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September 12, 2019
Daniel Lippman / Politico

Daniel Lippman / Politico  
Israel Was Most Likely Behind Placement of Surveillance Stingray Devices Near White House Which Aimed to Spy on Donald Trump, Administration Failed to Rebuke Israeli Government, Sources

The U.S. government concluded within the last two years that Israel was most likely behind the placement of cell-phone surveillance devices known as Stingrays, or more formally international mobile subscriber identity-catchers or IMSI-catchers, that were found near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington, D.C., yet the Trump Administration did nothing about it and failed to rebuke the Israeli government. The devices were intended to spy on Donald Trump as well as his top aides and closest associates. U.S. officials shared their findings with relevant federal agencies, according to a letter a top DHS official, Christopher Krebs, wrote in May 2018 to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR.). According to a detailed forensic analysis, the FBI and other agencies working on the case felt confident that Israeli agents had placed the devices, sources say. Israel issued a pro forma denial that it is the culprit behind the stingrays.

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Gizmodo: Israel Allegedly Installed Stingray Devices Around D.C. to Spy on President Trump
Slate: Israel Reportedly Known to Be Spying on White House Cell Phones, but Trump Didn’t Do Anything About It
Bloomberg: Israel Denies Report it Planted Spying Devices in Washington D.C.
The Guardian: Israel accused of planting spying devices near White House
Just Security: The Early Edition: September 12, 2019
Washington Examiner: Israel blamed for spy devices found near White House
Israel National News : Report: Israel accused of planting spy devices near White House Israel reportedly planted mysterious spy devices near White House
Washington Examiner: Israel blamed for spy devices found near White House
NBC News Top Stories: Netanyahu denies Israel planted spy devices near the White House
PressTV: Israel accused of placing spy devices near White House: Report
South China Morning Post: Israel accused of planting mysterious spy devices near the White House
Futurism: The FBI Reportedly Thinks Israel Spied on Trump’s Phone Politico: Israel accused of planting spy devices near White House
Jerusalem Post: Trump says he does not believe Israelis are spying on the U.S.
Vox: Vox Sentences: Another hurdle for asylum seekers
BBC News – World: Netanyahu denies Politico report Israel spying on the White House “StingRay” surveillance devices found near the White House
The Times of Israel: Trump says he doesn’t believe report of Israel spying on White House Netanyahu Denies Report of Israeli Spy Operation in US
BBC News – World: Netanyahu denies Politico report Israel spying on the White House
SC Magazine: Israel reportedly behind spying devices found near White House, other sensitive areas | SC Media
Reuters: World News: Trump says he does not believe Israelis are spying on the U.S.
Slashdot: Israel Accused of Planting Mysterious Spy Devices Near the White House

@dlippman: SCOOP: The U.S. government concluded within the last two years that Israel was most likely behind cell-phone surveillance devices that were found operating near the WH and other sensitive parts of D.C., according to three former senior U.S. officials.
@thegrugq: The counterintelligence threat of using commodity mobile phones for sensitive matters is very very real. The ISMSI catchers found around the WH a couple years ago were apparently intended to capture Trump & his crew’s phones.Linked, allegedly, to Israel.
@maxblumenthal: US govt has concluded within the last two years that Israel was most likely behind surveillance devices found near the White House and other sensitive locations around DCYet “the Trump administration did not rebuke the Israeli government” #IsraelGate
@olgaNYC1211: Wait let me get this straight.. Trump is accusing Israel off spying on him? Can't wait to see Trump cults response
@kenklippenstein: "after the FBI and other agencies concluded that the Israelis were most likely responsible for the devices, the Trump administration took no action to punish or even privately scold the Israeli government."
@yashar: New: Israel was most likely behind the placement of surveillance devices that were found near the White House. But even though officials believe the devices were planted to spy on POTUS and other officials, the WH did not punish Israel@dlippman scoops
@KyleWOrton: Espionage devices, designed to fool mobile telephones into giving up data, were found "near the White House and other sensitive locations around Washington, D.C.", targeting Trump and other senior officials. #Israel is almost certainly responsible.
@NTarnopolsky: #Breaking: The FBI accuses Israel of spying on the White House. Administration tried to downplay findings. Israeli embassy says "we don't spy on the United States."
@AkiPeritz: So it turns out it was Israel that places the Stingrays around downtown DC to collect intelligence on top US policymakers, like POTUS, Kushner and everyone else.
@CrispinBurke: "Unlike most other occasions when flagrant incidents of foreign spying have been discovered on American soil, the Trump administration did not rebuke the Israeli government, and there were no consequences for Israel’s behavior..."
@ericgeller: Israel planted StingRays in D.C. to spy on Trump, and his administration is fine with it because, you know, Israel.
@timothypmurphy: best frenz
@gregotto: Three officials tell Politico that Israel planted stingrays in areas around the White House
@russellbrandom: Israel planted Stingrays cell-trackers pointed towards the White House, per Politico

