What we’ve been reading – April

Big Brother Watch Team / April 22, 2016

We’ve been sharing our favourite and most thought provoking articles this week on twitter using #WhatWeAreReadingToday.

If you missed any throughout the last week or you are just looking for something interesting to read, take a look at this week’s articles:

25th April – 29th April:

Swift: fraudulent messages sent over international bank transfer system – Guardian

Samsung’s little black box will hot-wire your car to the internet. Eek! – The Register

FreshTeam Is A Productivity App That Lets Your Boss Track Your Location – Huffington Post

Blame the victim: Report shows fifth of data breaches caused by “miscellaneous errors” – ArsTechnica

Animal Spirits: Young ones too engrossed in their phones to behave badly – Sunday Times (£)

Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods – The Register

Two Tips to Keep Your Phone’s Encrypted Messages Encrypted – Wired


18th April – 22nd April:

Your phone number is all a hacker needs to read texts, listen to calls and track you – Guardian

Let’s have an honest debate about encryption – CapX

How to see all the terrifying things Google knows about you – Telegraph

‘I hacked Facebook – and found someone had beaten me to it’ – The Register

Passwords, phones and privacy settings: how to protect yourself online – Guardian

Employees Still Send Over 100 Personal Messages At Work Despite Court Ruling – Huffington Post

Snafu! BT funnels all customers’ sent email into one poor sod’s inbox – The Register

Don’t own your metadata? Prepare to get owned – Wired UK


11th April – 15th April:

Half a billion identities were stolen or exposed online in 2015 – Wired UK

Your face is big data – BBC

This Video Perfectly Explains The Encryption Debate – Motherboard

European Parliament adopts tough new data protection rules – TechCrunch

Data breach hits 15,000 online users of UK childbirth charity – ArsTechnica

Surrey now has the UK’s ‘largest’ police drone project – Wired UK


4th April – 8th April:

China’s Great Firewall inventor forced to use VPN live on stage to dodge his own creation – The Register

Travelled to the US in the last 20 years? Your identity is at risk – Telegraph

CNBC Tried, and Massively Failed, to Teach People About Password Security – Motherboard

Database allegedly containing ID numbers of 50m Turks posted online – Guardian

With Hospital Ransomware Infections, the Patients Are at Risk – CapX/MIT Technology Review

How CERN Fights Hackers – Motherboard

How to hack-proof your phone: From turning on encryption to keeping apps up-to-date, top ‘cyber hygiene’ tips are revealed – Daily Mail

Spy Tool Ruling Inches the Stingray Debate Closer to the Supreme Court – Wired

FBI Says a Mysterious Hacking Group Has Had Access to US Govt Files for Years – Motherboard

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