Electronic Frontier Foundation

Lebanese Security Agencies Do Not Deny Cyber-Espionage Accusations

Lebanese Interior Minister Nouhad al-Mashnouq did not deny on Friday claims that the country’s General Security had carried out cyber-espionage …

Middle East

Massive hacking operation tied to a Lebanese intelligence agency has been revealed

A worldwide hacking campaign linked to a Lebanese intelligence agency has been revealed in an investigation by digital rights group the Electronic …

Security

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)

Playboy is going the Quentin Tarantino route with a lawsuit over linking

Remember when Quentin Tarantino sued <i>Gawker</i> for linking to his <i>Hateful Eight</i> script and the case was dismissed because linking is not copyright infringement? Well, <i>Playboy</i> wants to try it again for good measure.<p>The magazine is suing <i>Boing Boing</i> for a February 2016 post titled “Every Playboy Playmate …

Quentin Tarantino

Who's Really Behind Lebanon's Expansive Spy Operation?

The same powerful surveillance tools have cropped up in at least two countries—and researchers are looking for the missing link.<p>BEIRUT—Just north of a perennially jammed arterial, sandwiched between the French embassy complex and a university administration building, a beige monolith with a …

Security

Lebanon lacks infrastructure to carry out phone-hacking espionage, tech expert claims

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s security and intelligence bodies have not reacted to deny or confirm information published in a joint report by Lookout mobile …

EFF

Security News This Week: Hacking Group's Mobile Malware Spies on Thousands Worldwide

This week, Hawaii reeled after an emergency text alert about an impending nuclear missile attack triggered panic—and then turned out to be a false …

Security

National security hawks ascendant after surveillance win

<i>With help from Eric Geller and Martin Matishak</i><p><b>HAWKS SOAR FOLLOWING SURVEILLANCE VICTORY —</b> National security hawks finally feel they have the wind at their backs five years after NSA contractor Edward Snowden leaked details about the government’s most secret spying programs, Cory and Martin report. …

EFF

It’s Time for Publishers to Join the Fight for Net Neutrality

Supporters of net neutrality marked two important developments in recent days. On Tuesday, January 16, it was revealed that 50 senators have now …

Net Neutrality

EFF Asks Ninth Circuit Appeals Court To Strengthen Privacy Protections Of Smart Phones At The Border

Warrantless Border Searches of Phones, Laptops, Are UnconstitutionalSan Diego, California—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) urged the U.S. …

Surveillance

Trump Expected to Sign Bill Renewing Internet Surveillance Program

Big Brother will be watching for another six years (via Photo-Mix/Pixabay)<p>A bill to renew the National Security Agency’s warrantless Internet …

Geek

DealBook Briefing: A Shutdown Looms, but Markets Aren’t Shaken (Yet)

<i>Good Friday morning. Warily waiting to see if the government shuts down. How Goldman Sachs alumni churned through the Trump administration. And how bad did things at Uber get under Travis Kalanick?</i><p><b>Do investors care about a government shutdown?</b><p>So far, the markets don’t seem bothered. S. & P. 500 …

Business

Why you should care about the warrantless surveillance bill on its way to Trump’s desk

After debate ended in a close cloture vote on Tuesday, the Senate has voted to pass a bill that will renew for another six years one of the NSA’s most controversial practices. The bill, known as the FISA Amendments Reauthorization Act of 2017 or S. 139, provides for an extension of the U.S. …

Surveillance

Forget About Siri and Alexa — When It Comes to Voice Identification the “NSA Reigns Supreme”

At the height of the Cold War, during the winter of 1980, FBI agents recorded a phone call in which a man arranged a secret meeting with the Soviet …

Surveillance

EFF to NSA: you scammed your way to another six years of warrantless spying, and you'd better enjoy it while it lasts

Last week, cowards from both sides of the aisle caved into America's lawless spy agencies, and today bipartisan senators reprised that cowardice to …

