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Senate passes cybercrime bill after numerous tweaks – The Express Tribune

A Senate standing committee has proposed 47 amendments to the bill passed earlier by the lower house on April 13. With eight more amendments proposed on Friday by Aitzaz Ahsan, Shibli Faraz and Sherry Rehman, the total amendments proposed by opposition jumped to 55.The bill seeks punishment for facilitating hate speech, cyber terrorism, illegal issuance […]

Google eavesdropping tool installed on computers without permission | Technology | The Guardian

After having identified Chromium as the culprit, developer Ofer Zelig said in a blog post: “While I was working I thought ‘I’m noticing that an LED goes on and off, on the corner of my eyesight [webcam]’. And after a few times when it just seemed weird, I sat to watch for it and saw […]

Deleting your browser history could land you 20 years in prison

There are numerous entirely legitimate reasons to turn private browsing on or opt to clear history. For example, many people prefer to research medical problems privately to protect their privacy. Young people looking for sexual health resources often clear their history to avoid attracting attention from their parents, as do those looking for help with […]

NSA Running a Massive IDS on the Internet Backbone – Schneier on Security

The effort is the latest known expansion of the N.S.A.’s warrantless surveillance program, which allows the government to intercept Americans’ cross-border communications if the target is a foreigner abroad. While the N.S.A. has long searched for specific email addresses and phone numbers of foreign intelligence targets, the Obama administration three years ago started allowing the […]

Going after the federal government’s porn problem – Watchdog.org

“When an OIG special agent arrived at this employee’s work space to conduct an interview, the special agent witnessed the employee actively viewing pornography on his government-issued computer,” Allan Williams, deputy assistant inspector general for investigations at the EPA, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last year. When asked why the employee remains […]

DEA, US Army bought $1.2M worth of hacking tools in recent years | Ars Technica

The evidence that those two American government agencies purchased from Hacking Team stems from public records. Those filings show that a company called Cicom USA was hired by the US Army in 2011 to do two jobs worth $365,225 and seven more with the DEA worth $927,000 between 2012 and 2014. A March 2012 Request […]

New crypto-ransomware encrypts files then disguises them as quarantined

Aside from the above, CRYPVAULT also manages to extract stored login passwords for Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Opera and Chrome, through downloading and opening the Browser Password Dump hacking tool. What is more distinct about this malware is that the ransomware was written in batch scripts while the downloader, in JavaScript. According to Marcos, opting […]

Letter of Response to the Supreme Court regarding the detention on remand of Julian Assange – Aklagarmyndigheten

The Prosecutor-General is of the opinion that Julian Assange should continue to be detained in his absence, however would endorse the Supreme Court’s adjudication on the question. Given the fact that Julian Assange has appealed the detention on remand from the Svea Court of Appeal, the Prosecutor-General, on request, has submitted a letter of response […]

NSA trying to map Rogers, RBC communications traffic, leak shows – The Globe and Mail

Canada’s biggest bank and its largest wireless carrier are on a list of 15 entities that are visible in a drop-down menu on one of the presentation’s 40 pages. It shows part of an alphabetical list of entries beginning with the letter “R” that also includes two U.K.-headquartered companies – Rolls Royce Marine and Rio […]

UK Police Deem Snowden Leak Investigation a State Secret – The Intercept

The Met said the information requested may have been “supplied by, or concerning, certain security bodies” that don’t have to abide by normal transparency requirements, such as the secretive surveillance agency Government Communications Headquarters, or GCHQ. The Met also claimed that it “would not be in the public interest” to reveal basic information about the […]

The Folly of Data Retention: A Fool’s Paradise in Australia

The Australian angle on this is characteristically buffoonish, finding shape in the National Data Retention Regime. It demands that telcos and internet service providers retain data for a designated period of time – at this point two years – to be made readily available for law enforcement authorities to dip into. The drafters seem oblivious […]

PressTV-UK report reveals mass illegal spying

“What this report demonstrates is that the investigating committee is more or less a mouthpiece for our spies. But they said something which is extraordinary stupid to me. They have said: “Because our intelligence agencies collect a vast amount of data but only see and read a small fraction. That does not constitute mass surveillance”.  […]

CIA Gave Cops Secret Technology to Spy on Cell Phones / Sputnik International

The sharing of strategies and technologies demonstrates the influence of intelligence agencies and the military on domestic law enforcement practices since the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. The planes used by the US Marshals Service — under the Department of Justice — fly from five cities with a flight range covering nearly the entire US. The aspect of the technology which most troubles civil liberties advocates that it […]

Snowden Docs: CIA Tried to Hack Apple for Years / Sputnik International

One such plan was the forging of a phony, government-approved version of Apple’s Xcode software. That software serves as a template, and is used by hundreds of thousands of independent developers to create the apps we all know and love. Flappy Bird, Angry Birds, iBird Pro Guide to Birds. Any of these app developers who used the CIA counterfeit software would unknowingly infect millions […]

On the blacklist: how did the UK’s top building firms get secret information on their workers? | UK news | The Guardian

For 16 years the Consulting Association compiled a secret database on thousands of construction workers. The files in this shabby two-room office had names, addresses and National Insurance numbers, comments by managers, newspaper clippings. The organisation acted as a covert vetting service funded by the industry. When people applied for work on building sites, senior […]

WordPress Sites Vulnerable to Plugin-Related SQL Attacks | Threatpost | The first stop for security news

The key was really a hashed version of the plugin’s installation timestamp, according to Montpas, and to determine it, all an attacker would have to do is go to a site that caches information about when sites were started, like the Internet Archive. This narrows values down considerably and once an attacker has secured the […]

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