October 1, 2019
Mark Scott / Politico EU

Mark Scott / Politico EU  
Top EU Court Rules That Websites Must Obtain Explicit Consent to Store User Data, Says Checkbox Opt-In Methods Insufficient to Meet Privacy Standards

Dealing a blow to search engines, websites and social media companies, judges at the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled that sites must obtain explicit consent from users to collect their data. The judges ruled it is insufficient to give a pre-ticked box to users to gain their consent for their digital information to be obtained but must instead ask users to opt into sharing their data actively. The ruling stems from a lawsuit in Germany against Planet 49, a local website that hosted an online lottery. Planet 40 users had to check two boxes, one of which had been pre-checked to allow the use of cookies. The CJEU agreed with consumer advocates that the checkbox method was insufficient to meet Europe’s new strict privacy standards.

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September 1, 2019
Margaret Harding McGill / Politico

Margaret Harding McGill / Politico  
Google Reportedly to Pay $150 to $200 Million FTC Fine to Settle Children’s YouTube Privacy Violations

In what could be the largest civil penalty ever obtained in a children’s privacy case, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has voted to fine Google $150 million to $200 million to settle accusations that its YouTube subsidiary illegally collected personal information about children, according to a person familiar with the matter. The FTC voted 3-2 along party lines to approve the settlement, sending it over to the Justice Department as part of the review process. The previous record fine was a $5.7 million levy against the owners of TikTok earlier this year.

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September 27, 2019
Lily Hay Newman / Wired

Lily Hay Newman / Wired  
DEF CON 27 Voting Village Report Released Showing Vulnerabilities in Top Voting Machines Used in Nearly 30 States

The organizers of DEF CON’s annual voting machine hacking village released the results of this year’s efforts where participants vetted dozens of voting machines, including a prototype model built on secure, verified hardware through a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program. Their report highlights detailed vulnerability findings related to six models of voting machines, most of which are currently in use, including the ES&S AutoMARK, used in 28 states in 2018, and Premier/Diebold AccuVote-OS, used in 26 states that same year. Among the vulnerabilities found were inadequate physical security protections that could allow undetected tampering, easily guessable hardcoded system credentials, the potential for operating system manipulations, and remote attacks that could compromise memory or integrity checks or cause a denial of service.

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Dark Reading: Voting Machine Systems New & Old Contain ‘Design’ Flaws
Cyberscoop: DEF CON Voting Village report explores vulnerabilities in ballot-marking devices, calls for paper-based audits – Politics: Hackers find voting machines used throughout the US are vulnerable to attack
The Register – Security: Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise, politicians will philander… And US voting machines will be physically insecure
The Hill: Cybersecurity: Hacker conference report details persistent vulnerabilities to US voting systems
Defcon: DEF CON 27Voting MachineHacking Village (PDF)
Politico: First in MC: DEF CON reveals election security findings

@mattblaze: Getting ready for the ?@VotingVillageDC ? report release, in the not-at-all-easy-to -find auditorium of the Capitol Visitor Center (turn around after you get through security and go through the doors and down the stairs.
@ericgeller: @VotingVillageDC has officially released the report that we brought you this AM, with lots of details about what hackers found in currently used voting systems: event starting shortly w/ @mattblaze @HarriHursti @MaggieMacAlpine @RonWyden @RepSpeier
@ericgeller: Obviously most people's attention is elsewhere right now, but...Scoop: Popular electronic voting machines contain a host of security vulnerabilities, @VotingVillageDC said in a report set for release today and provided first to Politico. Lots in here.

