Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Officials who are US allies among targets of NSO malware, says WhatsApp chief

Will Cathcart claims government officials around the world among 1,400 WhatsApp users targeted in 2019Senior government officials around the world – including individuals in high national security positions who are “allies of the US” – were targeted by governments...

The Pegasus project: why investigations like this are at the heart of the Guardian’s mission

Guardian editor-in-chief Katharine Viner reflects on our recent investigation into NSO Group, which sells hacking spyware used by governments around the world, and explains why journalism like this is so vital When the Guardian’s head of investigations, Paul Lewis,...

How NSO became the company whose software can spy on the world

The Pegasus project has raised new concerns about the Israeli firm, which is a world leader in the niche surveillance marketIn 2019, when NSO Group was facing intense scrutiny, new investors in the Israeli surveillance company were on a...

Data officers raid two properties over Matt Hancock CCTV footage leak

Computer equipment and electronic devices seized in connection with images of minister kissing aideTwo residential properties in the south of England have been raided by data protection officers, as part of their investigation into who leaked CCTV footage of...

Security provider for Matt Hancock’s office worked at Porton Down

US firm Emcor offers ‘facilities management’ at sensitive sites, including DHSC and RAF basesA firm that provided security at Matt Hancock’s office, where leaked CCTV footage showed him kissing an aide, has also worked at the Porton Down defence...

For UK foreign secretary, simply having a mobile represents a security risk – analysis

Analysis: UK prides itself on GCHQ’s cyber capability – so availability of Dominic Raab’s number will have been embarrassing for himFinding Dominic Raab’s mobile phone online is more than just embarrassing for the foreign secretary: it also represents...

Dominic Raab’s mobile number freely available online for last decade

Exclusive: Finding raises questions for security services weeks after similar revelations about PM’s numberThe private mobile number of Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, has been online for at least 11 years, raising questions for the security services weeks after...

Robert Buckland: ministerial offices should be swept for hidden cameras – video

The justice secretary has signalled that ministerial security may have been compromised as he called for regular security sweeps for cameras in ministers’ offices after the Matt Hancock scandal. Hancock resigned as health secretary after CCTV footage from his departmental...

Hancock CCTV footage: security may have been breached, minister says

Justice secretary Robert Buckland calls for regular sweeps for hidden cameras in government officesThe justice secretary, Robert Buckland, has signalled that ministerial security may have been compromised as he called for regular security sweeps for cameras in ministers’ offices...

John McAfee obituary

Controversial antivirus software pioneer who entered US politics and became a fugitive from justiceAs the inventor of the antivirus software that bears his name, John McAfee, who has died aged 75 after apparently taking his own life in...

Have I gone too far in monitoring my children’s online activity? | Annalisa Barbieri

At this stage, being a parent is more about negotiation and trust, says Annalisa Barbieri. Sit down as a family and talk about it – make rules togetherI have two children, aged nine and 11. We’ve always limited their...

GPs urged to refuse to hand over patient details to NHS Digital

Senior doctors call on colleagues not to share personal data, in effort to buy time to raise awareness of plansSenior GPs have called on colleagues to refuse to hand over patients’ personal data to NHS Digital, in a move...

A Russian Doll review – a data-disinformation troll keeps us hooked

Barn theatre, CirencesterRachel Redford shines as a student recruited to mess with British heads, in a joint production with the Arcola theatre‘Who owns your data?” asks Masha, the tortured voice at the centre of this monologue. Issues of data...

How Apple’s AirTag turns us into unwitting spies in a vast surveillance network

The tech giant says it has security safeguards in place. But these tracking devices can be hacked and put to other nefarious purposesApple has launched the latest version of its operating system, iOS 14.5, which features the much-anticipated app...

Government agencies could access personal data without consent under new bill

Privacy advocates fear Coalition’s proposed data-sharing law could allow for robodebt-style tacticsAustralians’ personal information could be accessed by government agencies and researchers without their consent under proposed data-sharing legislation that critics say could pave the way for more robodebt-style...
The Register

Do you have a grip on the lifecycle security of your AWS-deployed applications?

Learn how to manage the risks of cloud native environments with Aqua and AWS Promo  There’s no doubt that adopting DevOps methodologies and CI/CD pipelines, and extending cloud native technologies like containerization can massively accelerate your application development and...
TechRepublic

Beef up security in Firefox with Fission

Jack Wallen shows you how to enable Fission. Firefox developers understand web browser security is at a premium, so they've rolled out a site isolation feature.
TechRepublic

Cybersecurity professionals: Positive reinforcement works wonders with users

The blame game is not working; experts suggest using positive reinforcement to improve employee attitude and performance.
SecurityWeek

Google Patches High-Risk Android Security Flaws

Google this week pushed out a security-themed Android update with fixes for more than 30 security flaws that expose mobile users to a range of malicious hacker attacks. The latest Android update provides documentation on 33 security bugs, some serious...

Awful transaction and timing: AT&T finally ditches DirecTV

Enlarge (credit: Getty Images | Ronald Martinez) AT&T has completed its spinoff of DirecTV after six years of mismanagement in which nearly 10 million customers ditched the company's pay-TV services. AT&T bought DirecTV for $49 billion ($67 billion including...