A Creepy CIA Location-Tracking Trick

New documents released on Wednesday as part of WikiLeaks' series of CIA hacking revelations detail a method the agency uses to geolocate computers and the people using them. The agency infects target devices with malware that can then check which public Wi-Fi networks a given computer can connect to at a given moment, as well [...]


Even a mask won’t hide you from the latest face recognition tech

Ditch the hat and scarf – it’s not fooling anyone. Face recognition software can now see through your cunning disguise – even you are wearing a mask. Amarjot Singh at the University of Cambridge and his colleagues trained a machine learning algorithm to locate 14 key facial points. These are the points the human brain [...]

Facebook has mapped populations in 23 countries

Facebook doesn't only know what its 2 billion users "Like." It now knows where millions of humans live, everywhere on Earth, to within 15 feet. Facebook used satellite-based data and government census information to map the Earth's entire human population. The data set has a resolution of five meters and knows where man-made structures are [...]

NSA Planned to Hijack Google App Store to Hack Smartphones

The National Security Agency and its closest allies planned to hijack data links to Google and Samsung app stores to infect smartphones with spyware, a top-secret document reveals. The surveillance project was launched by a joint electronic eavesdropping unit called the Network Tradecraft Advancement Team, which includes spies from each of the countries in the [...]

ICE to Outsource Data Collection on 500,000 People Per Month

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is looking for help from the private sector to gather and analyze a massive amount of data on 500,000 unauthorized immigrants a month – including their phone numbers, places of employment, insurance claims and payday loans. The new system would help ICE track targets, described as “priority criminal aliens,” by [...]

The 325,807 Times The Australian Government Was Accessing Metadata

The revelation comes from the annual Attorney-General's Department report on the operation of the Telecommunications (Interception and Access) Act that gives Australian law enforcement agencies powers to access the call records and other metadata of every Australian telephone and internet account without a warrant. Australian has signed a mutual assistance treaty with China that obliges [...]

Facebook can track your browsing even after you’ve logged out, judge says

A judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Facebook of tracking users’ web browsing activity even after they logged out of the social networking site. The plaintiffs alleged that Facebook used the “like” buttons found on other websites to track which sites they visited, meaning that the Menlo Park, California-headquartered company could build up detailed records [...]