Feb 272017
 
 February 27, 2017  Govt, Surveillance, U.S. No Responses »

What GAO Found: Since GAO’s 2013 report on the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to develop a biometric exit capability to collect biometric data, such as fingerprints, from individuals exiting the United States, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has conducted four pilot programs to inform the development and [Read More…]

Feb 272017
 

Troy Hunt reports that a misconfigured MongoDB installation resulted in audio files of children’s and parents’ conversations recorded by CloudPets being exposed in a Shodan search. And as we’ve seen many other times, the exposed files were deleted by an attacker, and a purported “ransom” note left in place of the database – [Read More…]

Feb 272017
 
 February 27, 2017  Surveillance No Responses »

Joseph Cox reports: Last week, Motherboard demonstrated a piece of Android malware that can remotely turn on a smartphone’s microphone, track the user’s location, and intercept phone calls. When buying similar spyware for iPhones, attackers typically need to jailbreak the device first so they can then install unauthorized apps—a technical barrier that [Read More…]

Feb 272017
 
 February 27, 2017  Surveillance, U.S. No Responses »

Ironically, perhaps, Joe Cadillic wrote on February 24: Bourborn Street/Mardi Gras will never be the same, as police state America uses our fear of terrorism to turn 20 neighborhoods into a giant surveillance network! As you’ll see, no one is safe from New Orleans spying surveillance cameras. Police are spending $40 million dollars to install over a hundred [Read More…]