Jul 292017
 July 29, 2017  Posted by  Breaches, Business, Court, Non-U.S.

Martin Hannan reports:

Madonna has won a privacy case against the publishers of the Daily Mail after its website, MailOnline, published details of her two Malawian adopted daughters before the adoption process was complete.

The singer and actress accepted an undisclosed amount in damages from Associated Newspapers for a “serious invasion of privacy. The group also agreed to pay Madonna’s legal costs. The High Court in London was told that MailOnline had endangered the adoption process. It published the story in January, giving details of Madonna’s pending adoption of two four-year-old twins. The article revealed the girls’ names, race, age, the fact they lived in an orphanage in Malawi, and also that they were the subject of applications for adoption by Madonna.

Read more on The National.

Jul 292017
 July 29, 2017  Posted by  Surveillance, U.S.

Amul Kalia and Seth Schoen write:

Many people crossing the U.S. border are concerned about the amount of power that the government has asserted to search and examine travelers’ possessions, including searching through or copying contents of digital devices, like photos, emails, and browsing history. The frequency of these intrusive practices has been increasing over time.

Some travelers might choose to delete everything on a particular device or disk to ensure that border agents can’t access its contents, no matter what. Our 2017 guide for travelers addressed this option, but did not give detailed advice on how to do it, because we think most travelers won’t consider it their best option. Before embarking on wiping your computers, please read our guide to understand your legal rights at the U.S. border.

Read more on EFF.

Jul 262017
 July 26, 2017  Posted by  Featured News, Govt, Surveillance

John Solomon reports:

The National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation violated specific civil liberty protections during the Obama years by improperly searching and disseminating raw intelligence on Americans or failing to promptly delete unauthorized intercepts, according to newly declassified memos that provide some of the richest detail to date on the spy agencies’ ability to obey their own rules.

The memos reviewed by The Hill were publicly released on July 11 through Freedom of Information Act litigation by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Read more on The Hill.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

Jul 262017
 July 26, 2017  Posted by  Breaches, Surveillance, U.S.

Anon.Dos writes:

A creative strain of Android ransomware, which is programmed to send victims’ personal information and web history to their contacts, has been found lurking in the Google Play Store.

Cyber security experts at McAfee found the malicious ransomware, dubbed LeakerLocker, does not follow the traditional trends of a ransomware; instead, it makes a copy of the users’ data and threatens to share it with phone and email contacts.

However, like any ransomware, the money gets involved; the hackers ask for $50 in exchange for not sending users’ web history, emails, current or previous location, Facebook messages, and text messages to their family and friends.

Read more on Anonymous-News.com.

h/t, Joe Cadillic