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March 12, 2020
MARTIN MATISHAK and MARIANNE LEVINE / Politico

MARTIN MATISHAK and MARIANNE LEVINE / Politico  
Extension of FISA Surveillance Powers Pass the House of Representatives

Following weeks of controversy, the House passed by 278-136, a long-term extension of surveillance powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) that are due to expire in three days. Several Republicans backed the bill despite the warnings of Donald Trump that he wouldn’t support an extension of the sunsetting authorities under FISA without significant changes to the FISA. The bill now heads to the Senate, where it faces a filibuster.

Related: Reuters, Daily Beast, USATODAY, CBSNews.com, The Hill, POLITICO, Courthouse News Service, CNN.com – Politics, Lawfare, GlobalNews.ca, AP Breaking News


May 21, 2020
Russell Brandom / The Verge

Russell Brandom / The Verge  
Apple and Google Roll Out Support for Their Coronavirus Exposure Notification System, Three U.S. States, Twenty-Two Countries Sign Up

In a move that makes digital contact tracing one step closer to reality in the U.S. and other countries, Apple and Google rolled out support for their coronavirus exposure notification system, as implemented in an update to iOS and Android. The joint system uses a complex BLE Beacon protocol to allow users to track recent exposures to other users who have tested positive for COVID-19. Both tech giants pledge not to monetize the data and to shut down the system once the tracking is no longer needed. Three U.S. states have come forward to announce their own notification systems based on the app – Alabama, South Carolina, and North Dakota. The companies say 22 countries have separately received access to the API, although it declined to name specific nations.

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Tweets:@carolineha_ @lukOlejnik @LeoKelion @geoffreyfowler

Business Insider: Apple and Google are making their COVID-19 exposure tech available to public health agencies, which means you’ll soon have access to contact tracing apps (GOOG, GOOGL, APPL)
iMore: Apple and Google officially launch Exposure Notifications to fight COVID-19
Android Central : Apple and Google officially launch Exposure Notifications to fight COVID-19
Mic: The Trump administration demanded the U.N. remove abortion access from its pandemic response plan
Fortune: Apple, Google’s COVID-19 tracing tool is one big step closer to being put to use
Roll Call: Apple, Google release template for COVID-19 contact tracing apps
Future of Privacy Forum: FPF CEO: Will I Install an Exposure Notification App? Thoughts on the Apple-Google API
Android Authority: Google and Apple announce exposure notification API (Update: Now public)
iPhone Hacks: Apple Releases iOS 13.5 and iPadOS 13.5 with Exposure Notification API for Contact Tracing Apps
ET news: ‘Failed mishmash’ of privacy protections insufficient for NHS app users
Tech Insider: Apple and Google are making their COVID-19 exposure tech available to public health agencies, which means you’ll soon have access to contact tracing apps (GOOG, GOOGL, APPL)
WRAL Tech Wire: Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps tracking COVID-19 exposure
Gulf News Technology: Apple, Google release technology for COVID-19 apps
LA Daily News: Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps
TIME: Apple and Google Release Smartphone Technology to Notify People of Possible Coronavirus Exposure
POLITICO: Apple, Google release coronavirus-tracing software — but will it help?
MacRumors: Apple and Google Launch COVID-19 Exposure Notification API, Over 20 Countries Have Requested and Received Access
MacDailyNews: Apple TV+ faces dual challenges
TechCrunch: Apple and Google launch exposure notification API, enabling public health authorities to release apps
xda-developers: [Update 6: API Live] Google and Apple announce the Contact Tracing API and Bluetooth spec to warn users of COVID-19
Vox: Apple and Google roll out their new exposure notification tool. Interest seems limited.
MacRumors: Apple Releases iOS and iPadOS 13.5 With Exposure Notification API, Face ID Mask Updates, Group FaceTime Changes and More
iMore: Apple releases iOS 13.5 with exposure notification API, Face ID updates
Pocket-lint: What’s new in iOS 13.5? COVID-19 Exposure Notification API and more
Input: iOS 13.5 is here with smarter Face ID unlock when you’re wearing a face mask
MacStories: Apple Releases iOS 13.5 with COVID-19 Exposure Notifications, Face ID Bypass for Masks, FaceTime Setting, and Apple Music Stories Sharing
Patently Apple: A Bitter Ex-Apple Sub-Contractor in Europe is demanding that action be taken against Apple for basically ‘wiretapping entire populations’ via Siri
MacDailyNews: Siri whistleblower goes public over ‘lack of action,’ says Apple should face consequences
Gizmodo Australia: Siri Whistleblower Goes Public To Protest Lack Of Consequences For Apple
Slashdot: Apple Whistleblower Goes Public Over ‘Lack of Action’
BBC: Apple and Google release marks ‘watershed moment’ for contact-tracing apps
The Guardian: Apple and Google release phone technology to notify users of coronavirus exposure
MacDailyNews: How to opt out of COVID-19 contact tracing in iOS 13.5
TechCrunch: Apple and Google launch exposure notification API, enabling public health authorities to release apps
POLITICO: Apple, Google release coronavirus-tracing software — but will it help?
Fortune: Apple, Google’s COVID-19 tracing tool is one big step closer to being put to use
LA Daily News: Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps
TIME: Apple and Google Release Smartphone Technology to Notify People of Possible Coronavirus Exposure
WRAL Tech Wire: Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps tracking COVID-19 exposure
LA Daily News: Apple, Google release technology for pandemic apps
TIME: Apple and Google Release Smartphone Technology to Notify People of Possible Coronavirus Exposure
IT News : Apple-Google contact tracing tech draws interest in 23 countries, some hedge bets
iMore: Apple and Google officially launch Exposure Notifications to fight COVID-19
channelnews: Could Apple & Google’s COVID-19 Tracing Tech Make COVIDSafe Better?
ZDNet: Apple releases iOS 13.5 with COVID-19 contact tracing feature, Face ID improvements
MacRumors: Apple and Google Launch COVID-19 Exposure Notification API, Over 20 Countries Have Requested and Received Access
MacDailyNews: Apple TV+ faces dual challenges
Techdirt: The Case For Contact Tracing Apps Built On Apple And Google’s Exposure Notification System
xda-developers: [Update 6: API Live] Google and Apple announce the Contact Tracing API and Bluetooth spec to warn users of COVID-19
Apple Newsroom: iPhone SE: A powerful new smartphone in a popular design
MacStories: Apple Releases iOS 13.5 with COVID-19 Exposure Notifications, Face ID Bypass for Masks, FaceTime Setting, and Apple Music Stories Sharing
Android Authority: Google and Apple announce exposure notification API (Update: Now public)
Pocket-lint: What’s new in iOS 13.5? COVID-19 Exposure Notification API and more
iMore: Apple releases iPadOS 13.5
Pocket-lint: What’s new in iOS 13.5? COVID-19 Exposure Notification API and more
Techradar: iOS 13.5 is here – why you should download it right away
Vox: Apple and Google roll out their new exposure notification tool. Interest seems limited.

