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  1. 120 hours' community service and suspended sentence for computer misuse and data protection crimes A police officer who quit while under investigation for computer misuse crimes has walked free from court after pleading guilty to a total of nine offences. Michael Westbury, 55, of Aberystwyth, Wales, confessed to seven charges under the Computer Misuse Act and two under the Data Protection Act at Aberystwyth Magistrates' Court on 1 October. At the time he committed his crimes, Westbury was a constable with Dyfed-Powys Police. The Powys County Times repo
  2. The news this week that Google has removed images from Street View that allowed virtual hikes to the summit of Uluru, a sacred location in Australia's Northern Territory, raises a serious question. Where does this mapping-meets-real-world service shift from being a genuinely useful guide to an invasion of personal privacy or, worse, an insensitive and inappropriate compromise of the rights and freedoms of others? What started more than a decade ago as a demonstration of Google’s prowess has gotten out of hand. Yes, Street View can be useful, but if today you touted the
  3. This device keeps Alexa and other voice assistants from snooping on you Meet LeakyPick, the low-cost audio spy detector for network-connected devices. Enlarge / LeakyPick as it monitors a network that has an Amazon Echo connected. Mitev et al. 79 with 61 posters participating As the popularity of Amazon Alexa and other voice assistants grows, so too does the number of ways those assistants both do and can intrude on users' privacy. Examples include hacks that use lasers to surreptitiously unlock connected-doors a
  4. Stay-at-home Bond types set off the loudest irony klaxon Maybe don't snoop on a charity that makes privacy its priority... UK SPOOKS HAVE FESSED-UP to unlawfully snooping on and sifting through the private data of Privacy International, all thanks to bulk data collection. As part of the MI5's Bulk Communications Data and Bulk Personal Data programmes, supposedly used to detect criminal and terrorist activity, Britain's domestic intelligence agency ended up gathering and perusing Privacy International's private data. And it wasn't the only on
  5. The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a notification giving sweeping powers to 10 government agencies to snoop on any computer in the country. In the order dated Thursday, December 20, the ministry has enabled Intelligence Bureau, Narcotics Control Bureau, Enforcement Directorate, Central Board of Direct Taxes, Directorate of Revenue Intelligence, Central Bureau of Investigation, National Investigation Agency, Cabinet Secretariat, Directorate of Signal Intelligence, and Delhi Commissioner of Police to monitor, decrypt, and intercept “any information generated, transmitted, received or stored
  6. Vodafone has revealed the extent of government snooping on its networks around the world, in a long report that appears to confirm the worst fears of privacy campaigners. The firm reveals that authorities in 29 countries have approached it for information on users, and while some are fairly open about their demands, others do not permit the company to reveal anything. However, more worryingly for those who value privacy, the report shows that in six countries Vodafone is obliged to allow governments to listen-in to communications at will, without obtaining a warrant first. Vodafone said it com
  7. A flurry of lawsuits has drawn attention to a growing part of the cyber-security industry ON OCTOBER 2ND 2018 Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and critic of the kingdom’s government, visited its consulate in Istanbul in order to secure documents needed for his upcoming marriage. He did not come out alive. After initially denying responsibility, the Saudi government admitted that Mr Khashoggi was killed in a “rogue operation”. Two months later Omar Abdulaziz, another Saudi dissident, filed a lawsuit in Israel against NSO Group, an Israeli software company
  8. US Senator from Arizona Jeff Flake speaks during a press conference A Portland woman recently told a local news outlet that her Amazon Echo device had gone rogue, sending a recording of a private conversation to a random person in her contact list. On Thursday, two senators tasked with investigating consumer privacy sent a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demanding answers. In the letter, Republican senator Jeff Flake and Democratic senator Chris Coons, who serve respectively as chairman and ranking member of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Tec
  9. Microsoft published master lists of endpoint connections that recent versions of the company's Windows 10 operating system make recently. Microsoft released the first version of Windows 10 three years ago and privacy has been a hot topic ever since. We published Windows 10 and Privacy back in 2015 to highlight privacy issues such as the inability to turn off Telemetry collection and transfers in the user interface. Microsoft was criticized by government agencies in various countries such as France or the Netherlands for privacy issues, and a rising arsenal of
  10. Microsoft’s Obscure ‘Self Service for Mobile’ Office Activation Microsoft requires a product activation after installing. Users of Microsoft Office currently are facing trouble during telephone activation. After dealing with this issue, I came across another obscure behavior, Microsoft’s ‘Self Service for Mobile’ solution to activate Microsoft Office via mobile devices. Microsoft describes how to activate Microsoft Office 2013, 2016 and Office 365 within this document. There are several possibilities to activate an installed product, via Internet or via Telephone for in
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