Jan 312016
 
 January 31, 2016  Court

Levi Pulkkinen reports:

A convicted child rapist lost his fight to have his convictions thrown out after he said a voicemail that was used as evidence in his trial violated his right to privacy.

Alan James Sinclair II accidentally called a young girl’s mother while discussing his misdeeds with the girl. He hoped a Washington appellate court would throw out the incriminating recording – and his child rape convictions – on the grounds that the voicemail violated his privacy rights.

No such luck.

Read more on WKRC.

Jan 302016
 
 January 30, 2016  Election2016, Featured News

Caidan Cowger writes:

Across social media, pictures of “Voting Violation” mailers issued by the Cruz campaign have been circulating.

The mailers include the party affiliation of the resident, along with their regularity grade of caucusing.

Labeled in all capital letters, one side of the card read,  “ELECTION ALERT,” “VOTER VIOLATION,” “PUBLIC RECORD,” and “FURTHER ACTION NEEDED.”

On the other side, in red letters at the top, the mailer said, “VOTING VIOLATION.” The text then reads:

“You are receiving this election notice because of low expected voter turnout in your area. Your individual voting history as well as your neighbors’ are public record. Their scores are published below, and many of them will see your score as well. CAUCUS ON MONDAY TO IMPROVE YOUR SCORE and please encourage your neighbors to caucus as well. A follow-up notice may be issued following Monday’s caucuses.”

Below, the letter listed the neighbors of the resident, along with their voting record, attempting to shame them in their own neighborhood.

Many have questioned the authenticity of these shaming letters; however, the Cruz campaign has confirmed that these mailers were real.

Read more on Cowgernation.

Jan 282016
 
 January 28, 2016  Breaches, Featured News, Non-U.S., Surveillance

Dow Jones Newswire reports:

Canada said Thursday it halted sharing certain intelligence data with its western allies until it has addressed a privacy breach discovered by one of its own spy agencies.

The ban on sharing certain data with members of the so-called Five Eyes — an intelligence alliance including the U.S., the U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Canada — will remain in place until technology is upgraded and Ottawa is assured Canadians’ privacy will be protected, Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan said.

The breach involved so-called metadata collected by the Communications Security Establishment—a Canadian agency akin to the National Security Agency in the U.S. Metadata is information used to identify, describe, manage or route a communication but doesn’t include its content. The CSE discovered as far back as 2014 that the information it was collecting and sharing didn’t properly protect the identity of Canadians. It decided at that time to stop sharing the information. The breach was made public Thursday in a report on the agency’s activities.

Read more on NASDAQ.

Jan 282016
 
 January 28, 2016  Breaches, Business

David Shamah reports:

For the second time in a month, an Israeli team has uncovered a major security breach built in smartphone hardware that millions of users depend upon – and expect to be safe to use. A joint team of researchers from Israeli cyber security firms Cynet and BugSec announced their find on Thursday.

Just three weeks ago, the same team unveiled a security flaw allowing hackers to breach through firewalls and control computers and laptops.

[…]

The vulnerability allows hackers to use a JavaScript routine to run server side code, allowing them to extend the reach of code to take control of a device. In a blog post, the researchers detail and demonstrate how they were able to grab phone numbers and ID information out of a phone’s memory, access a phishing site with a device’s browser to download malware, or even to run a denial of service hack attack against a web site – directly from the device, without its owner even being aware of what was going on.

Read more on Times of Israel.