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'Master Face': Researchers Say They've Found a Wildly Successful Bypass for Face Recognition Tech

In addition to helping police arrest the wrong person or monitor how often you visit the Gap store, facial recognition is increasingly used by companies as a routine security procedure: it’s a way to unlock your phone or social media account, for instance. This practice comes with an exchange of some privacy for the…Read more...
Tags: Science, Learning, Face, Surveillance, Artificial Intelligence, Deep Learning, Computer Graphics, Face Id, Deepfake, Face Recognition Tech, StyleGAN, Facial recognition system, Applications Of Computer Vision, Technology Internet, Artificial Intelligence Applications

Paragon: Yet Another Cyberweapons Arms Manufacturer

Forbes has the story: Paragon’s product will also likely get spyware critics and surveillance experts alike rubbernecking: It claims to give police the power to remotely break into encrypted instant messaging communications, whether that’s WhatsApp, Signal, Facebook Messenger or Gmail, the industry sources said. One other spyware industry executive said it also promises to get longer-lasting access to a device, even when it’s rebooted. […] Two industry sources said they believed Paragon was tryi...
Tags: Privacy, Uncategorized, Smartphones, Spyware, Surveillance, Encryption, Zero-Day, Paragon, Forbes, Bruce Schneier, Patching, Cyberweapons, WhatsApp Signal Facebook Messenger

Pegasus spyware found on journalists’ phones, French intelligence confirms

Announcement is first time an independent and official authority has corroborated Pegasus project findingsFrench intelligence investigators have confirmed that Pegasus spyware has been found on the phones of three journalists, including a senior member of staff at the country’s international television station France 24.It is the first time an independent and official authority has corroborated the findings of an international investigation by the Pegasus project – a consortium of 17 media outle...
Tags: Technology, France, World news, Surveillance, Hacking, Paris, Amnesty International, Journalist safety, Pegasus, Espionage, NSO Group, Guardian Forbidden Stories

The Pandemic Narrative and the War Against the People: Day 2 of an Online Interdisciplinary Symposium

Friday, July 30, 2021 was Day #2 of an online international and interdisciplinary symposium organized by Doctors for Covid Ethics (see the report for Day #1). The symposium was titled, “Call for Immediate Intervention: Gold Standard Covid Science in Practice” (full program PDF, flyer PDF), and the five hour period for the second day was […]
Tags: Democracy, Surveillance, Anthropology, Pfizer, Authoritarianism, Vaccines, Lockdown, Pandemic, Moderna, Vaccine Hesitancy, Dictatorship, Pharmaceutical Companies, Covid19, Reiner Fuellmich, Vaccine Passports, Doctors for Covid Ethics

US consultants lined up to run fund that owns Israeli spyware company NSO

Investors in talks to transfer management of Novalpina Capital to Berkeley Research Group, following long-running disputePublic investors in the private equity firm that owns a majority stake in the Israeli spyware company NSO Group are in talks to transfer management of that fund to Berkeley Research Group, a US consulting firm. Related: US voices concern with Israeli officials about Pegasus revelations Continue reading...
Tags: Business, Israel, US, Surveillance, Pegasus, NSO, Berkeley Research Group, NSO Group, Novalpina Capital to Berkeley Research Group

US voices concern with Israeli officials about Pegasus revelations

Top Biden administration official reportedly raised questions about spyware sold by NSO GroupThe White House has raised concerns with top Israeli officials about allegations that spyware sold by Israeli surveillance company NSO Group has been used by governments around the world to monitor journalists and activists and – potentially – government officials with close ties to the US.Brett McGurk, a top Biden administration adviser on the Middle East, raised questions privately about NSO in a meeti...
Tags: Israel, US, World news, US news, Surveillance, Middle East, Pegasus, Biden, Brett McGurk, Washington Post Continue, NSO, Axios, NSO Group, Top Biden, Biden Administration, NSO GroupThe White House

Israeli authorities inspect NSO Group offices after Pegasus revelations

Officials visit offices near Tel Aviv as Israeli defence minister meets French counterpart in ParisIsraeli authorities have inspected the offices of the surveillance outfit NSO Group in response to the Pegasus project investigation into abuses of the company’s spyware by several government clients.Officials from the defence ministry visited the company’s offices near Tel Aviv on Wednesday, at the same time as the defence minister, Benny Gantz, arrived for a pre-arranged visit to Paris to discus...
Tags: France, Israel, Tel Aviv, World news, Surveillance, Paris, Pegasus, Benny Gantz, NSO Group, ParisIsraeli

