A market of exploits Karsten Nohl, a cryptographer and managing director at Security Research Labs, says that there are two dimensions to lawful intercept tools: is the smartphone an iPhone or not, and does the exploit require “help” from the phone’s user. Some exploits require users to do something like install a security update—despite warnings—that downloads malware onto their device. Nohl says the simplest exploits are those for Android phones, and that the preferred exploits work over the internet, while others only work in Wi-Fi range. Nohl says that NSO Group can hack most versions of the iPhone and many Android phones, and that this usually happens remotely. … [Read more...] about Inside the shadowy world of spyware makers that target activists and dissidents
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“As we move further into this place where we’re using more machine learning and AI-enabled solutions, we’re going to get better at checking for certain things, like whether someone is actually a member of the crew team in high school,” says Rucker, referring to the recent university admissions scandal. “This information is typically publicly available on a website, which we could crawl for that,” he adds. “Of course, if we want to get into the area of data privacy, that’s a totally different topic.” … [Read more...] about Schools are using software to help pick who gets in. What could go wrong?
The forensic report from FTI Consulting, which was commissioned by Bezos’s security team, is part of a broader investigation that the Washington Post owner launched last year, following an adultery scandal in which he accused the National Enquirer of attempting “extortion and blackmail,” over compromising photos he exchanged with his girlfriend Lauren Sanchez. The tabloid had also cited his private text messages in its reporting that Bezos had an affair with Sanchez. To determine how his texts were leaked, Bezos initially tapped security consultant Gavin de Becker, who then publicly blamed the Saudi government for the hack. “It’s clear that MBS considers the Washington Post to be a major enemy,” he wrote in the Daily Beast, suggesting that the Crown Prince was flexing his muscles after the high-profile murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a Post columnist and Saudi dissident. … [Read more...] about How Saudi Arabia allegedly hacked Jeff Bezos