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August 2, 2019
Alex Hern / Guardian

Alex Hern / Guardian  
Apple Suspends Controversial Program That Allows Contractors to Listen to Siri Recordings

Apple has suspended its practice of having human contractors listen to users’ Siri recordings to “grade” them, and will not restart the program until it has conducted a thorough review of the practice following a Guardian report revealing the practice.  Apple also said it is committed to adding the ability for users to opt out of the quality assurance scheme altogether in a future software update. Contractors for Apple who conduct those reviews showed up for work on Friday in Ireland but were told to go home for the weekend. The Guardian broke the news that Apple contractors regularly hear confidential and private information while carrying out the grading process, including in-progress drug deals, medical details and people having sex.

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Tweets:@inafried @gcluley @markwilsonwords

AppleInsider: Apple suspends Siri quality control program, will let users opt out in update
iClarified: Tim Cook Announces Apple Card Will Launch in August
Mashable: Apple suspends program that let humans listen in to Siri conversations
Paul Thurrott – Apple Suspends Siri Grading Program
Tech Insider: Three ways brands can benefit from adopting voice technology (AAPL, AMZN, GOOGL, MSFT)
Reuters: Apple halts Siri response grading program after privacy concerns
The Next Web: Apple and Google suspend monitoring of voice recordings by humans
PhoneArena: With privacy cred under fire, Apple to offer opt-out feature for Siri recordings access
ZDNet Security: Apple, Google: We’ve stopped listening to your private Siri, Assistant chat, for now
The Verge: Apple stops letting contractors listen to Siri voice recordings
Cult of Mac: Apple stops listening to users’ Siri queries
MacRumors: Apple Suspends Program That Lets Employees Listen to Siri Recordings for Quality Control, Opt Out Option Coming
Axios: Apple suspends program in which humans review users’ Siri queries
Techradar: Apple has stopped sending Siri chats to third parties… for now
BetaNews: Privacy: Google stops transcribing Assistant recordings and Apple stops listening to Siri recordings
Pocket-lint: Apple is suspending Siri quality control due to recent privacy concerns
Slashdot: Apple Stops Letting Contractors Listen To Siri Voice Recordings, Will Offer Opt-Out Later

@inafried: Breaking: Apple suspends program in which humans review users' Siri queries (link:…
@gcluley: Apple suspends Siri response grading in response to privacy concerns (link:…
@markwilsonwords: Privacy: Google stops transcribing Assistant recordings and Apple stops listening to Siri recordings

July 26, 2019
Alex Hern / The Guardian

Alex Hern / The Guardian  
Apple Contractors Regularly Hear Highly Confidential Siri Recordings, Including Drug Deals and Couples Having Sex, Whistleblower

Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, according to a whistleblower working for the firm who is concerned about the company’s lack of disclosure of these human reviews. Apple’s privacy policies do not explicitly state that a small proportion of Siri recordings are passed on to contractors working for the company around the world. Apple conceded that humans are reviewing Siri audio saying “a small portion of Siri requests are analyzed to improve Siri and dictation. User requests are not associated with the user’s Apple ID. Siri responses are analyzed in secure facilities and all reviewers are under the obligation to adhere to Apple’s strict confidentiality requirements.”

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Tweets:@geoffreyfowler @donie

Engadget: Apple contractors frequently hear sensitive info in Siri recordings
Fast Company: Your conversations with Apple’s Siri may not be so confidential
9to5Mac: Apple responds to Guardian report about contractors hearing private conversations while ‘grading’ Siri
Tech Insider: Apple contractors working on Siri ‘regularly’ hear recordings of sex, drug deals, and private medical information, a new report says
Trusted Reviews: Apple’s Siri contractors hear people having sex, says whistleblower
MacRumors: Contractors Working on Siri ‘Regularly’ Hear Recordings of Drug Deals, Private Medical Info and More Claims Apple Employee
Slashdot: Apple Contractors ‘Regularly Hear Confidential Details’ on Siri Recordings, Report Says
TechSpot: Apple QC workers often hear bits of private conversations in Siri recordings
Engadget: Apple contractors frequently hear sensitive info in Siri recordings
SlashGear » security: Whistleblower claims Apple contractors hear ‘sensitive’ Siri recordings
iPhone Hacks: Apple Contractors Regularly Hear Confidential Medical Information, Drug Deals and More While Grading Siri

@geoffreyfowler: The HomePod in my living room activates Siri at the strangest times. But I can't say I've ever seen it activated by a zipper.A good reminder, though, that Apple keeps recordings of every time Siri *thinks* it is being activated -- and you can't stop it.
@donie: Apple contractors regularly hear confidential medical information, drug deals, and recordings of couples having sex, as part of their job providing quality control, or “grading”, the company’s Siri voice assistant, the Guardian has learned.

