Apr 242017
 April 24, 2017  Business, Surveillance, U.S. No Responses »

If this continues, one day my husband will be considered far-sighted for refusing to give up his little old flip phone.

Bernie Suarez writes:

The march towards an Orwellian future where every form of human behavior is being monitored by AI-driven appliances and electronics is quickly becoming a reality. This was the plan from the start and as we can see the ruling elite have not slowed down one bit in their attempt to create this kind of world.

It is thus no surprise that Samsung is releasing a new smart phone this week called the S8 and S8+ that has a software called “Bixby” which will be studying your behavior in real-time and will be reacting, responding and “learning” from you accordingly.

The new Samsung S8 smart phone represents one of the first portable devices released to the general public in which the owner will be officially creating a 2-way relationship with the machine.

Read more on Activist Post.

h/t, Joe Cadillic

Apr 242017
 April 24, 2017  Non-U.S., Surveillance No Responses »

Joseph Cox reports:

An officer with the UK’s Metropolitan Police Service purchased potent malware for mobile phones and computers that requires physical access to install, Motherboard has learned.

Although it is not clear whether the officer bought the software for personal or official use, the news raises questions around why someone from the Met would purchase malware that can intercept phone calls, remotely turn on microphones, and take photos with an infected device’s camera, and whether the malware was used legally.

Read more on Motherboard.

Unsurprisingly, Joe seems to be having trouble getting the Met to provide substantive responses to his inquiries about the purchase.

Apr 242017

Ryan Gallagher reports:

To residents of Maryland, catching an occasional glimpse of a huge white blimp floating in the sky is not unusual. For more than a decade, the military has used the state as a proving ground for new airships destined for Afghanistan or Iraq. But less known is that the test flights have sometimes served a more secretive purpose involving National Security Agency surveillance.

Back in 2004, a division of the NSA called the National Tactical Integration Office fitted a 62-foot diameter airship called the Hover Hammer with an eavesdropping device, according to a classified document published Monday by The Intercept.

Read more on The Intercept.

Apr 222017
 April 22, 2017  Court, Surveillance No Responses »

Brandi Buchman reports:

Defending a seal on government-surveillance records, U.S. officials struggled in a brief to distinguish a new challenge from similar actions that were successful.

Justice Department attorney Jeffrey Smith lodged the April 17 filing with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as it prepares for en banc review of a ruling by Presiding Judge Rosemary Collyer.

The dispute centers on efforts by the American Civil Liberties Union to unseal certain opinions that addressed the legal basis for the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection.

Read more on Courthouse News.