Some churches in front The United States is using invasive phone monitoring technology to deter “criminal” behavior, a WIRED investigation found this week. Churches use a range of software called “shaming software” that track people’s activities and use their personal information to monitor their lifestyle choices. Apps can record everything you do on your phone, such as your walking history, taking thousands of screenshots of your activity before reporting it to a designated supervisor. In addition to their relentless oversight, our research found that the apps are riddled with security flaws.
As Vladimir Putin once again raises the specter of nuclear weapons in his full-scale invasion of Ukraine, we look at one way Russia is trying to integrate parts of Ukraine into its territory. In recent months, new Russian mobile network providers have appeared in Ukraine, promising to provide internet to the “liberated” regions. Although Russian officials plan to hold referendums in some of these areas, they are losing ground in the face of successful Ukrainian counterattacks. When this happens, these shady mobile companies take their presence in the areas off the internet.
The recent internet shutdown in Iran is significant as the government continues to tighten citizens’ ability to connect, and Nigeria’s cybersecurity problem is rooted in the country’s digital woes, including how data collection is not controlled despite strong data protection laws. Supply chain security firm Chainguard this week launched an open-source way to protect against supply chain attacks, and new research shows that workplace communication platforms Slack and Microsoft Teams have exploitable security holes.
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Twitch, the popular streaming service owned by Amazon, provides child predators with a rich source of information about children’s daily lives, according to a new study. A researcher who manually looked at Twitch from October 2020 to August 2022 found hundreds of predatory accounts run by adults, mostly targeting children or young teenagers. Each account tracked more than 1,000 children, and the study found 279,016 children who were potentially targeted by predatory accounts. “During reporting, Bloomberg discovered additional live videos and predatory accounts not cataloged by the researcher, suggesting the problem may be more widespread than the data portrays,” the investigation said. Bloomberg granted anonymity to the researcher but did not verify the findings itself. “We know that online platforms can be used to harm children, and we’ve invested heavily over the past two years to better prevent bad actors and prevent users under 13 from accessing Twitch,” he said. In a statement to Bloomberg.
In March, the non-profit transparency group DDoSecrets published a trove of more than 160,000 records, or 700GB of data, from the Bashkir regional office of Russia’s internet regulator Roskomnadzor. This week, The New York Times has published an in-depth analysis of documents that reveal rare insights into how an agency with significant digital monitoring and censorship powers exercises control. The documents highlight how the Kremlin works to silence critics, control social movements, including issues such as “sexual freedom” and recreational drug use, control the flow of information inside Russia, spread disinformation and monitor dissidents such as opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The analysis also provides information on how the role of Roskomnadzor has changed in recent years. “Roskomnadzor has never been part of this game by providing political intelligence before,” said Andrey Soldatov of the European Center for Policy Analysis. Time. “They’re getting more and more ambitious.”
Facebook and Instagram impeded the human rights of Palestinian users when enforcing their speech policies during Israel’s attacks on the Gaza Strip last May, an investigation commissioned by Meta has found. The Business for Social Responsibility group, which Meta previously commissioned to conduct third-party audits on controversial topics, found that “controls at Meta allowed content policy errors that had serious consequences to occur.” While the report was scheduled to come out in early 2022, Meta delayed the release of the report until this week. Last month, human rights groups protested the delay in an open letter. “Meta’s actions in May 2021 appear to have had a negative impact on human rights… Palestinian users’ rights to freedom of expression, freedom of assembly, political participation and non-discrimination, and therefore Palestinian users’ ability to share information and information. understandings about their experiences”, the report says.
Optus, Australia’s second largest telco, said on Thursday that a “significant” number of its nearly 10 million customers were affected by the data breach. It is unclear whether the attack was carried out by criminal or state-sponsored actors, but Australian officials have warned that affected customers will be at risk of identity theft due to the breach. “If you are an Optus customer, your name, date of birth, phone number, email address may have been exposed,” the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s Scamwatch team wrote. “For some customers, ID numbers such as driver’s license or passport numbers may be in the hands of criminals. It’s important to know when you may be at risk of identity theft and take immediate action to prevent damage.”
Optus chief executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin expressed regret in an interview with the ABC’s Midday Briefing on Thursday. “We’re very disappointed because we spend a lot of time and invest a lot to prevent this from happening,” he said. “Our teams have thwarted many attacks in the past, and we deeply regret that this attack was successful.”