When Spies Come Home

PayPal Processes Payments for ‘Stalkerware’ Software Sold to Abusive Partners

The booming industry of spyware to spy on romantic partners doesn’t exist in a vacuum: Companies need financial and tech giants to process their payments and advertise their wares.
Joseph Cox
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
a day ago

Facial Recognition Software Regularly Misgenders Trans People

Human computer interfaces are almost never built with transgender people in mind, and continue to reinforce existing biases.
Matthew Gault
2 days ago
Black History Month

Take These Google Earth Tours Through American Black History

"The Journey of Us" project is a collaboration with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Howard University’s Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, and Google.
Rob Dozier
terms of service

Most Online ‘Terms of Service’ Are Incomprehensible to Adults, Study Finds

Reading the terms and conditions of online consumer contracts requires, on average, more than 14 years of education.
Dustin Patar

How Google Tracks Hackers

This week, CYBER speaks to Shane Huntley, the Director of Google's Threat Analysis Group (TAG), essentially Google's hacker hunting team.
Motherboard Staff

Head of Android Security Says Locking Out Law Enforcement Is an ‘Unintended Side Effect’

Google is taking steps to make it harder for someone to push a malicious update that disables the security features on an Android phone.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
climate change

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Writes a Letter Roasting Silicon Valley Giants

Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Chellie Pingree penned a letter to the CEOs of Google, Facebook, and Microsoft schooling them on climate change.
Samantha Cole
Who Blocks the Blockers

Upcoming Version of Google Chrome Will Make It Harder to Block Ads

Google’s main source of revenue is ads, but Chromium developers claim the change is necessary to enhance user privacy and control.
Daniel Oberhaus

Google Made a Quiz to See if You Can Identify Phishing Emails

Alphabet’s Jigsaw has a new quiz to test your ability to distinguish phishing emails from regular, benevolent ones.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai

Researchers Fool ReCAPTCHA With Google’s Own Speech-To-Text Service

The new method has a 90 percent success rate at tricking the robot into thinking it’s human.
Samantha Cole

Hackers Accessed Smart TVs to Play PewDiePie Propaganda Videos

The devices are allegedly hacked to play a video encouraging people to subscribe to the channel and fix their devices.
Samantha Cole

Slack Bans Iranian Academic Living in Canada Because of Sanctions

An Iranian academic says Slack banned him from the communication platform due to US sanctions. But the academic does not live in Iran; he’s in Canada.
Joseph Cox