Humans have a thing for patterns. Occasionally, our brains see things that aren’t there or miss out on something in plain sight. In fact, there’s a curious list of cognitive biases that play part in false conclusions, poor decisions, and occasional conspiracy theories. When it comes to privacy and spyware controversies, the challenge is especially […]
The Chinese province of Hangzhou has proposed that authorities assign a permanent health rating to its residents, which would be based on people’s medical records and lifestyle habits. The move comes after China introduced and successfully deployed a similar QR system amid the coronavirus outbreak in an effort to hinder the further spread of the […]
Cybercriminals continue to invent new methods to get access to users’ personal information following popular trends in the corporate world. Researchers from Trend Micro have found two new malware files disguised as installers for Zoom, a video communications app that has seen extreme demand from users around the world following the spread of the coronavirus […]
A group of cybersecurity researchers has detected a severe security vulnerability in Bluetooth-based communication that can potentially enable bad actors to impersonate any Bluetooth master or slave device.
Numbers strongly suggest that for the last several years people have been doing a lot of googling and really not much of binging, yahooing, and even baiduing in comparison. When it comes to certain alternative solutions like DuckDuckGo, there’s even more ground to gain. And there are reasons to want these leftfield solutions gaining ground, […]
Since October 2019, Facebook and it’s subsidiary WhatsApp have been fighting in court with an Israeli spyware firm NSO Group, claiming that the firm used WhatsApp to facilitate spyware distribution. Although the conclusion is yet to be reached, the case brought up interesting notions about NSO Group and the situation with users’ privacy. But nevermind […]
In his online presentation, Stepan Gershuni, Bitcoin evangelist and the CEO of Credentia, talked about real technologies that may help avert a dystopian privacy crisis. This is the adaptation of the Russian-language talk from ForkLog’s Digital Middle Ages online conference.
There is no shortage of news about hacks and cybersecurity flaws, which may not come as a surprise. Yet, there are curious ones that catch the eye.
This March, the so-called EARN IT Act (Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect for Interactive Technologies Act) was filed in U.S. Senate. Aside from the fact that someone really wanted its acronym to spell “earn it,” nothing about the bill is clear so far.
According to the recent news, an exploit in iOS was used between January and March 2020 to spy on visitors of certain websites related to an ethnic minority living in northwestern China.
Having to rig someone’s landline phone and plant microphones all over their place to sniff out some secrets is now mostly the thing of vintage movies. We have voluntarily surrounded ourselves with cameras and microphones constantly connected to the internet. People upload their personal information, photos, and geolocation, show the world who their friends and […]
In the midst of what is now known as the corona-crisis, people around the world voice their fears about the ever-reinforcing grip of the government over the private lives of individuals. Closing borders, extensive policing, location over cell phones, and other similar measures seem to herald a new era the world is about to enter.