October 9, 2019
Matina Stevis-Gridneff / New York Times

Matina Stevis-Gridneff / New York Times  
EU Report Warns of 5G Supplier Risk From ‘Hostile’ Country With No Democratic Checks and Balances But Stops Short of Naming Huawei

A 5G supplier from a “hostile” country could be forced by its home government to wreak havoc by causing cyberattacks, a European Union report warned, stopping short of naming China’s controversial telecom tech giant Huawei. However, one key finding of the report states that a “strong link” between a 5G technology supplier and a government “where there are no legislative or democratic checks and balances in place” could prove a significant source of vulnerability. Drafted with input from all 28 European Union members, the report laid out the types of major security failures that could affect 5G networks and cautioned that putting all functions of a 5G networks including hardware and software, operations and maintenance, in the hands of a single company could leave entire countries at risk.

July 29, 2019
Emily Flitter and Karen Weise / New York Times

Emily Flitter and Karen Weise / New York Times  
Firewall Misconfiguration by Capital One Allowed Hacker to Steal Millions of Credit Applications, Social Security and Bank Account Numbers Affecting More Than 100 Million People in North America

In one of the largest cases of bank data theft ever, software engineer Paige Thompson hacked into a server holding customer information for Capital One, exploiting a firewall misconfiguration in the bank’s network to steal millions of credit card applications, federal prosecutors say. Thompson, who used the online handle “erratic” was the organizer of a group on Meetup, a social network, called Seattle Warez Kiddies, described as a gathering for “anybody with an appreciation for distributed systems, programming, hacking, cracking.” The F.B.I. noticed her activity on Meetup and used it to trace her other online activities, eventually linking her to posts describing the data theft on Twitter and the Slack messaging service. Thompson stole 140,000 U.S. Social Security numbers and 77,000 bank account numbers, along with one million Canadian social insurance numbers affecting more than 100 million people in the United States and Canada. A“firewall misconfiguration” by the bank had allowed Ms. Thompson to communicate with the server where Capital One was storing its information and, eventually, gain access to customer files, an FBI agent investigating the case said in court documents. Ms. Thompson worked as a systems engineer at Amazon from 2015 to 2016.

