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Germany Could Let Huawei Build Internet Infrastructure Despite U.S. Concerns

“The United States government has major concerns about Huawei and its alleged potential to spy on countries through its Internet infrastructure” writes Don Reisinger for fortune.com. The meeting will be held after Germany’s cybersecurity experts and several ministries inside the government reportedly concluded that fears of Huawei using Internet infrastructure to spy on Germany are overblown.With 5G technology now being deployed around the world, Germany needs a company to help it catch up—and Huawei could be one of those companies. Source: fortune.com

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Spy scandal reveals security fears for EU and Nato

“A senior Belgian intelligence officer is under investigation over allegedly sharing secrets with the Russians, in a case that exposes fears about spying in the European Union and Nato” writes Jennifer Rankin for theguardian.com. He is alleged to have shredded confidential documents, according to the Flemish daily De Morgen, which broke the story on Vandenborre and the Russian spying allegations.The officer, a head of division at the general intelligence and security service (GISS), the equivalent of M16, is accused of having exchanged information with a Serbian woman believed to be…

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Germany’s spy agency is reportedly investigating Russian links to right-wing parties political parties

“BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s domestic spy agency is examining Russia’s ties to far-right parties, including the anti-immigration Alternative for Germany (AfD), the RND group of newspapers on Thursday cited intelligence sources as saying” reports businessinsider.com. US Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 US election and Moscow’s possible collusion with the Trump campaign.Thomson Reuters Overall, intelligence officials thought the AfD had “minimal and limited contact” with Russia, the report said. Source: businessinsider.com

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Russian spy Maria Butina’s Republican boyfriend indicted for wire fraud and money laundering

“The Republican operative boyfriend of alleged Russian spy Maria Butina has been indicted by a South Dakota federal grand jury for charges of wire fraud and money laundering” reports washingtonexaminer.com. If found guilty, Erickson faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a range of different fines for each count.Paul Erickson, 56, of Sioux Falls, pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to 11 counts before a federal district court after being indicted on Monday.In December, Butina pleaded guilty in a D.C. federal court to conspiracy to act as an illegal…

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Facebook Gets Caught Paying People To Let Them Spy On Their Phones, Apple Revokes Certificates Killing …

“There have been claims from within Facebook that many of its internal apps are no longer working, and simply crash when launched” writes Rp Staff for redmondpie.com. It’s been a very eventful day for Facebook, with the company losing its Facebook Research app, as well as a whole host of internal apps, all in a matter of hours.It also means that the company can no longer beta test it’s own apps, with early versions of Facebook, Instagram, Messanger, and other in-development apps no longer working on Facebook device. Source: redmondpie.com

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UAE used cyber super-weapon to spy on iPhones of foes

“Karma was used by an offensive cyber operations unit in Abu Dhabi comprised of Emirati security officials and former American intelligence operatives working as contractors for the UAE’s intelligence services” writes Luis Echeverria for cnbc.com. Only about 10 nations, such as Russia, China and the United States and its closest allies, are thought to be capable of developing such weapons, said Michael Daniel, a former White House cyber security czar under President Obama.Karma and similar tools make personal devices like iPhones the “juiciest of targets,” said Patrick Wardle, a former…

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Facebook got caught paying people $20 a month to let them spy on their phones

“Facebook also disputed that the app is a copy-and-pasted version of the banned Onavo app, something that appears to be contradicted by evidence shared by Strafach” writes Rob Price for aol.com. The app, Facebook Research, appears to be largely similar to Facebook’s controversial VPN app Onavo, and shares much of the same code, according to security expert Will Strafach, who was asked to investigate by TechCrunch.However, Facebook sidesteps this ban by offering Facebook Protect directly to users, via a program that Apple offers to companies that want to offer custom…

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Facebook will remove iOS app that paid users to ‘spy’ on them

“To try and get around this, the Facebook Research app bypassed the App Store, and allowed users to side-load it on their iOS devices” writes Luke Dormehl for cultofmac.com. This was achieved through a custom root certificate, required for the Facebook Research app.All of them with signed parental consent forms.” Facebook also denied that Facebook Research was designed to replace the previous Onavo app.This follows an incident last August in which Apple asked Facebook to remove its Onavo VPN from the App Store, since it was violating Apple’s data collection…

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Trump pushes back against U.S. spy chiefs on North Korea, Islamic State

“On Tuesday, the intelligence officials broke with Trump in their assessments of the threats posed by North Korea and other nations” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday pushed back against threat assessments offered to Congress by the nation’s top intelligence officials a day earlier and defended his more optimistic assertions on North Korea and Islamic State. Source: 95kqds.com

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Facebook paid teens to install an app to spy on their internet and phone use

“In this case, Facebook circumvented TestFlight, instead directing participants to download the Facebook Research app from one of its sites” writes Johnny Lieu for mashable.com. As noted by Strafach, Facebook’s Research app appears to be a “poorly re-branded build of the banned Onavo app.”. As highlighted by TechCrunch, the Facebook Research app sent data to an address which is affiliated with Onavo, a VPN app which was pulled by Facebook last August after Apple warned that the app violated its policies on data gathering.The kind of data Facebook could access…

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