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  • One of Most Popular Mac Apps Acts Like Spyware (Link Only)

    09/07/2018 10:22:12 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 9 replies
    Wired | September 7, 2018 | Lily Hay Newman
    Adware Doctor, the fourth top listed anti-adware app on the Mac App Store apparently collects user browsing history and then sends it to a server in China. Due to copyright limitations I am providing a link only to the Wired story: One of Most Popular Mac Apps Acts Like Spyware (Link Only). Please, read the article for complete information at the link.
  • Russia says spyware found in state computer networks

    07/30/2016 3:14:34 PM PDT · by Mariner · 32 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 29th, 2016 | by Lidia Kelly
    Russia's intelligence service said on Saturday that the computer networks of 20 organizations, including state agencies and defense companies, have been infected with spyware in what it described as a targeted and coordinated attack. The Federal Security Service, the FSB, said the malware and the way the networks were infected were similar to those used in previous cases of cyber espionage found in Russia and other countries. The agency did not say who it suspected of being behind the attacks. "Information technology resources of government agencies, scientific and military institutions, defense industry companies and other entities involved in crucial infrastructure...
  • VANITY: Looking to dump Gmail for something more data-safe

    04/09/2018 7:43:00 AM PDT · by Spacetrucker · 54 replies
    My addled brain | 04/09/2018 | Myself
    In light of the data issues that have been publicized as of late, I am seriously looking to dump Gmail, Fakebook, et. al., would like some suggestions for other email services that I would have less concern about my data being taken. I already use DuckDuckGo, so that part is good.
  • Do Not, I Repeat, Do Not Download Onavo, Facebook’s Vampiric VPN Service

    02/15/2018 5:36:24 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 23 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | Dell Cameron
    Facebook is not a privacy company; it’s Big Brother on PCP. It does not want to anonymize and protect you; it wants to drain you of your privacy, sucking up every bit of personal data. You should resist the urge to let it, at every turn. There’s a new menu item in the Facebook app, first reported by TechCrunch on Monday, labeled “Protect.” Clicking it will send you to the App Store and prompt you to download a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service called Onavo. (“Protect” shows up in the iOS app. Gizmodo looked for it on an Android device...
  • Man Charged Over Super Creepy Apple Mac Spyware That Snooped On Victims Via Webcams

    01/11/2018 2:11:23 AM PST · by Swordmaker · 8 replies
    Forbes ^ | January 10, 2018 | By Thomas Fox-Brewster , FORBES STAFF
    Earlier this year Forbes reported on an especially creepy strain of malware known as FruitFly targeting Apple Macs. At the time, it was unclear just what the spy tool was for, though it appeared to be used for surveilling people's personal Macs, in particular peeping at them through their webcam. Now the U.S. Department of Justice has unveiled an indictment against 28-year-old North Royalton, Ohio, resident Phillip Durachinsky, who is not only accused of spying on Apple Mac owners via Fruitfly but also of producing child pornography. Prosecutors alleged Durachinsky had been installing spyware on people's PCs for more than...
  • PRIVACY ALERT: HP Quietly Installs System-Slowing Spyware On Its PCs Without Consent

    11/29/2017 10:00:41 AM PST · by blam · 40 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 11-29-2017
    On the heels of Lenovo’s massive $3.5 million fine for preinstalling adware on laptops without users‘ consent, Hewlett-Packard is jumping in with both feet when it comes to installing spyware on its PCs without the consumer’s permission. According to numerous reports gathered by Computer World, the brand is deploying a telemetry client (a system data that is uploaded by the Connected User Experience and Telemetry component), on customer computers without asking permission. The software, which was first identified on November 15 of this year, is called “HP Touchpoint Analytics Service” and appears to replace the self-managed HP Touchpoint Manager solution....
  • China's forcing citizens in Muslim-majority region to install spyware on their phones

    07/22/2017 3:01:32 PM PDT · by ForYourChildren · 24 replies
    Mashable ^ | 07/21/2017 | Yi Shu Ng
    China has ramped up surveillance measures in Xinjiang, home to much of its Muslim minority population, according to reports from Radio Free Asia. Authorities sent out a notice over a week ago instructing citizens to install a "surveillance app" on their phones, and are conducting spot checks in the region to ensure that residents have it. " pic.twitter.com/NnNvc7foV4 " — Delinda Tien (@TienDelinda) July 14, 2017 The notice, written in Uyghur and Chinese, was sent by WeChat to residents in Urumqi, Xinjiang's capital. Android users were instructed to scan the QR code in order to install the Jingwang app that...
  • Disable Intel AMT on Windows (fix Intel's ME/AMT/SMT bug on vPro or consumer machine)

