Intellexa, Spyware Company Placed on a US‘ Black List Exploits Zero Days in Egypt

Google’s Threat Analysis Group and The Citizen Lab discovered a 0-day exploit chain developed by Intellexa in Egypt, installing Predator spyware on iPhones and Android devices. Apple and Chrome have released patches, emphasizing user vigilance and security feature activation.  Google’s Threat Analysis Group [TAG], with The Citizen Lab, uncovered a 0-day exploit chain for iPhones […]

Knightscope K5 Robot Joins NYPD, Raising Surveillance and Privacy Concerns

Knightscope, Inc. has partnered with the NYPD to introduce the autonomous Knightscope K5 security robot, aiming to enhance public safety in New York City. While the collaboration is met with anticipation, concerns about citizens’ privacy rights, potential over-surveillance, and the balance between security and civil liberties are prevalent. Knightscope, Inc., renowned for developing autonomous […]

REUTERS: U.S. Overhauls Submarine Spy Program Amid Rising China Naval Powe

A REUTERS SPECIAL REPORT:  In response to China’s growing naval power and advancements in maritime warfare technology, the U.S. Navy is revamping its Integrated Undersea Surveillance System (IUSS). This overhaul, the largest since the 1950s, aims to modernize the existing network of underwater acoustic spy cables and equip surveillance ships with advanced sensors. The initiative […]

State Department IT Contractor Charged for Allegedly Leaking Top-Secret Info

The Justice Department has charged IT contractor, Abraham Teklu Lemma, with espionage for allegedly transmitting classified State Department information to a foreign country. Lemma accessed numerous Intelligence Reports unauthorized, transmitting them via a secure app and received over $100,000 for the information.  The Justice Department has charged [21 SEP 2023] IT contractor Abraham Teklu Lemma […]

UK Online Safety Bill Passed; Critics Fear Impact on Free Speech

The UK’s Online Safety Bill (OSB), targeting social media companies’ user safety, has been passed after six years of deliberation. The legislation mandates platforms to protect from harmful content and remove illegal material. Critics argue it curtails free speech and gives excessive power to tech giants and regulators. Companies face fines up to £18m for […]

China Utilizes Global Shipping for Massive Surveillance and Intelligence Gathering

China has significantly expanded its influence in the global maritime trade, which accounts for 90% of worldwide trade, over the past three decades, now controlling a large portion of foreign ports and manufacturing most shipping containers and ship-to-shore cranes. This dominance enables China to gather strategic data globally, a move that blurs the lines between […]

New EU-US Data Transfer Agreement Faces Legal Challenges in EU Court

French MEP Philippe Latombe, backed by German Bundestag members, has initiated legal actions against the recent EU-US data transfer agreement, aiming to overturn it due to perceived inadequacies in US data protection standards, a stance supported by critics including FDP’s Maximilian Funke-Kaiser. The ongoing dispute underscores a history of unstable data transfer agreements between the […]

EFF: Warrantless Drone Surveillance Violates Fourth Amendment

The EFF has filed an amicus brief with the Michigan Supreme Court in the Long Lake Township v. Maxon case, urging the court to restrict warrantless drone surveillance, which they argue violates the Fourth Amendment and the Michigan Constitution. The EFF countered this argument, emphasizing the unique capabilities of drones to silently gather extensive data […]

Iran intensifies its crackdown on dissent ahead of the anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death.

As the anniversary of Mahsa Jina Amini’s death nears, Iran is ramping up its crackdown on civil society, aiming to suppress public commemoration of Amini, a symbol of the government’s systematic oppression, particularly against women. The educational sector is also facing repercussions with university instructors being dismissed and students facing disciplinary actions for their activism.  […]