De-anonymization Story

This is important: Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill was general secretary of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), effectively the highest-ranking priest in the US who is not a bishop, before records of Grindr usage obtained from data brokers was correlated with his apartment, place of work, vacation home, family members’ addresses, and more. […] The data that resulted in Burrill’s ouster was reportedly obtained through legal means. Mobile carriers sold­ — and still sell — ­location data to br...
Tags: Privacy, Congress, Uncategorized, US, Surveillance, Wisconsin, Catholic Church, Pseudonymity, Data Collection, Geolocation, T Mobile, Bruce Schneier, USCCB, Burrill, De-anonymization, US Conference of Catholic Bishops USCCB

Florida cops use AI to target people for a new "enhanced scrutiny" program

In the autumn of 2020, the Tampa Bay Times published an investigation into the Pasco County Sheriff's Department, which was openly boasting about its new Minority Report-inspired intelligence gathering program. I wrote about it then, but here's a quick summary of how it works: First the Sheriff's Office generates lists of people it considers likely to break the law, based on arrest histories, unspecified intelligence and arbitrary decisions by police analysts. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, Florida, News, Cops, Police, Surveillance, Predictive Policing, Robocop, Police State, Policing, Minority Report, Surveillance Business Model, Mass Surveillance, Sheriff s Office, Tampa Bay Times, Florida Department of Law Enforcement

Democrats call for possible action against NSO over Pegasus revelations

Four Democrats in Congress tell Biden administration that such firms ‘should be sanctioned, and if necessary, shut down’Democratic lawmakers in Washington have called on the Biden administration to consider placing NSO Group on an export blacklist and said recent revelations of misuse reinforced their conviction that the “hacking-for-hire industry must be brought under control”.The statement by four members of Congress followed reports by the Pegasus project, a collaboration of 17 media organisa...
Tags: Congress, Washington, US news, Malware, Surveillance, Pegasus, Espionage, Biden, NSO, NSO Group

Despite controversies and bans, facial recognition startups are flush with VC cash

If efforts by states and cities to pass privacy regulations curbing the use of facial recognition are anything to go by, you might fear the worst for the companies building the technology. But a recent influx of investor cash suggests the facial recognition startup sector is thriving, not suffering. Facial recognition is one of the most controversial and complex policy areas in play. The technology can be used to track where you go and what you do. It’s used by public authorities and in private ...
Tags: Security, New York, Microsoft, Privacy, Minneapolis, Eric Holder, China, Softbank, Funding, New York City, Israel, US, Tech, European Union, Surveillance, New York Times

Surveillance and cyber-weapons on the ground in Mexico

Michael Safi hears from Nina Lakhani on how 15,000 Mexicans, including journalists and politicians, appeared on a list of possible targets for surveillanceThis episode first aired on our global news podcast, Today in Focus.In March 2017, a 38-year-old freelance reporter named Cecilio Pineda Birto was shot dead in Altamirano, a town in the southern Mexican region of Tierra Caliente – a battleground for organised crime factions. His phone vanished from the crime scene. A few weeks earlier, a numbe...
Tags: Mexico, Surveillance, Michael Safi, Tierra Caliente, Nina Lakhani, Cecilio Pineda Birto, Altamirano, NSO Group Continue

Emmanuel Macron ‘pushes for Israeli inquiry’ into NSO spyware concerns

French president reportedly spoke to Naftali Bennett to ensure ‘proper investigation’ after Pegasus projectEmmanuel Macron has reportedly spoken to the Israeli prime minister, Naftali Bennett, to ensure that the Israeli government is “properly investigating” allegations that the French president could have been targeted with Israeli-made spyware by Morocco’s security services.In a phone call, Macron expressed concern that his phone and those of most of his cabinet could have been infected with P...
Tags: France, Israel, Surveillance, Morocco, Pegasus, Naftali Bennett, Emmanuel Macron, Macron, NSO, NSO Group, Pegasus projectEmmanuel Macron

Commercial Location Data Used to Out Priest

A Catholic priest was outed through commercially available surveillance data. Vice has a good analysis: The news starkly demonstrates not only the inherent power of location data, but how the chance to wield that power has trickled down from corporations and intelligence agencies to essentially any sort of disgruntled, unscrupulous, or dangerous individual. A growing market of data brokers that collect and sell data from countless apps has made it so that anyone with a bit of cash and effort can...
Tags: Privacy, Snowden, Nsa, Uncategorized, Surveillance, Cell Phones, Data Collection, Data Mining, Geolocation, Bruce Schneier, De-anonymization

Rwandans have long been used to Pegasus-style surveillance | Michela Wrong

Information-gathering always was a speciality of President Paul Kagame. Modern technology has simply extended his remitIt was a silver BlackBerry, surprisingly heavy in the hand, belonging to a businessman who had flown from Kigali to South Africa to visit the exiled former Rwandan intelligence chief Patrick Karegeya. The businessman, Apollo Kiririsi Gafaranga, boasted that he had bought it in Qatar.“It cost me $10,000,” a friend of Karegeya’s remembers the businessman telling them. “It’s a mode...
Tags: Technology, Africa, Qatar, World news, Surveillance, Uganda, South Africa, Middle East, Rwanda, Paul Kagame, Kigali, Patrick Karegeya, Karegeya, Michela Wrong, Apollo Kiririsi Gafaranga

