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China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being forced to install a piece of malware on their phones that gives all of their text messages as well as other pieces of data to the authorities, a collaboration by Motherboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian, the New York Times, and the German public broadcaster NDR has found. The Android malware, which is installed by a border guard when they physically seize the phone, also scans the...

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July 2, 2019
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Twitter Won't Treat White Supremacy Like ISIS Because It'd Have to Ban Some GOP Politicians Too

Twitter Won't Treat White Supremacy Like ISIS Because It'd Have to Ban Some GOP Politicians Too

At a Twitter all-hands meeting on March 22, an employee asked a blunt question: Twitter has largely eradicated Islamic State propaganda off its platform. Why can’t it do the same for white supremacist content? An executive responded by explaining that Twitter follows the law, and a technical employee who works on machine learning and artificial intelligence issues went up to the mic to add some context. (As Motherboard has previously reported, algorithms are for platforms trying to moderate the posts of their hundreds of millions, or billions, of users.) With every sort of content filter,...

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April 25, 2019
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Capital One Is the One to Blame for Exposing Your Data

Capital One Is the One to Blame for Exposing Your Data

The major US bank Capital One disclosed a major data breach on Monday evening, revealing that an individual accessed the personal data of 100 million people in the United States and around 6 million in Canada. The FBI has already arrested and indicted Paige Thompson, who worked as a software engineer in Seattle, for allegedly hacking Capital One and posting the data to her GitHub account. “I am deeply sorry for what has happened,” Richard Fairbank, the CEO of Capital One, said in a Capital One press release. “I sincerely apologize for the understandable worry this incident must be causing...

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July 30, 2019
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Bing Censors Image Search for 'Tank Man' Even in US

Bing Censors Image Search for 'Tank Man' Even in US

Bing, the search engine owned by Microsoft, is not displaying image results for a search for "Tank man," even when searching from the United States. The apparent censorship comes on the anniversary of China's violent crackdown on protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989. "There are no results for tank man," the Bing website reads after searching for the term. "Tank man" relates to the infamous image of a single protester standing in front of a line of Chinese tanks during the crackdown. China censors and blocks distribution of discussion of tank man and Tiananmen Square more generally. This...

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Hackers Stole Data on Nearly 5M DoorDash Users, Including Order History

Hackers Stole Data on Nearly 5M DoorDash Users, Including Order History

Hackers may have stolen you DoorDash order history. On Thursday, gig economy company DoorDash announced that hackers had stolen data on 4.9 million consumers, merchants, and "Dashers" who deliver food for the app. In a Medium post, the company explained that the information stolen includes names, email addresses, delivery addresses, order history, phone numbers, and hashed passwords. In some cases, the last four digits of consumers' payment cards and bank account numbers were also stolen, and the hackers also made off with the driver's license numbers of around 100,000 Dashers. "We are...

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October 25, 2019
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