Stopping stalkerware: What needs to change?

What technology makers and others can – and should – do to counter the kind of surveillance that starts at home. Regardless of whose statistics you read, a disturbingly high percentage of women and men will experience intimate partner violence or harassment in their lifetime. Worryingly, technology is being used more and more frequently as a tool to coerce … More Stopping stalkerware: What needs to change?

Bluetooth bug could expose devices to snoopers

Patches have already been released or are expected to see the light of day soon. Researchers have discovered a flaw in some Bluetooth implementations that could allow an attacker to intercept or tamper with data exchanged between two vulnerable devices. The cryptographic bug, tracked as CVE-2018-5383, has been identified by scientists at the Israel Institute of … More Bluetooth bug could expose devices to snoopers

Espionage toolkit targeting Central and Eastern Europe uncovered

Over the course of the last year, ESET has detected and analyzed several instances of malware used for targeted espionage – dubbed SBDH toolkit. Using powerful filters, various methods of communication with its operators and an interesting persistence technique, it aims to exfiltrate selected files from governmental and public institutions, which are mostly focused on … More Espionage toolkit targeting Central and Eastern Europe uncovered

And how do you protect your webcam?

James Comey, who heads up the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), recently made an interesting remark during his presentation about encryption and technology at a college in Ohio, US. He admitted that, in order to protect his privacy, he puts tape over his laptop’s camera. The FBI director’s revelation created a buzz among information security … More And how do you protect your webcam?

UK govt could access and use smart toys to spy on suspects

It is entirely feasible for smart toys to be remotely controlled and used by agents acting on behalf of the government to spy on criminal suspects, the UK’s Science and Technology Committee has heard. According to Antony Walker, deputy chief executive officer of techUK, these devices can be intercepted in this way, as their connective … More UK govt could access and use smart toys to spy on suspects

Webcam hacker spent up to 12 hours a day watching his victims

A hacker who used the notorious Blackshades RAT malware to hijack webcams on computers, and secretly watch people engaged in sexual activity, has avoided prison. Stefan Rigo, of Leeds in the United Kingdom, was said to have voyeuristically observed his victims – over half of whom were personally known to him – for between five … More Webcam hacker spent up to 12 hours a day watching his victims