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Hermit spyware is deployed with the help of a victim’s ISP

Google’s Threat Analysis Group (TAG) has revealed a sophisticated spyware activity involving ISPs (internet service providers) aiding in downloading powerful commercial spyware onto users’ mobile devices. The spyware, dubbed Hermit, is reported to have government clients much like Pegasus. Italian vendor RCS Labs developed Hermit. The spyware was spotted in Kazakhstan (to suppress protests against government policies), Italy (to...

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City worker loses USB stick containing data on every resident after day of drinking

A person working in the city of Amagasaki, in Western Japan, has mislaid a USB stick which contained data on the city’s 460,000 residents. The USB drive was in a bag that went missing during a reported day of drinking and dining at a restaurant last Tuesday. The person reported it to the police the following day. Data on the USB drive included names, gender, birthdays, and addresses. Other additional personal details were included,...

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Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade reversal sparks calls for strengthening privacy

The Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade Friday, ending nearly 50 years of the nation’s highest court affirming the constitutional right to abortion and prompting privacy-focused lawmakers and advocates to say the ruling for federal privacy legislation even more urgent. “Congress must pass legislation protecting people’s data so their web searches, text messages and location tracking aren’t weaponized against them,” Sen. Ron...

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Apple and Activision Blizzard workers start unionizing

Following a trend that has included Starbucks and Amazon, tech company workers are dipping their toes in the union pool. Last week saw the first Apple store unionization to be recognized, and workers at games software company Activision Blizzard have entered an agreement for Microsoft to recognize their union. According to Techcrunch. 65 out of 110 employees at the Apple store in Towson, Maryland, voted to join the International...

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7-Zip gets Mark of the Web feature, increases protection for users

One of the most popular zip programs around, 7-Zip, now offers support for “Mark of the Web” (MOTW), which gives users better protection from malicious files. This is good news. But what does that actually mean? In the bad old days, opening up a downloaded document could be a fraught exercise. Malicious files would often have full permission from the system to do whatever they wanted. Compromised PCs were the inevitable end result,...