September 17, 2019
Tom McCarthy, David Smith / The Guardian

Tom McCarthy, David Smith / The Guardian  
U.S. Government Files Suit to Stop Edward Snowden Profiting From His New Book, Claims Failure to Submit for Pre-Publication Review, Violation of CIA, NSA Non-Disclosure Agreement

The United States government filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and contractor for the National Security Agency (NSA), who published a memoir entitled Permanent Record. The lawsuit claims that Snowden published his book without submitting it to the agencies for pre-publication review, in violation of his express obligations under the agreements he signed. The lawsuit does not seek to stop the publication of the book but instead seeks to recover all proceeds earned by Snowden because of his failure to submit his publication for pre-publication review. The feds are also suing Snowden’s publisher solely to ensure that no funds are transferred to Snowden, or at his direction, while the court resolves the United States’ claims. The lawsuit is separate from the criminal charges brought against Snowden, whom the government has accused of violating the Espionage Act.

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Tweets:@Snowden @ACLU @ewenmacaskill @zackwhittaker @avilarenata @ggreenwald @Snowden @trevortimm @xor @zoetillman @freedomofpress U.S. government can’t try Edward Snowden — so it’s going after his book payout
Stars and Stripes: Department of Justice sues for proceeds from Edward Snowden’s book
The Huffington Post: Justice Department Sues Edward Snowden For Book Proceeds
ZDNet: US sues Edward Snowden over new book
BuzzFeed: The Justice Department Is Suing To Stop Edward Snowden From Making Money From His New Book And Public Speeches
CNET: Justice Department sues Edward Snowden over memoir
The Hacker News: BREAKING — U.S Sues Edward Snowden and You’d be Surprised to Know Why
SecurityWeek: US Justice Department Sues Snowden Over New Book
Newsweek: What’s in Edward Snowden’s New Book? Justice Department Sues Whistleblower Over ‘Permanent Record’
USATODAY: ‘I’m not asking for a pardon.’ Edward Snowden says he’d come home for a fair trial
Reuters: World News: U.S. wants to seize all money Edward Snowden makes from new book
AOL: U.S. sues NSA leaker Edward Snowden over new book
The Independent: US sues Edward Snowden over new autobiography describing how he leaked top-secret files US sues Edward Snowden over his new book
New York Times: U.S. Tries to Seize Edward Snowden’s Proceeds From New Memoir
ParisGuardian: Snowden Calls on France’s Macron to Grant Him Asylum
Voice of America: Snowden Calls on France’s Macron to Grant Him Asylum
The Mac Observer: The United States Sues Edward Snowden Over Book
Daily Dot: Government sues Edward Snowden for breaking a non-disclosure agreement
POLITICO: DOJ wants the profits from Edward Snowden’s new book
AP Breaking News: Justice Dept. files lawsuit against Snowden over memoir
TIME: U.S. Justice Department Sues Edward Snowden Over New Memoir
The Verge: The US government is suing Edward Snowden for his book profits
Task & Purpose: US hits Edward Snowden with lawsuit over nondisclosure agreement violations
Law & Disorder – Ars Technica: Feds seek to seize all profits from Snowden’s book over NDA violation
TribLIVE: Justice Department files lawsuit against Edward Snowden over memoir
Boing Boing: US sues Edward Snowden, ‘Permanent Record’ violates NDAs ‘signed with CIA & NSA’ says Justice Department
RT USA: Snowden book ‘violates CIA & NSA non-disclosure agreements’ – US lawsuit
The Guardian: US government files civil lawsuit against Snowden over publication of memoir
Slashdot: United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden
Voice of America: US Sues Edward Snowden Over new Book, Cites Non-disclosure Agreements
The Huffington Post: Justice Department Sues Edward Snowden For Book Proceeds
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai – VICE: The US Government Is Suing Edward Snowden
The Register – Security: US government sues ex-IT guy for breaking his NDA (Yes, we mean Edward Snowden)
NBC News Top Stories: DOJ sues Edward Snowden over new memoir
News : NPR: Justice Department Sues Edward Snowden, Seeking Profits From His Book United States Files Civil Lawsuit Against Edward Snowden