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CNN: A hacker gained access to 100 million Capital One credit card applications and accounts
Reuters: Capital One reveals 100M affected by data breach, hacker arrested
Associated Press: Capital One says hacker gained access to personal information of more than 100 million people
Axios: 100 million credit card applications stolen from Capital One
CNBC: Capital One data breach exposes tens of thousands of Social Security numbers, linked bank accounts
NBC News: Over 100 million credit card applicants at risk in Capital One breach, Seattle woman arrested
Politico: Capital One reveals historic data breach after FBI arrests Seattle suspect
Capital One: Capital One Announces Data Security Incident
The Register: Capital One gets Capital Done: Hacker swipes personal info on 106 million US, Canadian credit card applicants
Bloomberg: Capital One Says Breach Hit 100 Million Individuals in U.S.
Washington Post: Capital One says data breach affected 100 million credit card applications
TechCrunch: Capital One’s breach was inevitable, because we did nothing after Equifax
TechCrunch: Capital One hacked, over 100 million customers affected
Wired: THE ALLEGED CAPITAL ONE HACKER DIDN’T COVER HER TRACKS Seattle Tech Worker Arrested for Data Theft Involving Large Financial Services Company
Ars Technica: Feds: former cloud worker hacks into Capital One and takes data for 106 million people
CNET: Capital One data breach involves 100 million credit card applications
Wall Street Journal: Capital One Reports Data Breach Affecting 100 Million Customers, Applicants
The Verge: Massive Capital One breach exposes personal info of 100 million Americans
The Hill: Woman arrested, accused of hacking 100 million Capital One records
Venture Beat : Capital One announces hack affecting 106 million U.S. and Canadian customers
Law360: Capital One Says Breach Impacted 106M As Suspect Arrested – Law360
Daily Mail : Ex-tech worker arrested for Capital One hack after stealing data from 100 million customers Woman Arrested in Massive Capital One Data Breach
BGR: Hacker steals data for more than 100 million Capital One users, then brags about it and gets arrested
USATODAY: Massive data breach hits Capital One affecting more than 100 million customers
Business Insider: Capital One data breach, affecting tens of millions
The Daily Swig: Millions affected by Capital One data breach
Newsweek: Capital One Data Breach: How to Know, and What You Should Do, If Your Account Has Been Compromised
Financial Times: Capital One reports massive data breach
CRN: Capital One Breach Exposed Data From 106M Credit Card Applicants, Users Capital One data breach affects 100M credit card applicants Capital One says data breach affected 100 million credit card applications
SecurityWeek: CapitalOne Discloses Massive Data Breach: 106 Million Impacted Capital One data breach could have affected six million Canadian bank accounts
BetaNews: Personal details of 106 million Americans and Canadians stolen in huge Capital One data breach
The Verge: Massive Capital One breach exposes personal info of 100 million Americans
GBHackers On Security: Capital One Hacked – Over 100 Million Credit Card Application Data Exposed
SlashGear » security: Capital One hack affects over 100 million people in the US and Canada
E-Commerce Times: Equifax Data Breach Settlement No Wrist Slap Worried about the Capital One hack? Here’s what to do Capital One Suffers Data Breach Affecting 100 Million Customers
Evening Standard: Capital One data breach 2019: What to do if you have been affected
Engadget: Capital One data breach affected 100 million in the US – Software Industry News: Everything you need to know about the massive Capital One hack, but were afraid to ask
TechSpot: Capital One hack exposed 100 million US customers’ personal details
Digital Trends: New Capital One data breach affects 100 million people. Here’s the very latest
Neowin: Over 100 million accounts compromised after Capital One data breach
Fast Company: Capital One data breach: what was stolen and how to find out if you are affected
Mother Jones: What’s In Your Wallet?
New York Daily News: Capital One hit with data breach affecting some 100 million U.S. customers
New on MIT Technology Review: A hacker stole the personal data of 100 million Capital One customers
FOX News: Capital One data breach exposes info of 106M customers, applicants; suspect arrested
The Hacker News: Capital One Data Breach Affects 106 Million Customers; Hacker Arrested
Help Net Security: Capital One breach: Info on 106 million customers compromised, hacker arrested Capital One data breach hits more than 100 million people
CNBC: Capital One data breach exposes tens of thousands of Social Security numbers, linked bank accounts
Fortune: Hacker May Have Stole Info About Millions of Capital One Customers, U.S. Says
Technology News | Capital One target of massive data breach
SecurityWeek: Capital One Target of Massive Data Breach
The Huffington Post: Credit Card Company Reveals 100 Million People May Be Affected By Hack
Cyberscoop: Capital One announces massive data breach; lone suspect arrested in Seattle
IT World Canada: Six million Canadians impacted by Capital One data breach
ARN: Capital One: hacker gained access to personal information of over 100 million Americans
The Guardian: Capital One: hacker stole data of over 100m Americans
Ars Technica: Hacker ID’d as former Amazon employee steals data of 106 million people from Capital One
Axios: 100 million credit card applications were stolen from Capital One
The Next Web: Capital One data breach compromises 106 million customers’ personal data
Android Central : Capital One breach exposes personal details of over 100 million customers
SC Magazine: Capital One hacker who stole personal info on 100M arrested | SC Media
AP Breaking News: Capital One target of massive data breach
Techerati: Capital One breach affecting 106 million customers caused by misconfigured cloud storage
Slashdot: Capital One Says Hacker Breached Accounts of 100 Million People; Ex-Amazon Employee Arrested
ABC News: U.S.: Capital One target of massive data breach
Graham Cluley: Woman arrested after Capital One hack spills personal info on 106 million credit card applicants
Japan Times: Hacker accesses over 100 million Capital One credit applications in massive data breach
Zero Hedge: Capital One Admits Massive Data Breach: 100 Million Americans Affected, Seattle Woman Arrested
Security Affairs: Capital One data breach: hacker accessed details of 106M customers before its arrest
Cyber Kendra: Capital One Suffered Data Breach 106 Million People Affected Cap One Hack Hits 100M Credit Card Applications Paige Adele Thompson: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Computer Business Review: Capital One Hacker was Ex-AWS Employee
TechNadu: Capital One Reports a Major Data Breach Affecting 106 Million Individuals in the USA & Canada
Infosecurity Magazine: Capital One Breached by Cloud Insider in Major Attack
Tech Insider: Amazon’s cloud was at the heart of the big Capital One hack, even though it doesn’t seem to be at fault (AMZN, COF)
The State of Security: Woman arrested after Capital One hack spills personal info on 106 million credit card applicants Capital One says data breach affected 100 million credit card applications
Gadgets Now: Capital One hacked, says information of 100 million-plus users leaked
Reuters: Capital One says information of over 100 million individuals in U.S., Canada hacked
BBC News – World: Capital One data breach: Arrest after details of 100m US individuals stolen
TIME: Capital One Information Hacked in Massive Data Breach
NDTV Capital One Bank Targeted in Massive Data Breach Capital One Data Breach Affects 106 Million People, Suspect Arrested
ITV News: 100 million applications targeted in Capital One bank data breach
RT USA: 100mn+ people’s data exposed in Capital One bank hack, thousands of SSNs & accounts leaked
AOL: Capital One: information of over 100 mln individuals in U.S., Canada hacked
New York Post: Capital One reveals 100M affected by data breach, hacker arrested
EJ Insight: Capital One data breach affects millions in US, Canada
Mercury News: Capital One: Hacker got info on 100M in the US, 6M in Canada
CBC : Hacker obtained personal information of 6 million people in Canada
Deutsche Welle: Capital One data theft: US arrests ‘erratic’ hacker
Gizmodo: Hacker Claims to Be in Possession of Personal Info on Up to 20,000 LAPD Applicants
The Register: Capital One gets Capital Done: Hacker swipes personal info on 106 million US, Canadian credit card applicants
POLITICO: Capital One reveals historic data breach after FBI arrests Seattle suspect
Daily Beast: Tens of Millions of Credit Card Applications Stolen in Capital One Breach
GeekWire: Seattle engineer arrested for Capital One hack that affected 100M people

