Clearview AI used by nearly 2000 US public agencies | Belgian authorities decrypt messages to seize 27 tons of cocaine in Europe | Facebook removes 14 networks from 11 countries
A BuzzFeed News investigation has found that employees at law enforcement agencies across the US ran thousands of Clearview AI facial recognition searches — often without the knowledge of the public or even their own departments. According to reporting and data reviewed by BuzzFeed News, more than 7,000 individuals from nearly 2,000 public agencies nationwide have used Clearview AI to search through millions of Americans’ faces, looking for people, including Black Lives Matter protesters, Capitol insurrectionists, petty criminals, and their own friends and family members. BuzzFeed News
Belgian authorities announced on Monday that they had seized 27.64 tons of cocaine with a street value of 1.4 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in the industrial port of Antwerp over the past two months... Authorities attributed the seizures to the alleged decryption of half a billion messages sent using Sky ECC, a now shut down encrypted phone company and network popular among drug traffickers. VICE
In March, Facebook removed 14 networks from 11 countries. Five networks — from Albania, Iran, Spain, Argentina, and Egypt — targeted primarily people outside of their countries. Nine others — from Israel, Benin, Comoros, Georgia, and Mexico — focused on domestic audiences in their respective countries. Facebook
China and Russia’s plot to undermine vaccine rollout
ASPI analyst Ariel Bogle said "it became pretty clear … as various vaccine candidates emerged that they would become a kind of political tool, as well as a health tool, as a way to kind of broadcast scientific achievement for their country."
Read our report ‘Strange bedfellows on Xinjiang: The CCP, fringe media and US social media platforms’ here.
The Cybersecurity 202: A massive Facebook breach underscores limits to current data breach notification laws
The Washington Post
Lawmakers and privacy experts are slamming Facebook for its handling of a leak of more than 500 million users' personal information that was posted online for free.
DPC statement, re: Dataset appearing online
Data Protection Commission
Facebook assures the DPC it is giving highest priority to providing firm answers to the DPC. A percentage of the records released on the hacker website contain phone numbers and email address of users. Risks arise for users who may be spammed for marketing purposes but equally users need to be vigilant in relation to any services they use that require authentication using a person’s phone number or email address in case third parties are attempting to gain access.
March 2021 Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior Report
In March, we removed 14 networks from 11 countries. Five networks — from Albania, Iran, Spain, Argentina, and Egypt — targeted primarily people outside of their countries. Nine others — from Israel, Benin, Comoros, Georgia, and Mexico — focused on domestic audiences in their respective countries.
Coordinated Inauthentic Bee-havior
On April 6, Facebook announced the removal in March of a network of accounts and pages that it said originated in Egypt and violated its policy against foreign interference. The set consisted of six pages, 17 Facebook accounts, and three Instagram accounts, which posted about news and political events in Amharic, Arabic, and Turkish to target audiences in Ethiopia, Sudan, and Turkey.
DFRLab investigation leads to Facebook takedown of assets affiliated with Georgian March party
Amid a deepening political crisis in Georgia related to the detention of the leader of the main opposition party, Facebook removed a network connected to the violent far-right and pro-Kremlin party Georgian March.
Tech industry revolt against Porter’s appointment grows
Australian Financial Review
Pressure is rising on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to reverse his decision to appoint Christian Porter as the Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, as more technology industry players spoke out against him taking responsibility for a sector that has sought to increase the participation of women.
ACT government wants to make Canberra the 'cyber capital of Australia'
The Canberra Times
The ACT government will make a play to position Canberra as the cyber capital of Australia, annoucing plans to establish a new cyber security hub.
Cyber Security NSW needs greater oversight role, parliamentary committee finds
The New South Wales government must provide its cyber security agency with a clearer mandate, more independence and increased authority, according to a parliamentary committee report.
Liberal MP Andrew Laming created dozens of Facebook pages to promote LNP and attack opponents
The besieged Liberal National MP Andrew Laming operates more than 30 Facebook pages and profiles under the guise of community groups, including at least three masquerading as news pages, and another posing as an educational institute. The Bowman MP, who is on leave from parliament to undertake empathy counselling following complaints about his behaviour towards women, uses the sites to promote political material and attack his Labor opponents through pages classified with Facebook as “community” and “news” groups. None of the pages include political authorisation disclosures.
Chinese Hackers Selling Intimate Stolen Camera Footage
Stolen videos captured by tens of thousands of security cameras at private properties throughout China are now for sale across social media, marketed as sex tapes.
China's Huawei Is Winning the 5G Race. Here's What the United States Should Do To Respond
Council on Foreign Relations
As part of a CFR Independent Task Force on BRI, we analyzed every country’s official policy toward Huawei 5G and the extent to which this pressure campaign has succeeded. We found that in addition to the United States, eight countries have issued outright bans of the company. Almost all of these are close U.S. allies such as Australia, Japan, and the United Kingdom. More countries have taken a quieter approach, attempting to simultaneously allay U.S. concerns and not provoke a Chinese response. Some have taken measures that amount to a de facto ban without actually barring Huawei.
@RMac18 @caro1inehaskins @bri_sacks @_loganmcdonald
A BuzzFeed News investigation has found that employees at law enforcement agencies across the US ran thousands of Clearview AI facial recognition searches — often without the knowledge of the public or even their own departments.. According to reporting and data reviewed by BuzzFeed News, more than 7,000 individuals from nearly 2,000 public agencies nationwide have used Clearview AI to search through millions of Americans’ faces, looking for people, including Black Lives Matter protesters, Capitol insurrectionists, petty criminals, and their own friends and family members.
Your Local Police Department Might Have Used This Facial Recognition Tool To Surveil You. Find Out Here.
