privacy

security

Microsoft Admits Humans Listen to Skype and Cortana in Privacy Policy Update

The change comes after Motherboard found that Microsoft hired contractors to listen to some Skype phone calls.
Joseph Cox
2 days ago
security

Revealed: Microsoft Contractors Are Listening to Some Skype Calls

Documents, screenshots, and audio obtained by Motherboard show that humans listen to Skype calls made using the app's translation function.
Joseph Cox
8.7.19
Facebook

This Tool Lets You See Facebook’s Targeted Political Ads All Over the World

Facebook has failed to be fully transparent with data concerning political advertising, so two researchers collected the data themselves.
Edward Ongweso Jr
8.2.19
NETFLIX

Netflix's 'The Great Hack' Misses The Big Picture

The real "hack" isn't Cambridge Analytica, Facebook or the 2016 election. It's the system that made our data tragedies inevitable.
Janus Rose
7.29.19
tech-power

As Authoritarian Governments Surveil the Internet, Open Source Projects Decide How to Respond

Kazakhstan is telling citizens to download a cryptographic certificate, letting authorities monitor their traffic. Mozilla and Wikimedia are discussing how to respond from afar.
Joseph Cox
7.24.19
privacy

FaceApp Isn't Creepy Because It's Russian, It's Creepy Because It's Capitalist

FaceApp’s privacy policy is bad. Its policy isn’t uniquely bad because it’s a Russian company.
Caroline Haskins
7.18.19
tech-power

Twitter Pushed Adverts for Spyware to Monitor Girlfriends

The app heavily suggested spying on a girlfriend without her consent.
Joseph Cox
7.4.19
tech-power

Anti-Virus Companies Now Flag Malware China Installs on Tourists’ Phones

After a collaborative investigation found Chinese authorities were planting malware on the phones of travellers, Symantec, Malwarebytes and other cybersecurity firms have updated their products.
Joseph Cox
7.4.19
tech-power

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

The malware downloads a tourist's text messages, calendar entries and phone logs, as well as scans the device for over 70,000 different files.
Joseph Cox
7.3.19
security

Black Market T-Mobile Location Data Tied to Spot of a Triple Murder

In 2017, two bounty hunters and a fugitive died in a chaotic shoot-out. Shortly after their deaths, someone started tracking one of the bounty hunter's phones.
Joseph Cox
6.26.19
tech-social-media

When Myspace Was King, Employees Abused a Tool Called ‘Overlord’ to Spy on Users

Several employees were caught abusing the tool, which let them read users’ messages and passwords.
Joseph Cox
6.25.19
tech-social-media

Facebook Quietly Changes Search Tool Used by Investigators, Abused By Companies

Facebook’s Graph Search allowed anyone to search a wealth of public data on Facebook in very specific ways, such as searching content for keywords in a particular point in time.
Joseph Cox
6.11.19
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