@zackwhittaker: Wow. Capital One discloses massive data breach: 100M in US, 6M in Canada. One person in FBI custody. Credit files, applications, the lot. Hard to see this as anything other than Equifax 2.0. (link:…
@briankrebs: Nice write up. Yes, this appears to be her resume. Worked at Amazon 2015-2016
@cnbcnow: BREAKING: Capital One says data breach has “affected approximately 100M individuals in the United States & approximately 6M in Canada” but “no credit card account numbers or log-in credentials were“ taken and “99% of Social Security numbers” weren’t stolen
@gregotto: According to the FBI, a firewall misconfiguration was partly responsible for allowing Thompson to access the Capital One cloud storage
@yoda: what kind of wordsmith fuckery is this???
@RepKatiePorter: One week *to the day* after Equifax announced its settlement terms. It’s clear corporations won’t clean up their acts on their own. We need to create an enforceable federal data privacy standard, so I’m drafting that bill.
@zackwhittaker: Incredible. Capital One's data breach site is titled "Facts."And yet it also pulls this bullshit by saying that no Social Security numbers were breached... except for all the Social Security numbers that were breached.Fuck you, Capital One.
@Wired: On Monday, the FBI and Capital One disclosed a data breach of 106 million credit card applications, one of the biggest breaches of a major financial institution ever.And now someone has been arrested in connection with the crime:
@BleepingComputer: The suspect allegedly posted about her accessing of Capital One's data on GitHub. A security researcher saw her post and contacted Capital One.
@kimzetter: This Capital One breach definitely has more going on to it than the headlines suggest. Perhaps not a coordinated vuln disclosure gone wrong ?but something is def weird about it - she used Tor to access the data but then publicly posted the data to an account with her name?
@dnvolz: The arrested suspect behind the hack, Paige Thompson, is a former employee of Amazon Web Services, according to people familiar with the matter. She is accused of breaching a misconfigured Capitol One firewall to access data stored in AWS. via @nicole_hong
@BleepingComputer: This breach was discovered by a security researcher who responsibly disclosed a vulnerability to Capital One. After investigating the vulnerability, Capital One discovered that an unauthorized user accessed their systems and data between March 22 and 23, 2019.
@McGrewSecurity: Located the Capital One hacker's twitter (also thanks to those that backchanneled on the topic). Clearly they were/are in a bad state mentally/emotionally. I've deleted the earlier tweets about her. I hope they find some peace.
@weldpond: The FBI said the suspect, Paige A. Thompson, was apprehended after she “made statements on social media for evidencing the fact that she has information of Capital One, and that she recognizes that she has acted illegally,”
@h0tdish: Insider/ex employee threats and those who willingly commit crimes, creating, selling malware or stealing info via exploit/breach ARE NOT hero's & anyone who frames it that way has to explain why they're not currently launching a legal $ raiser for her but did for other criminals.
@hacks4pancakes: I feel a great disturbance in the Force, like dozens of Capital One cybersecurity analysts who were screaming futilely for into the wind for years were suddenly silenced.
@RayRedacted: I have removed all of my OSINT posts about the Capital One hacker, because it is clear that she is suffering from mental illness.Mental illness does not discriminate. It can affect anyone. I truly hope she gets the help she needs.
@catcalvinla: At this point, I’m getting like two breach notices a day. Who DOESN’T have my info?
@malwarejake: Takeaways from #CapitalOne: 1. Having a disclosure program may have saved them. I'm FAR less likely to report to an org that lacks a disclosure policy. (link:…
@somanyshrimp: Losing your personal information in a massive data breach is just a thing that happens now, like 110 degree days and regular mass shootings
@TorresLuzardo: I'm trying to come up with an analogy but there's really no topping this.No SSNs were stolen except 140,000 of them.

