ToTok chat app tells users to ignore Google’s spyware warning

Google is warning users that ToTok is unsafe. ToTok says that users shouldn’t trust Google’s warning…

Smashing Security podcast #160: SNAFUs! MS Word, Amazon Ring, and TikTok

We discuss how Microsoft Word helped trap a multi-million dollar fraudster, how Amazon Ring may be recording more than you’re comfortable with, and how teens are flocking to TikTok (and why that might be a problem).

All this and much more is covered in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by Maria Varmazis.

Security breach in the White House’s Situation Room

A former reality TV star was able to sneak in her smartphone and record secret conversations in the Situation Room, supposedly the most secure place in the White House.

Selling spyware, making millions, breaking sanctions…

Al Jazeera went undercover, approaching three companies on behalf of the governments of Iran and South Sudan – and found it all too easy to buy surveillance technology that could be used to spy on the countries’ citizens.

You can’t stop your staff from leaking your dirty laundry to the press

According to media reports, the White House is trying to crack down on staff leaking information to the media. But will random phone checks be enough to help weed out the leakers?

Ransomware attack impacted 70% of Washington DC police surveillance cameras

Officials found 123 of 187 network video recorders capturing CCTV footage had fallen victim to two strains of ransomware.

David Bisson reports.

GCHQ broke the law for 17 years… spying on UK citizens

For more than 17 years British security and intelligence agencies broke the law, illegally collecting vast amounts of data about UK citizens without proper oversight.

The Investigatory Powers Bill – it’s time to take a closer look

The so-called ‘Snooper’s Charter’ is being rushed through the UK Parliament.

Guest contributor Philip Le Riche takes a closer look.

US intelligence chief: the Internet of Things will be used to spy and hack

The truth is that “smart” devices have the potential to be very, very dumb when it comes to security.

And that’s something intelligence agencies are interesting in exploiting…

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Mass-surveillance ‘undermines security’ and failed to stop 9/11 attacks, says ex-NSA officer

According to a former NSA officer, bulk data collection by intelligence agencies has resulted in the loss of life before, and it will lead to more lives lost in the future.

David Bisson reports.

BlackBerry believes in encryption backdoors – thinks it’s good for business

BlackBerry and its rivals couldn’t be further apart it seems, telling federal conference delegates that the company is a strong believer in providing law enforcement agencies with methods to lawfully intercept communications.

Read more in my article on the Bitdefender Business Insights blog.

The Draft Investigatory Powers Bill – what it actually says

The controversial draft Investigatory Powers Bill being proposed by the UK government says almost nothing about encryption.

Guest contributor Philip Le Riche shares his opinion about what it does have to say, and whether he feels the bill is needed.

Hacking Team tells government customers to stop using its spyware, following hack

Can Hacking Team recover from being breached so badly?

Time will tell. But in the meantime, they’re advising law enforcement and government customers to stop using their spyware.

Hacking Team hacked – bad news for firm that helps governments spy on their citizens

Source code, internal documents and email archives are released by hackers following hack of one of the “Enemies of the internet.”

Oops! GCHQ accidentally spied on its own staff too much

Do you work at GCHQ? (The UK surveillance agency, not the newsletter)

UK government report reveals that internal monitoring of GCHQ staff captured more information about employees’ communications than was authorised.

Another tech firm says it has quit the UK over government internet surveillance plans

Eris Industries says it simply cannot engage in business if it is forced to incorporate cryptographic backdoors that can be accessed by MI5 and GCHQ.