PRIVACY ONLINE: A SAMPLING OF NEWS and NEWSWORTHY

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Students have periodically asked if hackers have ever been able to turn on a device's camera or microphone without the owner knowing it. The answer is yes. Read this caution put out by SonicWall Security on March 6, 2018 about a "Trojanized Android Ahmyth RAT" that spreads via legitimate apps:
SonicWall Capture Labs Threats Research team observed an Android Remote Administration Tool (RAT) named Ahmyth which is being trojanized into other Android apps and is getting distributed in the wild. Upon infecting an Android device this RAT can send sensitive information present on the device like SMS and call logs as well as perform functions like taking a picture, sending a text message or record audio via the microphone.

2018

Firefox turns out the lights on two privacy sucking features
[Naked Security, March 13]

Do you think it is science fiction for a company to implant computer chips INTO a worker so they can monitor them? Think again.... More companies are using technology to monitor employees, sparking privacy concerns
[ABC news, March 10] Includes video, please use headphones!

MoviePass CEO proudly says the app tracks your location before and after movies
[From TechCrunch, March 5]

Here are the "sinister" dangers that could arise from companies collecting our data, according to a computer scientist
[From BusinessInsider, March 2018] --Uses Video so please wear headphones!

Here's what the latest tests reveal about IoT privacy flaws
[From WindowsReport, March 2]

Which internet domains your browser is actually visiting
[From Bariqade, February 18]

2017

Snapchat's newest feature is also its biggest privacy threat
[The Verge, June, 2017]

FBI Warns Parents of Privacy Risks With Internet-Connected Toys
[NBC News, July, 2017]

How Online Shopping Makes Suckers of Us All
[TheAtlantic.com, May, 2017]

Your Think Your Life Is Private?
[Read the Top Story, Doug Fodeman, January 18, 2017]

Hackers spying on kids using Bluetooth in toys
[From Komando.com, Mark Jones, March 6, 2017]

Just about anyone can read your private conversations if you use SMS
[BGR.com, Chris Smith, April 18th, 2016]

Most smart TVs are tracking you - Vizio just got caught
[TheVerge.com, Jacob Kastrenakes; February 7, 2017]

The iPhone might protect your privacy, but it won't hide your crimes from police
[BGR.com, Chris Smith, March 21st, 2017]

2016

Austin Mother's Warning After Baby Monitor Hacked
[KVUE News, Kris Betts, September 23, 2016]

Coincidence or is my phone listening to me?
[CNET, Lee Koo, May 13, 2016]

Harvard student loses Facebook internship after pointing out privacy flaws
[Boston.com; August 12, 2016]

Is your smartphone listening to you?
[BBC News, Zoe Kleinman, March 2, 2016]

NYC to Parents: Make Sure Your Baby Monitors Don't Get Hacked
[NBC News, James Eng, January 27, 2016]

What do we know now about 143 World Politicians and the World's "Elite" people we didn't know before?
Understanding the "Panama Papers"

[N.Y. Times; April 5, 2016]

2015

3Qs: Snapchat's new privacy policy: What you should know
[From Northeastern.edu; November 15, 2015]

In Our Modern Surveillance State, Everyone Can Be Exposed
[From CSMonitor.com; By Bruce Schneier. March 11, 2015] --This is quite revealing!

It's Not Just TVs, Lots of Other Gadgets Are Spying On You
[From Fusion.net. February 17, 2015]

Students suspended over Snapchat rant following argument
[From ABC13.com; April 13, 2015]

Web privacy is the newest luxury item in era of pervasive tracking
[CS Monitor, Paul Roberts, February 16, 2015]

Your TV May Be Watching You
[CNN.com; By Bruce Schneier, February 12, 2015]

Your private Instagrams weren't as private as you thought they were
[QZ.com; by David Yanofsky. January 12, 2015]

Articles Before 2015

Do you wish you had more privacy online?
[NYTimes.com; By Shannon Doyne, October 6, 2014]

Does sharing photos of your children on Facebook put them at risk?
[TheGuardian.com; By Linda Geddes. September 21, 2014]

FTC-Snapchat Settlement: There's No Such Thing as Privacy Online
[PRNewsOnline.com; by Brian Greene. May 9, 2014]

In the age of social networking, there's no such thing as privacy 2013 or 1984?
- Think before you post, because Big Brother is always watching.
     [From WBEZ.org; By Leah Pickett, May 6, 2013]

Project Eavesdrop: An experiment at monitoring my home
[NPR.org; By Steve Henn, June 10, 2014]

Snapchat Breach: Good, Bad or Just Plain Ugly?
[GFI.com; January 6, 2014]

There's no such thing as privacy on the Internet anymore
[WashingtonPost.com; By Robert Merkel. July 28, 2014]

Your Instagram is not as Private as You Think
[StateOfDigital.com; By Bas van den Beld, July 8, 2014]