Wikileaks releases documents it claims detail Russia mass surveillance apparatus
 Wikileaks has released a new cache of documents which it claims detail surveillance apparatus used by the Russian state to spy on Internet and mobile users. It’s the first time the organization has leaked (what it claims is) material directly pertaining to the Russian state.  Read More ...
U.S. Justice Department investigating Equifax execs who dumped shares before announcing breach
 The U.S. Justice Department is said to be investigating the questionable sale of stock by Equifax executives in advance of the company’s public announcement of its massive data breach. The investigation is said to include U.S. prosecutors in Atlanta, the FBI and the Securities and Exchange Commission, according to a report this morning from Bloomberg. Three executives, Chief Financial… Read More ...
iPAS- From Paper-Fuss to Paper-Less
Over a period of time, abundant of data is generated in Silos and files consisting with papers are scattered around in an unorganized way in all the Government organizations. Huge lump of files and regular affairs is challenging to Manage. Major role played by state DPC is to plan different Schemes, Projects and Activities for the Development of the District. Schemes such as General District Plans, Tribal Sub Plan, MLA and MP Local Area Development Programs, Hilly area region, minority dev...
FTC breaks trend to confirm it is investigating Equifax breach
The FTC has just bucked its own trend, eschewing its tendency to avoid talking about on-going investigations so that it could talk about one investigation in particular: its own probe into the Equifax data breach. The breach is a severe one, potentially affecting approximately 143 million people throughout the US and select other locations. Equifax is one of three major … Continue reading...
Senator Franken asks Apple for privacy guarantees around Face ID data
 A friendly letter from Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to Apple requests that the latter provide a few more details on the tech behind its Face ID system, which allows users to unlock their iPhone X using facial recognition. It’s very far from a nastygram; the Senator pretty clearly just wants to cover a bit more ground than Apple had time for in its presentation yesterday. Read More ...
Senator Franken asks Apple for privacy guarantees around Face ID data
 A friendly letter from Senator Al Franken (D-MN) to Apple requests that the latter provide a few more details on the tech behind its Face ID system, which allows users to unlock their iPhone X using facial recognition. It’s very far from a nastygram; the Senator pretty clearly just wants to cover a bit more ground than Apple had time for in its presentation yesterday. Read More ...
ACLU and EFF sue DHS over warrantless gadget searches at border
Controversy over warrantless laptop and smartphone searches at the border abound, and now the ACLU and Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) are going after the Department of Homeland Security over it. Both organizations have filed a lawsuit against the DHS on behalf of 11 people — 10 US citizens and one green card holder — who were subjected to these warrantless … Continue reading...
U.S. government bans Kaspersky software citing fears about Russian intelligence
 Three months after the General Services Administration removed Kaspersky Lab from a list of approved federal vendors, Homeland Security is banning the Russian security software maker outright. In a statement on Wednesday, DHS Acting Secretary Elaine Duke directed all Executive Branch agencies and departments to identify any Kaspersky products being used over the next 30 days, to make a plan… Read More ...
Everything electric | Crunch Report
Today’s Stories What to expect from the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X (plot twist there’s more bezel) China plans to ban sales of fossil fuel cars entirely Volkswagen to offer electric versions of all of its vehicles by 2030 Mercedes-Benz will electrify its entire car lineup by 2022 Google files to appeal $2.73BN EU antitrust fine Zoox in talks with SoftBank to fund… Read More ...
Senator says Equifax should offer customers free credit security freezes
 Equifax’s handling of the massive data breach that affected 143 million people has been ineffective, Senator Brian Schatz wrote in a letter today (embedded at bottom of post) to Equifax. He says what Equifax has offered customers, a one-year complimentary subscription to credit monitoring, is “inadequate for several reasons.” One year of credit monitoring, Schatz wrote, is… Read More ...
Kaspersky security software pulled from Best Buy over Russia concerns
PC users will no longer be able to find the well-known internet security software from Kaspersky Lab at Best Buy, as the electronics retailer has pulled the products, both from store shelves and online. As the cybersecurity firm is based in Moscow, Best Buy says its decision is based on concerns over connections Kaspersky has to the Russian government. According … Continue reading...
Europe’s top court must rule on UK spies’ bulk powers, says tribunal
 The oversight court for the UK’s intelligence agencies has said Europe’s top court should rule on the legality of powers that give the country’s security and intelligence agencies the ability to collect various forms of data in bulk (aka mass surveillance). Read More ...
FBI tipped in Uber probe over defunct Lyft spying program
Uber is being investigated by the FBI over its defunct internal program that spied on competitor Lyft, according to sources. The program went under the moniker ‘Hell’ and it revolved around tracking drivers working for Lyft, the pink-themed ridesharing service that holds the distinction of being Uber’s biggest competitor. The feds are investigating whether Uber’s program violated any laws, the … Continue reading...
EU states’ data retention laws still violating privacy rights, report warns
 A new report surveying the current status of EU legislation pertaining to the retention of communications data across the region has found that many of the 28 Member States are not adhering to what privacy rights advocacy organization Privacy International describes as the “basic standard”. Read More ...
If a Hillary-endorsed media platform is tech’s best solution to ‘fake news’ then we’re screwed
 Social media sites have had a pretty interesting year when it comes to approaching filter bubbles and echo chambers and the real world effects that come when they effect something like a national election. Verrit is a fledgling media startup that’s aiming to provide a platform for Hillary supporters to look at infographics with quotes on them about stuff they agree with. Verrit got a… Read More ...
FDA calls MDMA a breakthrough for PTSD: will legal treatments follow?
The substance MDMA, best known as a party drug recreationally used by ravers, has been an unofficial (and illegal) treatment in some PTSD circles. Anecdotal reports of the drug’s efficacy in helping free PTSD sufferers from their trauma have circulated for years, but conducting studies and offering official MDMA treatments in medical environments hasn’t been possible. That all may be … Continue reading...
Google takes steps to comply with EC antitrust order for Google Shopping
 Google has submitted details to the European Commission of how it intends to amend its price comparison service, Google Shopping, to comply with an antitrust decision earlier this summer. The proposals were submitted yesterday.  Read More ...
Citizen spacecraft builders literally race to the moon in NASA’s Cube Quest Challenge
 NASA is in the business of giving small-time scientists and engineers opportunities: its small business grants, open data initiatives, and other efforts are meant to empower the high school kid or hobbyist who could be the next Werner Von Braun. But in the Cube Quest Challenge, for the first time ever, NASA will is enabling amateur spacecraft builders to participate in a mission to deep space. Read More ...
DARPA project aims to make modular computers out of ‘chiplets’
 The Defense Department’s research arm has officially kicked off its effort to create a modular computing framework, with pieces pulled from a mix-‘n-match set of “chiplets.” Producing something this weird will take a village, the agency suggested — in fact, “an enormous village rife with innovators.” DARPA did always have a way with words. Read More ...
DARPA project aims to make modular computers out of ‘chiplets’
 The Defense Department’s research arm has officially kicked off its effort to create a modular computing framework, with pieces pulled from a mix-‘n-match set of “chiplets.” Producing something this weird will take a village, the agency suggested — in fact, “an enormous village rife with innovators.” DARPA did always have a way with words. Read More ...