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  1. https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/canada-e2-80-99s-national-police-force-admits-use-of-spyware-to-hack-phones/ar-AAYZLsX In a “remarkable” disclosure, Canada’s national police force has described for the first time how it uses spyware to infiltrate mobile devices and collect data, including by remotely turning on the camera and microphone of a suspect’s phone or laptop. My view on this.. The public have known for a long time (even pre Snowden) that authorities have the capability to remotely activate cameras and hot mic phones, so don't think the information itself isn't particularly remarkable. The interesting part is that they are publicly acknowledging it. In general, police forces are quite secretive about the sort of technology they use. There's a legitimate need to keep operational details secret, but I think the public should get the basics about what is used. As they say in this article, there should be a public discussion about what kind of technology we're happy for the police to use and what if any limits need to be placed on their use.
  2. https://theintercept.com/2022/02/08/cellebrite-phone-hacking-government-agencies/ Cellebrite’s extensive federal sales come as another Israeli phone-spying firm, NSO Group, falls under federal sanctions
  3. A police and crime commissioner, who was formerly a senior police officer, has called for the investigations into Fleet Street journalists to be called off. It is “time to stop the witch hunt”, he says. Kevin Hurley describes the resources devoted by the Metropolitan police on three operations - Elveden (payments to public officials), Weeting (phone hacking) and Tuleta (computer hacking) - as “utter nonsense”. Hurley, Surrey’s police and crime commissioner and previously a Met police commander, said the money would have been better spent on extra police staff. He told Press Gazette: “There’s murderers, rapists and people who defraud major corporations out there who need to be caught - not some journalists who crossed the line in what was reasonable behaviour on privacy a few years back”. But the Met’s chief, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe was having none of it. During an interview on LBC with Nick Ferrari, he said: “I think Kevin needs to look after Surrey before commenting on other people’s police forces. When I took over three-and-a-half years ago, the Met was being criticised for not investigating this [the hacking of phones by journalists]. “It has not stopped us investigating murders. To suggest by investigating hacking we are not investigating murders is nonsense”. Hurley’s comments, and Hogan-Howe’s response, come against a background of failed Elvedon prosecutions. Last month, at Kingston crown court, a jury cleared two journalists and failed to reach a verdict on four others. The Crown Prosecution Service then announced that the four must face a re-trial later this year. Two separate trials of other Sun journalists are currently taking place at the Old Bailey. People claiming to have been hacked by the Sunday Mirror, Daily Mirror and Sunday People are also pursuing those newspapers through the civil courts. Sources: Press Gazette/Press Association View the full article
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