@Snowden: The government of the United States has just announced a lawsuit over my memoir, which was just released today worldwide. This is the book the government does not want you to read: (link corrected)
@ACLU: This book contains no government secrets that have not been previously published by respected news organizations.@Snowden wrote this to continue a worldwide conversation about mass surveillance and free societies. This lawsuit will only bring more attention to the book.
@ewenmacaskill: Huge mistake by US govt in filing civil lawsuit against Snowden over publication of memoir. UK ban of Spycatcher 50 years ago created huge demand.
@zackwhittaker: Interesting. U.S. files suit against Edward Snowden for not submitting his new book for pre-publication review, arguing it violates the NDA he signed (and broke when he took thousands of classified files).
@avilarenata: First, they spy on us, then they persecute whistleblowers, now they ban books. Freedom? Time to organise collective readings of @Snowden book everywhere. Go, buy the book now, read it, share it, discuss it.
@ggreenwald: After the DOJ announced its repressive lawsuit to seize the proceeds of Snowden's book (good luck with that!), the book propelled its ways onto the Top 10 Best-Seller List on Amazon. Knowing @Snowden as I do, I'm certain he's duly appreciative
@Snowden: Hours after the United States government filed a lawsuit seeking to punish the publication of my new memoir, #PermanentRecord, the very book the government does not want you to read just became the #1 best-selling book in the world. It is available wherever fine books are sold.
@trevortimm: “This far-reaching censorship system simply can’t be squared with the Constitution...this system sweeps too broadly, fails to limit the discretion of government censors, and suppresses political speech that is vital to informing public debate.”
@xor: "So good, it shouldn't be legal!" –US Department of Justice.Get @Snowden 's book:
@zoetillman: DOJ can't pursue criminal charges against Edward Snowden as long as he's living in Russia — so the feds are going after his money instead
@freedomofpress: Our Executive Director @trevortimm on today's @Snowden lawsuit:“If only the Justice Department was as concerned with the systematic legal violations carried out by the US government’s mass surveillance programs as they are about trying to blunt the impact of a personal memoir.”

September 16, 2019
Ewen MacAskill / The Guardian

Ewen MacAskill / The Guardian  
In New Memoir Whistleblower Edward Snowden Says Predicted Harms From His Disclosures Have Not Come to Pass, Warns That Greatest Surveillance Dangers Lie Ahead in Facial and Pattern Recognition

During an interview to mark the publication of his memoirs, Permanent Record, former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden said dire warnings that his disclosures would cause harm had not come to pass, and even former critics now conceded “we live in a better, freer and safer world” because of his revelations. In his book, Snowden outlines what led him to leak details of the secret programs being run by the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the UK’s secret communication headquarters, GCHQ. He also warns that the greatest surveillance dangers lie ahead in the form of artificial intelligence capabilities, such as facial and pattern recognition. Snowden further said he’s reconciled to living in exile in Russia for years to come although reports following this interview state that Snowden is calling on France to grant him asylum.

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Tweets:@snowden @MalwareJake @halvarflake @robertmlee @kimzetter @gregpmiller @mattblaze @BrianHonan @RidT @fs0c131y

iNews: A million UK workers are being denied the holiday pay they are entitled to by law
AP Breaking News: Snowden calls on France’s Macron to grant him asylum
The Moscow Times: Edward Snowden, Currently in Russia, Says He’d ‘Love to Be Granted Asylum in France’
Yahoo! News: Snowden calls on France’s Macron to grant him asylum
CBS This Morning: Edward Snowden wants to come home: “I’m not asking for a pass. What I’m asking for is a fair trial”
Washington Post: Edward Snowden explains how he pulled off one of the largest leaks in U.S. history
Spiegel Online: ‘If I Happen to Fall out of a Window, You Can Be Sure I Was Pushed’
Wired: After Six Years in Exile, Edward Snowden Explains Himself
The Moscow Times: Edward Snowden, Currently in Russia, Says He’d ‘Love to Be Granted Asylum in France’
SecurityWeek: Snowden Says Would Like French Asylum
RT News: Paris’ justice minister backs accepting Snowden, who floats taking refuge in France
The Inquisitr News: Whistleblower Edward Snowden Seeks U.S. Return & ‘Fair Trial’
The Guardian: Edward Snowden would like to return to US but only with a fair trial – live Edward Snowden says he wants to come home: “I’m not asking for a pass” Life After Snowden: US Still Lacks Whistleblowing Rules
POLITICO EU: Edward Snowden ‘would love’ to get political asylum in France
New York Post: Edward Snowden calls on Emmanuel Macron to grant him asylum in France
Digital Journal: Snowden says he would return to US if he can get a fair trial
Yahoo News: Snowden says he would return to US if he can get a fair trial

