The IPVM disputes this allegation and claims to have quickly contacted the FBI after discovering the crimes.
A murdered Russian submarine captain may have been tracked by his killer through the fitness app Strava. According to the BBC, the commander, Stanislav Rzhitsky, kept a public Strava profile detailing his jogging routes, including one that took him through the park where he was killed earlier this week.
Privacy experts have worried for years about the dangers posed by social fitness apps like Strava. In 2018, for example, researchers have exposed several secret US military installations using public data from soldiers monitoring their physical fitness with the app.
Although the killer’s motives are unclear at this time, Russian investigators say they arrested a Ukrainian-born man named Serhiy Denysenko in connection with the murder. According to several Russian Telegram channels, Denysenko was the former head of the Ukrainian Karate Federation.
Ukrainian media reported that Rzhitsky commanded a Russian Kilo-class submarine that may have carried out a deadly missile attack on the Ukrainian town of Vinnytsia last year. Rhitsky’s personal information had previously been uploaded to Ukraine’s Myrotvorets (Peacemaker) website, an unofficial database of people considered enemies of Ukraine. according to CNN.
Ukrainian Defense Intelligence did not take responsibility for the commander’s death. “Clearly, he was eliminated by his own men for refusing to continue to carry out his command’s combat orders regarding missile attacks on peaceful Ukrainian cities,” the agency wrote in a statement.
A congressional inquiry, led by US Senator Elizabeth Warren, found that millions of Americans who file their taxes online with H&R Block, TaxSlayer and TaxAct have financial information shared with Google and Facebook. The investigation was spurred by a 2022 report from markup which revealed how the three companies passed sensitive data to Facebook through a tool called Meta Pixel. The data was sent as taxpayers filed their tax returns and contained personal information including income and reimbursement amounts.
Warren and six other lawmakers wrote to the US Department of Justice this week, calling for criminal charges against tax firms for violating laws that prohibit them from sharing their customers’ personal information. “Tax preparation companies have been shockingly negligent in their handling of taxpayer data,” the lawmakers wrote.
A third of the 80,000 most popular websites on the Internet use the Meta Pixel, a 2020 survey by The markup found. Website operators include the pixel to measure clicks on their ads on Facebook’s platforms, but at the expense of their users’ privacy. Emergency pregnancy centers, Suicide hotlinesAnd hospitals and have all been caught sending sensitive user data to Meta for the past few years.
The Seven Democrats called on the US Internal Revenue Service to create its own free tax preparation software, although government services were also caught using the Pixel to send data to Meta.
A Nebraska woman has pleaded guilty to criminal charges after helping her 17-year-old daughter undergo a medical abortion last year; The main evidence against her included her Facebook posts. In mid-June 2022, Nebraska police issued a warrant to Meta requesting private messages from mother and daughter as part of an illegal abortion investigation, court documents show. The conversations seem to show the mother explaining to her daughter how to take the pills. “Ya the 1 pill stops the hormones and then you have to wait 24 HR 2 take the other one,” read one of her posts.
Since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down Roe vs. Wade in June 2022, experts expressed serious concerns about the variety of ways data will be weaponized by law enforcement who want to prosecute people seeking abortions. Since Facebook Messenger doesn’t use end-to-end encryption (E2EE) by default like messaging services like Signal, WhatsApp, and iMessage do, people are especially vulnerable to criminal investigation if they use the platform. .
According to a recent Reuters report, prosecutors told a London court that a teenager associated with the Lapsus$ hacking group was responsible for high-profile hacks of Uber and fintech company Revolut in September this year. last. Arion Kurtaj, who is 18, faces 12 charges, including three counts of blackmail, two counts of fraud and six counts under UK computer misuse law.
The Uber hack reportedly cost the company $3 million in damages. At the time, Uber said the hacker who took responsibility for it posted pornographic material on an internal news page alongside the message: “Fuck you wankers.”
Kurtaj, along with an unnamed 17-year-old, also face blackmail allegations at BT Group, EE and Nvidia. Prosecutors described the pair as “key players” in Lapsus$. Kurtaj was deemed unfit to stand trial by medical professionals; the jury will decide if he is responsible for the hacking incidents rather than guilty.