39 Groups Demand Bangladesh Release Rights Defenders Khan, Elan”

39 international organizations are calling on the Bangladesh government to release human rights defenders Adilur Rahman Khan and ASM Nasiruddin Elan, associated with the Odhikar group, who are facing imprisonment and fines over accusations of falsifying a 2013 report on extrajudicial killings. The groups criticize the government’s sustained harassment of the duo and other human […]

CBP (Customs and Border Protection) to End Purchase of Commercial Smartphone Location Data

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will cease using commercially sourced smartphone location data, a practice criticized for potentially bypassing the Fourth Amendment. The data, obtained through vendors like Venntel allowed tracking of individual and group movements.  The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has informed Senator Ron Wyden of its decision to stop […]

U.S. Government Contractor Arrested for Allegedly Spying for Ethiopia

Abraham T. Lemma, a 50-year-old U.S. government contractor, has been arrested for allegedly spying for Ethiopia, a case that stands out amidst recent espionage cases predominantly linked to China.  The incident casts a spotlight on the intricate U.S.-Ethiopia relations, emphasizing the delicate balance in a partnership amidst Ethiopia’s internal challenges and the broader geopolitical influences […]

Whistleblower alleges CIA bribery in COVID-19 origin probe; agency denies

A CIA whistleblower claims six analysts were bribed to reject the COVID-19 lab-leak theory, a claim arising during a Republican-led congressional investigation. The CIA denies the allegations, citing their commitment to integrity. The intelligence community is split on the virus’s origin, with ongoing inquiries demanding transparency and testimony from key figures, while some researchers dismiss […]

Intelligence Chief to Discuss Controversial Section 702 with Civil Liberties Groups

The Biden administration is facing scrutiny over the reauthorization of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), set to expire at the end of 2023, which allows for the collection of communications from non-U.S. individuals through U.S. systems. Despite emphasizing the tool’s importance for national security, the administration has been criticized for the […]

CIA Releases Video to Recruit Disaffected Russian Officials

The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has initiated a recruitment drive targeting Russian officials, leveraging dissatisfaction stemming from the Ukraine war. The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) is targeting Russian officials in a recruitment drive. A video, released in Russian, urges them to “tell the truth” about a system purportedly full of deceit. The initiative […]

Dutch Data Protection Authority Calls for Action to Control Algorithmic and AI Risks

The Dutch Data Protection Authority has released its first Algorithm Risk Report, identifying key algorithmic risks in the Netherlands and emphasizing the need for effective risk management, clear regulations, and investment in education and personnel.  The Dutch Data Protection Authority (AP) has published its inaugural Algorithm Risk Report, highlighting the most significant algorithmic risks in […]

NYC Police to Monitor Backyard Parties with Drones, Sparking Privacy Outcry

The NYPD plans to use drones to monitor large gatherings over Labor Day weekend, sparking backlash from privacy advocates who question its legality. Mayor Adams supports drone use for policing, but critics argue that regulations haven’t kept up with technology, leading to potentially illegal surveillance. Currently, about 1,400 US police departments use drones, and their […]

Cybercriminals Exploit Airbnb with Stealers and Stolen Cookies for Profitable Fraudulent Activities

Cybercriminals are increasingly exploiting popular platforms like Airbnb for fraudulent activities. With over 7 million global listings, Airbnb’s popularity has made it vulnerable to cybercriminals, fraudulent hosts, fake accounts, and other scams. Criminals employ malicious software known as “stealers” to obtain usernames, passwords, and even cookies, which are then sold or used for unauthorized actions. […]

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