How Facebook Undermines Privacy Protections for Its 2 Billion WhatsApp Users

When Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new “privacy-focused vision” for Facebook in March 2019, he cited the company’s global messaging service, WhatsApp, as a model. Acknowledging that “we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services,” the Facebook Read More …

Names and addresses of 110,000 UK gun owners are leaked online by animal rights activists in huge security breach

Authorities are investigating a large data breach that could put thousands of Britain’s gun enthusiasts at risk. The names, home addresses and contact details of 111,295 people who own firearms in the UK have been taken and leaked online by Read More …

Afghanistan: The Taliban have seized U.S. military biometrics devices

The Taliban have seized U.S. military biometrics devices that could aid in the identification of Afghans who assisted coalition forces, current and former military officials have told The Intercept. The devices, known as HIIDE, for Handheld Interagency Identity Detection Equipment, Read More …

United Nations calls for moratorium on sale of surveillance tech like NSO Group’s Pegasus

The United Nations has called for a moratorium on the sale of “life threatening” surveillance technology and singled out the NSO Group and Israel for criticism. The catalyst for that UN’s action is the recent allegation that NSO Group’s wares Read More …

WhatsApp chief claims government officials among 1,400 WhatsApp users targeted in 2019 attack

Senior government officials around the world – including individuals in high national security positions who are “allies of the US” – were targeted by governments with NSO Group spyware in a 2019 attack against 1,400 WhatsApp users, according to the Read More …

iPhones running latest iOS hacked to deploy NSO Group spyware

Human rights non-governmental organization Amnesty International and non-profit project Forbidden Stories revealed in a recent report that they found spyware made by Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group deployed on iPhones running Apple’s latest iOS release, hacked using zero-day zero-click iMessage Read More …

Windows 0-Days Used Against Dissidents in Israeli Broker’s Spyware

A set of unique spyware strains created by an Israeli firm and allegedly used by governments around the world to surveil dissidents has been defanged by Microsoft, the software giant said. The private company, called variously Candiru, Grindavik, Saito Tech Read More …