BOSTON MA. - APRIL 4: Co-founder and Shareholder of Wynn Resorts Elaine Wynn speaks at the Mass. Gaming Commission meeting on April 4, 2019 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) BOSTON, MA- April 4, 2019: Commissioner Gayle Cameron asks a question to representatives of Wynn Resorts during the Massachusetts Gaming Commission adjudicatory hearings at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center on Thursday, April 4, 2019 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Staff photo By Nicolaus Czarnecki/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) BOSTON MA. - APRIL 4: James Stern, former FBI and current Wynn Resorts head of security speaks at the Mass. Gaming Commission meeting on April 4, 2019 in Boston, MA. (Staff Photo By Stuart Cahill/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald) BOSTON, MA- April 4, 2019: President and CEO of Wynn Resorts, Matthew Maddox, right, is joined by other representatives of Wynn Resorts as he testifies during the Massachusetts Gaming Commission adjudicatory … [Read more...] about Wynn Resorts spied on Elaine Wynn, other employees
Company spying on employees
A second ex-Tesla employee has filed an official whistleblower tip with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleging the company illegally surveilled its employees. Former global security lead Sean Gouthro filed the tip on January 24th, according to whistleblower lawyer Stuart Meissner, via Business Insider. Gouthro can also reportedly corroborate claims Tesla interfered with internal investigations into the alleged theft of $37 million of raw material at the Gigafactory, and failed to disclose this and other illegal activities to the authorities and to shareholders, Meissner said Monday. Meissner said Gouthro’s tip backs up the account of Karl Hansen, another former member of Tesla’s security team and a client of Meissner’s. Hansen filed a whistleblower tip last August that said Tesla had installed “specialized router equipment within its Nevada Gigafactory designed to capture employee cell phone communications and/or retrieve employee cell phone … [Read more...] about Another former Tesla security manager says the company spied on employees
Western intelligence officials notified Twitter that an employee had been co-opted by Saudi Arabia several years ago to spy on the accounts of users critical of the government, The New York Times reported on Saturday.Officials alerted Twitter to the alleged Saudi mole in late 2015, prompting the company to investigate, according to the Times report, which cited anonymous sources. Though Twitter couldn't find evidence the employee gave user data to the Saudis, it fired the worker in December 2015, the Times said. The same month, according to the paper, Twitter also alerted the owners of a few dozen accounts that they may have been targeted.The Times report takes a broad look at alleged Saudi government efforts to silence dissidents on Twitter. Among other things, the Saudis have reportedly used paid troll armies to harass, threaten and shout down people who disapprove of the government, and to distract other users from discussions critical of the government. The report is another … [Read more...] about Twitter employee may have spied on users for Saudis, says report
On Saturday, The New York Times published a report detailing Saudi Arabia’s efforts to combat dissent on platforms like Twitter, such as slain US journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was subjected to intense and personal attacks online before his death. As part of those efforts, the kingdom’s reportedly worked to groom a Twitter employee to spy on user accounts. According to the Times, western intelligence officials contacted the social media company, saying that the Saudi government was “grooming” one of its employees, Ali Alzabarah, “to spy on the accounts of dissidents and others.” Alzabarah worked at Twitter beginning in 2013 as an engineer with access to user accounts, and was convinced by Saudi intelligence officials to look into several accounts. Once alerted, Twitter reportedly placed Alzabarah on administrative leave while an investigation took place, and while “they could not find evidence that he had handed over Twitter data to the … [Read more...] about Saudi Arabia reportedly groomed Twitter employee to spy on user accounts
Have you ever noticed that web and mobile ads somehow seem to know what your interests are? Do you ever think about who all can access your emails that are stored on an email server? How about the gadgets in your home—do you ever wonder if they are spying on you?You’re not alone.Websites tracking usersWebsites have many ways of tracking users. You’ve probably heard of cookies, but cookies are just the tip of the iceberg. Websites can also track users through many other mechanisms including unique identifiers in cached content, web storage, and more.There are also sneakier means, such as browser fingerprinting, that don’t rely on a website storing data on your device. Techniques such as this often attempt to uniquely identify browsers rather than users. This might be all that’s required to track a user’s activities on a device.Why do websites want to track your activities?Generally, it is to show you ads for products or services that you might be … [Read more...] about How can we ensure our tech isn’t spying on us?