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Exclusive: Government officials around the globe targeted for hacking through WhatsApp – sources

  WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior government officials in multiple U.S.-allied countries were targeted earlier this year with hacking software that used Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) WhatsApp to take over users’ phones, according to people familiar with the messaging company’s investigation. Sources familiar with WhatsApp’s internal investigation into the breach said a “significant” portion of the known … Lees verder

2020 Voters Are Already Being Inundated by Fake News on Facebook

  A year out from the election, the sharing of fake news is accelerating, and this time it’s homegrown. A year out from the 2020 presidential election, a flood of fake news is already consuming Facebook, with U.S. voters hit with a “tsunami of disinformation” in the last three months. But unlike in 2016, this … Lees verder

Aan Googles liefde voor onderwijs zit iets dubbels – creëert Google klanten voor het leven?

  Grote techbedrijven hebben hun oog laten vallen op het onderwijs. Met Google voorop. 70 procent van de basisscholen in Nederland werkt met laptops en software van het bedrijf. ‘Dit is geen liefdadigheid van Google. Zo creëer je klanten voor het leven.’ Met grote ogen staart Justin naar de laptop voor hem. De 8-jarige scholier – blonde … Lees verder

Drie Amsterdammers uit de DDR over opgroeien aan de oostkant

  Zaterdag precies 30 jaar geleden gebeurde wat niemand voor mogelijk hield: de Berlijnse Muur viel. Amsterdammers uit de DDR over opgroeien aan de oostkant. ‘Mijn moeder heeft de Stasi-dossiers achteraf niet ingezien. Ze wilde niet weten wie ons had bespioneerd.’ Ursula van Vlerken-Rothenburger (1952) is geboren in Thüringen. Ze was wijnboer in de DDR … Lees verder

We must stop smiling our way towards a surveillance state

  Allowing facial recognition technology to spread without understanding its impact could have serious consequences. In the last few years facial recognition has been gradually introduced across a range of different technologies. Some of these are relatively modest and useful; thanks to facial recognition software you can open you smartphone just by looking at it, … Lees verder

Database leaks data on most of Ecuador’s citizens, including 6.7 million children

  Elasticsearch server leaks personal data on Ecuador’s citizens, their family trees, and children, but also some users’ financial records and car registration information. The personal records of most of Ecuador’s population, including children, has been left exposed online due to a misconfigured database, ZDNet has learned. The database, an Elasticsearch server, was discovered two weeks ago … Lees verder

An AI app that “undressed” women shows how deepfakes harm the most vulnerable

  DeepNude has now been taken offline, but it won’t be the last time such technology is used to target vulnerable populations. The attention around deepfakes and synthetic media has grown in recent months. But while the conversation has primarily focused on its potential impact on politics, several experts in human rights and tech ethics have warned that another … Lees verder

I Got Access to My Secret Consumer Score. Now You Can Get Yours, Too.

  Little-known companies are amassing your data — like food orders and Airbnb messages — and selling the analysis to clients. Here’s how to get a copy of what they have on you. As consumers, we all have “secret scores”: hidden ratings that determine how long each of us waits on hold when calling a … Lees verder

Gaggle Knows Everything About Teens And Kids In School

  Gaggle monitors the work and communications of almost 5 million students in the US, and schools are paying big money for its services. Hundreds of company documents unveil a sprawling surveillance industrial complex that targets kids who can’t opt out. This is part of a BuzzFeed News package on schools and social media surveillance. Read … Lees verder