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Stingray stung: FBI told 'get a warrant'

The US Department of Justice has moved to quell the ongoing row over the use of IMSI-catchers like Stingray, with a new policy that requires a warrant before they're deployed. The policy is designed to “establish a higher and more consistent legal standard and increase privacy protections” for the use of cell-site simulators.

The policy takes effect immediately and applies across all DoJ agencies.

The policy also addresses the understandable fear that anyone's cellphone use could be caught by the devices, merely because they happened to be in the same place at the same time as a Stingray was in use. Read more...

 

26 Android Phone Models Shipped with Pre-Installed Spyware!

 A new report claims that some rogue retailers are selling brand-new Android smartphones loaded with pre-installed software. Security firm G Data has uncovered more than two dozens of Android smartphones from popular smartphone manufacturers — including Xiaomi, Huawei , Lenovo , Alps, ConCorde, DJC, Sesonn and Xido — that have pre-installed spyware in the firmware.

The pre-installed spyware, disguised in popular Android apps such as Facebook and Google Drive, can not be removed without unlocking the phone since it resides inside the phone's firmware.
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Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

Google is making good on its promise to strangle Adobe Flash's ability to auto-play in Chrome. The web giant has set September 1, 2015 as the date from which non-important Flash files will be click-to-play in the browser by default – effectively freezing out "many" Flash ads in the process.

Netizens can right-click over the security-challenged plugin and select "Run this" if they want to unfreeze an ad. Otherwise, the Flash files will remain suspended in a grey box, unable to cause any harm nor any annoyance. Back in June, Google warned that, in cooperation with Adobe, it would change the way Flash material is shown on websites. Read more...

 

Ashley Madison: 'Suicides' over website hack

 Two individuals associated with the leak of Ashley Madison customer details are reported to have taken their lives, according to police in Canada. The police in Toronto gave no further information about the deaths. Ashley Madison's Canadian parent company Avid Life Media is offering a C$500,000 (£240,000) reward for information on the hackers, they added.

Details of more than 33m accounts were stolen from the website, which offers users the chance to have an affair.
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Hackers Finally Post Stolen Ashley Madison Data

Hackers who stole sensitive customer information from the cheating site AshleyMadison.com appear to have made good on their threat to post the data online.

A data dump, 9.7 gigabytes in size, was posted on Tuesday to the dark web using an Onion address accessible only through the Tor browser. The files appear to include account details and log-ins for some 32 million users of the social networking site, touted as the premier site for married individuals seeking partners for affairs. One analysis of email addresses found in the data dump also shows that some 15,000 are .mil. or .gov addresses.
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Jeb Bush: encryption makes it too hard to catch "evildoers"

You can count Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush on the side of the FBI and the NSA, and against strong encryption.

Bush, the former governor of Florida, said Tuesday that  "If you create encryption, it makes it harder for the American government to do its job - while protecting civil liberties - to make sure that evildoers aren't in our midst." Read more...

 

 

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