September 20, 2019
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch

Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch  
Facebook Suspends Tens of Thousands of Apps From 400 Developers Under Suspicion They Are Collecting Large Amounts of User Profile Data

Facebook has suspended “tens of thousands” of apps built by 400 developers that were connected to its platform in a way in which Facebook suspects may have been collecting large amounts of user profile data. The apps were suspended for various reasons, such as siphoning off Facebook user profile data or making data public without protecting their identities, or other violations of the company’s policies. Facebook said it will continue investigating.

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Tweets:@kateconger @DamianCollins

Mashable : Facebook has suspended ‘tens of thousands’ of apps for policy violations
CNET: Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps following Cambridge Analytica scandal
ZDNet Security: Facebook suspended tens of thousands of apps from 400 developers
The Verge: Facebook suspends ‘tens of thousands’ of apps from 400 developers over improper data use
Mercury News: Facebook says it has suspended ‘tens of thousands’ of apps
Trusted Reviews: Facebook suspends ‘tens of thousands’ of apps in shocking new privacy revelation Facebook App Investigation Leads To Thousands Of Suspensions
POLITICO: Facebook announces ‘tens of thousands’ of app suspensions
AP Breaking News: Facebook says it has suspended ‘tens of thousands’ of apps
Facebook Newsroom: An Update on Our App Developer Investigation
Tech Insider: Facebook says it suspended ‘tens of thousands’ of apps for misusing data as part of its investigation into the Cambridge Analytica scandal (FB)
TechNadu: Facebook Claims They Have Suspended Tens of Thousands of Apps Since 2018
Fortune: Facebook Review of Millions of Third-Party Apps Leads to Mass Suspension for Access to User DataFuture of Privacy Forum: FTC should investigate app developers banned by Facebook – Statement by Future of Privacy Forum CEO
The Guardian: Facebook suspends thousands of apps over privacy issues
The Verge: Facebook suspends ‘tens of thousands’ of apps from 400 developers over improper data use
Boing Boing: In Cambridge Analytica clean-up, Facebook says it killed ‘Tens of Thousands’ of apps
TIME: Facebook Says ‘Tens of Thousands’ of Apps Suspended Over Malware, Data Misuse Concerns
LA Daily News: Business briefly: Facebook says it has suspended ‘tens of thousands’ of apps
Law & Disorder – Ars Technica: Facebook suspends tens of thousands of apps in ongoing privacy investigation
Courthouse News Service: Facebook Suspends Tens of Thousands of Apps Over Data Privacy
POLITICO: Facebook CEO tries the quiet approach to soothing Washington
Axios: Facebook suspends “tens of thousands” of apps amid developer probe
Security Affairs: Two selfie Android adware apps with 1.5M+ downloads removed from Play Store
RT News: ‘Vital part of ecosystem’? Facebook blocks TENS OF THOUSANDS of apps hoarding your data & admits ‘won’t catch everything’
Threatpost : Facebook Removed Tens of Thousands of Apps Post-Cambridge Analytica