Surveillance

President Trump Set to Sign FISA Surveillance Law: What That Means for You

The Senate on Thursday voted narrowly to renew a law that permits intelligence agencies like the NSA and the FBI to tap into data from companies like …

Surveillance

Facebook and WhatsApp malware attack is yet another stark reminder: Be wary of links

Hackers continue to successfully dupe people into clicking on shady (though carefully disguised) links, thereby gaining access to the text messages, …

Security

Smartphone Spying Op Targeted Thousands With Malware, Phishing

Since 2012, the suspected Lebanese spying operation has targeted victims in over 21 countries including the US, the researchers claim.<p>PCMag reviews …

Security

500 Hacks From Beirut Show Any Government Can Spy On Google's Androids

So much focus is placed on sexy, novel ways that government intelligence agencies break into modern-day smartphones, it’s easy to forget that cheap and simple often works just as well. Research from cybersecurity firm Lookout and digital rights NGO the Electronic Frontier Foundation published …

Security

Lebanese security agency turns smartphone into selfie spycam: researchers

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Lebanon's intelligence service may have turned the smartphones of thousands of targeted individuals into cyber-spying machines in one of the first known examples of large-scale state hacking of phones rather than computers, researchers say.<p>Lebanon's General Directorate of …

World News

U.S. Senate passes bill to renew foreign surveillance program

The Senate on Thursday passed a bill to renew a critical foreign intelligence collection program dubbed the "holy grail" because it allows U.S. spy agencies to conduct surveillance on foreign targets abroad.<p>The Senate voted 65-34 to reauthorize the program for six years. The bill, which already has …

Surveillance

Skilled in the Art: Neither Snow Nor Rain Nor Government Shutdowns …

<i>Welcome to another edition of Skilled in the Art. I’m Law.com IP reporter Scott Graham. Whatever happens on Capitol Hill, the USPTO won’t be shutting</i> …

EFF

Hacking campaign using fake apps traced to Lebanon

A spying campaign that uses fake versions of encrypted apps to hack smartphones has been traced to Lebanon’s intelligence agency, revealing the …

Security

AP News in Brief at 11:04 p.m. EST

House votes to avert federal shutdown, Senate chances dim<p>WASHINGTON (AP) — A divided House on Thursday passed an eleventh-hour plan to keep the …

EFF

Lebanese Intelligence Turned Targets’ Android Phones Into Spy Devices, Researchers Say

Lebanon’s internal intelligence agency appears to have been caught spying on thousands of people — including journalists and military personnel — in more than 20 countries, according to researchers at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Lookout, a mobile security company.<p>The spy operation, …

Security

Store of value / Vulnerabilities in store

Demons in Digital Gold, Part 3<p>If you have not already done so, please read <b>the introduction</b> to this series. Each of these posts make a LOT more sense …

Information Security

Researchers have discovered a new kind of government spyware for hire

A Lebanese hacking campaign could be part of something much larger<p>There’s a string of spyware campaigns operating out of a government building in Lebanon, according to new research from Lookout Security and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Dubbed “Dark Caracal,” the new group is linked to …

Technology

Senate votes to extend NSA’s warrantless surveillance program

Last week, the US House of Representatives voted to renew Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a law that lets the National Security Agency monitor communications of non-US citizens living outside of the US. Today, the Senate has also voted in favor of renewing the law for …

National Security Agency (NSA)

Why Google's New App Won't Match Your Face to Art in Some States

Millions of people across the U.S. downloaded an app over the holiday weekend to see how a Google algorithm matched their selfies to historical artwork. But for many residents of Illinois and Texas, the selfie tool was missing.<p>The reason? Laws in those states ban the collection of biometric data, …

Business

Senate Votes to Give Trump Vast Domestic Spying Powers "No President Should Have"

Defenders of civil liberties and privacy advocates expressed their discontent on Thursday after the U.S. Senate passed a bill that reauthorizes and …

EFF