SURVEILLANCE

Signal Messaging App Rolls Out Encrypted Video Calling

WhatsApp and Facebook have so far the largest end-to-end encrypted video calling network of all, but now another popular end-to-end encrypted messaging app recommended by whistleblower Edward Snowden is ready to give them a really tough competition.

The Signal app, which is widely considered the most secure of all other encrypted messaging apps, released video calling feature on Tuesday for both Android and iOS in a new update.

Developed by open source software group Open Whisper System, Signal is a free and open source messaging application specially designed for Android and iOS users to make secure and encrypted messages and voice calls.
READ MORE: http://thehackernews.com/2017/02/secure-messaging-app.html?utm_source=dl...

Police: Ohio man's cardiac pacemaker data leads to charges

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Police say data recorded by a man's cardiac pacemaker helped lead to his indictment on charges of aggravated arson and insurance fraud in a fire at his Ohio home.

Middletown police say Ross Compton is accused of starting the Sept. 19 fire. He's scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
READ MORE: https://apnews.com/c55eac83846f42e19fb924e57917001b/Police:-Ohio-man's-cardiac-pacemaker-data-leads-to-charges?utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=AP

The Plan to Test Cities’ Sewage for Drugs Is a New Form of Mass Surveillance

Nearly every drug you snort, inject, smoke, butt-plug, vaporize or freebase eventually ends up back in the water supply via your excrement. The fish love it—well, maybe not the ones mutating from it. But apparently crabs and trout aren't the only ones sifting through your waste.

Across the globe, researchers at wastewater treatment plants are testing for psychoactive substances passed by drug users through their feces and urine. The data can be incredibly valuable, letting scientists and law enforcement quickly track drug use trends and identify new substances on the market.
READ MORE: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-plan-to-test-cities-sewage-for-drug...

Obama's most enduring legacy may be the establishment of the modern US surveillance state

During his eight years in office, Obama has dramatically expanded the reach of US government surveillance, with scores of new revelations of previously unknown surveillance initiatives continuing to regularly come to light.

Just two days after his Jan. 10 farewell speech, The New York Times reported that the Obama administration had granted sweeping surveillance powers to the incoming Trump presidency – dramatically expanding 17 government agencies legal authority to spy on US citizens.
READ MORE: http://www.businessinsider.com/obamas-most-enduring-legacy-the-modern-us...

Stolen NSA "Windows Hacking Tools" Now Up For Sale!

The Shadow Brokers who previously stole and leaked a portion of the NSA hacking tools and exploits is back with a Bang!

The hacking group is now selling another package of hacking tools, “Equation Group Windows Warez,” which includes Windows exploits and antivirus bypass tools, stolen from the NSA-linked hacking unit, The Equation Group.

For those unfamiliar with the topic, The Shadow Brokers is a notorious group of black-hat hackers who, in August 2016, leaked exploits, security vulnerabilities, and "powerful espionage tools" created by The Equation Group.
READ MORE: http://thehackernews.com/2017/01/nsa-windows-hacking-tools.html?m=1

These Toys Don’t Just Listen To Your Kid; They Send What They Hear To A Defense Contractor

Kids say a lot of random, unsolicited, or just plain personal things to their toys while playing. When that toy is stuffed with just fluff and beans, it doesn’t matter what the kid says: their toy is a safe sounding board. When their playtime companion is an internet-connected recording device that ships off audio files to a remote server without even notifying parents — that’s a whole other kind of problem.
READ MORE: https://consumerist.com/2016/12/06/these-toys-dont-just-listen-to-your-k...

US Web Anonymity to Become Reasonable Suspicion

Beginning on Thursday, December 1st, the power granted to U.S. law enforcement agencies to access the computers and phones of its citizens will be expanded. The new powers allow authorities to more easily gain a warrant to remotely access the computers of those people suspected of using technological means to hide their location. This expansion is being resisted by members of the U.S. Congress, but the deadline may pass before legislation can reverse the change.
read more: https://edgylabs.com/2016/11/30/web-anonymity-ends-thursday/

Tor phone is antidote to Google “hostility” over Android, says developer

The Tor Project recently announced the release of its prototype for a Tor-enabled smartphone—an Android phone beefed up with privacy and security in mind, and intended as equal parts opsec kung fu and a gauntlet to Google.

The new phone, designed by Tor developer Mike Perry, is based on Copperhead OS, the hardened Android distribution profiled first by Ars earlier this year.
READ MORE: http://arstechnica.com/security/2016/11/tor-phone-prototype-google-hosti...

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