spy

Thu
13
Sep
John Lister's picture

Vizio Smart TVs Spied on Users; Sold Data to Ad Firms

Smart TV sets that passed on user data without permission might have to display a message suggesting users sue the manufacturers. It's an unusual proposal in a class action lawsuit. Last year Vizio agreed to pay $3.7 million in fines to settle ... investigations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the New Jersey attorney general. The TVs in question used Internet connectivity (providing the TV was connected to Internet access at the home by the user), which then utilized a feature called "Smart Interactivity". Though the feature was enabled by default, users could switch it off ... (view more)

Wed
08
Aug
John Lister's picture

US Military Bans Fitness Trackers, Citing Spy Risk

The US Department of Defense (DoD) has banned military staff from using geolocation tools such as GPS-enabled fitness trackers in "operational areas." The move follows fears such data could be unintentionally public and threaten security. Earlier ... this year fitness tracker company Strava published a worldwide map showing the most popular routes for its users to run and carry out other exercise activity. The map showed routes in increasing levels of brightness depending on their popularity. Middle East Bases Unintentionally Mapped Several users then spotted several routes in countries such as ... (view more)

Thu
20
Apr
John Lister's picture

Bose Accused of Spying on Listening Habits

A proposed class action lawsuit accuses Bose of selling personal data about customers who use its wireless headphones. But the claims are unconfirmed and the argument may be somewhat overstated. Customer Kyle Zak made the complaint about Bose ... Connect, an app for iPhones and Android devices. The app isn't mandatory to use, but is designed to make it easier to switch between different headsets and speakers on a Bluetooth connection without needing to repeatedly pair and unpair the devices. Podcast Choices Could Be Revealing According to the lawsuit, Bose uses the app to collect details of ... (view more)

Tue
20
Sep
John Lister's picture

Law Change Could Let Feds Spy On Malware Victims

Opponents of proposed changes that could make government surveillance of computers easier have warned time is running out. The changes will take effect on December 1 unless Congress passes a law to stop them. The debate involves the Federal Rules of ... Criminal Procedure, which is effectively the rulebook of the judicial system. Rule 41 sets out how search warrants work in federal cases. Earlier this year the Supreme Court agreed to a request from the Justice Department for three changes to Rule 41. The first is an exception to the usual principle that a local judge can only issue a search ... (view more)

Tue
17
Feb
John Lister's picture

Report: NSA Hacked Hard Drive Firmware for Spying

The US government has been accused of embedding spyware directly onto hard drives using secret manufacturer information. Russian security software manufacturer Kaspersky Lab made the claims, and stem from its efforts to find and eliminate malicious ... software. Kaspersky says officials appear to have only used the spyware to target specific, foreign-based individuals. Kaspersky says that the spyware is part of an operation controlled by the National Security Agency (NSA) , under the name Equation Group. It claims the NSA figured out how to put spying software in the firmware of hard drives made ... (view more)

Fri
24
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

'TCP Spy .Net Professional 4.2.0.0', and 'JavaRA 1.16 Beta'

TCP Spy .Net Professional 4.2.0.0 When TCP Spy's Start button is pressed, it will capture and display information that is being sent over your network (based on TCP socket calls). It will also capture and display the data that is sent and received ... on the application's sockets. The application can be of any type. This program is particularly useful if you think your PC is infected with spyware, for example, and is attempting to "call home". http://www.westbrooksoftware.com JavaRA 1.16 Beta JavaRa is a simple tool that does a simple job: it removes old and redundant versions of the ... (view more)

Tue
16
Feb
Dennis Faas's picture

New Spy Eye 'Toolkit' Kills Trojan, Then Steals Bank Info

A new Trojan horse has surfaced online; its primary functionality makes it appear to be friendly to end users, but the final result can prove disastrous. On one hand, the Spy Eye toolkit is celebrated for its ability to remove malicious rival ... programs from infected computers. It boasts a feature called "Kill Zeus" which removes all traces of the notorious Zeus virus from a victim's PC. Of course, the Trojan horse has ulterior motives in playing the hero. It "Kills" the Zeus Trojan so that the computer is once again susceptible to attack, meaning that Spy Eye has exclusive access to usernames ... (view more)

Tue
10
Mar
Dennis Faas's picture

'Spy Me Tools', and 'Double Vision'

Spy Me Tools SpyMe Tools is very useful in detecting Windows Registry and disk changes. If any application a) installs spyware, adware, malicious programs, or any other type of file, or b) changes the registry's content, you will be able to see ... exactly where the modification occurred. http://lifehacker.com Double Vision Double Vision lets you watch video and surf the web in a transparent browser. Why transparent? Well, you can click through the browser to your open applications underneath and work seamlessly. It also acts as a heads-up display for the surface of a software project while you ... (view more)

Tue
16
Sep
Dennis Faas's picture

'Super Charger', and 'Parameter Spy'

Super Charger SuperCharger sets the priority of your active window to High and sets other processes to "Normal" priority. And, guess what? This speeds up active window process! That means your active program is always SuperCharged! In addition, ... SuperCharger will clean temporary file folders via the "Clean Temp Now!" menu option. http://www.mystercrowley.com Parameter Spy Parameter Spy allows you to find the parameters of a file when it launched. It backs up and replaces the original file and shows a message box with parameters passed. Parameter Spy also restores its backup file. http://www. ... (view more)

Mon
22
Oct
Dennis Faas's picture

'Spy The Spy', and 'Tweaking Windows Vista'

Spy The Spy Tired of web search bars, homepage hijacks, and other ridiculously annoying spyware strategies? This is an application that when it is running simply monitors system folders for any new exe or dll being added or renamed. ... http://www.mediachance.com/free/spythespy.htm Tweaking Windows Vista A guide to Tweak ... (view more)

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - spy