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Privacy is a growing concern in today’s world. Follow along with all our coverage related to privacy, security, what Apple and other companies are doing to keep your information safe, and what steps you can take to keep your information private.

Privacy Stories July 30

NSO has blocked more clients from using its Pegasus spyware, according to a source within the company, while it investigates reports of misuse.

The Israeli company was reported to have previously blocked five governments from using the malware after conducting a “human rights audit,” and has now suspended access to others …

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Privacy Stories July 27

Hundreds of thousands of police officers are unofficially using apps for face recognition, and gaining access to a wide range of databases, from credit checks to medical records, according to a new report today.

The report says that companies aiming to sell these apps to police departments are first offering them to individual cops, hoping that this will then create the demand for official purchases. This approach means there is no oversight to ensure civil rights are protected …

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Privacy Stories July 21

XLoader malware has now migrated from Windows machines to attack Macs too. An evolution of the malware known as Formbook, it lets an attacker log keystrokes, take screenshots, and access other private information.

Worryingly, the malware is sold on the dark web for $49, enabling anyone to deploy it against both Windows and Mac users …

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An associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Information Security Institute has said that Apple can and must do more to prevent NSO attacks.

He argues that while it’s true that it is impossible to completely prevent exploits based on zero-day vulnerabilities, there are two steps that the iPhone maker can take to make NSO’s job much harder …

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Privacy Stories July 20

It’s extremely unlikely that your phone has been hacked using NSO software, but there is now a way to check your iPhone for Pegasus spyware – or, at least, some tell-tale signs.

The spyware was used to target human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, and politicians, and has been linked to assaults and murder of dissidents, so the chances of a random iPhone user being impacted are exceedingly low …

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Privacy Stories July 19

Man behind LinkedIn scraping said he grabbed 700M profiles ‘for fun’

Last month we reported a LinkedIn scraping that exposed the data of 700 million users – some 92% of all those on the service. The data included location, phone numbers, and inferred salaries.

The man behind it has now been identified, and says that he did it “for fun” – though he is also selling the data …

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