Leading forensics firm reportedly pays #ransomware demand

Eurofins Scientific, the leading forensic services outfit in the #UK, has paid out to criminals who hit the company with a ransomware attack, according to a report.While Eurofins Scientific wouldn’t be drawn to comment on whether the ransom had been paid or not – only stating that it was “collaborating with law enforcement” – the […]

#Huawei’s staff has links to #Chinese military and #intelligence, report claims

Leaked employment records suggested #Huawei employees have close ties with #China’s military and# intelligence agencies. The new revelation puts the tech giant in a tight spot as it faces increased scrutiny from the United States. Original enclosures: Source: Huawei’s staff has links to Chinese military and intelligence, report claims

Cell Networks #Hacked by (Probable) Nation-State Attackers

A sophisticated attacker has successfuly infiltrated cell providers to collect information on specific users: The hackers have systematically broken in to more than 10 cell networks around the world to date over the past seven years to obtain massive amounts of call records — including times and dates of calls, and their cell-based locations — […]

#FBI and #ICE use #DMV/BMV photos as ‘gold mine’ for facial recognition data

Cities and companies might be turning away from facial recognition, but federal agents are embracing it — whether or not the public is fully aware of what’s happening. Georgetown Law researchers and the Washington Post have discovered that #FBI and I… Source: FBI and ICE use DMV photos as ‘gold mine’ for facial recognition data

#Apple Publicly Trolls #Google Over Controversial Smart City Surveillance Plans (Zak Doffman, Contributor/Forbes.com)

#Apple has hiked up its privacy marketing rhetoric, and the company now has #Google firmly in its sights. Apple has hiked up its privacy marketing rhetoric, and the company now has Google firmly in its sights. … Source: Apple Publicly Trolls Google Over Controversial Smart City Surveillance Plans (Zak Doffman, Contributor/Forbes.com)

#HongKong Protests ‘Show The Dangers of a #Cashless Society’

“Allowing cash to die would be a grave mistake. A cashless society is a #surveillance society,” writes Reason, adding that “The recent round of protests in Hong Kong highlights exactly what we have to lose…” schwit1 shared their report: [T]ens of thousands of Hongkongers took to the streets to protest what they saw as creeping […]

81% of ‘suspects’ flagged by Met’s #police facial recognition technology innocent, independent report says

Four out of five people identified by the Metropolitan #Police’s facial recognition technology as possible suspects are innocent, according to an independent report. Researchers found that the controversial system is 81% inaccurate – meaning that, in the vast majority of cases, it flagged up faces to police when they were not on a wanted list. […]

#Apple #iCloud Services and Retail Store Systems Facing Nationwide Outage

Another day, another outage! Yesterday #WhatsApp, #Facebook, and #Instagram suffered from an outage. Today #Apple’s #iCloud Services and Retail Store systems are not available for some users. System Status is showing that services like Find My Friends, Find My iPhone, Game Center, Photos and Screen Time are affected. Continue reading → Source: Apple iCloud Services […]

#Airport Facial Recognition, How Abusers Exploit Basic Apps, and More News

Stalkers have ways of tracking you even without fancy malware, airport facial recognition is becoming more common, and #WIRED has some advice on how to take the very best fireworks photos. Here’s the news you need to know, in two minutes or less.Want to receive this two-minute roundup as an email every weekday? Sign up […]

The Internet broke today: #Facebook, #Verizon, and more see major outages

Enlarge / The Internet this week, more or lesstorange.biz (modified) reader comments 85 with 71 posters participating Share this story Share on #Facebook Share on #Twitter Share on #Reddit Last week, #Verizon caused a major BGP misroute that took large chunks of the Internet, including CDN company #Cloudflare, partially down for a day. This week, […]