Symantec Security Response has discovered a new malware called Regin which, they say, "...displays a degree of technical competence rarely seen and has been used in spying operations against governments, infrastructure operators, businesses, researchers, and private individuals."
This back-door trojan has been in use, according to the security company, since at least 2008, and has stayed under the radar since.
Government officials in the U.S. and the UK are warning people to secure their webcams after websites that broadcast the contents of those cameras have sprung up online.
One of the better-known sites, Insecam, appeared to have gone offline after the warnings Thursday, but at least one site that publishes similar content was still available.
Free software that can detect the presence of surveillance spyware has been launched by a global coalition of human rights and tech organizations.
Organizations including Amnesty International, Privacy International, Digitale Gesellschaft and Electronic Frontier Foundation have teamed up to unveil the open source tool Detekt.
Four months after Singapore’s first privacy protection laws came into effect, the chief counsel to the nation's Personal Data Protection Commission concedes there is “still a fair amount of work to do” to get the business community up to date with the demands of the new regime.
It’s easy to setup and use; as of August 2014 there had been over 10 million user installs that resulted in 80 petabytes of data transferred. In fact, many folks are using network-attached storage (NAS) systems and BitTorrent Sync “to create a secure, easy-to-manage private cloud that is free of subscription fees.”