SURVEILLANCE

big telecom

In Letters To Senate, Wireless Carriers Downplay Their Latest Location Data Scandal

Carriers insist location data scams are rare and they do their best to police them. Government investigators may want to confirm that claim.
Karl Bode
a day ago
Hacking

Hacking Team’s New Owner: ‘We’re Starting From Scratch’

The head of Memento Labs, the new company that acquired infamous spyware vendor Hacking Team, admitted there’s a lot to do to recover after the 2015 breach and the damage to its reputation. But he believes it can compete against market leaders NSO Group.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
2 days ago
location data

EFF Says LA’s Scooter Location Data Could Unmask Individual Riders

This month, the Los Angeles Department for Transportation will enter the next phase of collecting the real-time location of scooters like Lime and Bird.
Joseph Cox
4.11.19
Hacking

Prosecutors Launch Investigation Into Company That Put Malware on Google Play Store

Italian government authorities have launched an inquiry into eSurv, a company that made spyware apps that it concealed as legitimate and innocuous-looking apps on the Google Play Store.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
4.1.19
Hacking

Researchers Find Google Play Store Apps Were Actually Government Malware

Security researchers have found a new kind of government malware that was hiding in plain sight within apps on Android’s Play Store. And they appear to have uncovered a case of lawful intercept gone wrong.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Riccardo Coluccini
3.29.19
When Spies Come Home

Hosting Provider Finally Takes Down Spyware Leak of Thousands of Photos and Phone Calls

After Motherboard reported that a consumer spyware vendor left a lot of incredibly sensitive and private data online, the company’s hosting provider took it down.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
3.26.19
FOIA

Here Are Hundreds of Pages of Official Documents About Predictive Policing in America

Motherboard is publishing several hundred pages of documents we obtained from police departments by using Freedom of Information requests.
Caroline Haskins
2.26.19
CYBER

Spy Versus Spy: How a Researcher And a Journalist Unmasked an Undercover Agent

This week on CYBER, we talk to the people who concocted a bold sting operation to unmask an undercover agent.
Motherboard Staff
2.7.19
SURVEILLANCE

Big Telecom Sold Highly Sensitive Customer GPS Data Typically Used for 911 Calls

A Motherboard investigation has found that around 250 bounty hunters and related businesses had access to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint customer location data.
Joseph Cox
2.6.19
SURVEILLANCE

Hundreds of Bounty Hunters Had Access to AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint Customer Location Data for Years

Documents show that bail bond companies used a secret phone tracking service to make tens of thousands of location requests.
Joseph Cox
2.6.19
border security

This Congressman Wants to Build a ‘Digital’ Border Wall that Would Also Provide Rural Broadband

Congressman Will Hurd is the only Republican representing a district along the border, and he wants to use technological solutions to secure the border and possibly close the digital divide.
Kaleigh Rogers
2.1.19
SURVEILLANCE

15 Senators Call on FCC and FTC to Investigate How AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint Sold Phone Locations to Bounty Hunters

After Motherboard’s article, a large group of senators wants two government departments to fully investigate the business dealings of telcos and their data sharing arrangements.
Joseph Cox
1.24.19
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