@carolineha_: By the way, Apple + Google's API — the backbone that public health authorities can use to build exposure notification apps — went out today. The companies said today that "a number" of US states and 22 countries on 5 continents have requested access
@lukOlejnik: Here's how Google Play will verify that the contact tracing apps are actually from "national health authorities". Seems the system may behave differently if there's a risk of "high risk of transmission". What does it mean? I don't know! #COVID?19 https://support.google.com/googleplay/and
@LeoKelion: Apple and Google have delivered - now public health authorities get to see if there's real advantage in adopting their Covid-19 contact tracing model. But there may be some teething issues along the way
@geoffreyfowler: Apple and Google’s coronavirus exposure software is here, along with iOS 13.5 Now we’re waiting for apps that that use it. So far, we just know 3 states saying they’re going to try: Alabama, South Carolina and North Dakota.


May 14, 2020
Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post

Ellen Nakashima / Washington Post  
Senate Passes Freedom Act Renewal After Amendment Mandating Warrants For Browser and Search Data Fails

The Senate adopted a package of surveillance reforms its backers say will help rein in abuses by voting 80 to 16 in favor of a bill that renews the USA Freedom Act. The law, which facilitates the FBI’s use of several surveillance tools, expired in March. Many public interest and privacy advocates had hoped the bill would contain deep reforms to protect civil liberties. Among the promising privacy amendments which did not ultimate survive was one that reined in abuses under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by banning access to browsing histories and search activity without a warrant. A less privacy-friendly version of the legislation now heads to the House for final passage. The Senate bill did, however, strengthen third-party oversight of the process used to obtain court approval for wiretaps and searches in espionage and counterterrorism investigations under FISA.