    05/08/2017 10:59:25 PM PDT · by CutePuppy · 9 replies
    Bartblaze / GitHub ^ | 2017 May 07 | bartblaze
    This is the Read.md file on the site, explaining how to use a standalone executable file (compiled from a batch file) to disable recently discovered Intel's bug, until Intel machines' firmware get fixed. Download the DisableAMT.exe (or DisableAMT.zip) from https://github.com/bartblaze/Disable-Intel-AMT --------------------------------------------- # Disable Intel AMT Tool to disable Intel AMT on Windows. Runs on both x86 and x64 **Windows** operating systems. Download: [DisableAMT.exe](DisableAMT.exe) [DisableAMT.zip](DisableAMT.zip) ## What? On 02 May 2017, Embedi [discovered](https://www.embedi.com/news/mythbusters-cve-2017-5689) "*an escalation of privilege vulnerability in Intel® Active Management Technology (AMT), Intel® Standard Manageability (ISM), and Intel® Small Business Technology versions firmware versions 6.x, 7.x, 8.x 9.x, 10.x,...
  • Red alert! Intel patches remote execution hole that's been hidden in biz, server chips since 2008

    05/01/2017 8:05:10 PM PDT · by dayglored · 35 replies
    The Register ^ | May 1, 2017 | Chris Williams
    For the past nine years, millions of Intel workstation and server chips have harbored a security flaw that can be potentially exploited to remotely control and infect systems with spyware.Specifically, the bug is in Intel's Active Management Technology (AMT), Standard Manageability (ISM) and Small Business Technology (SBT) firmware versions 6 to 11.6. According to Chipzilla, the security hole allows "an unprivileged attacker to gain control of the manageability features provided by these products."That means it is possible for hackers to log into a vulnerable computer's hardware – right under the nose of the operating system – and silently tamper with...
  • Secret Back Door in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say

    11/16/2016 7:42:09 PM PST · by null and void · 26 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | NOV 15, 2016 | MATT APUZZO and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    WASHINGTON — For about $50, you can get a smartphone with a high-definition display, fast data service and, according to security contractors, a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours. Kryptowire, the security firm that discovered the vulnerability, said the Adups software transmitted the full contents of text messages, contact lists, call logs, location information and other data to a Chinese server. The code comes preinstalled on phones and the surveillance is not disclosed to users... Security experts frequently discover vulnerabilities in consumer electronics, but this case is exceptional. It was not...
  • Emails expose Chelsea clashes with parents' aides, amid Clinton Foundation concerns

    10/19/2016 4:23:42 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 20 replies
    FOX News ^ | 10/18/2016 | Staff
    While the media started asking critical questions about The Clinton Foundation when Hillary Clinton launched her presidential bid last year, newly published emails show Chelsea Clinton was digging deeper into the foundation's dealings as far back as 2011. According to hacked documents released by WikiLeaks, the former first daughter discovered and shared wide-ranging allegations involving conflict-of-interest concerns, suspected internal cyber spying and other issues. In nearly four-dozen emails from October 2011 to February 2012, Chelsea Clinton’s sometimes-abrasive relationship with her father’s top confidant and other key Clinton aides is on full display.(snip) She claimed an employee witnessed Cooper loading spyware...
  • Windows 10: The 10 best new features to try first (Nice things about Windows 10 for a change)

    09/08/2016 1:45:39 PM PDT · by dayglored · 77 replies
    PC World ^ | Aug 5, 2016 | Brad Chacos
    Let’s not beat around the bush: Windows 10 is wonderful. It’s head-and-shoulders better than Windows 8.1, at least for traditional PC users. The fact that it banishes full-screen apps and the Metro Start screen, focusing instead on the tried-and-true desktop, should be reason enough to make PC purists smile. The massive Windows 10 Anniversary Update released on August 2, 2016, added even more features, functionality, and polish. The obvious desktop improvements are just the tip of the iceberg, though. If you’re fresh to Windows 10, these are the cool new features you’ll want to check out first.Editor’s note: This article...
  • What Facebook REALLY knows about you: Firm reveals the 98 pieces of data it uses to target ads...