@kateconger: 69,000 apps suspended. 10,000 under deeper investigation. Facebook's data woes are about to get so, so much worse.
@DamianCollins: New data scandal brewing at Facebook could make Cambridge Analytica look like the tip of the iceberg. Again information being dragged out of a reluctant company whose only real privacy concern appears to be its own. Questions on who knew what and when, including Mark Zuckerberg

October 10, 2019
Jack Nicas / New York Times

Jack Nicas / New York Times  
Apple Caves to Chinese State Criticism and Pulls App That Allowed Hong Kong Protesters to Track Police

In a move among several recent developments that shows the power of the Chinese state to dictate policies by American companies, Apple removed an app,, from its app store that enabled protesters in Hong Kong to track the police, a day after facing intense criticism from Chinese state media for it. Apple’s removal of the app followed an editorial by the People’s Daily, the flagship newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party, that accused Apple of aiding “rioters” in Hong Kong. Apple said it verified with the Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Technology Crime Bureau that the app has been used to target and ambush police, threaten public safety, and criminals have used it to victimize residents in areas where they know there is no law enforcement.

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The Next Web : Apple bans app that warns Hong Kong citizens about police activity, again
Reuters : Apple pulls police-tracking app used by Hong Kong protestors after consulting authorities
Forbes : Apple Removes App Used To Track Hong Kong Police After Pressure From China
ZDNet Security: Apple pulls from app store : Apple bans app after China threat
Apple Insider : Apple again pulls police monitoring app from Hong Kong app store
Newsweek: What is HKmap? Apple’s Removal of App Used by Hong Kong Protesters is ‘Political Decision to Suppress Freedom,’ Devs Say
Israel National News : Apple withdraws Hong Kong police-tracking app
South China Morning Post: Swedish tech firm Yubico hands Hong Kong protesters free security keys amid fears over police tactics online
The Korea Times News: Swedish firm gives Hong Kong protesters security keys amid police hacking fear
Hong Kong Free Press HKFP: ‘You’re not alone’: Hong Kong activists united over raising awareness about gender-based violence
POLITICO: U.S. passing Hong Kong human rights and democracy act will ‘punish the wrong people,’ says ex-Trump envoy
Financial Times: Apple pulls Hong Kong map used by protesters from App Store
iMore : Hong Kong mapping app removed from App Store
Daring Fireball: Apple Removes From App Store
Fortune: Apple Removes Hong Kong Protest Map From App Store The Day After Beijing Complains
Security, Privacy & Tech Inquiries: Censorship-resilient apps with Progressive Web Applications
EJ Insight: Apple pulls HK police-tracking app after China criticism
The New Daily: Apple removes Hong Kong police tracker app
RT News: Apple removes app that Hong Kong protesters used to track police movements following vandalism, attacks on officers Local: Apple pulls HK protester app after Beijing warning
WRAL Tech Wire: Apple drops Hong Kong activists app; Huawei may be able to buy some US goods
MacRumors: Apple Pulls Hong Kong Protest App From App Store Following Chinese Criticism
TechCrunch: Apple pulls HKmap from App Store, the day after Chinese state media criticized its “unwise and reckless decision” to approve it
Tech Insider: China’s grip on Apple tightens as it boots a Hong Kong police-tracking app and news app Quartz
iPhone Hacks: Tim Cook Explains Why Apple Removed the Controversial Hong Kong Protest App
MacRumors: Tim Cook Defends Removal of Hong Kong Mapping App From App Store in Leaked Memo
Silicon Republic: Apple accused of bowing to political pressure amid Hong Kong app removal
Tech Insider: Hong Kong lawmaker who relied on the banned HKMap Live app warns Apple from becoming an ‘accomplice for Chinese censorship’
Z6 Mag: Apple CEO Tim Cook justifies removal of Hong Kong maps app from App Store
Global Voices: Google removes Hong Kong protester role-playing game from its Play Store
Reuters : Apple pulls app used to track Hong Kong police, Cook defends move
Fortune: Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Decision to Drop Hong Kong Protest Map From App Store After China Complaint
iMore: Read Charles Mok’s open letter to Tim Cook about Hong Kong
Tech Insider: Hong Kong lawmaker who relied on the banned HKMap Live app warns Apple from becoming an ‘accomplice for Chinese censorship’
WRAL Tech Wire: Tim Cook’s choice: Apple kowtows to China or face punishing costs
Fortune: Apple CEO Tim Cook Defends Decision to Drop Hong Kong Protest Map From App Store After China Complaint
Z6 Mag: Apple CEO Tim Cook justifies removal of Hong Kong maps app from App Store
BBC News : Few convinced by Apple’s case for Hong Kong app removal – BBC News
CRN : Apple criticised for pulling app that tracks Hong Kong police
NDTV : Apple Removes Quartz News App From China App Store Over Hong Kong Protest Coverage
Telegraph : Fury as Apple pulls US news app Quartz from China ‘over Hong Kong coverage’
Quartz: Tim Cook doesn’t seem to know how the Hong Kong app Apple removed actually works
Naked Security: Apple removes app that tracks Hong Kong police and protestors
EFF: China’s Global Reach: Surveillance and Censorship Beyond the Great Firewall
Threatpost: China’s Sway Over Tech Companies Tested with Apple, Blizzard