Related: The Huffington Post, Privacy Online News, Mashable, Tech Insider, Vox, Roll Call,TechCrunch, Techdirt, POLITICO, VICE News, RT USA, The Hill: Cybersecurity, Slashdot, CNET, The Huffington Post, Tech Xplore, 9to5Mac, ExtremeTech, Roll Call, ET news, Input, ABC News: U.S., POLITICO, The Verge

Tweets:@TheHat2 @demandprogress @dellcam @alfredwkng @martinmatishak @lhautala

The Huffington Post: Senate Rejects Bid To Prevent Warrantless Government Surveillance Of Internet Use
Privacy Online News: Congress plans to expand Patriot Act with DOJ access to your web browsing and search activity without a warrant
Mashable: Senate votes down ban on spying on internet history without a warrant
Tech Insider: Mitch McConnell is pushing the Senate to pass a law that would let the FBI collect Americans’ web-browsing history without a warrant
Vox: The Senate just voted to let the government keep surveilling your online life without a warrant
Roll Call: Senate may have the votes to limit surveillance of browser history
TechCrunch: Senate narrowly rejects plan to require a warrant for Americans’ browsing data
Techdirt: One Vote Short: FISA Amendment Requiring Warrants For Browser & Search Data Fails
POLITICO: Senate defeats amendment to shield browsing histories in FISA searches
VICE News: Senate Votes to Allow FBI to Look at Your Web Browsing History Without a Warrant
RT USA: Senate votes down anti-surveillance amendment, as both parties back warrantless spying on Americans’ browser history
The Hill: Cybersecurity: In win for privacy hawks, Senate adds more legal protections to FISA bill
Slashdot : Senate Defeats Amendment To Shield Browsing Histories in FISA Searches
CNET: Senate rejects tougher standards for collection of search and browsing data
The Huffington Post: Senate Rejects Bid To Prevent Warrantless Government Surveillance Of Internet Use
Tech Xplore – electronic gadgets, technology advances and research news: Senate may have the votes to limit surveillance of browser history
9to5Mac : Senate votes to allow FBI to access your browsing history without a warrant
ExtremeTech: US Senate Falls One Vote Short of Protecting Your Online Privacy
Roll Call: Senate passes amended FISA surveillance overhaul
ET news: US Senate votes against ban on unwarranted internet surveillance
Input: The U.S. government can legally spy on your web activity
ABC News: U.S.: Senate to consider renewal of surveillance laws
POLITICO: Senate passes FISA renewal bill, sends it back to the House
The Verge: Senate passes surveillance bill without ban on web history snooping

@TheHat2: Warrantless surveillance on its own should fuck right off.
@demandprogress: 'Here's who just voted to let the FBI seize your online search history without a warrant' — great reporting from @dellcam #PATRIOTAct #FISA
@dellcam: Wow, the Leahy-Lee amendment did pass. Have not read it entirely, but it says the FISA Court "shall" appoint someone w/ privacy/civil liberties expertise in cases w/ "significant concerns" re: 1st Amendment activities & expands requirements 4 disclosure of exculpatory material
@alfredwkng: The Wyden amendment to FISA requiring the FBI to get a warrant to get web browsing data falls short by 1 vote: 59-37
@martinmatishak: Where things stand on the Senate floor re: #fisa. The current tally on the @SenMikeLee @SenatorLeahy amendment is 75-19 in favor. We're awaiting @SenJohnHoeven & @SenCoryGardner , who is at the White House.
@lhautala: Senate rejects tougher standards for collection of search and browsing data


March 18, 2020
Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica

Sam Machkovech / Ars Technica  
Malfunction in Facebook Anti-Spam Function Caused Social Media Network to Flag Legitimate News About Covid-19 as Spam

A malfunction in an anti-spam rule at Facebook caused the social media network’s system to flag legitimate news articles about Covid-19 as spam. Reports from reputable news outlets were marked as violations of “community guidelines” and automatically taken down, and many but not all had “coronavirus” mentioned in either the headline or in the article’s body. Reports from sites such as Politico, The Atlantic, USA Today, Vice, Business Insider, Axios, and The Seattle Times were affected. Facebook Vice President of Integrity Guy Rosen said the company fixed the problem and “restored all the posts that were incorrectly removed, which included posts on all topics – not just those related to COVID-19. This was an issue with an automated system that removes links to abusive websites, but incorrectly removed a lot of other posts too.”

