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By Tigerulze | A survey of surveillance

NSA deleted surveillance data it pledged to preserve

The agency tells a federal judge that it is investigating and 'sincerely regrets its failure.'<p>The National Security Agency destroyed surveillance data it pledged to preserve in connection with pending lawsuits and apparently never took some of the steps it told a federal court it had taken to make …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Prime numbers keep your encrypted messages safe — here's how - Science News - ABC News

Don't know if you've heard, but there's a new largest known prime number in town.<p>On 26 December, mathematicians scored a late Christmas present when …

Encryption

Your iPhone tracks every place you visit. Here’s how to see the map

Your iPhone knows where you are, and it remembers where you have been. It keeps a record of your frequent hangouts – aka Significant Locations – and uses this data to make location-based suggestions using Siri, and Siri-related features. Don’t panic: This data is kept on your phone, not collected …

iOS

Meltdown and Spectre: All Mac devices affected says Apple

<b>Apple has said that all Mac systems and ioS devices are affected by major bugs in computer chips.</b><p>It comes as tech companies race to fix two bugs, that could allow hackers to steal sensitive data.<p>The tech giant said it had already released some fixes, but that there was no evidence that the …

Information Security

Researchers Discover Two Major Flaws in the World’s Computers

SAN FRANCISCO — Computer security experts have discovered two major security flaws in the microprocessors inside nearly all of the world’s computers.<p>The two problems, called Meltdown and Spectre, could allow hackers to steal the entire memory contents of a computer. There is no easy fix for …

Information Security

Australian Gov't Accessed Domestic Metadata Thousands Of Times, Shared Some Of It With China

The Australian government has released its latest report [PDF] on its domestic metadata collection efforts and it has a bit of surprising news in it. …

Surveillance

German business joins battle against US data demands

Leading industry groups in Germany are taking sides in a digital privacy battle between Microsoft and American law enforcement. They plan to file a …

Privacy

Two Of The Biggest Ransomware Strains Ever Just Got Hit As Five Arrested

Five individuals have been arrested as part of an investigation into two major ransomware families – CTB-Locker and Cerber – that spread across Europe and the U.S. in recent years. All suspects were arrested in Romania, Europol announced Wednesday, as six properties were searched as part of a major …

Security

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Trump White House Weighing Plans for Private Spies to Counter “Deep State” Enemies

The Trump administration is considering a set of proposals developed by Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a retired CIA officer — with assistance …

NSA Secretly Helped Convict Defendants in U.S. Courts, Classified Documents Reveal

The government must disclose when information against defendants originates from warrantless surveillance — but prosecutors did not do so to Kurbanov.<p>…

The Australian Federal Police Has Been Told It Should Really Know What The Law Is

The Commonwealth ombudsman found the AFP unlawfully accessed a journalist's phone records.<p>The Australian Federal Police (AFP) has been urged to immediately review training for officers after the agency unlawfully accessed a journalist's metadata.<p>In April the AFP disclosed publicly that it had …

Police foiled in bid to water down facial recognition safeguards

Police agencies unsuccessfully tried to water down privacy safeguards in the government’s controversial facial recognition regime ahead of a key …

Surveillance

How I Hacked 40 Websites in 7 minutes

Last summer I started learning about information security and hacking. Over the last year I’ve played in various wargames, capture the flag and …

Linux

Android phones track location info regardless of privacy settings

When you tell your phone to stop sharing your location, you expect it to honor your request, don't you? Unfortunately, that hasn't been <i>entirely</i> true with Android as of late. <i>Quartz</i> has confirmed that, starting in early 2017, Android phones have been sending the addresses of nearby cellular towers …

Why companies using cloud storage keep leaking data online - Science News - ABC News

The Pentagon, telecommunication giants and even the ABC are just some of the high-profile organisations that have reportedly left confidential …

Alan Tudge's department knew of Medicare breaches

The Department of Human Services flagged the illegal sale of Medicare details on the dark web almost a fortnight before the illicit trade was exposed …

Security

Pentagon mass surveillance slurped up the world's social media traffic; then they dumped it on a publicly accessible Amazon cloud server

The Upguard Cyber Risk Team has found three Department of Defense mass-storage "buckets" on Amazon that are world-viewable, containing 1.8 billion of …

IP/DNS Detect

What is a "WebRTC leaks"?<p>WebRTC implement STUN (Session Traversal Utilities for Nat), a protocol that allows to discover the public IP address. To …

Credit card details, salary information published by government contractor

The personal details of up to 50,000 Australians — including some credit card numbers and salaries — have been mistakenly posted online by a …

Heathrow probes how USB with security data ended up on London street

Heathrow Airport said Sunday it has launched an internal investigation after a memory stick containing extensive security information was found on a …

Heathrow

Thomson Reuters World-Check is a 'witch-hunt' and it's time to shut it down

First it was Barclays in Cricklewood, London, in 2008, then HSBC in Kilburn, London, in the summer of 2014, and soon afterwards in early 2015 …

Middle East

No charges laid for cyber attacks

<b>Australia’s cyber spooks say</b> they responded to more than 600 “serious incidents” in the last year, and yet no charges and no prosecutions have been …

Cybersecurity

Hacker codenamed 'Alf' from Home and Away stole secret data on Joint Strike Fighter jets and surveillance planes

A mystery hacker who was given the alias of an Australian soap opera character has stolen sensitive information about Australia's warplanes and navy …

Face biometric backlash begins

<b>The federal government’s new</b> facial recognition capabilities are set to be made available to the private sector in what digital rights group have …

Surveillance

Defence contractor had IT systems hacked as government reveals cyber attacks jumped by 15 per cent

The Australian Cyber Security Centre's 2017 Threat Report, released on Tuesday by the minister responsible Dan Tehan, identified 47,000 cyber …

Greens say facial recognition first step to a police state

Addressing the media in Hobart this afternoon, Senator McKim <b>(below, right)</b> said: "We've seen with leaks of Medicare data [and] hacks into census …

Surveillance

Privacy groups slam COAG over face recognition database

A joint statement from the Australian Privacy Foundation, Digital Rights Watch, Queensland Council for Civil Liberties, NSW Council for Civil …

Surveillance

Facial recognition database 'could cost billions'

Paul Howie, NEC Australia's general manager of Smart Systems, said the main expense would be on cameras and hardware. There would also be costs …

Surveillance