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18.12.2020 - 11:06 [ theGuardian.com ]

Israeli spy firm suspected of accessing global telecoms via Channel Islands

Invoices seen by the Guardian and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism suggest Rayzone, a corporate spy agency that provides its government clients with “geolocation tools”, used an intermediary in 2018 to lease an access point into the telecoms network via Sure Guernsey, a mobile operator in the Channel Islands.

Such access points, known in the telecoms industry as “global titles”, provide a route into a decades-old global messaging system known as SS7, which allows mobile operators to connect users around the world. It is not uncommon for mobile companies to lease out such access.

18.12.2020 - 10:58 [ Bureau of Investigative Journalism ]

Spy companies using Channel Islands to track phones around the world

The investigation has found that private intelligence companies are able to rent access from mobile phone operators and this can then be exploited to allow the tracking of the physical location of users across the world. They are also potentially able to intercept calls and other private data, including bank accounts and emails.

These intrusions, which are very widely exploited, rely on commands designed to help phone operators track their customers’ whereabouts. Such commands, known as “signals”, are sent via a kind of global switchboard for the telecoms industry called SS7.

24.04.2020 - 00:35 [ BBC ]

Coronavirus: Israel halts police phone tracking over privacy concerns

But now an oversight group in Israel’s parliament blocked an attempt to extend the emergency measures past this week. A committee member said the harm done to privacy outweighed the benefits.

16.03.2019 - 03:26 [ Reuters ]

Israel election frontrunner Gantz dismisses report that Iran hacked his phone

Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s toughest rival in Israel’s upcoming parliamentary election, dismissed as “political gossip” on Friday media reports of allegations that his mobile phone had been hacked by Iranian intelligence… “We’re in the middle of an ongoing security event…and someone’s putting out a political gossip story,” Gantz said. “I do not think Benny Gantz is the story here. There’s no security issue there. No threat and no blackmail.”

16.12.2018 - 00:42 [ Electronic Frontier Foundation ]

The EFF Gift Guide: What’s Creeping Us Out

Finally, it’s always good to take a spin through a product’s privacy policy and attempt to understand what data it collects on you and how that information gets shared with others—that is, if a company has taken the advice of EFF and other privacy groups and bothered to write a policy that a normal person can understand. Mozilla, in a privacy-focused gift guide of its own, determined many tech products have policies that are at a college reading level or higher.

Socks and books aren’t looking so bad now, are they?

26.07.2018 - 14:31 [ Bloomberg ]

Putin’s Soccer Ball for Trump Had Transmitter Chip, Logo Indicates

Markings on the ball indicate that it contained a chip with a tiny antenna that transmits to nearby phones.

But rather than a spy device, the chip is an advertised feature of the Adidas AG ball.

22.06.2018 - 18:16 [ cnet.com ]

Supreme Court says warrant necessary for phone location data in win for privacy

US justices say law enforcement needs a warrant to follow your digital footprints.