• Jan 9, 2020
  • Caleb Chen
  • Android, News, Privacy, Security,

Android community worried about presence of “Chinese spyware” by Qihoo 360 in Samsung smartphones and tablets

Earlier this week, the Android community on Reddit erupted in discussion over a thread titled: “Chinese Spyware Pre-Installed on All Samsung Phones (& Tablets)” that has since been labeled as misleading by moderators. In addition, it’s also been noted by observant redditors that the original poster (OP) of the thread may have been a purchased … Continue reading “Android community worried about presence of “Chinese spyware” by Qihoo 360 in Samsung smartphones and tablets”

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  • Oct 26, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy, Programming,

Smartphones with wheels: how modern transportation brings new privacy problems

Tracking vehicles as a way of carrying out surveillance has been used by governments around the world for years. When exactly it should be allowed is still a hot topic, in the US at least. And it’s not just the police that use tracking devices. Recently it emerged that the car manufacturer Mercedes has covertly … Continue reading “Smartphones with wheels: how modern transportation brings new privacy problems”

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  • Oct 3, 2019
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Privacy, Security,

Millions of smartphones vulnerable to SimJacker mobile phone exploit

Earlier this month, Adaptive Mobile Security released a report on a vulnerability and set of exploits which have since been named SimJacker. Adaptive Mobile Security showed that this attack vector has been used for at least the last two years to hack into target mobile phones. The security firm was able to identify that the … Continue reading “Millions of smartphones vulnerable to SimJacker mobile phone exploit”

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  • Sep 4, 2019
  • Glyn Moody
  • Linux, Open Source, Privacy, Programming,

The next great platform shift is underway, and that could be really bad for privacy

The first computing era was based on the keyboard. Mainframes, minicomputers, personal computers – they were all controlled using fingers typing out commands. Later on, the graphical front end of the Macintosh and Windows allowed people to point and click, but the keyboard was still there for text to be entered at some point. The … Continue reading “The next great platform shift is underway, and that could be really bad for privacy”

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  • Oct 18, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Privacy, Security,

How to stop your mobile phone number and location from being sold

Smartphone users are becoming aware that their phone number and location isn’t private when they use the internet on their data plans thanks to the selling of your mobile advertising id (MAID). According to Wired’s Andy Greenberg, it only costs $1,000 to track someone online. When you visit a website on your smartphone, both the … Continue reading “How to stop your mobile phone number and location from being sold”

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  • Nov 16, 2016
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

120,000 US smartphones found to send private data back to China; millions of Chinese presumably still affected

A secret backdoor in some Android smartphones has been discovered by Kryptowire, an American security firm. Kryptowire announced their findings in a press release early Tuesday morning. The backdoor was made by Shanghainese company AdUps at the behest of an unnamed Chinese phone manufacturer. The backdoor is located in the smartphone’s firmware and was discovered on … Continue reading “120,000 US smartphones found to send private data back to China; millions of Chinese presumably still affected”

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