@juhasaarinen: Apple pulls from app store via @ZDNet & @dobes
@Pinboard: This is important. Note the hypothetical language used here by Hong Kong police—they contacted "several app stores" (presumably including Apple) with the complaint that @hkmaplive "could leak the officers' whereabouts, which could facilitate the criminals to ambush our officers."
@thegrugq: This pure information warfare attack surface is brilliant. Blizzard punished a player for being pro Hong Kong. Players are attempting to get Blizzard games banned by Chinese censors. Winnie the Pooh is already censored due to memes about Xi, so this isn’t too unrealistic a goal.
@jpwarren: I am doubling my order of @Yubico keys and telling everyone I know to do the same, because of their principled stance on Hong Kong. And so should you. Please RT.
@jeffstone500: Censorship is just the beginning. China is using powerful DDoS attacks to knock foreign websites offline, per @EFF @Mala. Recent victims include Telegram, a Hong Kong protest forum, and social media outside government control.

September 23, 2019
David E. Sanger and Julian E. Barnes / New York Times

David E. Sanger and Julian E. Barnes / New York Times  
White House Views Cyber Strike Against Iran as Most Appealing Course of Action but Pentagon, Cyber Command Warn That It’s No ‘Magic Bullet’ and Might Trigger Even Larger Iranian Counterattack, Sources

A second cyber strike against Iran after one launched three months ago has emerged as the most appealing course of action for the White House, according to several senior officials, although a broader debate is taking place inside and outside the administration over whether a cyberattack alone will be enough to alter Iran’s aggressive calculations. The concerns in White House, the Pentagon and Cyber Command’s operations room center on whether a strong message of deterrence with a cyberattack might trigger an even larger Iranian counterattack. General. Paul Nakasone, head of Cyber Command NSA, and a key player in designing a plan called “Nitro Zeus” to shut down Tehran and other Iranian cities in the event of a war, reportedly warned Trump and his aides that a cyberattack is no “magic bullet” against Iran because Iran has an increasingly skillful “cyber corps.” Other officials in the Administration believe that a sufficiently large cyberattack against Iran would be an effective deterrent against further aggression by the country.

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Tweets:@gonzadan @SangerNYT

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.”