Over the past few years, billionaires have unilaterally shut down a popular newsite, pushed common core on the Department of Education and steered candidates to a hardline position on Israel. Now one Texas-based billionaire (who began amassing his fortune at Enron) has singlehandedly spearheaded a massive spying program – secret until now – in a city 1500 miles away from where he lives.Read more
Apple issued a security update for those devices Thursday after researchers discovered spyware that turns hand-held Apple devices into the mother of all snoops, allowing remote operators to intercept all voice and data communications and pass along every photograph and video.
Researchers said spyware had never been found before this month that could “jailbreak” an iPhone or iPad and seize total control of its functions.
Efforts to use the spyware have surfaced in Mexico and the United Arab Emirates, where critics of the government appear to have been targeted for surveillance….
The Israeli company thought to have produced the spyware said in a statement that it insisted that governments that bought its products use them only in lawful ways….
Apple Inc. was notified by Citizen Lab and Lookout on Aug. 15 of the vulnerability in the iPhones and iPads, and it said the security update provided Thursday blocked the use of Trident spyware.Read more
Ask the residents of any major American city to vote on a program of total aerial surveillance – where the cops would record footage of everything that happened within municipal borders, then store the high-resolution video on hard drives, so that they could effectively go back in time, tracing the outdoor movements of any individual – and the proposal would, at the very least, trigger furious debate.
But what if the police didn’t ask permission?
[For an example of the type of technology used, watch this.]Read more