Court Finds NSA Collects Innocent Americans’ Data Anyway

· Andrew Orr · Link

Person holding a sign that says “NSA is watching you.”

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) found that the NSA doesn’t follow the law and collections the data of innocent Americans. This is according to a recently declassified document [PDF] from November 2020.

From where we sit, it seems clear that the FISC continues to suffer from a massive case of national security constitutional-itis. That is the affliction (not really, we made it up) where ordinarily careful judges sworn to defend the Constitution effectively ignore the flagrant Fourth Amendment violations that occur when the NSA, FBI, (and to a lesser extent, the CIA, and NCTC) misuse the justification of national security to spy on Americans en mass.

Over 29,000 Databases Expose 19 Petabytes of Data

· Andrew Orr · Link

29,000 unsecure databases

Many companies aren’t properly securing their databases, like the one I wrote about this morning. But we have some numbers. CyberNews quotes “29,000 unprotected databases worldwide exposing 19 petabytes (19,000 terabytes, 19,000,000 gigabytes, etc) of data.

To conduct this investigation, we used a specialized search engine to scan for open databases of three of the most popular database types: Hadoop, MongoDB, and Elasticsearch. While performing the search, we made sure that the open databases we found required no authentication whatsoever and were open for anyone to access, as opposed to those that had default credentials enabled.

Apple Card Family Features, Restrictions Revealed in Support Document

· Charlotte Henry · Link

Apple Card family

Apple has released a support document outlining the features of the recently launched Apple Card Family. AppleInsider published a breakdown of what it says.

Detailed in a support document, Apple Card Family is available to one cardholder and one member of their Family Sharing group who is 18 or older. Touted as a rethinking of traditional credit cards, the new service enables both members of an account to share a credit line while simultaneously building credit. A total of six people, including owners or co-owners, can be assigned to a particular Apple Card account. Participants must be 13 or older. Co-owners share full responsibility for account balance and payments, and have their credit reported equally in their own name, Apple says.

'Ghostwriter' Season Two on Apple TV+

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

The full second season of the children’s show Ghostwriter is now available on Apple TV+.  Apple also released a new video going over the clues that have been left behind in season one.

Many Top VPN Apps Have Inaccurate Privacy Labels

· Andrew Orr · News

App Store privacy label example

An analysis of 49 VPN apps in the App Store shows that many of them have inaccurate privacy labels, and others didn’t have a label at all.

Finnish Mental Health Startup Vastaamo Leaked Patient Data

· Andrew Orr · Link

3D red alert sign

Vastaamo ran the largest network of private mental-health providers in Finland. William Ralston tells the story on WIRED, and how hackers used the data to threaten patients.

A security flaw in the company’s IT systems had exposed its entire patient database to the open internet—not just email addresses and social security numbers, but the actual written notes that therapists had taken. A group of hackers, or one masquerading as many, had gotten hold of the data.

What an incompetent company. No anonymization of patient records, no encryption of data. In other words, unfortunately common. Two developers hired at Vastaamo were even arrested in a previous security breach.

'Mythic Quest' Season Two Arrives on Apple TV+

· Charlotte Henry · Cool Stuff Found

Mythic Quest new season

Mythic Quest season two is here! The first two episodes of the follow-up season are now available to Apple TV+ subscribers, with new episodes being released every Friday. The comedy series follows the trials and tribulations of a company behind a very popular game. I’ve recently been catching up on season one and thoroughly enjoying it, so I can’t wait to see what this next one has to offer.

EBO is a Friendly Remote Robot for Families

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

EBO is a mobile, self-charging, family-friendly robotic companion that allows you to connect with your loved ones at all times. Equipped with Wi-Fi connectivity, full 1080p HD camera, a pair of powerful speakers and microphone and motorized wheels, EBO can be controlled remotely with a simple touch of a screen. Using the EBO app, you can access your home and communicate with your family at all times. It’s your roam away from home. Featuring advanced AI technology, EBO can be programmed to keep your loved ones company, from your children to your pet, whenever you’re away. Its surveillance features make EBO a perfect home security robot that monitors every corner of your house and lets you know when suspicious activities are detected. You can back it on Kickstarter.

EBO is a Friendly Remote Robot for Families

Apple's Unified Platform: Vision for a New Era

· W. Abdullah Brooks, MD · Analysis

Apple logo on Web of thread

Dr. Brooks argues that Apple’s newly unified platform based around its M-series SOC is really a vision for a brand new era.

Wallet Security 101: How to Store Your Cryptocurrency

· Andrew Orr · Cool Stuff Found

In March a wrote a roundup of various wallets you can use to store your cryptocurrency. This guide from experts at Kraken Intelligence and Kraken Security Labs goes into more detail. It tells you how wallets work, the different components of a wallet, a reminder to “don’t let your coins die with you” and more.

Wallet Security 101: How to Store Your Cryptocurrency

Pre-Order ScoutPro Ultimate All-in-One Charger: $99

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

ScoutPro All-in-One Charger

We have a pre-order deal on the ScoutPro, an all-in-one charger that ships in July. This device features a large 24,000mAh internal battery and it can charge up to five devices simultaneously. It has two USB-C charging ports and a USB-A charging port. It also has magnetic wirelesss charging for iPhone 12 devices and a spot to charge your Apple Watch.  The pre-order deal is $99.