State of Surveillance

Hacking

Head of Android Security Says Locking Out Law Enforcement Is an ‘Unintended Side Effect’

Google is taking steps to make it harder for someone to push a malicious update that disables the security features on an Android phone.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
1.30.19
Tech

Facebook and Silicon Valley Are Colluding to Profit From Your Personal Data

A New York Times report shows big tech trades personal data like the rest of us trade Pokémon cards.
Jason Koebler
12.19.18
Hacking

Malware Companies Are Finding New Ways to Spy on iPhones

Kaspersky Lab’s found evidence that a small spyware government contractor sells iOS malware, showing it may not be as rare as some people think.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.27.18
The Weakest Link

With $20 of Gear from Amazon, Nearly Anyone Can Make This IMSI-Catcher in 30 Minutes

Surveillance takes on different character when it trickles down to more ordinary, everyday users. The significance and threat from IMSI-catchers is multiplied when a lot more people can deploy one using cheap tech from Amazon and free code from Github.
Joseph Cox
11.16.18
The Weakest Link

It’s Amateur Hour in the World of Spyware and Victims Will Pay the Price

We’re living in the golden age of spyware and government hacking, with companies rushing to join a blossoming billion dollar market. The weakest among us—activists or journalists—will suffer the consequences if we don’t regulate it appropriately.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.13.18
The Weakest Link

How to Use an iPod Touch as a Secure Device Instead of a Phone

From SIM-jacking, to SS7, to dodgy telco data selling, for some people an iPod may be a better security decision than using a normal phone.
Joseph Cox
11.12.18
The Weakest Link

Hacking Team Hacker Phineas Fisher Has Gotten Away With It

Leaked court documents show that Italian authorities have no idea who hacked the government spyware maker Hacking Team.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
11.12.18
State of Surveillance

Pentagon Wants to Predict Anti-Trump Protests Using Social Media Surveillance

A series of research projects, patent filings, and policy changes indicate that the Pentagon wants to use social media surveillance to quell domestic insurrection and rebellion.
Nafeez Ahmed
10.30.18
Hacking

How ‘Mr. Hashtag’ Helped Saudi Arabia Spy on Dissidents

Saud Al-Qahtani, a close advisor of crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, was tasked with buying Hacking Team spyware, and apparently moonlighted as a member of online cybercrime website Hack Forums.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.29.18
State of Surveillance

Government Spyware Vendor Left Customer, Victim Data Online for Everyone to See

The Germany-based spyware startup Wolf Intelligence exposed its own data, including surveillance target’s information, passports scans of its founder and family, and recordings of meetings.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
10.24.18
State of Surveillance

German Art Activists Get Passport Using Digitally Altered Photo of Two Women Merged Together

It's part of an artwork called “Mask ID,” a campaign that’s encouraging ordinary citizens to “flood government databases with misinformation” and disrupt mass surveillance programs.
Caroline Christie
10.9.18
State of Surveillance

They Got 'Everything': Inside a Demo of NSO Group's Powerful iPhone Malware

A source managed to see Israeli surveillance vendor NSO Group’s powerful iPhone malware up close. Despite a wave of highly controversial customers, the company appears to be popular worldwide.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Joseph Cox
9.20.18
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