Check out "Forever Wars," a new newsletter that reimagines national security reporting

I'm a big fan of journalist Spencer Ackerman's work as a national security reporter, hardcore punk drummer, and scholarly Magneto apologist. He was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team at The Guardian that broke the news of the Snowden leaks, and has more recently worked as the senior national security correspondent for the Daily Beast. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Snowden, Journalism, War, Surveillance, Foreign Policy, National Security, War On Terror, 9/11, Spencer Ackerman, Surveillance State, Forever War, The Forever War, Late Stage Journalism

UK’s Mindtech raises $3.25M from In-Q-Tel, among others, to train CCTV cameras on synthetic humans

Imagine a world where no one’s privacy is breached, no faces are scanned into a gargantuan database, and no privacy laws are broken. This is a world that is fast approaching. Could companies simply dump the need for real-world CCTV footage, and switch to synthetic humans, acting out potential scenarios a million times over? That’s the tantalizing prospect of a new UK startup that has attracted funding from an influential set of investors. UK-based Mindtech Global has developed what it describes ...
Tags: TC, Europe, UK, Technology, London, Virginia, US, Articles, Tech, Ceo, Surveillance, Artificial Intelligence, United Kingdom, Healthcare, Machine Learning, Cctv

Israel to examine whether spyware export rules should be tightened

Commission to review claims NSO’s Pegasus was misused by customers to target journalists and activistsAn Israeli commission reviewing allegations that NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware was misused by its customers to target journalists and human rights activists will examine whether rules on Israel’s export of cyberweapons such as Pegasus should be tightened, a senior MP has said.The move came as the French president, Emmanuel Macron, convened an emergency cybersecurity meeting after reports his mobil...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, Israel, Malware, Surveillance, Pegasus, Espionage, Emmanuel Macron, NSO, NSO Group

Why have the Pegasus revelations received so little attention in Israel? | Dahlia Scheindlin

The country’s hi-tech surveillance industry is part of its identity – which is why its dark side often goes unexaminedAfter extraordinary revelations that the Israeli company NSO Group’s mercenary cyber-surveillance tool, Pegasus, was allegedly used to target political dissidents, human rights activists, journalists and politicians around the world, Israel should be asking itself a few questions. Does its groundbreaking hi-tech industry have a dark side? Do the actors involved in exporting lucra...
Tags: Technology, Israel, World news, Surveillance, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Pegasus, Benjamin Netanyahu, Ben, Ben Jerry, Jerry, NSO, NSO Group, Dahlia Scheindlin

UAE linked to listing of hundreds of UK phones in Pegasus project leak

Member of the House of Lords and Briton once detained in UAE among those appearing in databaseA member of the House of Lords is among more than 400 people whose UK mobile phone numbers appear in a leaked list of numbers identified by NSO Group’s client governments between 2017 and 2019, the Guardian can reveal.The principal government responsible for selecting the UK numbers appears to be the United Arab Emirates, according to analysis of the data. The UAE is one of 40 countries that had access ...
Tags: UK, UK News, Surveillance, House Of Lords, United Arab Emirates, Uae, NSO, NSO Group, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum

Why Apple’s walled garden is no match for Pegasus spyware

Up for discussion in the Guardian tech newsletter: Spotlight on Apple security … shake-up in the video game market … online age verification … and space tourismYou will, by now, have heard about Pegasus. It’s the brand name for a family of spyware tools sold by the NSO Group, an Israeli outfit of hackers-for-hire who sell their wares to intelligence agencies, law enforcement, and militaries around the world. developed, marketed and licensed to intelligence agencies, law enforcement and militarie...
Tags: Apple, Games, Technology, Surveillance, Pegasus, Espionage, Nintendo Switch, NSO Group, NSO Group Continue

Israel ‘creating task force’ to manage response to Pegasus project

Government team to investigate ‘policy changes’ on cyber exports following NSO revelations, according to Israeli mediaIsrael’s government is reportedly setting up a task force to manage the fallout from Pegasus project revelations about the use of spying tools sold to authoritarian governments by the Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group.A team including representatives from the defence ministry, ministry of justice, foreign ministry, military intelligence and the Mossad, the national intelligence...
Tags: Israel, World news, Surveillance, Pegasus, Mossad, NSO, NSO Group, Defence Ministry Ministry Of Justice

