Smartwatch exposes locations and other data on thousands of children

A device that is supposed to help parents keep track of their children and give them a peace of mind can be turned into a surveillance device. Researchers at the AV-Test Institute have uncovered gaping privacy and security holes in the SMA-WATCH-M2 smartwatch that is designed to keep children safe and their parents feeling secure about their … More Smartwatch exposes locations and other data on thousands of children

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?

What the ban on facial recognition tech will – and will not – do

As San Francisco moves to regulate the use of facial recognition systems, we reflect on some of the many ‘faces’ of the fast-growing technology. Last week, San Francisco became the first city in the United States to ban the use of facial recognition technology, at least by law enforcement, local agencies, and the city’s transport … More What the ban on facial recognition tech will – and will not – do

D-Link camera vulnerability allows attackers to tap into the video stream

ESET researchers highlight a series of security holes in a device intended to make homes and offices more secure. Many people are looking to improve the security of their homes or offices by installing “smart” cameras. With a direct connection to the internet, their surveillance stream is just a few clicks away and available at … More D-Link camera vulnerability allows attackers to tap into the video stream

Next Generation Dark Markets? Think Amazon or eBay for criminals

The “evolution” of these markets is making cybercrime easier than ever before. Are you in the market for stolen data? How about some tools to help you steal data or make money by hijacking other people’s computers? Well you’re in luck. It is now easier than ever to engage in cybercrime thanks to “next generation” … More Next Generation Dark Markets? Think Amazon or eBay for criminals

Amazon Rekognition a possible threat to the civil rights of citizens

Use of software by law enforcement as a surveillance tool is a real concern for groups. Amazon has come under fire from civil rights groups in the US that say their online service that identifies faces in images could be abused by law enforcement. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) released a statement on Tuesday asking the … More Amazon Rekognition a possible threat to the civil rights of citizens

ESET’s guide makes it possible to peek into FinFisher

FinFisher, also known as FinSpy, has a history of being used in surveillance campaigns, both against legitimate targets and against political opposition in some countries. Despite that, the latest thorough analyses dealt with samples from as long ago as 2010. Since then, the FinFisher spyware received strong anti-analysis measures; apparently, this is also the reason why the … More ESET’s guide makes it possible to peek into FinFisher