Tag: SURVEILLANCE

TikTok and America’s Bleak Techno-Nationalism

But given Microsoft’s more than $160 billion in cash reserves, the price may be immaterial if it brings Redmond tens of millions of avid young users and the hoard of data they produce. And despite its reputation as a lumbering business-centric firm that’s botched acquisitions like Nokia, Microsoft has had recent successes in acquiring already […]

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The Rise of the Creepy Reopening Industry

When I spoke to David Michaels, an epidemiologist at George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health and the former assistant secretary of labor for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, he agreed that some of the frenzy around extreme deep-cleaning as a solution for reopening offices was misplaced. “I think it’s reasonable to […]

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NSO Spyware Was Used to Hack Clergy in Togo

Researchers have identified more people targeted with spyware made by the Israeli hacking company NSO Group.  On Monday, researchers from the internet watchdog Citizen Lab published a new report that detailed how hackers targeted a Catholic bishop, a priest, and two members of the political opposition in Togo—all people who had been vocal about government […]

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Monopoly is Tyranny

The economy as we know it is populated by gigantic corporations, behemoths that have bought up not only their competition but also the businesses supplying or otherwise supporting them. Such monopolies act as a “rival form of government,” explains Zephyr Teachout, the author of Break ’Em Up: Recovering Our Freedom From Big Ag, Big Tech, […]

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‘World’s Most Wanted Man’ Involved in Bizarre Attempt to Buy Hacking Tools

The fugitive executive of the embattled payment startup Wirecard was mentioned in a brazen and bizarre attempt to purchase hacking tools and surveillance technology from an Italian company in 2013, an investigation by Motherboard and the German weekly Der Spiegel found. Jan Marsalek, a 40-year-old Austrian who until recently was the chief operating officer of […]

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Israeli Court Rules NSO Group Can Continue Exporting Spyware

IMAGE: JACK GUEZ/AFP VIA GETTY IMAGES The infamous spyware company NSO Group scored a major win in what critics are calling a “disgraceful ruling” in an Israeli court on Monday. The court ruled that NSO can keep exporting its hacking and surveillance tools, arguing that the human rights organization Amnesty International, which had sued the […]

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