EFF in the News
As technology advances, what people do with public data is shifting.
“In years past, people thought they had some privacy through obscurity,” said Dave Maass, an investigative researcher at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. “That is changing.”
So could what Banjo and other companies are doing turn people away from sharing?
Some industry experts think so. And if that’s the case, Banjo faces a frightening, potentially upending, proposition.
Maass said he worries about what the technology will do to “further chill (people’s) willingness to speak and post things online, particularly if they feel that might be used by law enforcement or freaky marketing companies.”
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's study found footage from stationary cameras, which scan license plates and generate personal data on the car's registrant, was being posted online — and with no password protection. One such camera was monitoring activity at a University of Southern California frat house, while another was trained on a Florida gun shop, according to the group.
"Anyone in favor of the Second Amendment, I'm sure, could have a problem with that," Dave Maass, an EFF researcher and co-author of the report, told FoxNews.com.
Tonight’s Rumble discusses Paul Ryan becoming the next speaker, John Kasich’s lashing out at his rival candidates, and whether Trump is done. Thom talks about the Senate’s passing of the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) with the Electronic Freedom Frontier’s Nadia Kayyali, and in tonight’s Daily Take Thom discusses the urgent need for a national tax on carbon.
It is already illegal to hack someone else's vehicle, said EFF Staff Attorney Kit Walsh. He told SCMagazine.com via email that it is important “to make sure that the legitimate research and tinkering protected by the exemptions isn't made illegal by some new rule pushed by the auto manufacturers.”
The plaintiffs are represented by Electronic Frontier Foundation in a class action that was filed in the Northern District of California.
A digital-rights watchdog, EFF has asserted that there is ample evidence of the mass collection of Americans' records through a program known as Domestic Internet Backbone Surveillance. The case has included evidence from whistleblower Mark Klein, a former AT&T technician who discovered that the telecommunications company was routing Internet traffic to a secret NSA room in San Francisco.
“CISPA is nearly identical to CISA. The bill approaches information sharing from the same framework,” Mark Jaycox, an analyst with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said. “The Senate bill [CISA] is just smarter with workarounds.”
In remarks, Mark Jaycox, legislative analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, called the bill “fundamentally flawed due to its broad immunity clauses, vague definitions, and aggressive spying authorities.”
“The passage of CISA reflects the misunderstanding many lawmakers have about technology and security. Computer security engineers were against it. Academics were against it. Technology companies, including some of Silicon Valley’s biggest like Twitter and Salesforce, were against it,” said Jaycox.
David Greene, an attorney for Respublika with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, said in an interview that neither he nor his colleagues had heard of a case in which a foreign government used the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for this purpose.
...Greene called Kazakhstan's lawsuit "especially egregious" because sought an injunction against unknown individuals.
"It's being used to attack whistle-blower activity writ large," he said.
Gillula said drones have been around a long time, and showed pictures of a Hewitt-Sperry Automatic Airplane (1918); Ryan Firebee (1951); and Bell Quad quadrotors (1922-2010). Batteries are the area of greatest change. Drones used to be gas-powered, but now, the electronics and the software are rapidly becoming smaller and cheaper.
Drones' increasing versatility and reduced price means they're not only toys, but powerful tools for inspecting utility lines, or use in journalism, art shows, agriculture, animal protection (surveilling poachers) and law enforcement.
Gillula said law enforcement uses may lead to natural versions: drones disguised to resemble hummingbirds.
"How can we get them to perch on power lines and recharge themselves? I kid you not, researchers are looking into it."
Zhu, who works on a series of cryptographic initiatives and with the Electronic Frontier Foundation created a proof-of-concept site to showcase the exploit, since dubbed "Sniffly".