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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

Onderzoek: ‘Simple Demographics Often Identify People Uniquely’

1. Abstract In this document, I report on experiments I conducted using 1990 U.S. Census summary data to determine how many individuals within geographically situated populations had combinations of demographic values that occurred infrequently. It was found that combinations of few characteristics often combine in populations to uniquely or nearly uniquely identify some individuals. Clearly, … Lees verder

Freedom on the Net 2019 – The Crisis of Social Media

What was once a liberating technology has become a conduit for surveillance and electoral manipulation. Internet freedom is increasingly imperiled by the tools and tactics of digital authoritarianism, which have spread rapidly around the globe. Repressive regimes, elected incumbents with authoritarian ambitions, and unscrupulous partisan operatives have exploited the unregulated spaces of social media platforms, … 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

Facebook moet onwettige berichten verwijderen van EU Hof

  Een tegenslag voor Facebook bij het Europese Hof van Justitie. Een rechter in een lidstaat mag van Facebook eisen dat het bedrijf berichten verwijdert die onwettig zijn verklaard. Het gaat bijvoorbeeld om berichten die iemands eer of goede naam aantasten. Niet alleen het originele bericht moet worden verwijderd, maar ook als anderen het bericht … Lees verder

What happened when Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez came face to face with Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg

  The New York politician has exposed the firm’s shameless disregard for the truth It was 1am the night before we published the Cambridge Analytica files in March last year and I got an urgent message from my fellow reporter, Emma Graham-Harrison. Facebook, which that day had sent us a letter threatening legal action if we … Lees verder

The Delicate Ethics of Using Facial Recognition in Schools

  A growing number of districts are deploying cameras and software to prevent attacks. But the systems are also used to monitor students—and adult critics. On a steamy evening in May, 9,000 people filled Stingaree Stadium at Texas City High School for graduation night. A rainstorm delayed ceremonies by a half hour, but the school … Lees verder

An Op-Ed From the Future on Election Security

  There have been many pieces, in Lawfare and elsewhere, about the weaknesses in America’s political and election systems. In my career as a security executive, I sometimes found it difficult to communicate risk to non-expert audiences when focusing on a specific vulnerability. It is often more effective to paint a dire but realistic scenario relying on … Lees verder