Shadowy Russian Cell Phone Companies Are Cropping Up in Ukraine

Since the companies emerged earlier this year, they claim to have expanded their services. Their websites list dozens of claimed locations, including shops, where people can buy SIM cards and internet access. In one online post, 7Telecom says it’s hiring a recruitment manager, office administrator, sales manager, and IT specialist to work in the Kherson […]

The Twitter Whistleblower’s Testimony Has Senators Out for Blood

Many of Silicon Valley’s fiercest watchdogs on Capitol Hill are now snarling. Yesterday’s arresting testimony by Twitter’s former security chief, Peiter “Mudge” Zatko, has lawmakers in both parties redoubling their efforts to rein in the tech titans. Zatko’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee follows a detailed report he submitted to the US Department of […]

How to Block Spam Calls and Spam Texts on iPhone and Android (2022)

Life is busy enough without wasting time on spammers, scammers, and telemarketers. Whether you are suffering insistent injury lawyers, fraudulent car warranty representatives, or a drunk-dialing ex, there is a way to stop the endless calls and messages. The major carriers and phone manufacturers have upped their game against unwanted calls and messages in recent […]

One Medical deal gives it access to my most personal info

One Medical clinic One Medical For the better part of a decade, One Medical has been my primary care provider. It’s convenient, with locations around the Bay Area, and I like being able to schedule a same-day physical or get a quick referral to a specialist. One Medical knows a lot about me. In addition […]

The DHS Bought a ‘Shocking Amount’ of Phone-Tracking Data

For years, people have wondered not if, but how much, the Department of Homeland Security accesses mobile location data to monitor US citizens. This week, the American Civil Liberties Union released thousands of heavily redacted pages of documents that provide a “glimpse” of how DHS agencies came to leverage “a shocking amount” of location data, […]

Apple’s Lockdown Mode Aims to Counter Spyware Threats

The surveillance-for-hire Industry has emerged in recent years as a very real threat to activists, dissidents, journalists, and human rights defenders around the world, as vendors offer increasingly invasive and effective spyware to governments. The most sophisticated of these tools, like NSO Group’s notorious Pegasus spyware, target victims’ smartphones using rare and sophisticated exploits to […]

How Dobbs Threatens to Torpedo Privacy Rights in the US

This understanding provided the foundation for the court’s development of constitutional privacy to include a range of personal matters, including family living arrangements, parental rights, marriage, and abortion. But it remained controversial, not only because of the intense division of views over abortion, but also because it allowed for broader judicial authority in interpreting the […]

‘Supercookies’ Have Privacy Experts Sounding the Alarm

Customers of some phone companies in Germany, including Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom, have had a slightly different browsing experience from those on other providers since early April. Rather than seeing ads through regular third-party tracking cookies stored on devices, they’ve been part of a trial called TrustPid. TrustPid allows mobile carriers to generate pseudo-anonymous tokens […]

Are You Ready to Be Surveilled Like a Sex Worker? 

Additionally, many traditional methods for maintaining relative anonymity on the internet are likely to begin to evaporate. Consider that institutions subject to the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA), which requires libraries and schools to block access to content that may be “harmful to minors,” will have to decide whether to allow public access to abortion […]

Google May Owe You a Chunk of $100 Million Over Google Photos Privacy Violation

Not to freak out anyone, but there’s a serious flaw in all supported versions of Microsoft Windows that allows attackers to take over your machine. The so-called Follina vulnerability can be exploited using a weaponized Word document, and security researchers say they’ve already spotted government-backed hackers using this attack in the wild. Fingers crossed that […]

Google Urged to Stop Tracking Location Data Ahead of Roe Reversal

More than 40 Democratic members of Congress called on Google to stop collecting and retaining customer location data that prosecutors could use to identify women who obtain abortions. “We are concerned that, in a world in which abortion could be made illegal, Google’s current practice of collecting and retaining extensive records of cell phone location […]

If Tech Fails to Design for the Most Vulnerable, It Fails Us All

What do Russian protesters have in common with Twitter users freaked out about Elon Musk reading their DMs and people worried about the criminalization of abortion? It would serve them all to be protected by a more robust set of design practices from companies developing technologies. Let’s back up. Last month, Russian police coerced protesters […]

The NSA Swears It Has ‘No Backdoors’ in Next-Gen Encryption

A group of human rights lawyers and investigators called on the Hague this week to bring what would be the first ever “cyber war crimes” charges. The group is urging the International Criminal Court to bring charges against the dangerous and destructive Russian hacking group known as Sandworm, which is run by Russia’s military intelligence […]

Data Brokers Track Abortion Clinic Visits for Anyone to Buy

If the war in Ukraine and Russia’s still-unfolding atrocities there didn’t offer enough fodder for doomscrolling, this week supplied a new dose of domestic crisis: A leaked Supreme Court draft decision that would overturn Roe v. Wade, demolishing a ruling that has served as a cornerstone of reproductive rights for nearly five decades. And this […]

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