Related: Tech Insider, TechCrunch

Tweets:@alexstamos @guyro @guyro


May 28, 2020
Frank Jordans and Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press

Frank Jordans and Vladimir Isachenkov / Associated Press  
Germany Is Seeking EU Sanctions Against Russian Man Who Allegedly Hacked the German Parliament While Reportedly Working for Russian Intelligence

Germany’s Foreign Ministry said it called in Russian ambassador Sergei Nechayev to let him know it is seeking EU sanctions against a Russian man Dmitriy Badin, and possibly others, over his alleged role in the hacking of the German parliament at a time when evidence shows he was working for Russian intelligence. Senior German diplomat Miguel Berger “strongly condemned the attack on Germany’s parliament in the name of the German government” while meeting with Nechayev, the ministry said. Russia calls the German accusations “baseless.”

Related: Digital Journal, DAILYSABAH, TASS, POLITICO EU, Council on Foreign Relations

Tweets:@hatr @juschuetze @lukOlejnik


April 19, 2020
Kanishka Singh / Reuters

Kanishka Singh / Reuters  
U.S. District Court Judge Rules That Twitter Can’t Reveal U.S. Government Surveillance Requests, Says It Would Harm National Security

Following a six-year legal battle, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers in the Northern District of California ruled that Twitter will not be able to reveal surveillance requests it received from the U.S. government because it is likely to harm national security.  Twitter had asked to be allowed to disclose as part of its “Draft Transparency Report” the surveillance requests it received, saying that its inability to do so would violate its free speech rights.  Twitter said it was disappointed in the ruling but “will continue to fight for transparency.”

Related: Al Jazeera English, CNET, Engadget, NDTV Gadgets360.com, The Verge, POLITICO, VentureBeat

Tweets:@File411 @Bruno_J_Navarro


April 22, 2020
Rachel Siegel / Washington Post

Rachel Siegel / Washington Post  
Personal Information of Nearly 8,000 SBA Emergency Loan Program Applicants Potentially Exposed to Other Applicants

The personal information of nearly 8,000 applicants to the Economic Injury Disaster Loan program (EIDL) run by the Small Business Administration (SBA) was potentially exposed to other applicants, marking the latest glitch in the rollout of government programs designed to help companies crippled by the coronavirus pandemic. The SBA said that it “immediately disabled the impacted portion of the website, addressed the issue, and relaunched the application portal.” According to a letter sent by the SBA, there were no signs that the information had been misused.

Related: The Seattle Times, Law & Disorder – Ars Technica, CRN, INC, SC Magazine, Washington Examiner, The Hill: Cybersecurity, Fortune, Politico, SC Magazine, CNBC,, PYMNTS.com, Dark Reading: Attacks/Breaches, UPI.com, DataBreachToday.com, SecurityWeek, Threatpost

Tweets:@arielmtspeaks

The Seattle Times: SBA reports data breach in disaster loan application website
Law & Disorder – Ars Technica: SBA says data breach may have affected almost 8,000 loan applicants
CRN: SBA Leak Exposes Personal Data Of Nearly 8,000 Businesses
INC : SBA Disaster Loan Application Glitch Exposed 8,000 Businesses
SC Magazine: SBA emergency loan applicants’ data likely exposed
Washington Examiner: Personal data of almost 8000 small businesses may have been exposed, SBA says
The Hill: Cybersecurity: 8,000 small businesses notified that they may have had information exposed on SBA’s portal
Fortune: SBA website leaks personal data of 8,000 small-business loan applicants
Politico: SBA data breach compromises business owners’ data
SC Magazine: SBA emergency loan applicants’ data likely exposed | SC Media
CNBC: Personal data of nearly 8,000 small business owners seeking relief loans may have been exposed to other applicants
PYMNTS.com: SBA May Have Exposed Data Of 8,000 SMBs Seeking Relief Loans
Dark Reading: Attacks/Breaches: SBA Security Incident May Affect Nearly 8,000 Businesses
UPI.com: SBA: Data breach may have exposed info on nearly 8,000 loan applicants
DataBreachToday.com: SBA May Have Exposed Data on 8,000 Loan Applicants
SecurityWeek: SBA Reports Data Breach in Disaster Loan Application Website
Threatpost: Small Businesses Tapping COVID-19 Loans Hit with Data Exposure

@arielmtspeaks: Almost 8,000 could be affected by federal emergency loan data breach: https://arstechnica.com/?post_type=post&p=1670091 Data was exposed by using the back button. Click back, get someone else's data. *headdesk* How do you accidentally turn a UNIVERSAL BROWSER FEATURE into a DATA BREACH VECTOR!?