    08/23/2016 7:40:27 AM PDT · by snarkpup · 47 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | Updated: 16:50 EST, 22 August 2016 | Stacy Liberatore
    Facebook users are constantly being bombarded with ads, but sometimes one shows up on the screen that is so well-suited, it's as if the site has tapped into your thoughts. ... 'The majority of promoted topics that I see in my Facebook feed are relevant to my interests, and they're worth clicking on more often.' However, others are not sold that Facebook's methods are completely innocent. Peter Eckersley, the chief computer scientist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, calls them 'the most invasive in the world.' 'Facebook's business model is to amass as much first-party and third-party data on you as...
  • Don’t Keep Your Personal Or Financial Data On A Windows 10 Machine!

    02/15/2016 10:52:46 AM PST · by blam · 72 replies
    TMO ^ | 2-15-2016 | Paul_Behan
    Feburary 14, 2016 Paul_Behan Don’t Keep Your Personal Or Financial Data On A Windows 10 Machine! Well not if you want to keep it private. Like many people I was surprised at the Edward Snowden revelations a few years ago. Nothing has seemed to change and in many cases things have got worse. Some corporations are in partnership with government agencies in regard to collection of data.(snip) According to this an article, (1) even after turning off all the tracking options on a computer, the researcher left the computer on overnight and tracked the traffic. He was surprised to find...
  • Juniper warns about spy code in firewalls

    12/17/2015 7:43:06 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    .computerworld.com ^ | Jeremy Kirk
    Juniper, a major manufacturer of networking equipment, said on Thursday it found spying code planted in certain models of its firewalls, an alarming discovery that echoes of state-sponsored tampering.
  • Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10

    11/26/2015 4:09:02 PM PST · by markomalley · 77 replies
    The Register ^ | 11/26/15 | Andrew Orlowski
    “Anonymity is like virginity. You don't get it back once you've lost it,” writes one Register reader on Microsoft’s latest raid on your privacy.Microsoft pulled a major update for Windows after it blew away the user's privacy settings, allowing app developers and advertisers to glean the user’s identity. But that’s only part of the story, which gets murkier by the day.We already knew Windows 10 Threshold deleted third-party data monitoring tools and cleanup tools, including stalwarts like Spybot and CCleaner. It even disabled Cisco’s VPN software. Just a bug, said Microsoft.Two bugs would be a puzzling coincidence – but something...
  • Microsoft finally responds to accusations that Windows 10 spies on users

    09/28/2015 1:58:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 09/28/2015 | Jacob Siegal
    Ever since Windows 10 launched back in July, one topic of conversation has overshadowed everything the new operating system does right: privacy concerns. Everyone with a Windows device is (rightfully) terrified that Microsoft is monitoring everything they do, so on Monday, Microsoft decided to finally issue an official response in order to clear the air. In a blog post on Windows.com, Microsoft executive VP Terry Myerson has taken the first step to earning back the trust of the individuals who are concerned about their privacy in regards to Windows 10. He noted that the data Microsoft collects “is encrypted in...
  • Windows 10 : Microsoft's Waterloo?

    09/22/2015 3:13:30 PM PDT · by publius911 · 85 replies
    Microsoft has been pushing Windows 10 for over a year now, and it seems to be "successful."
  • Anyone familiar with SlimCleaner Plus

    09/21/2015 8:37:15 PM PDT · by Bill Russell · 28 replies
    9/21/2015 | William Russell
    I am having trouble finding a good internet source to give a fair review of SlimCleaner Plus. I was trying to defrag/ run checks on my computer the other day (Windows 7). Shortly afterwards, I noticed SlimCleaner Plus on bottom tool bar. It tries to run periodically (@ once a day). Before I run it, I want to make sure its not a spy or malware before I run it. -- I welcome all comments from the smartest folks on the internet --> that would be you FREEPERs.....
  • Microsoft backports data slurp to Windows 7 and 8 via patches (Win 10 spyware comes to 7, 8.1)

    09/01/2015 9:49:09 PM PDT · by dayglored · 45 replies
    The Register ^ | Sep 1, 2015 | Andrew Orlowski
    We recently mused, half seriously, whether the entire point of the Windows 10 upgrade was to harvest your personal information. With Microsoft suffering from a serious case of Google envy, perhaps it felt it had some catching up to do. Now Microsoft is revamping the user-tracking tools in Windows 7 and 8 to harvest more data, via some new patches. All the updates can be removed post-installation – but all ensure the OS reports data to Microsoft even when asked not to, bypassing the hosts file and (hence) third-party privacy tools. This data can include how long you use apps,...