"Michael Cohen knows information that would be of interest to the special counsel regarding both knowledge about a conspiracy to corrupt American …

Campaign Finance

‘Unhackable’ BitFi crypto wallet has been hacked

The BitFi crypto wallet was supposed to be unhackable and none other than famous weirdo John McAfee claimed that the device – essentially an Android-based mini tablet – would withstand any attack. Spoiler alert: it couldn’t.<p>First, a bit of background. The $120 device launched at the beginning of …

Hacking

Russian Arms Maker Reveals Mecha 'Concept' That Looks Suspiciously Like a Giant Robot Statue

Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov is showing off its latest and greatest death machines at the Army-2018 international forum in Moscow this week. …

Who needs democracy when you have data? - MIT Technology Review

Here’s how China rules using data, AI, and internet surveillance.<p>In 1955, science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story about an …

China

10 things to know about 'killer robots'

Autonomous weapons systems decide for themselves who they attack, and when. So far, the biggest military powers have rejected the introduction of …

The Future

Google still tracks you through the web if you turn off Location History

A detail that can easily be missed<p>You may have assumed that turning off Google’s Location History option meant that Google is no longer tracking your movements. But the reality is that Google can continue to collect location data and even track you on a minute-by-minute basis, remembering your home …

At Centre Mall in Saskatoon? You're on camera, whether you know it or not

Tim Bratton says it's not that he's camera shy — he simply doesn't trust big companies.<p>Earlier this summer, he was at the Centre Mall in Saskatoon. …

Exposure Of Secret TSA Surveillance Program Nets The Government More Terrorist Watchlist Litigation

The recent exposure of the TSA's "Quiet Skies" program by the Boston Globe is leading to more terrorist watchlist litigation. The "Quiet Skies" …

Customer sues AT&T for negligence over SIM hijacking that led to millions in lost cryptocurrency

For allegedly causing him to be robbed of $23.8 million worth in cryptocurrency<p>US entrepreneur and cryptocurrency investor Michael Terpin is suing AT&T for negligence and fraud that he claims resulted in millions of dollars worth of cryptocurrency tokens being stolen from his account. Terpin says …

Tesla allegedly covered up drug trafficking and spied on employees at the Gigafactory, whistleblower says

A former in-house security team member files the second SEC whistleblower complaint of the summer<p>A former member of Tesla’s in-house security team has told the Securities and Exchange Commission that the company silenced internal investigations into alleged criminal activity at the Gigafactory in …