SURVEILLANCE

Secret messages hidden in TV adverts can order smartphones to spy on people, researchers warn

That’s the shocking revelation in a new piece of research which exposes the scary snooping techniques corporations are using to pry into people’s lives in unprecedented detail.

A team of German academics have noticed a huge growth in the number of Android apps that are designed to look out for inaudible “ultrasonic” signals.

These signals contain a code that orders the apps to begin tracking people’s location, work out what they are watching on television and even expose intimate secrets about their personal life, such as their political affiliation or love of pornography.
READ MORE: https://www.thesun.co.uk/tech/3507251/secret-messages-hidden-in-televisi...

Silicon Valley security robot beat up in parking lot, police say

A 300-pound egg-shaped security robot was punched to the ground by an allegedly drunken man outside a Silicon Valley shopping center, Mountain View police said.

A 41-year-old Mountain View man has been arrested in connection to the alleged parking-lot altercation with the Knightscope-made droid. The accused robo-assailant, who faces charges of prowling and public intoxication, was identified as Jason Sylvain. The robot suffered minor scratches and is back on duty following last week's incident, which was first reported Tuesday by ABC7 News.
READ MORE: https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2017/04/silicon-valley-security-robo...

MasterCard launches Credit Card with Built-In Fingerprint Scanner

MasterCard has unveiled its brand new payment card that has a built-in biometric fingerprint scanner, allowing customers to authorize payments with their fingerprint, without requiring a PIN code or a signature.

If you want the new biometric card, you are currently required to go to your bank branch in order to have your fingers scanned and registered for the new tech. Your fingerprints will then be converted into an encrypted digital template that is stored on the card's EMV chip.

You can save up to two fingerprints, but both would have to be yours — you can not authorise someone else, even from your family, to use your card with their fingers.
READ MORE: http://thehackernews.com/2017/04/mastercard-fingerprint-payment-card.html

Whistleblower uncovers London police hacking of journalists and protestors

The existence of a secretive unit within London’s Metropolitan Police that uses hacking to illegally access the emails of hundreds of political campaigners and journalists has been revealed. At least two of the journalists work for the Guardian .

Green Party representative in the British House of Lords, Jenny Jones, exposed the unit’s existence in an opinion piece in the Guardian. The facts she revealed are based on a letter written to her by a whistleblower.
READ MORE: https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2017/04/15/hack-a15.html

Smart Cities Could Be Crippled by Dumb Security

Urban centers around the world increasingly drip with technology. But as a hack over the weekend reminds us, city officials mustn’t forget that cybersecurity is a critical part of adding smarts to the urban environment.

On Friday night, residents of Dallas struggled to get as much sleep as they might have liked. At around 11:40 P.M., the city’s hurricane warning system sounded: 156 emergency sirens, all screaming out in unison. It happened another 15 times, each burst lasting 90 seconds, until the alarms finally fell silent around 1:20 on Saturday morning.
READ MORE: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/604124/smart-cities-could-be-crippled...

Researchers link robots to surveillance teams

If you were monitoring a security camera and saw someone set down a backpack and walk away, you might pay special attention – especially if you had been alerted to watch that particular person. According to Cornell researchers, this might be a job robots could do better than humans, by communicating at the speed of light and sharing images.

The researchers are developing a system to enable teams of robots to share information as they move around and, if necessary, get help in interpreting what they see, enabling them to conduct surveillance as a single entity with many eyes.
READ MORE: https://phys.org/news/2017-04-link-robots-surveillance-teams.html#jCp

Found in the wild: Vault7 hacking tools WikiLeaks says come from CIA

Malware that WikiLeaks purports belongs to the Central Intelligence Agency has been definitively tied to an advanced hacking operation that has been penetrating governments and private industries around the world for years, researchers from security firm Symantec say.

Longhorn, as Symantec dubs the group, has infected governments and companies in the financial, telecommunications, energy, and aerospace industries since at least 2011 and possibly as early as 2007. The group has compromised 40 targets in at least 16 countries across the Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, and on one occasion, in the US, although that was probably a mistake.
READ MORE: https://arstechnica.com/security/2017/04/found-in-the-wild-vault7-hackin...

Hacker Group Releases Password To NSA's "Top Secret Arsenal" In Protest Of Trump Betrayal

Last August, the intel world was abuzz following the news that a previously unknown hacker collective, "The Shadow Brokers" had hacked and released legitimate hacking tools from the NSA's own special-ops entity, the "Equation Group", with initial speculation emerging that the Russians may have penetrated the US spy agency as suggested by none other than Edward Snowden. The Shadow Brokers released a bunch of the organization's hacking tools, and were asking for 1 million bitcoin (around $568 million at the time) to release more files, however failed to find a buyer.
READ MORE: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-04-08/hacker-group-releases-password-...

Former US Attorney: Susan Rice Ordered Spy Agencies To Produce ‘Detailed Spreadsheets’ Involving Trump Photo of Richard Pollock

Rice ordered agencies to produce ‘detailed spreadsheets’ of phone calls involving Trump and his aides' perfectly legal conversations - one year before election! “The overheard conversations involved no illegal activity by anybody of the Trump associates, or anyone they were speaking with.”
READ MORE: http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/03/susan-rice-ordered-spy-agencies-to-pro...

Rand Paul wants Susan Rice to Testify before Congress about “Unmasking” Trump Officials

Paul argued the situation should not be downplayed, saying reforms need to be made to prevent individuals from being blackmailed on personal aspects of their lives through unmasking. He noted there was nothing stopping the former administration from looking through Trump officials and national security advisors’ conversations during the transition window.

“If it is allowed, we shouldn’t be allowing it, but I don’t think should just discount how big a deal it is that Susan Rice was looking at these,” he told reporters Monday. “And she needs to be asked, ‘Did President Obama ask her to do this? Was this a directive from President Obama? I think she should testify under oath on this.”

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