Laser-hacking voice-assistants

Who knew? Microphones respond to light waves as well as sound waves. This allows hackers to attack voice-assistant technologies such as Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant, sometimes from a considerable distance.

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Location, location, location history

Who knew? Turning off Location History on Google doesn’t actually turn off location history. That, at least, is the basis of an A$10 million lawsuit the Australian Competition and Consumer…

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The Dark Side of Facebook

“The biggest surveillance-based enterprise in the history of mankind.” In a hugely popular post titled The Ultimate Retaliation: Pranking my Roommate with Targeted Facebook Ads, Brian Swichkow details how he…

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Smartphones: The Abuser in Your Pocket

The first three questions in the Am I In An Abusive Relationship questionnaire take on a whole new meaning if you replace the word “partner” with the word “phone”: Has…

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The Spyingest Windows Ever

Windows 10 is without doubt the “spyingest” Windows ever. Visit Settings > Privacy and you’ll find 25 separate privacy settings, (27 in version 1903), many with multiple sub-settings. Below, you’ll…

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Web of Spies

How to check out who is secretly checking you out Lightbeam is a simple browser add-on for Firefox that lets you spy on web spies. More specifically, it reveals the…

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The iPhone hack: What you need to know

A few days ago, one of Google’s security teams called Project Zero revealed a chilling and truly massive hack of Apple’s iPhone that has been going on for at least…

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True Privacy Tales – The AOL search data release

What could be more innocuous than a search engine interface? They’re simple, clean, uncluttered, with that empty text box almost welcoming your words. Type anything, anything at all; your fears,…

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True Privacy Tales – Targeted Marketing

In 2011, an irate father marched into his local Target store and demanded to know why the second-largest discount chain in the United States was sending his daughter pregnancy-related offers….

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10 disturbing quotes about Facebook

I’ve seen and heard very little about the Cambridge Analytica scandal here in New Zealand, even though the data of tens and possibly hundreds of thousands of Kiwis are also…

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