April 29, 2020
Joseph Menn / Reuters

Joseph Menn / Reuters  
Judges Challenge U.S. Justice Department Rationale for Keeping Secret a Facebook Victory on Encryption Backdoor Request

All three judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals who are reviewing a case involving government demands to break encryption had tough questions for the U.S. Justice Department’s support for keeping secret a lower court ruling in which the government lost a fight against Facebook to break the encryption of its Messenger service.  In 2018, a federal court in Fresno, California, denied a  government request that would have required Facebook to break the encryption of its Messenger application. But the court’s order and details about the dispute have been kept secret. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and Stanford cybersecurity scholar Riana Pfefferkorn asked the federal court to unseal the lower court’s ruling on First Amendment grounds. The Justice Department has argued that the public did not have a right to know why Facebook prevailed in 2018 because that case grew out of a wiretap request, which is typically sealed.

May 13, 2020
Raphael Satter / Reuters

Raphael Satter / Reuters  
FBI and DHS Issue Official Warning That Chinese Hackers Are Targeting U.S. COVID-19 Research

As widely expected, the U.S. government warned that Chinese hackers are targeting healthcare research facilities and other institutions to gain access to COVID-19 research. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security said the FBI was investigating digital break-ins at U.S. organizations by China-linked “cyber actors” that it had monitored “attempting to identify and illicitly obtain valuable intellectual property (IP) and public health data related to vaccines, treatments, and testing from networks and personnel affiliated with COVID-19-related research.” Earlier this month, reports indicated that hackers targeted U.S. drugmaker Gilead Sciences, whose antiviral drug remdesivir is the only treatment so far proven to help COVID-19 patients. Earlier, reports stated that hackers had targeted the World Health Organization.

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BleepingComputer.com: US warns of Chinese hackers targeting COVID-19 research orgs
The Hill: Cybersecurity: Officials warn Chinese hackers targeting groups developing coronavirus treatments
ic3 : People’s Republic of China (PRC) Targeting of COVID-19 Research Organizations
ProPublica: Pence’s “Special Envoy” in Foreign Aid Office Sparked an Ethics Complaint Just Weeks After He Started His Job
Bloomberg: U.S. Warns That Chinese Hackers Are Targeting Virus Research
Task & Purpose: US accuses China-linked hackers of stealing COVID-19 vaccine research
Slashdot: US Warns That Chinese Hackers Are Targeting Virus Research
NBC News Top Stories: Feds warn that Chinese attempts to hack health-care, drug firms threaten U.S. COVID-19 response
Cyberscoop: U.S. accuses Chinese hackers of trying to steal coronavirus vaccine research
TechCrunch: FBI and DHS accuse Chinese hackers of targeting U.S. COVID-19 research
Business Insider: US federal agencies warn that Chinese hackers are targeting COVID-19 research on vaccines and treatments
CNN.com – Politics: US expected to officially warn China is launching cyberattacks to steal coronavirus research
Washington Examiner: US accuses Chinese hackers of attempting to steal coronavirus vaccine research
Boing Boing: FBI and DHS’s CISA warn China-backed hackers are targeting U.S. COVID-19 research
Politico: Feds warn Chinese hackers targeting U.S. coronavirus research
US-CERT Current Activity: CISA-FBI Joint Announcement on PRC Targeting of COVID-19 Research Organizations


March 28, 2020
Elaine Ganley / Associated Press

Elaine Ganley / Associated Press  
Europol Warns About Rise of Cybercrime, Fraud, Counterfeit and Substandard Goods During Coronavirus Pandemic

Criminals are adversely affecting medical care during the coronavirus pandemic by selling counterfeit products, impersonating health workers, and hacking computers as many citizens do their jobs online at home, Europol said in a new report. In one case, a cyberattack on a major hospital in the Czech Republic where COVID-19 tests are carried out forced the cancellation of planned surgeries. The report lists four main avenues for illicit activity: cybercrime, fraud, counterfeit and substandard goods, and organized property crime. The European law enforcement agency said that it disrupted the work of 37 organized crime groups, and seized 34,000 fake and substandard masks, and more than $14 million in potentially dangerous pharmaceuticals.