Zack Whittaker

Zack Whittaker

@zackwhittaker

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Security Editor, @TechCrunch Signal: +1.646.755.8849 Email: zack.whittaker@techcrunch.com or zack.whittaker@protonmail.com

New York, NY
Joined on August 06, 2008
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Quoted @gregotto

NEW: Yevgeniy Nikulin found guilty of hacking LinkedIn/Formspring, ending a trial that has drug on since 2016 https://t.co/8domVtfPtk

More from @jeffstone500: https://t.co/dAvp9S3UPl https://t.co/MKr8m5FHrU

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Trump acknowledged for first time that in 2018 he authorized covert cyberattack against Russia’s Internet Research Agency, the St. Petersburg-based troll farm that spearheaded Russian interference in 2016 presidential election and in 2018. https://t.co/5zH17KaQOr

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The Onion
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Teens Flock To New App Where They Just Enter Own Personal Data Into Form https://t.co/2M35UsOWfC https://t.co/J807gN6cAy

Teens Flock To New App Where They Just Enter Own Personal Data Into Form https://t.co/2M35UsOWfC https://t.co/J807gN6cAy

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Just in: Russian hacker, Yevgeniy Nikulin, accused of hacking LinkedIn, Formspring, and Dropbox, has been found guilty of computer hacking offenses by a federal court in California.

He will be sentenced on September 29.

Here's the original DOJ presser: https://t.co/H2fQImwU7D https://t.co/acctKtIK9y

Just in: Russian hacker, Yevgeniy Nikulin, accused of hacking LinkedIn, Formspring, and Dropbox, has been found guilty of computer hacking offenses by a federal court in California. He will be sentenced on September 29. Here's the original DOJ presser: https://t.co/H2fQImwU7D https://t.co/acctKtIK9y

Just received a rather flippant response from a CBP spokesperson. https://t.co/8BRYj15QWw

Just received a rather flippant response from a CBP spokesperson. https://t.co/8BRYj15QWw

CBP's argument seems to be, effectively, "if you don't want your license plate scanned, don't drive." Similarly in 2017, CBP told Americans travelers who (rightfully!) wanted to opt-out of airport face scanning should "refrain from traveling." https://t.co/CenLIskWrn

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New: CBP says that there is no easy way for Americans to avoid having their movements tracked by its license plate surveillance program. One option is to "avoid the impacted area," which by the agency's own admission is "generally unrealistic." https://t.co/PlGx9xpkF5

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Happy one-year anniversary to my FOIA for all CBP records related to the Perceptics data breach, which was granted both a fee waiver and expedited processing shortly after submission. 

In a perfect world, it would have been completed by now. Alas, if only. https://t.co/E8VKKUYecl

Happy one-year anniversary to my FOIA for all CBP records related to the Perceptics data breach, which was granted both a fee waiver and expedited processing shortly after submission. In a perfect world, it would have been completed by now. Alas, if only. https://t.co/E8VKKUYecl

Quoted @nptacek

@zackwhittaker Another recommendation would be @objective_see’s OverSight, which alerts you when something is trying to use your Mac’s built-in microphone or camera: https://t.co/jhDCJc5BSV

Oh — good point — @patrickwardle builds a bunch of apps, including OverSight, which also monitor to see when your webcam and microphone become active: https://t.co/H055BQ5mzN Also he builds these tools for $0, so don't forget to donate to his Patreon. https://t.co/HzQy51BmSw

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Worth noting that you should take precautions based on your threat model. That said, I think the previous tweet basically covers everyone. tl;dr: Covering your webcam takes little effort and doesn't cost a thing — just like using a password manager and setting up two-factor!

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Why do this? So that software — whether legitimate, mandatory but shady (like work-monitoring software), or malware (like spyware or stalkerware) — can't spy on you whenever it wants. Also, don't forget your microphone. Tape doesn't work well here. Try a microphone blocker.

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Don't forget to try it out first! Some are better than others. I just use a double-sided bit of masking tape. Works a treat. It looks like this. https://t.co/28SCol3pqS

Don't forget to try it out first! Some are better than others. I just use a double-sided bit of masking tape. Works a treat. It looks like this. https://t.co/28SCol3pqS

I get what Apple is saying here, but yes, you should use a webcam cover. Just *of course* be careful with the display. Worst case, use a piece of thick or opaque tape doubled-over. Masking tape is great, or the sticky side of a Post-It note. Easily removable. https://t.co/DW2tyeCoRM

I get what Apple is saying here, but yes, you should use a webcam cover. Just *of course* be careful with the display. Worst case, use a piece of thick or opaque tape doubled-over. Masking tape is great, or the sticky side of a Post-It note. Easily removable. https://t.co/DW2tyeCoRM

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New: Signal is going to store your contacts in the cloud protecting them with a PIN and cybersecurity experts are worried this new feature compromises users' privacy. We break down and explain this debate here. https://t.co/cs0xAzKXSx?

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Google: you know what'd be a great idea? banning ads for stalkerware apps. Also Google: let's give them a nice easy loophole to get around it so we can still make shit tons of money off them. https://t.co/QPOqKwhvnZ

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In case you didn't know: every time you let your weather app access your location to pull in the most accurate forecast, it also sends your data to advertisers. Most apps do this! But it's all explained in the privacy policy you never read. https://t.co/EwZsBsqps0

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At least on the bright side, for a short while this morning none of your apps were quietly uploading your data to brokers and analytics firms without your knowledge. https://t.co/YxFqz99bk7

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You will rarely see a select committee chairman spring a trap during questioning quite so smoothly as Greg Clark did with Huawei bosses this morning https://t.co/7jdBvGC6w0

You will rarely see a select committee chairman spring a trap during questioning quite so smoothly as Greg Clark did with Huawei bosses this morning https://t.co/7jdBvGC6w0

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"A protest schedule seen by The Intercept shows Dataminr was explicitly surveilling dozens of protests big and small, from Detroit and Brooklyn to York, Pennsylvania, and Hampton Roads, Virginia." Read @samfbiddle on Dataminr's role in police surveillance https://t.co/Dmmm2gIrOg

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