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Spy-Cam Ring Recorded 1,600 Hotel Guests for a Subscription Porn Site

South Korean authorities say as many as 1,600 hotel guests in the country were secretly recorded last year as part of an illegal spy-cam ring that included thousands of patrons. Tiny cameras were concealed inside of TVs and power sockets, among other locations, in 42 hotel rooms in 10 cities. Read More >>

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It’s Scary How Much Personal Data People Leave on Used Laptops and Phones

In a dusty plastic bin under my bed lies at least four laptops, six cellphones, and a half-dozen hard drives. I have no idea what’s on any of them. Most of these devices predate the cloud-storage era, and so likely contain solitary copies of photos, texts, and emails, among other confidential files (porn?) that I’d probably be horrified to learn had fallen into the hands of strangers. Read More >>

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The Botnet Malware Behind Some of the Biggest DDoS Attacks Ever Just Got an Upgrade 

Mirai malware, which can infect and grant even unsophisticated actors control over hundreds of thousands of IoT devices, is responsible for some of the most devastating distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks ever seen. Read More >>

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Why Chelsea Manning Decided to Go to Jail in Protest

Chelsea Manning is not accused of committing any new crime. But she is now a prisoner of the US government once again and may remain one for up to 18 months. Read More >>

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New Adware With Destructive Capabilities Infects Over 200 Google Play Store Apps

Researchers have uncovered a new adware strain running rampant on the Google Play Store. More than 200 applications are said to carry the malware. Read More >>

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Trump Rescinds Policy of Reporting Civilian Deaths by Drone Strike

The head of the US intelligence community is no longer required to publish an annual report detailing the number of civilians and enemy combatants killed in US drone strikes abroad. Read More >>

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Chelsea Manning Loses Bid to Avoid Testifying About (Apparently) WikiLeaks

It now appears all but certain that Chelsea Manning will soon appear before a US federal grand jury and—likely—be forced to testify about her association with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange nearly a decade ago. Read More >>

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Surprise! Facebook Downplayed the Percentage of Teens It Paid to Install Spyware

In January, when news first broke that Facebook had been paying teens in gift cards to let it install what is, by definition, essentially spyware on their phones, it seemed like just another Tuesday. Had it been virtually any other company, the outrage would have been tenfold. After all, paying 13-year-olds to gain access to their mobile app usage and browser traffic is, on its face, an unconscionably creepy way for a business to gather intelligence about its competitors. But this shameless undertaking is now precisely the kind of dissolute conduct we’ve come to expect from the occupants of 1 Hacker Way. Read More >>

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Colossal Marriott Breach Inspires New US Bill That Would Require More of Companies That Get Pwned

Prompted by last year’s Marriott International data breach, which saw more than 25 million unencrypted passport numbers leaked among other sensitive info, the US state of California may soon require companies to notify customers when passport information and biometric data are accessed by anyone without authorisation. Read More >>

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The Vilest Phishing Method, Sextortion, Often Snares Victims Using Fake Security Alerts 

It’s embarrassing, so few employees tend to report it, but a type of phishing attack known as sextortion is becoming increasingly common at workplaces, according to one security company’s recent analysis. To get the attention of users, many of these threatening messages are initially disguised as legitimate security warnings. Read More >>

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Leaky Database Reveals Horrifying GPS Surveillance of China’s Uyghur Muslims

A misconfigured online database has exposed new details of China’s tyrannical surveillance apparatus, which the country’s government has used to further suppress one of its most persecuted populations. Read More >>

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US Lawmakers Quiz Apple CEO Over FaceTime Eavesdrop Bug

A FaceTime bug that allowed virtually anyone to listen in on others when using the Group feature has drawn the interest of US lawmakers who want to know more about what Apple is doing to secure its users’ privacy. Read More >>

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US Department of Justice Charges Huawei, Alleging Fraud, Obstruction of Justice, and Theft of Trade Secrets

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday announced two indictments against the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei, which it said is accused of theft of trade secrets, obstructing justice, and lying to banks over its alleged non-compliance with U.S. sanctions against Iran. Read More >>

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Data Leak in Singapore Exposes HIV Status of 14,000 Locals and Foreign Visitors

Medical records and contact information belonging to thousands of HIV-positive Singaporeans and foreign visitors to the southeast Asian city state have been leaked online, according to an alert issued by the country’s Ministry of Health (MOH). Read More >>

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Google’s Plan to Limit Ad Blockers on Chrome Riles Developers

Top developers of ad-blocking and anti-tracking software are raising the alarm over potential changes coming to Chrome that were recently disclosed in a public Google document. As a result, at least one company is now threatening potential legal action. Read More >>