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Roombas have been mapping your homes for years, and that data’s about to be sold to the highest bidder

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Once a curious novelty for people who absolutely despise traditional vacuum cleaners, Roomba's robotic vacuums are now offered in several models and price points. It would seem that the company is doing fairly well, but one of its most interesting — and potentially controversial — money-making strategies hasn't even been implemented yet. A new report reveals that one of Roomba's plays for the future involves using its fancy little cleaner bots as trojan horses which, while in the process of tiding up, will map your home's layout and then send that information to the company to be sold to the highest bidder.

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Mike Wehner

July 24th

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Officials arrest Apple distributors who sold private data

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Smartphone users — which, at this point, is pretty much everyone — already have enough to worry about when it comes to hackers, malicious apps, and malware invading their phones, but in China, some iPhone users found out their worst enemy was actually the folks selling them their devices in the first place. Chinese officials have now arrested 22 Apple distributors after discovering that they were selling off sensitive user data they found on a secure Apple database. The crooks apparently collected over $7.3 million (over 50 million yuan) from selling the information before being caught. 

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Mike Wehner

June 9th

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Who catches the IMSI catchers? Researchers demonstrate Stingray detection kit

 IMSI catchers, devices used to spoof cell towers and intercept communications, are one of the most resented open secrets of law enforcement. Strict non-disclosure agreements prevent them from being acknowledged as existing, let alone being used — but researchers think they’ve found a way to spot the shady signal-snatchers. Read More

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Devin Coldewey

June 2nd

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Alexa, don’t talk to strangers!

 “Alexa, how do you hide a body?” Vocal identification is a complicated thing. Alexa doesn’t identify individual users; all us humans are the same. And because Echo has no user identification process, this actually means that anyone within talking range can get access to Echo users’ sensitive emails, documents and other personal data. Read More

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Menny Barzilay

May 23rd

Gadgets

Google-funded ‘super sensor’ project brings IoT powers to dumb appliances

 Researchers at CMU’s Future Interfaces Group reckon they’ve come up with a quicker, less expensive and less cumbersome way to create a smart home. And one that might have some privacy benefits too. Just plug in their single ‘super sensor’ and play… Read More

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Natasha Lomas

May 11th

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Politicians who voted to gut web privacy are now being shamed on huge billboards

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Remember back in March when the totally-not-corrupt, democratically-elected politicians in Congress voted to allow ISPs to continue conducting the shady business of compiling and selling the browsing habits of its customers? There was a lot out outrage — and that anger continues to simmer in some corners of the web — but within a few days other tidbits of government insanity stole the headlines and lots of internet users gave up the fight. Well, one group of dedicated privacy advocates hasn't forgotten, and they're making sure everyone knows exactly who is responsible.

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Mike Wehner

May 5th

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The Turds That Voted to Sell Out Your Online Privacy Get Their Faces Plastered on Billboards

Last month, Congress voted to repeal FCC rules that would prevent internet service providers from selling your personal web browsing and app usage data. It was a decision that’s unpopular across the country, regardless of party affiliation. If the politicians that voted in favor of the reversal thought no one would…

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Rhett Jones

May 4th

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Microsoft is trying to make passwords obsolete, and it might succeed

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Passwords are annoying, clumsy, easily beaten (for the most part), and an absolutely antiquated form of security. They also happen to be the primary way we secure our most precious information today. Microsoft wants to change that with a new app feature that basically removes passwords from the equation entirely. It's part of the Microsoft Authenticator app, and it just might work.

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Mike Wehner

April 20th

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Microsoft is trying to make passwords obsolete, and it might succeed

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Passwords are annoying, clumsy, easily beaten (for the most part), and an absolutely antiquated form of security. They also happen to be the primary way we secure our most precious information today. Microsoft wants to change that with a new app feature that basically removes passwords from the equation entirely. It's part of the Microsoft Authenticator app, and it just might work.

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Mike Wehner

April 20th

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Trump just destroyed internet privacy

New Internet Privacy Law Signed Trump

Congress a few days ago voted to pass a repeal of Obama’s broadband privacy rules that prevented internet service providers from selling your personal data without obtaining consent first. The White House then confirmed that President Trump will sign the bill, without specifying when that will happen. It turns out that Trump inked the new law on Monday, making the whole thing official. Even if many of them say they will not sell your internet browsing history and other personal data, ISPs can now do so under the new rules.

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Chris Smith

April 4th

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