@snowden: Everything we do now lasts forever; not because we want to remember, but because we are no longer permitted to forget. Do you know what's in your #PermanentRecord?
@MalwareJake: With @Snowden book coming out, I'm hearing multiple respected people in the industry say "the domestic programs were wrong, I just don't agree with how he released the data." I get where these people are coming from, but let's examine why this is a hollow argument. 1/
@halvarflake: In a polarized debate about Snowden, a well-reasoned thread.
@robertmlee: Snowden is historically relevant regardless of anyone’s emotions on him. I have no opinion on his motivations and I think there were both good and bad things that came from his disclosures. But there are many claims he makes that anyone who worked in the NSA knows are not factual
@kimzetter: Great thread on Snowden and why he had to leak - from someone formerly in the intel community
@gregpmiller: Snowden's memoir tells us a lot about his childhood fascination with technology, and the tradecraft he used to steal secrets from CIA/NSA. But he tells us little about his exile in Russia, under the sort of repression he feared was taking root in the US.
@mattblaze: With @Snowden's book forthcoming, my hope (against hope) is that critiques of Snowden's actions not overshadow critiques of the programs he exposed. Compelling and difficult questions about both, but they're different things.
@BrianHonan: Whatever your views on Snowden this is a compelling thread to read before you voice your opinion
@RidT: So, is it possible that Snowden wrote and submitted his memoirs for publication entirely innocently and free of influence at some desk, library, or café in Moscow? — ... maybe. Will PERMANENT RECORD accurately describe his interactions with FSB over the years? — Hard to imagine.
@fs0c131y: I bought the new book of @Snowden and I was wondering: What is the opinion of the infosec community about Snowden and his actions?

December 11, 2015

The Guardian HQ Malicious Attackers Add Malware to Guardian’s Cybercrime Article

The Guardian, a prominent UK publication had published an article which headlined “Cybercrime: Is it out of Control?” that claimed cybercriminals getting more audacious over time. Sure enough, cybercriminals audaciously injected a malicious URL into the syndicated links embedment on the page that redirected users to the dreaded Angler Exploit Kit malware.

October 14, 2019
Julia Kollewe / The Guardian

Julia Kollewe / The Guardian  
Thoma Bravo to Buy Sophos for $3.9 Billion Marking First Big Buy Outside U.S. for Increasingly Cybersecurity-Focused Private Equity Group

UK cybersecurity firm Sophos agreed to be bought by a US private equity group Thoma Bravo for $3.9bn (£3.1bn), marking the first acquisition outside the U.S. for the increasingly cybersecurity-focused buyout group. Thoma Bravo said it would carry out a six-month review of the business but indicated that a significant restructuring and material job losses were unlikely.

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ZDNet Security: Thoma Bravo to buy Sophos for $3.9 billion
City A.M. – Technology: Sophos shares jump as private equity group secures buyout Private Equity Firm Thoma Bravo Acquires UK’s Sophos For $3.8B
City A.M. – Technology: Sophos shares jump as private equity group secures buyout
Computer Business Review: UK’s Sophos Sold for £3.1 Billion Cash
Help Net Security: Thoma Bravo to acquire Sophos for $3.9 billion
The Register: Private equity to gobble up Brit virus blocker Sophos for £3bn
Independent : Cyber security firm Sophos latest British company snapped up by foreign buyers –
CRN: Thoma Bravo In Talks To Buy All Of McAfee From TPG, Intel: Report
Sophos: Thoma Bravo Makes Offer to Acquire Sophos
ComputerWeekly: IT security: Researchers reveal the cyber campaign that built China’s new airliner
MSSP Alert: Sophos Acquired By Private Equity
Bloomberg Technology: Sophos Becomes Latest U.K. Tech Target in $3.8 Billion Deal – Bloomberg – Software Industry News: Sophos shares soar 37% after $3.8 billion offer from U.S. buyout group
Evening Standard: Tech duo pocket £460 million as US swoop on FTSE software giant Sophos
SecurityWeek: Thoma Bravo to Acquire Sophos for $3.9 Billion Thoma Bravo to Buy Sophos for $3.9 Billion
Cyberscoop : Thoma Bravo spends $3.8 billion on Sophos in private equity’s latest cyber deal
TechCrunch: Thoma Bravo makes $3.9 billion offer to acquire security firm Sophos
Channel News Asia: Buyout firm Thoma Bravo adds Sophos to its cybersecurity chest with US$3.8 billion deal