How a phone hacking tool was sold to governments around the world

Investigative reporter Stephanie Kirchgaessner tells Michael Safi how a technology company’s clients have apparently selected journalists, activists and politicians in advance of possible surveillanceThis episode first aired on our global news podcast, Today in FocusThe Guardian revealed on Monday a huge data leak showing more than 50,000 phone numbers that, since 2016, are believed to have been selected as persons of interest by government clients of NSO Group, which sells surveillance software...
Tags: World news, Surveillance, Paris, Amnesty International, Michael Safi, Stephanie Kirchgaessner, NSO Group, FocusThe Guardian

Spyware can make your phone your enemy. Journalism is your defence | Laurent Richard and Sandrine Rigaud

The Pegasus project poses urgent questions about the privatisation of the surveillance industry and the lack of safeguards for citizensToday, for the first time in the history of modern spying, we are seeing the faces of the victims of targeted cyber-surveillance. This is a worldwide scandal – a global web of surveillance whose scope is without precedent.The attack is invisible. Once “infected”, your phone becomes your worst enemy. From within your pocket, it instantly betrays your secrets and d...
Tags: Media, Surveillance, Journalist safety, Laurent Richard, Sandrine Rigaud

Israeli military-grade spy software was used to hack phones of journalists, activists, executives, and 2 women connected to murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a report says

An Israeli woman uses her iPhone in front of the building housing the Israeli NSO group, on August 28, 2016, in Herzliya, near Tel Aviv. JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty Images Military-grade spyware technology was used to hack the smartphones of journalists, activists, and executives, The Washington Post reported. Some of the affected journalists worked at outlets including CNN and The New York Times. The 37 numbers appeared on a list of 50,000 phone numbers in countries with a history of conducti...
Tags: Post, London, News, Washington Post, Mexico, France, Israel, US, International, Trends, Qatar, Cnn, Spyware, Surveillance, Military, Hacking

UK ‘very interested’ in hosting US Space Force radar station

RAF chief says system to track objects up to 22,000 miles from Earth is ‘incredibly important’An American space force plan to develop a global monitoring system to track objects up to 22,000 miles from Earth could establish radar stations in the US, UK and Australia.The head of the RAF, Air Chief Marshal Sir Michael Wigston, is in the US for talks over the plans, and said on Saturday the British were “very interested” in the project and hosting one of the American radar stations. Continue readin...
Tags: Space, UK, Australia, US, UK News, Earth, Surveillance, US military, Raf, US UK, US Space Force, RAF Air, Michael Wigston

Black Teen Kicked Out of Roller Rink Because Its Face Recognition Tech Screwed Up, Predictably

A small but face recognition-equipped Detroit roller rink kicked out a Black teen last Saturday after misidentifying her as a person who’d allegedly gotten into a fight there in March. The girl, Lamya Robinson, says that security scanned her face upon entry and barred her from going inside, despite her claim that…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Home Depot, Science, Learning, Microsoft, Macys, Surveillance, Artificial Intelligence, Detroit, Recognition, Biometrics, Ace Hardware, Lowe, Robert Williams, Facial Recognition Software, Albertson

UK financier loses latest round in fight over future of NSO Group

British investor Stephen Peel in ongoing dispute with partners over Luxembourg company linked to spyware firmA British financier’s voting rights at a Luxembourg company linked to Novalpina Capital, whose fund owns a majority stake in the spyware firm NSO Group, will remain suspended, a Luxembourg court has ruled.Though this may not be permanent, the decision appears to mark a setback for the financier, Stephen Peel, a former Olympic rower, in a bitter legal dispute that has erupted between him a...
Tags: Europe, Business, UK, Human Rights, Israel, Investing, Shares, UK News, Surveillance, Corporate Governance, Luxembourg, Cayman Islands, Stephen Peel, NSO Group, Novalpina Capital, Stefan Kowski

AI Tracks Lawmakers Using Their Phones on the Job so We Can Properly Mock Them

Politicians are hereby busted for using their cell phones during sessions, thanks to software written by Belgium artist Dries Depoorter. His artificial intelligence program “The Flemish Scrollers” reviews YouTube live streams of Flemish government meetings and identifies who’s on their phone along with their face and…Read more...
Tags: Amazon, Science, Learning, Articles, Surveillance, Artificial Intelligence, Social Issues, Ted Cruz, Belgium, Biden, American Civil Liberties Union, Klobuchar, Facial Recognition Software, Matt Gaetz, Depoorter, Amazon Rekognition

Tucker Carlson Sure Did Pick a Great Time to Tussle With the NSA

Whether Tucker Carlson is an actual victim of government spying or a fraud trying to rile up his viewers, Americans should remember: no matter how much you hate the smug, punchable face of said Fox News darling, the National Security Agency is not your friend and surveillance in our country is out of control. Read more...
Tags: Google, Politics, Science, Microsoft, Obama, Government, Nsa, Articles, Surveillance, Fox News, National Security, National Security Agency, War On Terror, Mass Surveillance, Trump, Tucker Carlson