Articles about snooping

Psst. Need some spy-on-employees tech? Ask Oriium

IPExpo Yorkshire-based "IT solutions" firm Oriium was hawking its CX:inSync spy-on-your-employees platform at ITExpo Europe today. Its cx:inSync product is sold as an endpoint device management solution. Its big selling point is the ability for network admins to implement deduplicated backups of end-user devices. Bundled with that …
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Four in five Android devices inherit Linux snooping flaw

A previously identified Linux flaw, which allows anyone to hijack internet traffic, also affects 80 per cent of Android devices. The original vulnerability, which was reported this spring, involves a critical exploit in TCP that lets hackers obtain unencrypted traffic and degrade encrypted traffic to spy on victims. The …
John Leyden, 22 Aug 2016

Licence to snoop: Ipso facto, crypto embargo? Draft Investigatory Powers bill lands

IPB The UK government's bid to massively ramp up surveillance of Brits' online activity is due to land imminently in the form of the draft Investigatory Powers Bill. It's not the first time, though: successive UK governments have gone through a series of aborted attempts to push to legislate for the bulk collection of Brit …
Kelly Fiveash, 4 Nov 2015

Safe harbour ruling: RELAX, Facebook and Google will be FINE!

The European Court of Justice’s decision to rule the EU-US safe harbour agreement invalid is causing panic among some companies dependent on keeping data flows going ... but Google and Facebook are probably prepared for it. Much to the satisfaction of those who have long condemned US data collection policies, the landmark …

Yep, world+dog's spies are in our network, says Vodafone as it bares all

Vodafone has updated its annual report on what it must do to comply with the law enforcement disclosures in the countries where it operates – and is considering more detailed disclosures. Most interestingly, it has looked at publishing how often a government has asked it to intercept calls and block or intercept data. This …
Simon Rockman, 16 Jul 2015
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Welkom in Nederland: Laid-back, chilled, and MONITORING everything

The Dutch government is pushing changes to its national law to enable bulk data surveillance and compelled decryption. The proposed update of the Intelligence & Security Act of 2002 would establish bulk interception powers for “any form of telecom or data transfer”. As well as metadata, the revamp would allow the Dutch …
John Leyden, 8 Jul 2015

'Draconian' French Charteur des Snoopeurs gets senate approval

Yesterday (June 9), the Projet de Loi Relatif au Renseignement – the bill described as France's own Patriot Act – was passed by the country's upper chamber. The fast-tracked law will give French intelligence services lots of new snooping superpowers, with little or no judicial oversight. Civil liberties organisations have …
Jennifer Baker, 10 Jun 2015

Even HTTPS can leak your PRIVATE browsing

HTTPS may be good at securing financial transactions, but it isn't much use as a privacy tool: US researchers have found that a traffic analysis of ten HTTPS-secured Web sites yielded “personal data such as medical conditions, legal or financial affairs or sexual orientation”. In I Know Why You Went to the Clinic: Risks and …
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Well done on the privacy lawsuit. Now NSA will keep your phone records INDEFINITELY

The US government is considering extending the controversial collections of US citizens' phone records for an even longer period in order to avoid tossing potential evidence in lawsuits designed to curtail the surveillance programme. Lawsuits geared to stopping the indiscriminate, untargeted collection of phone call records …
John Leyden, 27 Feb 2014

Oz Green's plans exempt some phone metadata from warrants

Australia's debate about warrantless access to telecommunications metadata has been heated of late, fuelled by revelations that just about anyone can access such records. Even local councils' have been named in the federal Attorney-General's department's Annual Report (PDF)) as having looked up phone data. Rural newspapers …

'New' document shows how US forces carriers to allow snooping

Post-Snowden sensitivities to American spookery have been further inflamed after Australian website Crikey revealed a document that it says is a contract between the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the US Department of Justice and submarine cable operator Reach that allows the US entities to tap Reach's cables for national …
Simon Sharwood, 12 Jul 2013

Snowden's Australian 'revelations' are old news

Edward Snowden's leaks have alerted the world to a serious issue: the extent of government spying in societies that supposed themselves to be free. That does not, however, mean that every word he says to Glenn Greenwald is news. Behind the star-struck reposting of whatever passes from Snowden to Greenwald is a lot of stuff …
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French snooping as deep as PRISM: Le Monde

Edward Snowden's revelations about American communications snoopery have inspired newspapers around the world to investigate domestic spying, the latest of which is Le Monde in France. The newspaper's exposé (French language) finds that French citizens' communications are just as thoroughly trawled as those in America. “The …
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German publisher accuses Microsoft of URL sniffing

Is Microsoft “snooping” on Skype text conversations, or merely protecting users from malware URLs? German publisher Heise Online has given that question prominence with the accusation that Redmond is snooping, as the result of receiving return visits from Microsoft IP addresses if they send HTTPS URLs through Skype text chats …
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Hey app developers, here's a way to monitor your users for free!

Compuware's latest foray into mobility is a free bundle of cloudy code for dropping into mobile apps, which it will then monitor and measure for developers' (and Compuware's) benefit. Compuware's Application Performance Management (APM) lurks quietly in the corner of an app, reporting back every now and then but mostly …
Bill Ray, 3 Apr 2013
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Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

Home Secretary Theresa May today claimed in The Sun that her draft law to massively ramp up online surveillance of Brits will "save lives". The Tory minister managed to squeeze in a bit of last-minute lobbying ahead of the publication of a report by peers and MPs scrutinising her controversial communications data bill. In an …
Kelly Fiveash, 3 Dec 2012
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Mad Apple patent: Cloneware to convince trackers you don't like porn

Apple have patented the idea of using data clones to hide from surveillance: data clones that will browse the internet under your name but will look at basket-weaving sites instead of porn. In one of the stranger Apple patents that we've seen in recent months, author Stephen R Carter details a way of stopping eavesdroppers …
Anna Leach, 19 Jun 2012
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RIM's backdoor sniffed by BBM-snooping Indian spooks

Research In Motion is finally set to offer the Indian authorities a permanent system for access to its consumer-focused messaging services with the installation of new Mumbai-based servers. The Times of India was given a government briefing on the matter. It claimed that the servers have been inspected by government officials …
Phil Muncaster, 21 Feb 2012

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