@lehtior2: Thoma Bravo offers to buy Sophos at $3,9M EV. FY19 EV/R 5,6x, EV/EBITDA 44,1x. Premium of 37.1% to last closing price. Interestingly, last winter Thoma Bravo was rumored to be in talks for McAfee Seems they settled on Sophos instead

August 5, 2019
Kalyeena Makortoff / The Guardian

Kalyeena Makortoff / The Guardian  
Digital Bank Monzo Urges 480,000 Customers to Reset PINs After Discovering Unauthorized Engineers Could Access Them

Digital bank Monzo has urged nearly 480,000 customers to change their PINs after it left banking information exposed to unauthorized staff for six months. The bank usually stores PIN records in a “particularly secure” part of its internal system where it can tightly control which staff members can access them but last Friday discovered that PINs were also being copied on to log files, that while encrypted, could be accessed by about 110 unauthorized engineers. The exposed PINS reflect one-fifth of Monzo’s 2.6 million customers. Monzo worked through the weekend to delete the exposed data and informed the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) of the breach.

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August 6, 2019
Alex Hern / Guardian

Alex Hern / Guardian  
Amazon Now Allows Alexa Users to Disable Human Review of Their Voice Recordings, Company Promises Greater Clarity on This Controversial Practice

In a new policy that took effect last Friday, Amazon has given Alexa users the option to disable human review of their voice recordings and committed to greater clarity about its use of the strategy in future but it will not follow Google and Apple in stopping the practice altogether. Users of the company’s voice assistant will be able to disable a setting labeled “help improve Amazon services and develop new features” to stop the reviews.

August 14, 2019
Josh Taylor / The Guardian

Josh Taylor / The Guardian  
Biometrics, Unencrypted Credentials, Personal Information Exposed via Unprotected Database Used by Security Company for UK Police, Defense Contractors, Banks

The fingerprints of over 1 million people, as well as facial recognition information, unencrypted usernames and passwords, and personal information of employees in an unencrypted and unprotected database for Suprema, a security company used by the UK Metropolitan police, defense contractors and banks was discovered by Israeli security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Loca working with VPN services company vpnmentor. Suprema is responsible for the web-based Biostar 2 biometrics lock system that allows centralized control for access to secure facilities such as warehouses or office buildings and uses fingerprints and facial recognition as part of its identification methods. The researchers had access to over 27.8m records, and 23 gigabytes-worth of data including admin panels, dashboards, fingerprint data, facial recognition data, face photos of users, unencrypted usernames and passwords, logs of facility access, security levels and clearance, and personal details of staff. The also discovered plain-text passwords of administrator accounts.

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VPNMentor: Report: Data Breach in Biometric Security Platform Affecting Millions of Users
Verdict: WhatsApp fingerprint authentication bolsters Android Beta security
Tech.Co: Data Breach Exposes 2.8 Million People’s Fingerprint and Facial Recognition Details
Hacker News: Newest: Data Breach Has Exposed Millions of Fingerprint and Facial Recognition Records
Help Net Security : Huge database found leaking biometric, personal info of millions
The Sun: Brits warned as huge breach reveals MILLIONS of fingerprints and faces in hack of system used by UK banks and police
Computer Business Review: White Hats Breach Biometrics Database: 27.8 Million Records Exposed
Daily Mail : Huge data leak exposed the biometric data of MILLIONS of people
Silicon Republic: Biometric security firm used by UK police exposed 1m fingerprints
ET news: Lawmakers and ACLU push for California facial recognition ban
Security Magazine: New Face Recognition Test Falsely Matches CA Lawmakers with Mugshots
SC Magazine: BioStar 2 database leaked one million fingerprints, facial recognition data | SC Media
Techerati: Biometrics platform used by UK police stored millions of unhashed fingerprints on unsecured database
ZDNet Security: Major biometrics data leak impacts UK Metropolitan Police, banks, enterprise companies
Engadget: Massive biometric security flaw exposed more than one million fingerprints
Tech Insider: WeWork just filed for its IPO, and revealed a lengthy list of risk factors that investors should be aware of
BiometricUpdate: Millions of unencrypted biometric fingerprint and face records exposed to web in Suprema database
The Register – Security: Not very Suprema: Biometric access biz bares 27 million records and plaintext admin creds
The Times of Israel: Israeli experts say biometric firm exposed data of millions of people
IT World Canada: Researchers find huge database of fingerprints and facial recognition images on the internet

@grahamcluley: Security breach. Fingerprints, facial recognition and other personal information from biometrics system - used by banks, UK police and defence firms - discovered on publicly accessible database