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A woman’s stalker compromised her car’s app, giving him the ability to track and immobilize it

An Australian woman's creepy, violent ex-boyfriend hacked her phone using stalkerware, then used that, along with her car's VIN number, to hack the remote control app for her car (possibly Landrover's Incontrol app), which allowed him to track her location, stop and start her car, and adjust the car's temperature.

It's a great leap forward ...

Brave 1.0 launches, privacy-focused web browser finally out of beta

The privacy-focused web browser Brave has finally launched a 1.0 version, bringing it officially out of beta.

The beta version of Brave, which promises “faster, more private and secure” than other browsers, had 8 million monthly users, say the developers.

Now, a full stable Brave 1.0 release is available for Windows, macOS, Linux, ...

Popular UK health websites share sensitive user data with Google, Facebook, dozens more

A number of popular health-related websites in the UK are reported to be actively sharing sensitive user data with dozens of third parties, including Google and Facebook, but also various adtech firms and data brokers. Not good. An important new investigation from the Financial Times reveals symptoms, drug names, and terms like 'abortion' are shared ...

A US federal court finds suspicionless searches of phones at the border is illegal

A federal court in Boston has ruled that the government is not allowed to search travelers’ phones or other electronic devices at the U.S. border without first having reasonable suspicion of a crime. That’s a significant victory for civil liberties advocates, who say the government’s own rules allowing its border agents to search electronic devices ...

Make: a ******-recognition confounding “Opt Out Cap”

Mac Pierce created a simple wearable to challenge ****** recognition: do a little ******* to an image of a face, print it on heat transfer paper, iron it onto see-through mosquito netting, slice, and affix to a billed cap -- deploy it in the presence of ****** recognition cameras and you'll be someone else. ...

Legislators from ten parliaments put the squeeze on Facebook

The third meeting of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’, a multi-nation body comprised of global legislators with concerns about the societal impacts of social media giants, has been taking place in Dublin this week — once again without any senior Facebook management in attendance. The committee was formed last year after ...

DNA testing startup Veritas Genetics confirms data breach

Veritas Genetics, a DNA testing startup, has said a data breach resulted in the theft of some customer information. The Danvers, Mass.-based company said its customer-facing portal had “recently” been breached but did not say when. Although the portal did not contain test results or medical information, the company declined to say what information had ...

Former Twitter employees charged with spying for Saudis

Two then-employees of Twitter used their position to provide the Saudi government with information about its critics on the platform, say prosecutors, who have charged them with espionage. The men rifled through "thousands of private accounts seeking personal information" of use to the kingdom's security forces, reports NPR.

Ahmad Abouammo, a U.S. citizen, was a ...