@RMac18 @caro1inehaskins @bri_sacks @_loganmcdonald
Search through BuzzFeed News’ database to find out if the police department in your community is among the hundreds of taxpayer-funded entities that used Clearview AI’s facial recognition.
After A Major Hack, U.S. Looks To Fix A Cyber 'Blind Spot'
The National Security Agency considers itself the world's most formidable cyber power, with an army of computer warriors who constantly scan the wired world. Yet by law, the NSA only collects intelligence abroad, and not inside the U.S.
How Google’s Big Supreme Court Victory Could Change Software Forever
The Court’s ruling in Google LLC v. Oracle America, Inc. upheld long standing industry practices that have furthered development of software that’s compatible with other programs, legal experts tell TIME. The ruling means copyright holders for software “can’t maintain a monopoly over critical interface aspects,” argues Jeanne Fromer, a professor of copyright law at New York University School of Law—and those aspects can be used by both users and programmers to more easily switch between products.
Supreme Court sides with Google in copyright fight against Oracle
The Supreme Court on Monday sided with Google in the company's high-stakes intellectual property fight with Oracle, finding that the search giant's copying of certain Java lines to develop its Android platform constituted fair use.
How the far-right group ‘Oath Enforcers’ plans to harass political enemies
Revealed: online chats indicate some members are threatening to unleash harassment tactics on officials and government workers
Google AI Research Manager Quits After Two Ousted From Group
@nicoagrant @josheidelson @dinabass
Google research manager Samy Bengio, who oversaw the company’s AI ethics group until a controversy led to the ouster of two female leaders, resigned on Tuesday to pursue other opportunities.
How online harassment led to a historic court case
Chicago Booth Review
As a law student, Brittan Heller was the target of a campaign of online harassment that created enormous stress for her personal and professional lives, led her to fear for her safety, and ultimately prompted her to file a landmark lawsuit.
House panel investigating YouTube for advertising practices on kids' platform
A House panel launched an investigation Tuesday into YouTube's advertising practices on its platform for children.
Congress Says Foreign Intel Services Could Abuse Ad Networks for Spying
A group of bipartisan lawmakers, including the chairman of the intelligence committee, have asked ad networks such as Google and Twitter what foreign companies they provide user data to, over concerns that foreign intelligence agencies could be leveraging them to harvest sensitive information on U.S. users, including their location.
Delta Electronics completes first smart factory
Power supply maker and energy management solution provider Delta Electronics has upgraded a plant in Taiwan to a smart factory based on 5G private network through cooperation with Far EasTone Telecommunications (FET), Microsoft and PTC, according to Delta.
Decrypted Messages Lead to Seizure of 27 Tons of Cocaine in Europe
Belgian authorities announced on Monday that they had seized 27.64 tons of cocaine with a street value of 1.4 billion euros ($1.7 billion) in the industrial port of Antwerp over the past two months... Authorities attributed the seizures to the alleged decryption of half a billion messages sent using Sky ECC, a now shut down encrypted phone company and network popular among drug traffickers.
Pandemic brought surge in French cyber attacks, warns Thales CEO
The number of cyber attacks hitting critical French businesses jumped fourfold last year as hackers and states took advantage of the Covid-19 pandemic to make money and sow chaos, said the boss of French security and technology group Thales.. France’s cyber security agency, the ANSSI, clocked 200 large-scale cyber attacks on so-called Operators of Vital Importance in 2020 compared to just 50 the year before, according to the company. The ANSSI keeps a list of around 250 such companies across 12 areas of critical infrastructure such as banking, health and defence.
European Institutions Were Targeted in a Cyber-Attack Last Week
A spokesperson for the commission said that a number of EU bodies “experienced an IT security incident in their IT infrastructure.” The spokesperson said forensic analysis of the incident is still in its initial phase and that it’s too early to provide any conclusive information about the nature of the attack.
Israeli Snoop-for-Hire Posed as a Fox News Journalist for a Spy Operation
The Daily Beast
Operatives from an Israeli private investigations company posed as a Fox News journalist and an Italian reporter in an attempt to dig up dirt on lawsuits against the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah in the UAE, The Daily Beast can reveal.
Gender and Women in Cyber
The Opportunities—and Obstacles—for Women at NSA and Cyber Command
WIRED spoke with three women working in cybersecurity in the US intelligence committee about the progress of recent years and the work that remains.
Apple's C.E.O. is making very different choices from Mark Zuckerberg
The New York Times
Tim Cook views privacy as ‘one of the top issues of the 21st century.’ Other tech leaders don’t seem to agree.
YouTube says it’s getting better at taking down videos that break its rules. They still number in the millions.
The Washington Post
The Google-owned site is blocking millions of videos that contain hate speech and disinformation, but researchers say there’s more it could do.
I Called Off My Wedding. The Internet Will Never Forget
In 2019, I made a painful decision. But to the algorithms that drive Facebook, Pinterest, and a million other apps, I'm forever getting married.
Follow the money: to rein in Big Tech, lawmakers are right to focus on business models
Tech Policy Press
Facebook and Google have made broad-based commitments to protect human rights and the public interest, but only to the extent that this won’t interfere with their ad-based profit models. Lawmakers are right to follow the money.
China as a ‘cyber great power’: Beijing’s two voices in telecommunications
External Chinese government and commercial messaging on information technology (IT) speaks in one voice. Domestically, one hears a different, second voice. The former stresses free markets, openness, collaboration, and interdependence, themes that suggest Huawei and other Chinese companies ought to be treated like other global private sector actors and welcomed into foreign networks. Meanwhile, domestic Chinese government, commercial, and academic discourse emphasizes the limits of free markets and the dangers of reliance on foreign technologies — and, accordingly, the need for industrial policy and government control to protect technologies, companies, and networks.